How to clean rubber studded flooring

Barry Crackett is the product designer at brushware manufacturer Brushtec, which focuses on making innovative cleaning solutions for the industrial sector. Here, he shares his top tips for cleaning rubber studded floors and keeping them in the best possible condition.

Rubber studded flooring is hard-wearing and low-maintenance. It’s also particularly stain-resistant and doesn’t absorb liquids, which makes it relatively easy to clean.

Due to its resilience, it’s become a popular choice for use in public areas that experience heavy footfall, such airports and train stations. It’s also ideal for use in establishments where hygiene is key, such as schools and hospitals, since it can be kept spotless with ease.

However, although rubber studded flooring is a particularly durable and convenient option, it does require specialised maintenance to keep it in the best possible condition. So, here are my top cleaning tips that will ensure you get the most out of your rubber flooring.

Remove dirt and debris first

The first step in your cleaning routine should be to sweep or vacuum up any loose dirt and debris. It’s important that you do this before anything else to prevent your flooring from getting scratched during the cleaning process.

It’s very easy to do this with typical level flooring, but removing particles from between the studs of rubber flooring can take some extra work. Therefore, it can be wise to invest in a brush that has been designed for this kind of situation. Look for one with two different bristle lengths, as this will help you to clean even the most hard-to-reach areas.

Use appropriate cleaning products

While rubber studded flooring is particularly durable, it can still be damaged if cleaned using the wrong kind of products.

When picking out the cleaning supplies you’ll use, it’s best to opt for those that are PH neutral, as products that are especially acidic or alkaline can damage the surface of rubber flooring quite significantly. You should also refrain from using anything that contains turpentine or any similar concentrated strippers or degreasers.

Make an extra effort in areas with heavy footfall

It’s best to take extra precautions when it comes to areas of rubber studded flooring that experience a lot of footfall. To keep its surface in good condition, you can apply a metallised emulsion that will help to increase the resilience of your floor.

You should apply at least two coasts of the emulsion, and leave each to dry completely before adding the next. This process can take quite some time, so it’s important that you factor this into your maintenance plans.

By following these tips you’ll achieve great results every time you clean your rubber studded flooring, as well as extend its lifespan. So, invest in the most appropriate tools and update your maintenance routine now for the best results.

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