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Floor Care Life
Sealing and Finishing
Trouble Shooting Guide
RESILIENT TILE: RUBBER FLOORS
Rubber floors are made chiefly of
synthetic rubber, fillers and mineral pigments. They vary widely in form and properties
and are available in both tile and sheet goods with many degrees of harness and
flexibility. Rubber floors are fairly non-porous and resist warping and
buckling. They are resistant to acids, mild alkalies and many stains. Due to
their inability to resist solvents they must be maintained with water emulsion products.
- Avoid oils and solvents. Oils and solvents,
such as lubricating oil, mineral oil, vegetable oil, grease, gasoline, kerosene, naptha,
turpentine, solvent waxes, solvent cleaners and oil type sweeping compounds will attack
the rubber binder and cause softening and/or color bleeding.
- Protect from ultra violet rays. Rubber
flooring may discolor from exposure to ultra-violet rays (sunlight and florescent
lighting). To minimize this condition, keep a rubber floor well coated with water
emulsion wax or polymer floor finish.
- Avoid use of abrasives. Rubber flooring can be
permanently damaged by sand, grit, abrasive cleaners and coarse floor pads.
- Avoid stripping. Highly alkaline and solvent
containing strippers damage rubber tile. A good maintenance program extends routine
maintenance and reduces stripping frequency.
- Avoid extremes of hot or cold. Rubber tile is
a thermoplastic material which becomes brittle and can crack when subjected to cold or
indent under loads when heated. Using cool to warm water for routine maintenance
will extend the life of any applied coatings and the rubber tile itself.