Install Guidelines: Rubber Flooring

A quick guide on how to install your new 1m x 1m x 15mm rubber flooring.

Ideally you will have a reinforced concrete floor to lay the mats on especially for olympic lifting. If you are fitting onto floor screed it should be ok also but you should consult with a builder before doing so. If there are cracks in your screed already you will need to have an underlay in place to avoid any further breakage. We have found that a 6mm ply will do the trick here.

Hints and tips

  • Vacuum and mop floor thoroughly to remove dust
  • The beveled edge should face up
  • Stagger the joints
  • If you are installing grass start the mats at the grass and work back to the wall
  • Glue any exposed ages
  • Sharp knife blades are essential
  • Keep people off the mats until installation is complete to reduce dusty foot prints
  • Any multi purpose adhesive should hold the mats your local building supplier should be able to recommend. We suggest STK300.
  • If not confident ask a flooring expert to fit the mats.

Tools required

  • Sharp knife with extra blades
  • Metal meter ruler with straight edge
  • Measuring tape
  • Trowel
  • Multi purpose adhesive (if required)

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Floor Pattern

We would suggest that you use a block work pattern as shown in the image below. The mats are sometimes not exactly 1m2 due to the curing process and this will disguise any discrepancies in the mats. Pick a wall as your starting point and lay the tiles one by one across the room. Lay each mat next to the last and kick it into place to compress it slightly. Steel toe capped boots will be a good choice of foot ware if you have them.

If you are installing artificial grass we would suggest installing it first and starting your mats from here. It is very important that you glue the mats beside the grass to the floor so that they do not push the grass.

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Cutting the tiles

You may have pillars and other obstacles to cut the tiles around. Always use a straight edge and a measuring tape to make accurate cuts. When you get to the end of a run where a full tile will not fit you will need to cut a tile to fit. This quick pointer below may speed you up.

  • Lay a full mat against the wall on top of the previously laid tile.
  • Run the knife along the tile to mark your cut line.
  • Move the full tile and run the blade down your line 2-3 times to cut through
  • Remove the cuts and place the full tile into that space.
  • The cut piece should now fit into the space between your full tiles and the wall.

 

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Exposed Edges

If you have any edges where the rubber is not held in place by the walls you will need to use some multi purpose adhesive. We suggest STK300. Your local hardware store will be able to recommend what adhesive brands that they supply. Run a thin covering of the adhesive over the clean surface and place the mat on top, apply pressure over the mat and allow time for it to bond. This will stop the mats from creeping and hold the others in place.

Cleaning

As we are not certain how the  compounds within our rubber tiles will react with chemical products & steam cleaning we would suggest sticking to tried, tested and simple method. The most effective way to clean our tiles is to first; brush or vacuum the surface to remove chalk and larger items. Then complete by simply mopping the area with warm water and leaving to air dry.

Contact us

If you have any further questions please contact our team at info@blkboxfitness.com