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How do you clean rubber flooring?

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To clean rubber flooring, sweep or vacuum dirt and tiny debris on the surface, and use a damp mop to remove stains safely. Choose nonacidic, acetone-based cleaning agents without turpentine content to avoid causing permanent stains on the floor. Alternatively, combine a gallon of hot water and a cup of white vinegar for a natural homemade solution, and use a clean cloth, sponge or mop to apply the solution to the floor.

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Add fragrance to the homemade solution by squeezing a lemon or putting several drops of your desired essential oil. Use a mild dish soap if white vinegar is not available, or combine the white vinegar, dish soap and hot water for an effective floor-cleaning solution.

To remove tough stains, create a more concentrated solution by adding a smaller potion of hot water. Do not press too firmly to avoid damaging the floor. Moreover, avoid using steel wool sponges or scouring pads, as these can cause scratches on the rubber floor.

After cleaning the floor, leave it to dry for a smooth finish. However, do not let the rubber flooring soak up water for too long if it lies atop a plywood subfloor. This prevents moisture from seeping into the subfloor and causing mold growth. Apply a rubber floor conditioner using a cloth or professional-grade buffing equipment set at 350 revolutions per minute to maintain the floor's glossy shine.

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