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Rubber Quality and Floor Care
Rubber flooring is fairly consistent in quality, below is a few variations which will determine where to use which floor. Remember synthetic rubber is overall stronger and more durable than natural rubber.
Rubber Floor Quality
- Thickness: The thickness of the floor will indicate for which areas it is suitable and normally differs from 3mm to 12mm in thickness. For example if it is for a gym in the loose weights section then a thicker floor will be needed to take the punch of any falling weights.
- Density: The density of a natural rubber floor is important as this will indicate the strength of the floor, normally any density between 800 to 1500 kg/m3 is good quality.
- Finish: Some manufacturers also apply a coating to protect the floor even further, like a polyurethane coating.
Usually rubber floors has about 5 years guarantee, check with your supplier what the guarantee is on the brand they sell and also what the conditions of this guarantee is.
Characteristics of Rubber Floors
These properties can differ between natural and synthetic rubber and also between manufacturers.
- Flexible: Rubber is very flexible and permanently resilient, so it can take the shock from heavy objects falling on it without damaging the floor (excluding sharp objects) and can also help prevent plates or cups breaking if dropped.
- Sound: Rubber sound absorbent and thus is a very good sound isolator
- Slip-Resistant: Rubber has excellent slip resistance
- Impact-Resistant: Rubber is heavy impact resistant and can take heavy loads without any damage, like a car showroom for example.
- Water and Heat: Rubber is resistant to water and heat and overall a good insulator
- Spills: Rubber is resistant to spills
Maintenance and Floor Care
- Prevention: Use loose mats at outside doors to trap dirt, water and stones and protect your floor from any sharp objects like furniture legs.
- Daily Cleaning: Sweep or Vacuum daily to remove dust and debris.
- Cleaning Fluid: Do not use daily household cleaning fluids as this might damage rubber floor, you need to use a neutral pH detergent diluted as per instructions. We recommend that you use only cleaning fluids recommended by the manufacturer or supplier as using other fluids might influence the guarantee of your floor.
- Scrubber:A scrubber or polisher can be used for rubber but is recommended for wet cleaning and with a revolution of not higher than 200RPM, ask your supplier about this.