Flooring | Main Topic |
Extremely chalky rubber nubbed surface with significant deposits of dirt.
The same surface: In front, untreated and chalky; in back, renovated with
a grit brush and treated with a protective dispersion.
Long life through correct cleaning
Elastomeric flooring is tough. This often makes it the first choice when furnishing objects that
have heavy traffic or use. It also needs correct cleaning and maintenance. Sometimes it even
needs to be renovated.
Elastomeric flooring is often called “rubber” flooring. It
of synthetic and/or natural rubber, color and fillers,
aging inhibitors and vulcanizing agents. It is available as smooth
or structured flooring (grained, with hammered surfaces, nubs,
pastilles and similar structures). The flooring is relatively resistant
to mechanical influences, and is point-elastic. It can be scratched
or scuffed, however, by very hard objects. Elastomeric flooring is
chlorine-free and increasingly
found in public buildings due to
fire-protection requirements. Like all other elastic surfaces, rubber
flooring is also offered with surface
finishes such as PUR.
But elastomeric flooring is resistant to chemicals and cleaners
only to a limited degree. In particular, highly alkaline agents with
a pH value over 11 damage elastomeric flooring and prematurely
age it. Thus, only universal basic cleaners with a pH value of 10
in the concentrate (e.g. Linax Extreme) should be used for basic
Elastomeric flooring is also not completely resistant
against acidic cleaners. The acids can irreversibly change the
of the floor. Strong solvents also cause such flooring to lose
its aging protection
and become brittle or even swell. Elastomeric
flooring is also damaged
by sunlight. UV light in particular
entering through large windows, or artificial lighting
such as special lighting for plants) leads to faster aging.
Cleaning and care
Keeping the above-mentioned properties in mind, elastomeric
flooring should not only be cleaned but also treated. Depending
on how heavily the flooring is used, damp mopping with water-soluble
polymers (e.g. Tawip Original) or soap cleaner (e.g. Tawip
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