Cleaning and Maintaining Rubber Pavers: Here's How
We have seen a rise in the use of rubber pavers as a popular alternative for flooring materials. They have qualities that make them a suitable material for specific environments. They are known to be slip-resistant which makes it a safer choice for places where you'd want to avoid any slips and falls. They can be interlocked over concrete, stone, or wooden floors which makes installation relatively easy.
There are different designs in shape and colors for rubber pavers and its maintenance is also easy to do. They are used as flooring in playgrounds, nursing homes, patios, other outdoor amenities. The use of rubber pavers has also become a staple material for equine barns because of their practical and economical benefits. They cost less in maintaining them, prevent skidding as well as provide cushion, and they can be manufactured using recycled rubber.
Making sure your paver lasts a long time shouldn't be a monumental task, there are things you can do daily and things you can do from time to time to maintain your floor's color and integrity:
1. Daily Cleaning
When there's high foot traffic you can expect a lot of dirt, debris, stain, and grime build-up over the surface. Make sure you sweep them regularly using a soft tip broom to avoid damaging the surface with scratches and punctures. You can use a mop to clean areas where there are stains. Simply slosh over water with soap over the stained area and wipe it with the mop and let it dry, repeat only if the stain is not removed. You don't need to mop if you find the paver clean.
Installation may leave gaps where weed and grass can grow and between sections. Make sure to remove them to maintain the evenness of the surface. If a part of the flooring is loose, make sure you re-apply adhesive and let it dry before letting anyone use the area.
2. Weekly Cleaning
This is mainly to look for damages and clean the entire area with a mop. Use a wet mop and the entire floor area and check for hard stains. If the stains can't be removed by water, you can use a professional solution specific for rubber materials to clean it up. You should also use this time to check for damages or shifting in the position of the pavers.
3. Monthly Maintenance
Once a month you can a pressurized water hose to clean the surface and rid it of hardened stains, grime, and fine dirt. It will bring back the color of the surface and make it look as if new. Use the right setting for the pressure washer to prevent any damages to the surface.
These easy DIY tips can help maintain your paver's color as well as protect them from environmental damage. Rubber pavers are not immune to chipping when they are not regularly maintained but they are less troublesome than the concrete counterparts. It is also advisable that you use them in areas where there is high foot activity so that they'd last longer.