How to Install Rolled Rubber Flooring, Part 2 How to Install Rolled Rubber Flooring, Part 2
Now that you have begun the job of installing rolled rubber flooring, you are ready to begin attaching it to the floor. From here, the job should go fairly quickly, and you will be able enjoy your flooring. Here are the basics of how to continue installing rolled rubber flooring.
Step 1 - Attach the Rubber
After you apply the adhesive to the floor, you need to allow it to set up for about 15 to 20 minutes. After that time, you can begin putting the rubber flooring in place. Take one of the pieces that has been pre-cut to fit and place it down in the adhesive. When it is in the adhesive, you need to position it quickly so that the adhesive does not dry with it in the wrong position. It can be difficult to move the rubber around once it is touching the adhesive. Therefore, you have to be diligent to make sure that you get it right the first time. Continue laying the pieces of rubber flooring on the floor until you have covered the area.
Step 2 - Roll the Floor
Once you have the rubber down on the floor, you will need to roll it. Use a flooring roller for this part of the project. Put the roller on top of the rubber and run it over the entire area. This is done so that the rubber will be pushed down into the adhesive firmly. This way, the adhesive will be sure to touch all of the rubber backing. Take your time and go slow so that you ensure that this process is done correctly.
Step 3 - Remove Adhesive Spills
Many times during this process, you will end up getting some adhesive on top of the rubber flooring. When you press down on the rubber flooring with a roller, sometimes the adhesive will come up through the cracks. When this occurs, you need to act quickly so that you can get the adhesive off of the rubber. Sometimes when the adhesive is still wet, you can simply take a rag and wipe it off without any issues. Other times, you may need to use a little bit of mineral spirits and a rag in order to wipe it off. Regardless of which method you use, check the entire floor for adhesive quickly after you get it laid so that you can increase the odds of being able to thoroughly clean the adhesive off.
Step 4 - Remove Bubbling
In some cases, you will notice that you have bubbles under the floor immediately after laying it. When this occurs, you need to act quickly so that you can fix the problems before the adhesive dries. If you see a bubble, take your roller and go back over the area. Try to work the air out around the edge of the flooring. Then allow the adhesive to sit up, and you should be able to start using the floor.