Cleaning Rubber flooring in playground?


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I have been asked by a long standing window customer to clean their playground both the soft rubber flooring and the equipment. I was thinking of using a house wash and soft washing as I am not sure how the rubber will hold up to pressure and or heat. Any suggestions would be appreciated. An interior rubber floor on a play land we would use, Bestco pH7 neutral cleaner. I don't want to use that on a huge exterior floor. It is sun faded and hasn't been cleaned for 15+ years.


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I would start with a strong house wash mix. Then you should be able to rinse it off with a ball valve or do a sweeping rinse as if you were rinsing concrete. If its stubborn you could put some larger nozzles on the surface cleaner and go that route to speed up the process.

Doug Rucker

Roundtable Host 2009
Use an adjustable wand and start on low pressure first and see if 1) it will clean with just water 2) how much pressure it can take. Look for areas where the rubber may start 'flaking' up. I always request to test a few areas before submitting a proposal.

I would be leery of using any type of harsh chem where children will be playing, especially if the playground will not be shut down for a day or so after you clean. There many safe degreasers that can be used for cleaning these rubber floors, that is what I go with when I clean them and they come out great.


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Doug I was considering using a degreaser for the same reasons. I have good luck with runner flooring pads in kitchens but we used pressure and heat.


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I have cleaned a few of these and two huge ones I do every year. They actually request "bleach" for sanitation purposes!

AZ PowerWash Pros

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Id say light detergent/degreaser nothing to strong. Mild hot water and 40 degree tip variable pressure wand. I have cleaned these but none this large. I would use San-A-Safe for sanitizing purposes if you choose to do that.

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
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You have to be real careful, kids are allergic to chems.

Get a manufacture or municipality's requirements.

No home brews, if you have a problem you will create a mess for yourself and doubt that your the reason a child had a reaction or burn.

I caution everyone doing these to follow steps. I win these bids not on pricing but because we talk safety. When it comes to our children we will spend money.

Ron Musgraves text me for
questions 480-522-5227 Pressure Washing

Paul Kassander

New member
I agree Ron watch the chems you use if any. I would look at using the variable pressure wand and some heat to remove the dirt. Maybe a little bleach to sanitize but very weak.