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Rubber flooring tiles are easy and simple to clean. You can use household items you will find in your kitchen cupboards to clean the tiles. Regular cleaning will keep the tiles looking new.

What You’ll Need
A broom
A vacuum
A bucket
Water
Liquid detergent
A sponge
Cleaning cloths

Step 1 – Removing Dust and Dirt

Use your broom to sweep away any dirt on the rubber tiles. Continue the process with your vacuum. This step will remove any dust or residue stuck in the rubber tiles.

Step 2 – Mixing a Cleaning Solution

Pour a gallon of warm water into your bucket. Add three squirts of liquid detergent to the water. Mix the solution together until the water is soapy.

Step 3 – Washing the Tiles

Immerse your sponge into the cleaning solution. Squeeze any excess liquid out of the sponge. Use the sponge to wash your rubber tiles. Empty the bucket when you are finished washing the tiles. Clean any dirt and debris from the bucket and the sponge.

Step 4 – Rinsing the Tiles

Pour a gallon of cool, clear water to your bucket. Immerse your sponge into the water and then squeeze out the excess water. Use the sponge to rinse the tiles. Buff the rubber floor tiles dry with your cleaning cloths.
 
 
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Installing an outdoor rubber floor is a simple home improvement project. Rubber flooring is a durable and flexible floor covering option. The soft materials makes it an excellent choice for play yards. The are available in a variety of colors, sizes and designs. Consider different colors or sizes to create your own unique pattern. Rubber floor tiles can be easily installed in an afternoon. Be sure to check the forecast so that you have a day of good weather to install your outdoor rubber floor.

What You’ll Need
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Spray chalk
  • Lawn mower
  • Rubber tiles
  • Spray lubricant
  • Roller

Step 1 – Measuring the Area

Use your tape measure to determine the measurements of the area where you will be laying the rubber floor. Multiply the length measurement by the width measurement. This calculation will give you the total square feet of rubber flooring you will need for your installation. Write the measurements and calculations down on a piece of paper. Take the notes with you to your local hardware or home improvement store. Speak with a professional about your plans to lay an outdoor rubber floor. Use interlocking rubber tiles for the best results.

Step 2 – Preparing the Installation Area

Use your spray chalk to mark off the boundaries for your new outdoor rubber floor. Check the installation area for any large stones and pieces of wood debris. Remove the stones and debris from the area. Use your lawn mower to even out any grass in that area of your yard. Set the blade to the lowest setting to be able to cut as much of the grass as possible.

Step 3 – Laying the First Tiles

Begin laying your first rubber tiles along the longest edge of your yard. You can lay the tiles directly onto the ground without any support or adhesive underneath them. The tiles will settle naturally into place. Position the first tile. Secure the second tile to the first one. Be sure the continue installing the first row of tiles along the edge of the yard. Once the first row is complete, begin laying the next row of tiles. Continue laying the tiles until you complete the entire area.

Step 4 – Cutting the Rubber Tiles

Use your utility knife to make any necessary cuts in your rubber tiles. Mark the tile with a pencil. Place the marked portion of the tile over a piece of scrap lumber. Apply a lubricant spray to your utility knife so that it will move more easily through the rubber. Use your utility knife to cut along the marking.

Step 5 – Rolling the Tiles

Use a roller to press the tiles together and firmly into the ground. Move the roller in long, even strokes. Use an even amount of pressure on the roller.
 
 
Source: www.DoItYourself.com

Back here with another job, this time in the small commuter town of Chinnor in Oxfordshire to clean and seal a Slate patio which was looking worse for wear. Slate is a highly durable material that is a popular choice not only for external flooring such as patio, but also for internal flooring in high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways. A few days before I began the cleaning, I visited the property in order to rake and re-fill the grout.

Slate patio Chinnor before cleaning

Cleaning a Slate patio

Working in sections, I began the cleaning process by pre-wetting the individual area of the patio, before applying a dilution of Tile Doctor Pro Clean. I use Pro-Clean as a cleaner for several different types of stone flooring, whether internal or external, as it is very good at getting underneath the dirt and lifting it out, being an alkaline it’s also safe to use on all types of Tile and Stone.

The solution was left to on the surface to dwell for a while, before scrubbing in with a medium brush attached to a floor machine. Once I had finished cleaning, I used a wet-vac machine to remove any watery residue before rinsing the area with clean water, and soaking up the excess once again with the wet-vac. I repeated this same process for the entire patio.

Sealing a Slate patio

Before beginning the sealing process, I ensured that the floor was completely dry, as any excess moisture could have impacted negatively on the performance of the sealer. My sealer of choice was Tile Doctor Colour Grow, a colour enhancing, impregnating sealer; two coats were sufficient.

Slate patio Chinnor after cleaning

As an impregnating sealer, Colour Grow works its way into the pores of the Slate, providing durable surface protection from within. In addition, the colour intensifying properties of Colour Grow bring out the natural colours and shades in the surfaces to which it is applied.

The finished result, as you can see from the photos, was quite a different look for this Slate patio. The many layers of grime and dirt had previously hidden the fantastic character of the tiles, but with a good clean and colour enhancing seal, the patio was brought back to life. Both myself and my client were very pleased with the outcome.
 
 
Source: UK Wide Floor Patio Cleaning Services

We work on a lot of residential tile installations but also cover commercial properties too, such as this new farm office which was in the process of being built in the market town of Driffield, East Yorkshire where a Flagstone tiled floor had been laid at the entrance. Driffield is known as the ‘Capital of the Yorkshire Wolds’ and lies near the source of the River Hull.

The farm office project was very big and, with the pressure on to complete it in time, the floor had been laid without being sealed first. As a result, the floor was getting dirty very easily, and was proving difficult to keep clean. It was clear that the Flagstone tiles would need to be cleaned and sealed, and I was called upon to get the job done.

Flagstone Floor in Driffield Farm Office Before Sealing Flagstone Floor in Driffield Farm Office Before Sealing

Cleaning dirty Flagstone floor tiles

To clean the floor I first mixed a 50:50 solution of clean water and Tile Doctor Pro Clean. Pro Clean is a high-alkaline cleaner which is safe to use on a wide range of natural stone floors. The cleaning solution was worked in using a rotary machine fitted with a black buffing pad which proved an effective method, lifting off the dust and residue that had been left on the surface of the Flagstone tiles during the course of construction work.

Flagstone Floor in Driffield Farm Office During Cleaning

The excess residue was extracted using a wet-vac machine. I then repeated the whole process over again several times in order to get the floor as clean as possible.

Flagstone Floor in Driffield Farm Office After Cleaning

Sealing the Flagstone tiled floor

To seal the floor I used a combination of two different Tile Doctor sealers. Firstly, I applied a layer of Tile Doctor Colour Grow to the floor. This colour intensifying sealer is specially formulated to enhance the fantastic natural colours in the stone, while at the same time providing durable surface protection.

The floor was then finished off with a couple of coats of Tile Doctor Seal & Go. This added to the stain resistance of the floor, while also delivering a very nice subtle shine on the surface.

Flagstone Floor in Driffield Farm Office After Sealing

All signs of building work have been removed from the stone floor and it is now looking presentable ready for the opening of the new office, the combination sealer applied to the floor will also make sure it stays that way for some time to come.

Flagstone Floor in Driffield Farm Office After Sealing

Source: Commerical Floor Cleaning Services