CLEANING AND FINISHING
RUBBER FLOORING is a 100% synthetic rubber floor product, formulated
with the finest materials and manufactured with the most advanced
process. It has been developed to render long term service, while
offering a permanently resilient surface.
order to receive full value, it is important that proper maintenance
procedures are followed.
The following instructions will cover:
of a floor finish (an optional procedure)
Disc (150-300 rpm) rotary buffing
vacuum or appropriate device
Rubber Floor Cleaner
(or other equivalent products)
72 hours for the adhesive to cure prior to the cleaning of the
floor. If any adhesive is on the floor it should be removed as
soon as possible, before the adhesive starts to cure.
adhesive spills when the adhesive is still wet by using a wet cloth
dampened with water. If the excess and spills of adhesive have
cured and are hard, although their removal is very difficult, the
following procedure may be helpful:
Apply mineral spirit with a cloth, to try to soften the adhesive.
b. Allow the wet cloth to stay on the effected area for at least five
c. Using either a wooden or plastic spatula, chip off the adhesive.
not use steel wool or abrasive pads; this will permanently damage the
surface. A general dullness may result from the process of removing
adhesive from the surface. If the natural luster does not return, the
floor may have to be cleaned and an application of floor finish may be
NOT USE STRONG SOLVENT CLEANERS (i.e. Lestoil, Top Job, Pinesol or
similar products), GASOLINE, TURPENTINE or ACETONE. THE USE OF THESE
PRODUCTS CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE.
NOT USE SCRUBBING PADS or DISKS.
NOT USE BLACK, BROWN, GREEN, RED or BEIGE PADS.
NOT USE HIGH SPEED BUFFING MACHINES OR SCRUBBERS ABOVE 350 RPM.
NOT USE HIGH ACRYLICS FINISH MATERIAL.
CLEANING (After installation)
1. Allow 72 hours for the adhesive to cure prior to the cleaning of the
2. Sweep and vacuum all surface dirt.
3. Use the OPTI-BRIGHT Rubber Floor Cleaner diluted 7 oz. per gallon
of warm water (this dilution to be used for initial cleaning
GENERAL CLEANING (Regular maintenance)
1. Sweep and vacuum all surface dirt.
2. Use the OPTI-BRIGHT Rubber Floor Cleaner (or equivalent product) diluted
3 oz. per gallon of warm water.
Note: To avoid excessive suds, pour cleaner into water rather than
adding the water to the cleaner. Apply solution to the floor with either
a nylon deck brush or clean rayon mop. Do not use cotton mops.
1. Scrub the area for four to five minutes using a single or double
brush, low RPM floor scrubbing machine (under 350 RPM). Use a 22 gauge
flagged nylon bristle brush or microfiber cleaning pad.
2. Wet vacuum or mop up the solution.
3. Rinse with cold water and vacuum up all rinse water. When an
automatic floor cleaning machine with a vacuum is used, it usually will
remove the cleaner residue in one rinsing. If removed by the mop method,
a second rinsing may be necessary, especially if a Floor Finish product
is going to be applied.
4. When an automatic dispensing floor cleaning and vacuum machine will
be used, proceed as follows:
Mix solutions as described above.
b. Be sure that the brushes are correct, as recommended above.
c. Apply solution to the floor with brushes rotating. Leave the
cleaning chemical on the floor (do not use the built in vacuum when
applying the cleaning chemical).
d. After the cleaning chemical has been applied, go over the area with
the brushes and vacuum the cleaning chemical from the floor. Once the
cleaning chemical has been removed, the brushes and machine should
then be cleaned out, removing the soapy water and filling with clear
water. Then the floor should be rinsed. When rinsing, clear water
should be applied to the floor with the brushes and vacuum working in
Once the floor has been cleaned and properly rinsed, one of the two
following systems should be used to further enhance the appearance of
Using the same brushes from the cleaning process (.028 gauge flagged
nylon or equal Union Mix), the floor can be dry buffed to achieve a
higher luster. It is imperative that the brushes are rinsed and
allowed to dry before buffing. (If the dry buff method is selected, it
is advisable to have an extra set of brushes to be used exclusively
for dry buffing).
b. The floor can be finished using the RUBBER-BRIGHT Floor Finish or
other acceptable product. The instructions for the application of the
RUBBER-BRIGHT Floor Finish are indicated on the label.
acceptable maintenance products are manufactured by Diversity Lever
Canada (TASKI) Tel: 905-829-1200. Products other than the OPTI-BRIGHT
Rubber Floor Cleaner or TASKI have not been tested, therefore the use of
any products other than those recommended, will be at the risk of the
For small installations or in situations where an automatic floor
cleaning machine cannot be used, a nylon boat deck brush can be used to
scrub the floor.
Mopping without a brushing action can result in the buildup of material
and soap residue, giving the surface a dull appearance. It is important
that the Rubber Floor Products be buffed when perfectly cleaned.
If the use of a Floor Finish is desired to obtain a very high gross and
to facilitate daily maintenance, it is very important that all cleaning
chemical residue be removed and it may be necessary to double rinse
before applying the Floor Finish. The Floor Finish will last for a long
period (six months - 1 year). It is recommended that when the finished
product starts to wear, the finish should be stripped from the floor. To
achieve this, strip using the OPTI-BRIGHT Rubber Floor Cleaner 15 oz per
1 gallon of water, and clean as instructed above. After the floor is
rinsed and it has dried, be sure that all old finish has been removed
prior to applying a new coat of finish.
Re-clean those areas where any old finish remains before applying the
new finish. Apply the floor finish material as instructed on the label.
Allow the finish to completely set prior to putting the area back in
mild solution (like Windex) on the area to be cleaned.
clean with a soft, dry cloth.
area by hand with a clean, soft cloth towel.
commercial gum removal solvent on the gum only, or use an ice pack
to freeze the gum.
the gum with a wooden or plastic spatula.
residue of the gum with mineral spirit.
area and hand buff with soft cloth or towel.
INSTRUCTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN PREPARED TO ADVISE AS TO THE
PROPER METHODS TO CLEAN YOUR FLOORING PRODUCT. PRF USA Inc., OR THE
LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR CANNOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE APPLICATION
OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS IT
IS IMPORTANT THAT, PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL CLEANING OR FINISHING OF THE
PRODUCT, YOU CALL OUR OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. PROPER MAINTENANCE
IS NECESSARY IN ORDER FOR THE LIMITED WEAR WARRANTY TO BE IN EFFECT.