Laying Rolled Rubber Flooring Laying Rolled Rubber Flooring

What You'll Need
Warm water
Rubber rolls
Grease pencil
Straight edge
Utility knife
Square trowel, 1/16 inch
Damp rag
Mineral spirits

Rolled rubber flooring is one of the most eco-friendly choices available on the market. Rubber is both recyclable and biodegradable, which helps to sustain the environment. The flooring consists of sheets of rubber which are attached onto the substrate with an adhesive. It can withstand a high volume of foot traffic without wear and tear. This makes it ideal for both interior and exterior purposes. Rubber flooring creates a comfortable surface to walk or play on. You may wish to install it in your home gym. Installation takes some effort partly because the flooring is heavy. However it isn’t a difficult process, as outlined in the steps below.

Step 1 – Clean the Floor

It is vital that you clear all dust, dirt, grease and fine debris from the subfloor before installation. This allows the rubber to attach more effectively onto the substrate. Clean your subfloor with warm, soapy water. Mop up the water and then rinse with plain water. Mop up the water and allow the floor to dry completely.

Step 2 – Unroll the Rubber

Lay out the rubber onto the floor. Allow 1 day for the rubber to relax so as to make it easier to handle. It also enables higher accuracy when you trim to size.

Step 3 – Cut into Strips

Cut the rolls into strips to be attached onto the subfloor. Allow 1 foot extra on each strip. This allows the rubber to extend about 6 inches along the wall on each side. Cut enough strips to cover the entire floor.

Step 4 – Trim to Size

Mark a line on the rubber with a grease pencil where you intend to cut. Lay the rubber flat on the subfloor. Use a straight edge and utility knife to trim the strips to size. Pass your knife over the rubber several times. It will finally make a clean cut through the rubber. Cut all the edges in this way.

Step 5 – Apply Adhesive

Pull back one strip of rubber to allow you to apply adhesive onto the subfloor. Spread adhesive over the entire surface with your trowel. Be sure to attain an even coat. Lumps of adhesive hamper effective attachment. They also cause bubbles to form once you attach the rubber.

Step 6 – Attach Rubber Strips

Carefully place the strip pulled back earlier onto the adhesive. It is vital that you attach the strip accurately as it is difficult to shift the rubber once it attaches onto the adhesive. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for all the other strips to be installed.

Step 7 – Roll the Floor

Use a floor roller to attach the rubber flooring firmly onto the subfloor. Slowly roll over the entire floor several times to facilitate firm attachment. As you roll, some adhesive may make its way onto the top through the seams. Quickly wipe away excess adhesive with a clean, damp rag.

Step 8 - Finishing

Examine your rubber floor for dried adhesive. Dampen a rag with mineral spirits and wipe away the excess adhesive.

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