Dance studios are a whirlwind of activity. People come and go, and they bring with them food, cosmetics, body lotion, drink, and foreign substances from outside. It will happen eventually—a mess and how to clean it up and keep your dance floor from further damage is critical in maintaining your studio operational. These cleaning tips will help you figure out what to do.

What To Do When You Have a Spill

When you have a spill on your dance floor, time is of the essence to clean it as vinyl flooring is porous and will stain. Wood floors are especially vulnerable to liquid spills as they can stain, swell and warp wood.

There are dozens of things that can damage your dance floor if not cleaned up correctly and quickly, including:

  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Water
  • Food
  • Paint
  • Adhesive
  • Household cleaners
  • Grease

Some of these spills are easy to clean up if you have the correct cleaning products. Paint and glue spills will require a solvent. Those chemicals needed to remove such problems can damage your dance floor, so once the job is done, they must be immediately removed.

The Best Cleaning Products & What They Do

The best dance floor cleaning products are those made specifically for your dance floor and those recommended by the manufacturer. Many household cleaners contain chemicals that will evaporate the plasticizer in your Marley flooring that makes it flexible. When that happens, your floor prematurely ages becoming stiff and brittle.

Recommended products:

  • ProClean™, a detergent/degrease that will not leave a residue for everyday cleaning.
  • ProClean D No-Rinse™ for disinfecting your studio and protecting everyone from viruses
  • ProClean Ultra™ a monthly deep cleaning solution to remove ground-in grime, used with a floor machine and a green pad.
  • SimplyGone™ a cleaning agent for large area spills and stains. Also, can be used on carpet.
  • Wipeout Plus™ works as a spot removal solution for stains and removes adhesive residue that is safe for both dance and fitness floors
  • FloorShield II™ a finish for both wood and vinyl floors ideal for heavily used studios, ballrooms, wedding venues or any area where dancing and food are occupying the same space. Floorshield II protects the floor surface, making it easier to clean and keeps your floor non-slip.

You can learn more about all the products from Stagestep and how to effectively use them by reading the online Maintenance Guide at Unusual spills and stains call Stagestep for a free consultation.

Problems That Require A Professional

Paint and glue accidents require special care and perhaps professional attention. These spills need strong chemicals to deal with them effectively. Best to discuss your options with a professional or with your Stagestep representative.

Water damage, in addition to swelling and warping your floor, can be a breeding ground for mildew and mold. If you happen to spot fungus or mildew growth on your dance floors, call a professional immediately. You should not attempt to remove mildew or mold, as it is dangerous for your health.

In many cases, extensive water damage means you will need a new floor. There are companies such as Service Pro that can correctly dry walls and floors. Avoid installing new flooring until you know that the entire space has been dried out and tested for residual moisture.


When it comes to preventing staining or damage to your dance floor after a spill, timeliness is essential. Identify the issue and determine which cleaning product is best for the job. If you are unsure, or have concerns about your studio dance floor, call a professional or Stagestep for a consultation. Never attempt to get rid of mildew or fungus on your own.

Have questions about which cleaning products to use in your dance studio? Stagestep can help you troubleshoot your maintenance issues. You can also read our Maintenance Guide online or request a free copy.

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