Before installing the rubber floor, you need to prepare the following tools:
- Double-sided tape
- Sharp utility knife
“Before starting the installation, please clean the floor and keep it dry.”
- Apply the double-sided sealing tape completely around the inside perimeter in regards to the width and length of the roll. Do not remove the release paper.
- Place the roll end against the wall, and unroll the first piece over the prepared area. Maneuver the rubber to lay precisely with a mallet and wood block.
– If the rubber exceeds the floor space, use a straightedge and non-retractable utility knife to trim the excess length.
– If you are laying rubber flooring and the mats will lie lengthwise, use chalk to mark the excess rubber, and cut at the line so the adjacent rolls are flush.
- Press firmly on the mats to remove any curls or bubbles.
- At the beginning of the seam, fold back the rubber at the width point so that the tape is viewable. Remove release paper and ease rubber back down into place. Do not allow it to “flop” onto the tape, as it may create air pockets.
- Press to adhere. Continue this process for the remainder of the floor.
- After the first 60 minutes, when the adhesive has begun to set, thoroughly roll the matting with carpet roller to assure the rubber has bonded to the adhesive. Repeat this step at 75 and 90 minutes.
– Be careful not to shift the roll as you use the carpet roller.
– Rolling should be done both widthwise and lengthwise.
- Make sure to butt the mats up against adjacent or end-to-end mats to ensure tight joints without gaps. If gapping occurs, use masking, cellophane or packing tape to hold the mats together until the adhesive cures or the remaining pieces are laid.
– Do not use duct tape as it may leave residue on the surface when removed.
Now that you’ve learned how to install rubber flooring, you are ready to cover your floor properly.