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The Pros and Cons of Rubber Flooring

The Pros and Cons of Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is becoming an increasingly popular choice with home-owners, especially for use in hallways, utility rooms, garages and personal gyms. Prices for rubber tiles vary. Plain tiles are incredibly inexpensive, while marble effect and embossed rubber mats tend to cost £20 per square metre, or more.

The Advantages of Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is extremely hard-wearing, and can last for 20 years, or longer, as long as you take good care of it. So, although it can be more expensive than other types of flooring, keeping it well maintained will ensure you have a long lasting product that will be well worth the investment. Today, rubber flooring is available in a range of different colours, and patterns. You can even purchase marble effect rubber flooring to give your home a rich and luxurious look.

Rubber flooring is popular for use in gyms because it is a good shock-absorber. It provides cushioning to prevent people from injuring themselves when they fall, and it reduces the risk of impact injuries during vigorous training. Many older people opt for rubber flooring because it reduces the stress on their joints, and makes getting around on a day-to-day basis easier.

Plain rubber tends to be slippery when wet, but it is easy to make rubber flooring with raised studs or dimples which give it a non-slip finish. This kind of flooring may be a good choice for your bathroom, especially if you need to make the room safer for an elderly or disabled family member.

One often overlooked benefit of rubber flooring is that it absorbs sounds, so not only can you choose rubber for its hardwearing nature great for heavy usage, but also for soundproofing. Placing rubber tiles underneath wooden flooring is a good way to stop footsteps from echoing, and prevent the sound of your TV, or even your voice, from being carried to other rooms in the house.

Problems with Rubber

The main downside to rubber flooring is that rubber has a naturally dull finish. While it can be polished it still has a distinctive appearance, making it a poor choice for dining rooms, living rooms and other areas where you want the flooring to have a specific look.

In addition, rubber is difficult to clean. It picks up grease stains easily, and tends to discolour when cleaned with detergents. This makes rubber flooring difficult to care for; instead of mopping it down with soap or bleach bought from the local supermarket, you must use more expensive detergents specifically designed for use with your kind of floor. This may sound like a big disadvantage, but itís important to remember that wood flooring is equally hard to clean, and more susceptible to damage.

Caring for Rubber Flooring

To ensure that your rubber flooring lasts as long as possible, clean your floor regularly using soft, white cleaning pads. Do not use abrasive pads, as they may damage the finish of the floor. In addition, avoid using coloured pads, because the dye in them may stain the floor.

If chewing gum, or anything else sticky, contaminates the floor, freeze it and then scrape it off the floor using a plastic spatula. Other day-to-day dirt can be removed by sweeping or vacuuming the floor clean, and then using a wet mop to pick up any remaining dirt. Buff the floor dry with a white cleaning pad in to achieve an attractive satin finish.