How to Install Rubber Tiles in Your Nursery
One of the first things to plan for when putting up a nursery is the flooring. Rubber mats are often a good choice. They don’t only make a great floor covering for crawling little toddlers, they also make wonderful playroom flooring. Since babies and toddlers love to explore, you can expect occasional falls and trips. Cushioning the floor with rubber mats can prevent serious accidents. Apart from that, rubber tiles also protect the floor from stains, dins, and scratches. They also keep the children’s furniture from sliding or toppling down. If you decide to install rubber tiles in your baby’s nursery, here is what you should do.
Step 1 – Measure the Space
Measure the entire area using a measuring tape. Record the measurements on paper. This would let you know how much floor area you need to cover with rubber tiles. Getting the right measurement is important so that you will be able to get the right amount of tiles to use for the nursery.
Step 2 – Buy rubber Tiles
Now that you know how many rubber tiles you need, you can now buy them in an online store or in a home improvement outlet. Make sure that you bring the dimensions with you so you can get the right quantity of tiles. Rubber tiles come in various thicknesses. Getting thicker ones is always advisable so they can provide more cushion and protection to your little one. In terms of type, you can choose between interlocking and straight edge rubber tiles. Interlocking tiles are recommended because they form a puzzle and don’t require glue. They are also available in bright colors with letters, numbers, and picture designs. See to it that the rubber tiles you buy do not contain any harmful chemicals.
Step 3 – Clean the Nursery Area
First, sweep the floor with a broom to get rid of dirt and debris. In some cases, this would do the job. But if you’re located in an area that is prone to dust, make use of a vacuum to suck out all the dirt including those hiding in corners and edges of the room. Once the area is completely dust free, wipe the floors with a damp cloth dipped in a mild cleanser. The cleaning solution should be baby-friendly. It should also have antimicrobial quality but should not contain any harmful chemicals. Dry the floor with a clean dry cloth. Now you’re ready for the next step.
Step 4 – Lay Down the Rubber Tiles
Start with one corner of the room. Work your way outwards, filling each part of the room with a rubber tile. For areas that are too small for one tile to cover, use a utility knife to trim the tile to fit the area. Flatten the tile carefully so that they would stay in place. If you’re going to use the straight edge rubber tiles, wear gloves when applying adhesive. See to it that the adhesive you use is free from VOCs (volatile organic compounds).