Installing Rubber Matting In 6 Steps Installing Rubber Matting In 6 Steps

What You'll Need
Protective rubber matting
Broom or vacuum cleaner
Utility knife
Double-sided tape
Straight edge

Installing rubber matting is a great way to add a safe and ergonomic floor covering in any room. Rubber matting provides for a cushioned landing in case of a fall, and also does a fair job of insulating sound. It's perfect for use in home gyms or a kid’s play rooms, and provides a safe passageway through open kitchens or other areas where floors may become wet. Rubber matting roles are certainly much easier to work with, than the foam, and can be placed directly over existing flooring with little effort. Here's a guide to show you how to install rubber matting in your home.

Step 1- Measuring

Measure the floor area where you want to install the rubber matting, and purchase rubber flooring based on your measurements. Generally, it is a good idea to purchase about 10 percent more rubber matting than you think you will need, in order to account for recessed areas or other hard to measure places.

Step 2– Prepare the Rubber Matting

Unroll the roll of rubber matting, and allow it to sit in place and breathe for about 24 hours prior to installing it. This will allow the rubber matting to naturally fall to a flat state and adjust to the temperature of the environment in which you are installing it. If you can’t wait 24 hours for the matting to become flat on its own, then you can unroll the matting and then flip it over, so that the curled ends are facing the floor. Then, place heavy flat items along end of the matting to help force it to remain flat. After a couple of hours, the matting should be ready.

Step 3– Taping the Rubber Matting

Affix double-sided tape along the perimeter border edges of the rubber formatting.

Step 4– Aligning the Rubber Matting

Flip the roll over (taped side facing up), and then align the mats exactly where you would like them to be. You may have to trim the mats with your utility knife and a straight edge, in order to get them to fit snugly in corners or up against counters

Step 5– Clean the Area

Using your broom or vacuum cleaner, thoroughly clean the area where you will be placing the rubber matting. Dust or debris will cause the double-sided tape to not adhere well to the flooring surface.

Step 6– Finishing Up

Next, peel the protective layer from the double-sided tape. Then, place the rubber mats in the position and patterns you have already laid out for them. Once in place, walk along the perimeter edges of the rubber mats to help secure the tape to the mats and floor surface.
That’s it. You have not installed rubber matting, and you can now rest a little easier knowing that room or passage is now much safer than before.

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