Rubber Flooring Installation and Cleaning
Installation: The type of installation required for rubber flooring depends on a few different things. If you are using rolled rubber, you will need to use a glue or tape-down method depending on where the floor will be used. You will want to use glue in commercial situations because it is a much more permanent and durable adhesive. The procedure is more involved but the results are worth the extra labor. In cases where you will be using less than 500 square feet of rolled rubber, you can also opt for a double sided tape-down installation. This is still an excellent way to adhere the rubber to your floor surface and is less labor intensive than the glue-down method.
In situations where you will be using rubber interlocking tiles (for example: in a small home gym) you can go with a simple dry-lay method. This is obviously the easiest and least expensive route to take and the flooring can be moved and stored easily.
Some of our outdoor rubber floor tiles use a clip or pin connector system for installation. This can lessen the need for a full glue-down installation. Still other playground rubber flooring tiles feature an interlocking installation method. In this scenario, the interlocking tabs of the rubber tiles are glued together but the floor itself isn’t adhered to the mounting surface.
Cleaning: A damp mop and a bucket of hot water should keep your floor looking brand new for years. Generally, a quick vacuum and once-over with a mop will suffice. In cases when the flooring is exceptionally dirty, we recommend that you use a floor cleaner with a neutral ph. This is important because some solvents and other types of floor cleaner can wear down the chemical makeup of the rubber over time which will decrease the life of your floor. If you have a large installation, an automated walk behind or riding floor cleaning device can be used to clean rubber flooring. However, it is imperative that the appropriate floor brushes and/or pads are used in conjunction with a neutral ph floor cleaner. You can air dry the flooring or give it a buff with a rag to restore satin shine.
In most cases rubber flooring is not sealed. However rolled rubber and interlocking rubber floor tiles for commercial, athletic, or retail installations can be sealed using the appropriate rubber floor sealer. Sealer may provide a cleaner and longer lasting wear surface in extremely high traffic areas but sealing rubber flooring will require a continual maintenance program of cleaning and resealing.