How to Clean Rubber – Simple Cleaning Tips That You Should Know

Rubber comes as either natural or manmade. Initially, it was only used for extra protection in fabrics. However due to increased durability and elasticity after being mixed with sulfur, rubber has after that come in many kinds.

Rubber is very easy to clean and maintain. You only need to know that harsh or too strong washing detergents will affect the quality of rubber. It's cleaning should, therefore, be dictated by what it is used for. Here are some methods of cleaning a variety of rubber.


How To Clean Rubber Shoes

We all know that dirty shoes can be a deal breaker. It can be annoying to be well dressed but have a pair of dirty or stained shoes because you do not know how to go about washing them especially rubbers.

This is because shoes made of rubber like converse sneakers and vans can be a bit confusing on how to clean them compared to leather shoes that only mostly need a good wipe. If that is the case with you, worry not, I am here to give you some life saver do it yourself tips to get your rubber shoes looking all bright and new. 

Besides the methods am going to discuss here, have in mind that the first and last steps of cleaning your rubber shoes are a must regardless of the method you choose to go with.

Step 1. Taking Off The Laces

Take off The Laces

The first phase of any shoe cleaning process is taking off the shoe laces. Some people do not find it important, but it is very important because:

  • Removing the laces will give you the proper reach to the eyelets of your rubber which have dirt build up and hence need cleaning too
  • It will also allow you reach the tongue of you rubber shoe which needs cleaning too

Step 2. Cleaning Rubber Shoes

After taking off the laces, pass your rubber sneakers under running warm water. This helps in loosening the stains and ensuring the rubbers dump up. Be sure to remove any excess water inside your rubber shoe for easier cleaning.

Method 1: Using a Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture for Cleaning Converse Sneakers

Using a Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture for Cleaning Converse Sneakers
  • 1. In a small bowl, mix a tablespoon of Vinegar (white) with a tablespoon of hot water. To this mixture, stir in a tablespoon of baking soda. Bring this mixture to a pasty consistency. You can add an extra of any of the three to ensure that consistency is just right
  • 2. Using a toothbrush set aside for shoe cleaning or an old toothbrush, work the paste on the shoe and on the sole that is also rubber. For spots that have dark staining, work the paste in circular motions
  • 3. When you are positive that your rubber converse is clean, rinse it thoroughly under warm running water to make sure that all the vinegar and baking soda is washed off. Using contained water will not wash off all the baking soda
  • 4. In case you spot any remaining stain, repeat the process but on the spot area only
  • 5. Sun dry your rubber converse in the sun after which you can replace your laces. If you want, you can spray a light layer starch to get that new converse feel before drying it in the sun

Method 2: Using Toothpaste to Clean Stains on Your Rubber Converse

Using Toothpaste to Clean Stains on Your Rubber Converse

This may sound weird but trust me, toothpaste works pretty well in cleaning stains on a converse shoe. You will need a white tooth paste that is non-gel. Using a colored toothpaste will most likely add more stains to your rubber shoe than remove.

  • 1. Apply the toothpaste on your dirty rubbers and using a toothbrush work it all around the shoe targeting the stained spots.
  • 2. Ones the toothpaste is perfectly worked on the sole and rubber, or canvas fabric of your shoe let it rest for about ten minutes.
  • 3. When the time elapses, use a damp cotton towel to wipe off the toothpaste from your converse shoe.
  • 4. The more times you repeat this cleaning process, the brighter or whiter your rubber shoe becomes.

This is by far the most convenient way that is far easy a quick.

Method 3: Using a Washing Machine for Your Converse Shoes

Using a Washing Machine for Your Converse Shoes
  • 1. To a small bucket, add warm water until half full
  • 2. To the warm water, sprinkle about two table spoons of baking soda after which you will add about one bottle top of dish washing detergent and stir the mixture
  • 3. Using a brush with bristles dipped into the mix, scrub the white patch at the front of your converse shoe thoroughly until the dirt is removed and scuff marks begin to show
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    4. Using the same energy and force, scrub the protective guard bordering your shoe base until all dirt is removed
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    5. After removing the dirt, turn on your washing machine on a low cycle. Put your pair of converse shoes in and add a half cup of laundry washing detergent and begin your wash cycle. Avoid detergents that contain bleach to maintain your rubber converse shoe pattern.
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    6. When the wash cycle is done, use a cold rinse cycle to finish up

Step 3. Final Step after Cleaning Your Rubber Converse Shoes

Final Step after Cleaning Your Rubber Converse Shoes
  • Be sure to air dry them in moderate temperature
  • You can also whiten the front patch of rubbers by smearing liquid shoe chalk and wipe clean with a damp sponge with detergent. For best results make sure, you follow the instructions on the whitening agent
  • Finally, lace-up your rubbers. Ensure the laces are straightened to avoid twisting or looseness. Adjust the tongue to lay between the eyelet rows for more comfort

Cleaning your rubber Converse or Vans is not sure a difficult job after all.

