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4 Things You Didn't Know Rubber Could Clean!

Updated on April 22, 2017
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Terrie is a creative person who loves DIY, on a Budget and updating her farm house. She enjoys sharing creative tips,tricks and knowledge.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies, yes that's a running shoe
Cleaning Supplies, yes that's a running shoe

Cleaning Around Your Home

Do you know, that some items once thought to be hard to clean really aren't?

Here is the list of items you need to clean, microfiber, crushed velvet, tapestry seats and rubberized fabric floor mats:

  1. A vacuum, with the attachments you use for furniture.
  2. A small rubber broom made to hold in your hand and it has little nubby ends on it.
  3. Rubber Gloves, like the ones you wear for cleaning.
  4. Running shoes, clean with non-marking soles. Preferably ones in your children's size.
  5. A scrub brush, like one some use for cleaning floors. Make sure it is a hard bristle brush.
  6. The spray cleaner from the recipe below this list.
  7. A white clean cloth or paper towel. If you don't have a colorfast cloth, use a paper towel on the chair frames only.

Color Fast

This means the color from the cloth you're using won't bleed colour,

Into the fabric you are trying to clean.

#1 Before & After, Use The Rubber Glove to Clean a Chair

Velvet chair before cleaning Miss kittys favorite chair
Velvet chair before cleaning Miss kittys favorite chair
During cleaning
During cleaning
Nice clean chair after
Nice clean chair after

Cleaning Micro Fiber & Crushed Velvet with Rubber Gloves

Start by vacuuming the entire chair or couch with furniture attachment. It's the long narrow one.

Put on your clean rubber gloves and wipe the surface in one direction. The Rubber in the glove balls up the pet hair, human hair and lint, allowing you to pick it up easier. If your furniture also has a few stains use the spray cleaner above to spray the area. Then gently move in a small circular motion. Do not rub too hard. The peroxide allows the removed stain to dry without leaving water marks. If the stain is really bad, spray again. Then blot not rub. Remember to use a white, or micro Fiber clean cloth. You can also set something like a couple books on top of the cloth and let it sit. Then blot up, any extra cleaner and let dry. You can do a spot test in a hidden area you're not sure about doing this. I use it on my crushed velvet chair and it really works. The chair pictures are before and after cleaning with the rubber gloves.

Ingredients For Stain Remover

  • 1 Average size Spray Bottle
  • 2/3 of Bottle Warm Water, Pour in
  • 1/3 Hydrogen Peroxide, Add to water
  • 2 Drops, small squirt of Thieves dish soap, Add to the spray bottle

Instructions For Using Cleaner

  1. Put the spray top on and gently rock back and forth. After you remove pet hair and lint from the microfiber chair or couch, you are ready to remove stains. Spray the cushions or seat and back area.
  2. This formulation also works for crushed velvet, tapestry fabric furniture, and rubberized floor mats. More detail will be given under each item you will be cleaning.

#2 Use a Running Shoe to Clean Your Door Mat

Before
Before
While cleaning
While cleaning

Kids Can Clean Too

Have your child put on their runners. No, we aren't going for a run. We are cleaning the indoor, outdoor, entrance mat. This is really quick and easy. Have them stand sideways to the mat and have them drag their foot across the mat. This whole mat takes less than 10min to clean. The side or edge of the runner causes friction, allowing the hair and debris to ball up. You can make it even quicker by taking the mat outside and shaking it off first. To remove more stuck on grime use the scrub brush. If you have already had rain and muddy weather then give it a wash and a scrub outside and hang to dry. The solution above can be used for this type of mat. When dry bring back in and you are done. Your company will never know you have pets. Woo hoo!

Did You Know?

Rubber Products Can Be Used To Clean Your Home?

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# 3 Bathroom Mat With Rubber Backing

Bath mat before
Bath mat before
Bath mat with damaged rubber backing
Bath mat with damaged rubber backing
After cleaning
After cleaning

Cleaning The Bathroom Mat

These bathroom mats can be easily thrown into the washing machine to clean. But if you have company coming over and no time, do this.

  • Take it outside and give it a shake.
  • Lay it back on the floor and clean with the rubber glove, hold one edge and swipe across like you did for the chair.
  • For any stains just spray and blot, and let dry. Or refresh by hanging out on the clothesline.
  • The second photo shows why you shouldn't put it in the dryer.
  • If the rubber backing is worn out, Don't throw it out!
  • You can purchase a rubber liner from the dollar store and cut to fit. Lay it on the floor before you put the mat back and you're done.
  • Bathmats without a rubber backing can also be cleaned this way. Or you can use a liner to stop it from moving.
  • Rubber can be used for so many things!

Rubber To The Rescue!

The Pet Hair, Lint Nightmare Is No More!

#4 Tapestry Chair Seat

Tapestry chair seat
Tapestry chair seat

Cleaning Tapestry, Fabric Seats

Now, last but not least lets clean the dining room seats and frames. Start by using the rubber glove you used for the other chair above. A rubber nubby brush can also be used for this fabric. Use the same swipe motion to clean. Then use the spray as above to clean any stains. This is refreshing and makes the room smell like spring. use the cleaning cloth and wipe down the wood and metal frame. Whatever your chairs are made of, this cleaner is non-toxic and good for a lot of surfaces. Clean your table frame as well, since you're already cleaning the chairs.

( Refresh, Renew and Clean. It's a great way to be!)

Clean More With Rubber

Base Boards
Wall Heaters
Rough Coated Decks
Clean with rubber gloves to remove hair and lint
Wipe with rubber glove
Use the rubber broom
Wipe down with non toxic cleaner
Then clean with non toxic cleaner
Makes cleaning easy
It will inhibit dust and hair longer then regular cleaner
This will keep hair and dust off longer
Sweep like you always do, the broom attracts dirt and small rocks
Cleaning inside and out is made easier with the use of rubber tools. Your hands will stay clean too.

© 2017 Terrie Lynn

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      Terrie Lynn 10 hours ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you for reading. I have found that some people don't realize these items need to be cleaned or how often. Have a great day.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 10 hours ago from Hyderabad, India

      An interesting and useful article. These are ordinary daily use items which need to be maintained clean and hygiene. You explained everything so clearly. This reminds me of my kitchen cleaning article that dealt with a very simple subject.

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