How to clean rubber flooring in your gym

Due to their characteristics, rubber flooring solutions are the most popular choice for kitting out sports spaces such as gyms or crossfit boxes.

Sturdy and comfortable, these solutions can last a long time and remain in good condition even under intensive use. This requires choosing quality flooring and taking certain precautions in terms of cleaning and maintenance of this surface type.

Learn how to clean and keep your gym’s rubber flooring in excellent condition for longer with our tips.


Why keeping sports flooring in tiptop condition is so important

When considering everything involved in a training area, flooring is a key factor to consider. Keeping sports flooring in first class condition is a must for quality gyms for 3 main reasons:


For athletes

Flooring affords safety and comfort for athletes in all physical activities. For instance, rubber flooring combines strength and elasticity, helping to prevent falls with its non-slip properties. This may be compromised if the flooring is damaged or in poor condition.


For machinery and equipment

Using suitable flooring solutions is also important for gym machinery and equipment, considering both thickness and strength. With proper flooring maintenance, keeping these materials in superb condition for longer becomes easier.


For gym hygiene

Poor maintenance or overly zealous cleaning can result in stains and cracks in the sports flooring. When the floor surface deteriorates, it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure good levels of gym hygiene and cleanliness. Any solution will ultimately involve replacing the flooring.


3 Steps for effectively cleaning rubber flooring

Rubber flooring solutions can be seriously damaged if improperly maintained and cleaned. Therefore, we’ve put together 3 simple steps for keeping your flooring clean and in excellent condition for longer.


1. Get the right materials

Before starting to clean, always make sure you have everything you need. To clean a rubber flooring solution, you will need:

  • Vacuum;
  • Mop;
  • Soft cloths;
  • Neutral detergents.

Try to store all these materials in the same place. This will make them easier to find when needed. With proper preparation/organisation, cleaning your rubber flooring will be faster with more satisfying results.


2. Remove debris from the surface

Start by quickly checking the gym floor. Ensure there are no forgotten objects or small puddles that need to be dried with a cloth. After removing any debris, vacuum the whole surface. For outdoor spaces, use a broom or blower to remove debris.


3. Clean the surfaces

After vacuuming, start sanitising the surface. Neutral detergents should be used to clean rubber flooring. Never use bleach or other corrosive agents to clean this type of surface.

Using a wrung out mop, wash the whole surface and leave to dry. If possible, open the windows to ventilate the space.


Keeping your gym’s rubber flooring clean and in good condition is easy. Just follow these instructions regularly. This will keep your gym floor in perfect condition for longer.

To learn more about installing and maintaining sports venue flooring, we’ve written an eBook with tips on extending these solutions’ durability. Download for free and access further information on the matter!