How to Clean an Interlocking Foam Rubber Floor Mat

Interlocking foam rubber mats are making a splash everywhere -- not just in homes but in exercise studios, martial arts studios, garages and even outdoors. You'll find this child-safe flooring in day care centers because it is soft and extremely easy to clean. Liquids will not soak into the mats, which means bacteria will not grow inside of them. The interlocking mats are available in a myriad of colors and patterns to serve as flooring for entire rooms or in just a portion of a room.

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Vacuum the mat. Test a panel with your vacuum cleaner to make sure it doesn't scratch the surface of the mat. In most cases, a simple floor tool on the vacuum's extension hose is all that's needed for cleaning the foam rubber mat.

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Damp mop the mats using an antibacterial household cleaner mixed into a bucket of warm water. This is a safe and effective choice if you are using interlocking mats for in an exercise room or in a play area for children. The liquids will not soak into the flooring but the antibacterial cleaner will freshen and sanitize the mat surface.

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Spot clean any spills with warm water and soap. Use any type of household cleaning soap and a scrubby. Scrub the area clean, then wipe off the cleanser with a damp cloth and clean warm water. Let the mat dry before using it.

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Sweep off dirt, dust and animal fur with a soft bristled broom. If the mats cover a small area, follow up by wiping it down with a wet cloth or rag. For a room full of interlocking mats, use a sponge-type mop and warm water.