How to Clean Rust Stains Off a Rubber Gym Floor

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A gym flooring must be durable enough to withstand heavy objects and a large amount of foot traffic.
A gym flooring must be durable enough to withstand heavy objects and a large amount of foot traffic. (Image: black woman in gym image by Susan Rae Tannenbaum from Fotolia.com)

The flooring in a gym must be durable, hygienic and require minimal maintenance and care. Rubber is a common choice for gym floors because of its ability to handle heavy foot traffic, withstand large and damaging items that are dropped--such as balls and weights--and the low maintenance that is required to care for it. Rubber itself does not rust; however, if a rusted metal item is left on the gym floor the rust from the metal can leave a nasty looking stain on the rubber floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Plastic scrub brush
  • Approved rubber floor cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Water-displacing spray

Vacuum the rubber gym floor to remove surface dirt and dust. The rubber gym floor should be vacuumed often to keep it clean.

Scrub the rust stains with a plastic scrub brush saturated in cool water. Scrub gently in a back-and-forth motion. If the rust stain still presets, continue to Step 3.

Apply an approved cleaner for your specific type of rubber floor to a soft cloth. Rub the rust stain with the cloth until the stain is no longer visible. If the stain is still present, continue to Step 4.

Apply water-displacing spray on a clean, soft cloth. Rub the rust stains with the cloth in a gently circular motion until the rust stain is gone. Test this method on an inconspicuous area of the rubber flooring. If damage or discoloration occurs, discontinue use.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is always best to first check the manufacture's recommend cleaning and stain removal process for your specific type of rubber gym flooring.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners on the rubber flooring.
  • Using cleaning products that contain acetone or turpentine on a rubber gym floor will cause permanent damage to the floor.

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