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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning rubber tiles

August 31, 2010
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: My client just turned one of his office areas into a gym with a rubber floor. What product can I use to clean the floor and do I need a special type of equipment, or can I use a mop to clean it? There are footprints from the construction and mopping it with a neutral cleaning does not remove the footprints. What do you suggest?
The answer:
Some rubber tile manufacturers tell us to not apply finish on the tiles; they mop up without need for special equipment. And you can dry buff them to a sheen.
Check with each manufacturer for their recommendation.
I have never seen a rubber floor stay clean and free from marks and soiling in a heavy traffic setting. Usually, mopping alone is not enough to remove these marks. To start, scrub the surface with a floor machine and a soft pad or brush with a neutral detergent solution. Pick up the slurry with a wet vacuum and ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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