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Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Rubber Flooring in Bathrooms

Rubber flooring is durable, beautifully soft underfoot and anti-slip even when wet, making it a great fit for bathrooms in homes and businesses. It’s also easy to clean and maintain. Spending some time learning about the best ways to care for your rubber flooring will simplify the process and help you protect it over the long term.

So, if you’re considering rubber flooring for bathrooms, how should you clean and care for it? Here’s our guide.

How to clean rubber flooring for bathrooms

Before we cover the maintenance tips, let’s look at the simple steps to keep your rubber floor lovely and clean.

Step 1: Remove the dirt

Dust, dirt and debris can accumulate on rubber bathroom floors and make the surface look dull and lifeless. But beyond the aesthetics, if dirt is left to build up, it can cause microscopic scratches that weaken your flooring. To avoid that, clean it regularly using a soft brush or vacuum cleaner with strong enough suction to pick up all the particles.

Step 2: Mop with a PH-neutral cleaner

A quick vacuum is often enough, but occasionally, the floor will need a mop. Avoid harsh chemicals by mixing a mild, PH-neutral detergent with warm water. Apply the solution with a nylon, sponge or microfibre mop, and when mopping, avoid soaking the floor as the moisture can seep through.  

Step 3: Rinse with clean water

Once you’ve finished, rinse the mop with clean water and go over the floor again to remove any standing detergent or dirty water.

Step 4: Let the floor dry naturally

To avoid streaking, it’s best to ventilate the room and let the floor air dry rather than wiping it with a cloth. You can also use a wet vacuum to speed the process up.

Step 5: Spot cleaning

If there are stubborn spots or stains, give the area a good scrub with a stronger cleaning solution and a soft-bristled brush. You should avoid hard bristles or metal scrapers that can scratch the floor’s surface.

Urine can be an issue with rubber flooring and lead to set-in stains. To remove them, apply some white toothpaste directly to the stain and leave it for 10 minutes before washing it away with warm water. Repeat this step if necessary until the stain has gone.

Step 6: Condition the floor   

Applying a rubber floor conditioner every six months or so will help to restore the floor’s appearance. You can apply a rubber floor conditioner by hand or use professional buffing equipment. Alternatively, you can make your own conditioner by adding a cup of fabric softener to a gallon of water. 

How to maintain rubber flooring for bathrooms

Rubber’s natural qualities make it an easy flooring type to maintain, and it should last 20 years or more with proper care. Here’s how you can keep your rubber floor looking its best.

Avoid direct sunlight

Direct sunlight can cause rubber floors to fade over time. To avoid discolouration, we recommend shutting the blinds on sunny days or applying a UV window treatment.

Keep sharp and heavy objects away

Despite its durability, sharp or heavy objects can dent or puncture rubber flooring and cause deep scratches. Watch out for things like scissors, high heels and even some toys, and always carry rather than drag furniture or other heavy objects across it.

Clear up spills quickly

Spills are inevitable in bathrooms, and with a rubber floor, you should deal with them quickly. Wipe away oils and alkaline and acidic liquids with a soft cloth or absorbent towel and rinse the area with warm water. You should also wipe away any standing water. 

Be careful what you place on it

Make sure any bathroom accessories, such as mats, rugs and bins, that sit directly on the floor are colourfast and non-reactive. Test them on an off-cut if you’re unsure.

Get your rubber floor professionally installed

Although it’s possible to fit rubber flooring yourself with the right tools, it’s a specialist job and for longevity, we always recommend hiring a professional floor fitter.

At The Flooring Group, we supply and install rubber flooring for bathrooms in residential and commercial spaces throughout London. Visit us at one of our London showrooms or contact our residential or commercial teams for a free flooring consultation and quote.