Rubber Flooring Installation and Cleaning
Rubber Roll and Tile Installation
Our rubber flooring and rubber rolls can be permanently installed with troweled adhesive, or double sided pressure sensitive (DSPS) tape. Using tape will still adhere the floor very well, but will allow for the flooring to be removed at a later date. It should be noted though, if tape was used for installation some residue may be left over when removed. Typically in a commercial facility adhesive will be used as it is the most durable, permanent solution. Rolls should be rolled out flat and left to acclimate at room temperature for at least 24 hours prior to installation.
Our tiles can be loose laid or adhesive can be used. No matter which method you use, you need to make sure that the area receiving flooring is broom swept, vacuumed, dry and free of dust before installation. Adhesive and tape will not stick to dust and a clean subfloor is vital to successful installation. To install rubber flooring you will want a non-retractable razor blade cutter, chalk line, masking tape, T-square, measuring tape, trowel, seam sealer, flooring adhesive, stir stick, knee pads, mineral spirits and cleaning rags in case of adhesive spillage. It is very important to note that the mineral spirits are for cleaning tools and spills anywhere EXCEPT on the rubber and should NOT come in contact with the rubber flooring.
Rubber Roll and Tile Cleaning and Maintenance
Never use any petroleum based products with any recycled rubber products. This includes solvents, adhesives and sealants. Petroleum based products will severely reduce the life and quality of your floor system. We recommend a neutral PH rubber floor cleaner such as the CleanBreak system. Neutral PH cleaners will not have adverse reactions with the recycled material. Daily maintenance can include sweeping, sponge mopping or vacuuming. For a more extensive cleaning using a cleaner/deodorizer such as Cleanvia CV1000, or a mild detergent with a sponge mop and warm water is usually sufficient. For outdoor rubber cleaning, use of a water hose, leaf blower or broom is typically sufficient.
One issue facing customers looking into purchasing rolled rubber or tiles for their home or fitness center is the potential for unwanted rubber odor. This typically is not as much of an issue as it has been in the past. Manufacturers used to use sulfur based binding agents to hold the rubber granules together. While this process is still used on some rubber mat materials, it is not a part of the rolled rubber and tile manufacturing process. Presently, Allied Products’ manufacturers use urethane based binding agents which cuts down on the smell so much that it is typically only an issue for people with a very sensitive sense of smell. Proper ventilation is the best way to ensure odor levels are kept to a minimum. Much like new carpet, rolled rubber and tiles will have an initial effect on the odor of the environment, but with proper air circulation and time the smell will dissipate.