Tip of the Month: Rubber Floor Care

Most hotels have minimal if any rubber flooring, outside of the fitness
center, but it would not be surprising if more properties embrace its growing
popularity in certain situations. This is due to its attractive qualities, including
safety (natural slip resistance), longevity, large color and design choice, low
maintenance costs and environmental friendliness (it often is made from
recycled, post-consumer materials such as vehicle tires). Also, it holds up well
in almost all types of conditions including heat and humidity.

For daily care of rubber flooring, dust mopping typically is not advised
because the surface is often studded to minimize slips, trips and falls.
Instead, consider a HEPA-filter backpack vacuum cleaner to remove dry
dust and soil surrounding the studs that a dust mop might not be able to
eradicate. An added benefit is improved air quality since no dust is stirred
up into the air.

One challenge is that moisture and soil can build up around the studs. Thus,
for more restorative cleaning, specialized equipment should be considered.
We recommend a hard-surface tool, which is a wand attached to an extractor,
to generate considerable pressure on the rubber flooring. It dislodges dirt so
it can then be vacuumed up, leaving the rubber flooring clean, dry, and ready
for foot traffic.

In addition, special chemicals aid the process. In most cases, a neutral
cleaner produces strong results. However, a sanitizer is recommended
if the floor is installed around a pool, locker room or other location where
bacteria may be an issue. As always, be sure to use a chemical designed
for rubber floors and read the label instructions regarding dilution and dwell
time. Feel free to contact us for more information.