Rubber matting and flooring are common throughout many industries. From oil-resistant matting for the oil and gas sector to entrance matting systems for retail stores, there is a myriad of rubber matting types and they all have one thing in common – they all need cleaning. It doesn't matter whether you are dealing with rubber flooring or matting – there are pro tips to cleaning them more effectively and without damage. In this post, we will share our in-depth matting expertise with you and show you how to correctly care for your rubber mat flooring when cleaning them.
Due to its grip and resistance to impact, rubber is a popular floor covering and matting option in places with heavy footfall such as retail stores. However, along with heavy footfall comes significant amounts of dirt and moisture being traipsed into the store and onto your rubber matting. Of course, this means that the matting needs cleaning, but don't just grab a brush or mop – here's what you need to know to properly clean your rubber matting.
Firstly, don't rush to start cleaning your matting after installation. If your matting uses adhesive allow about 3 days or so before cleaning to make sure you don't dislodge the covering. Once you are ready to start cleaning the first step is to get rid of any dust or debris on your rubber flooring. This dirt and debris can end up damaging your flooring's finish if dragged over it with a mop.
One of the biggest tasks facing you when it comes to cleaning your mats is all the dirt, dust, and debris dragged in on the soles of people's feet. However, there are options available to help reduce this such as dust mats. A few well-placed dust mats could significantly reduce the amount of dirt that makes its way onto your flooring. Because of the way the dust mat fibres are designed they are great at gathering the dust and dirt which is swept over them keeping your floors cleaner. These mats are easily cleaned up with a vacuum.
There's no need to go all out every day. Whilst a deep clean is necessary periodically your daily cleaning (after removing any debris) should consist of a light mop. Using a soft mop and ph neutral detergent, mop your flooring. Make sure to change water frequently so you're not "cleaning" with contaminated water. In addition to this daily clean, you will occasionally need a deeper clean using a cleaning machine – the machine you need will largely depend on the size of the surface you are cleaning. Using water with a mild ph-neutral detergent clean the flooring and allow ten minutes before going over the flooring again with a clean water rinse. The frequency of your deep clean will depend on footfall. The deep clean, like the daily clean, also requires you to clear the flooring of debris first and be wary of the abrasiveness of the cleaning machine you use to avoid scratching the surface.
Rubber matting and flooring is not difficult to maintain it just takes a little bit of knowing what to do. By simply avoiding the few mistakes outlined in this post such as using highly acidic or alkaline detergents or not removing debris before mopping you'll maximise the lifespan of your flooring whilst keeping it clean.