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Old 07-26-2008, 08:54 AM   #1
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Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

Anybody got some? I vacuum and mop but all I seem to be doing is covering the floor with a light glaze of melted chalk dust. I've tried both using just a little water and unleashing a veritable flood, using no soap and plenty of it--it just never really looks clean. Thanks, friends.
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

I have the same problem so i will be interested in seeing what the replys are.

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Old 07-26-2008, 02:48 PM   #3
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

We use water and vinegar on ours.

Best method we've found is to vacuum up as best as possible before applying any water/vinegar. Otherwise if you try to mop chalk dust it turns into chalk paste and spreads all over the place.

Sometimes, if it's really bad, it might take a couple moppings, letting it dry inbetween.
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

I wonder if some sort of carpet cleaning machine would work? The kind that first sprays hot water, then vacuums it up?

(Haven't tried it, just thinking out loud . . .)
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:18 PM   #5
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

David's right money with the carpet steamer. I just use water as I'm afraid the cleaning solution would damage the mats. You can rent one usually in the supermarket to try it out. If you like the way it works you can pick one up on craigslist pretty cheap.
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:58 PM   #6
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

We use a hot water carpet/floor cleaner and it works great. Can't remember the name off the top of my head but I know that we learned of it from a post by Kim Layton in this forum. And we found it right at Target. (They're not cheap -- I think about $200 -- but it does work better and faster than the old mop and bucket, in my opinion.)

(And we use a cleaning solution but dilute it with tons of water, because you just don't need that much.)
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Old 07-26-2008, 05:51 PM   #7
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

We tried a hot water steamer after reviews on this forum ... It sucked. Best we found is the industrial janitor's mop. It is faster and does a better job around corners and equipment. Costs about $100 for the mop and bucket at a hardware store.
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:41 PM   #8
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

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We tried a hot water steamer after reviews on this forum ... It sucked. Best we found is the industrial janitor's mop. It is faster and does a better job around corners and equipment. Costs about $100 for the mop and bucket at a hardware store.
I second that! We bought that $250 cleaner and it does a decent job but I spend more time filling the wash container and emptying the dirty water than anything else.
Now ,we use an industrial janitors bucket and mop with water/vinegar. As Becca said, vaccum up as much as possible before mopping. We "spot" mop every day and mop the entire gym (4500 sqft) once a week.

By far cleaning the floor is the worst part of our job! Thinking about taking out some trade.... clean floors get free training?
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:03 AM   #9
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

What Anthony and Todd said...

I now use a diluted bleach water solution. I also have one of those wide-head floor brooms that I use to scrub the floor with and then follow with a mop. This has worked pretty good.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:42 AM   #10
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Re: Tips for Keeping Stall Mats Clean

The mop always left behind so much lint, now we just ask everyone to be cleaner. We are using a foam mop that works well, but takes forever.
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