It's not often you think about how to clean rubber. Rubber is very easy to clean and care for. Natural rubber comes from the sap of a rubber tree. It was first used as coating on fabrics for extra protection. Once rubber was combined with sulfur and it became more elastic and durable, it became widely used in products in the house and in industry. Man made rubbers are more resistant to heat, solvents and oil than natural rubber. Rubber does not require many cleanings; it depends on what the rubber is being used for.
What you'll need:
- Dish washing liquid
- Mix a few drops of dish washing liquid in water and saturate your towel with the solution. Ring the towel of excess water and wipe down rubber. Rinse the towel in clean water and get rid of all excess soap on rubber.
- This should remove all dirt and grime from rubber, but it might take several cleanings to get rubber completely clean if it is severely dirty. Never use petroleum or oil on rubber or it will ruin the rubber. For example you would never oil a rubber belt on a lawn mower.
- To maintain proper care of rubber, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. This will cause rubber to break down. Rubber will show signs of this when it starts cracking. With these simple steps, it is easy to clean rubber and maintain its strength and durability.