2. Cleaning grime from Rubber Watch Straps 

How To Clean Rubber Watch Straps

Cleaning dirt from watch straps can range from the easiest and fast method to a rather prolonged process depending on the nature and type of stain. That is why ones you remove all the dirt perfectly, the other additional procedures can be disregarded.

Step 1.

Apply a good amount of tooth paste on the rubber straps. Using your finger or a soft brush, gently work the toothpaste on the straps focusing on the affected areas. You should be gentle to avoid damaging the surface of the straps. Rinse with water when done.

Step 2.

If the grime is still persistent, use some rubbing alcohol to dampen a cotton ball and then use it to wipe off the dirt. Rinse thoroughly and let it dry fully.

Step 3.

You will only get to this point if the dirt on your watch straps is incredibly stubborn.

Mix baking soda and water to make paste whose consistency resembles that of toothpaste. Using your fingers or brush, rub the paste gently to avoid damaging the straps. Focus on the problem areas and work the paste till all the dirt is removed. Rinse with water and allow to dry.

3. Cleaning Rubber Toys

How To Clean Rubber Toys

Rubber bath toys or toys, in general, are prone to dirt and mold and should be cleaned as often as possible.

Step 1.

In a small bucket, make a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent like dish washing soap. Stir to incorporate the water and soap. Immense a soft bristled brush into the cleaning solution and then scrub the toys until all the dirt is removed. Rinse the toys with warm water. (PIC YA KISCRUB)

Step 2.

Toys are good festering places for mold, and therefore regular check up should be done. Mild mold can be killed by soaking your toys in hot water and vinegar solution for up to ten minutes. Remaining mold, stubborn dirt, and scum can be easily brushed off with a soft brush as it has been loosened by the vinegar solution.

Step 3.

Wipe off the remaining water with a clean towel and allow to air dry. Avoid direct sun as it will affect the rubber.

Step 4.

Using a glue gun, close up any opening on the toys using hot glue to counter the growth of mold. Always allow complete drying as remains of water encourage mold.

4. Cleaning Rubber Phone Cases

How To Clean Rubber Phone Cases

Rubber phone cases do not only protect our phones from damage but also helps in keeping it clean hence takes all the grime and dirt. Here is how to clean it.

Step 1.

Remove the case and was it with a mild grease stripping liquid dish wash using a cloth or a brush. Remember to be gentle. 

If the grime persists, dampen a cotton cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe the remaining dirt on the case.

Step 2.

If the first step does not remove the dirt completely, mix your liquid dish wash with water and soak your phone case in the mixture after adding borax. After an hour, scrub the case gently using a brush and rinse off well.

Step 3 .

For very stubborn dirt, make a paste using water and baking soda. Apply the paste on the case and let it rest overnight. Scrub it off using a brush and rinse properly.

5. Cleaning Rubber Mats

How to Clean Rubber Mats

Rubber mats collect a lot of dirt due to the places they are meant to be placed.

Step 1.

Remove loose dirt from your rubber mat by taking it outside and shaking off the loose debris. You can also hit it against the wall.

Step 2.

Using a hose pipe, rinse your mat using water to blast off any remaining dirt. Be sure not to damage the mat using the hose or power washer. Only use what your mat can handle.

Step 3.

Scrub off the remaining dirt on your mat using a stiff bristled brush immersed in warm soapy water. Scrub firmly to remove stubborn spots and dirt buildup on the corners, nooks, and crannies. Your kind of rubber mat should dictate the kind of brush to use to avoid damage.

Step 4.

Rinse the mat using your hose pipe. Pay attention to spot any unclean areas so can repeat the scrubbing to remove the remaining stubborn dirt.

Step 5.

Ones your mat is clean, use a clean towel preferably a microfiber on to dry your rubber mat. In case you do not have a good towel to use, allow your mat to air dry. Avoid direct sunlight as it will damage your rubber mat.


To keep dirt buildup on the minimal on your rubber, clean it every day using mild washing agent, warm water, and a soft bristled brush.  Mild grime can also be removed using a rubber eraser. All you need to do is rub until the dirt is removed.

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