Due to its durability and resistance to moisture, rubber flooring is one of the easiest flooring options to clean. With varying rubber types, both natural and synthetic, there are different methods that can and cannot be used for certain materials. However, regardless of the type, dry messes on rubber flooring can easily be swept off with a broom or dry mop. Yet, it is important to know which cleaning solvent you are able to use to prevent the deterioration of the rubber material.
Natural Rubber Flooring
Natural rubber flooring can be made from 100% natural gum rubber, recycled rubber or reclaimed rubber. These types of rubber are extremely durable and moisture-resistant, so they can easily be hosed down or swept clean. Harsh cleaning chemicals, such as bleach, should not be used as it will damage the integrity of the mat; however, you may use mild household chemical cleaners as natural rubber has a fair degree of chemical resistance.
Synthetic Rubber Flooring
Synthetic rubber flooring is slightly more durable and resistant to chemicals than the natural rubber variations. Like natural rubber floors, synthetic floors can also be hosed down and swept; however, synthetic rubber can withstand the harsh chemical cleaners. Some synthetic flooring, such as EPDM, are even more durable and can resist damage caused by synthetic detergents, acetone, and formaldehyde.
One thing to remember: bleach is one cleaning agent that should never be used on either natural or synthetic rubber floors. In general, rubber flooring is durable enough not to worry about it being damaged in the process of cleaning it.