Cleaning Athletic Floors

athletic floor cleaningCleaning athletic floors is a one of a kind job. Learning the best ways to keep these high traffic, high pace floors looking great is very rewarding when you see them being used by the athletes. Rubber gym floors, hardwood gym floors, rubber tracks, racquetball courts and tennis courts are all very unique in how they are best cleaned.

Athletic floors are a great part of any facility. They serve many purposes and can be the focal point for a community. When a gym floor is well maintained, it is a true show piece.

Keeping athletic floor clean also means keeping them safe. Athletes need to be able to rely on their footing. A twisted ankle is all too common due to slippery gym floors.

Below there are tips on ways to not only clean, but refinish and maintain to extend the life of the floor.

Best of luck to your team and to you on a great season!

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Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic floors. They are not as sensitive to changes in temperature and are often considered to more durable for alternative uses, beyond the traditional gymnasium sports. Many think they would be much easier to maintain. The fact is, cleaning rubber gym floors does require some special attention and care.

Even though rubber athletic floors are made of synthetic material, they are still extremely porous and can hold dirt just below the surface. This quite often makes them difficult to clean. Dirt can also act as miniature marbles, causing the floor to become slippery, even in dry conditions. Read more

Dust Mopping Floors

Dust Mopping Floors – Everything You Need To Know

Dust mopping floors is one of the most important steps in any floor care maintenance program. As with any type of cleaning, removing dry soils before adding liquid makes the entire process much easier. Because it is usually done dry, it also allows the floor to be cleaned while the area is being used. There is no chance of anyone slipping and falling and makes it possible to remove surface soils sooner to keep foot traffic from grinding dirt into the floor.

While dust mopping floors is a fairly common practice, there are several factors that can make it more productive and reduce the chances that it will result in damage to the floor or the floor finish. Knowing how to dust mop properly can reduce the amount of regular and restorative maintenance. Read more

Basketball Floor – The 2012 Final Four Floor

This video is a very accurate demonstration of what goes into a hardwood basketball floor. Although this floor is only used a few times, many other floors that are used everyday for years go through a similar manufacturing and assembly process. When you stop to think about how many people, touch the boards and how many locations the lumber passes through, before being installed in the venue, there is a lot more to a basketball floor than just playing sports on it. Read more

water base gym finish

Why You Want To Use Water Base Gym Finish

Water base gym finish has many advantages that make it an attractive option when refinishing your basketball hardwood courts, but understanding these benefits and making sure they are the right choice for your gym floor maintenance program is a must. Read more

gym floor finish

Cleaning Up Close: Gym Floor Finish

Refinishing gym floors is a very labor and time intensive process. I wanted to understand the effects of use on gym floor finish and how the damage to the surface caused the floor to lose it’s shine. I had an opportunity to take a closer look at a floor using a microscope at 400x magnification. I was surprised at what I saw. Read more

cleaning hardwood gym floors

5 Tips For Cleaning Hardwood Gym Floors

The gym floor is the focal point for any school. The classic hardwood gymnasium has been a standard in the American high school for decades. Although the materials used can hold up to the most aggressive of sports, care and maintenance is required to ensure long life. Knowing the right ways for cleaning hardwood gym floors will make yours a reflection of your school’s image. Read more

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Gym Floor Cleaning Made Easy

I get of questions about gym floor cleaning. The main question is “why are the gym floors are slippery?” These floors serve many roles in schools and recreation centers. Between P.E. Classes, open gym, assemblies, sports practice and games, there always seems to be some sort of activity going on in the gymnasium. Since a lot of these floors are wood, there is a tendency to avoid cleaning them, because water damages wood right? Read more