Maintenance is key to maintaining your warranty and value of your newly Poured in Place rubber safety surfacing. Presence of foreign objects may damage your surface. These include a wide range of items, from sand, dirt, and stones to leaves, tree sap, chewing gum, bird droppings, urine, blood, scuff marks, tar, gasoline or grease.
Do: Use plastic shovels, snow blowers that are raised above rubber with plastic risers, Alaskan ice melt, soapy water, low power pressure washers, leaf blowers, brooms etc.
Don’t: Use metal shovels, metal ice scrappers, or any sharp objects
Keep Loose Debris Off. Loose debris such as sand, dirt, and small stones on top of unitary surfacing can reproduce slip hazards. In addition, fine particles can accumulate in porous openings and clog important drainage features of some surfaces, as can matting materials such as leaf litter. These particles can also be abrasive; they accelerate wear and shorten surface life. It is recommended that a regular periodic washing and removal of this loose debris be done. It is best to pressure wash, vacuum porous surfaces to clear the permeable openings as well as removing top litter, but blowing can also be an effective means of achieving this. Dry sweeping or scrubbing will remove the loose litter, but can force more fine particles into porous openings of some surfaces. This should be done as required, but may be necessary more often if local conditions warrant.
Below is a list of items suggested for cleaning and maintenance
- Lawn vacuum or blower for porous surfaces or soft-bristle push broom for non-porous surfaces
- Simple Green, 30 Seconds, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Borax, Oxi-Clean, White Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Stubborn Stains – Mold, Algae, Grease, other stains use a hand sander with fine paper to remove the top layer of stain. Gradually increase the coarseness of the sandpaper as required.
- Moss/Algae/Mildew/Mold – Saturate with hydrogen peroxide and let stand for at least five minutes. Repeat using vinegar. Soak up with disposable rags. Double rinse with clean water or pressure wash.
Avoid harmful solvents and cleaning products
The following are effective cleaning agents but they are not recommended on most rubber surfaces. They may be detrimental to the surfacing because, over time, they could break down the polyurethane binding component and may lead to de-plasticization of the EPDM or SBR or Combination of your rubber. Most are not environmentally friendly. Some also change the appearance of the cleaned area compared to the rest of the surface, or make the surface very slippery: Acetate, Ammonia, Benzene, Carbon tetrachloride, Chlorine Bleach, Glycerin, Lighter Fluid, Mineral Spirits, Naphtha, Petroleum Distillates, Turpentine, WD40, Petroleum Jelly.