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Tips for maintaining cross fit flooring

Maintaining Cross Fit flooring is quite different than maintaining an aerobic studio’s. With CrossFit’s high impact exercises sweeping the nation, these gym floors are experiencing an entirely different type of stress. This means an increased need for smart materials and maintenance that handle the pressure.

It is important to first consider the type of flooring these types of gyms ideally need in order to sustain such repeated impact. Additionally, maintaining gym flooring is not just an aesthetic issue, but a safety issue as well.

According to Athletic Business, Purdue football offensive coordinator Gary Nord sustained a severe back injury from tripping on the flooring in the weight room, leading him to sue the university. In another instance, the Grambling State football team lost its entire football team in part due to an unsafe weight room.

Whether a college weight room or a Central Oregon CrossFit gym, maintaining the integrity and safety of your flooring is key to your business.

So what are key tips for maintaining cross fit flooring?

  • Consider your options. Before maintenance is even an issue, take into consideration the impact, traffic and intensity your CrossFit or gym floor will experience. An ideal weight room floor should be incredibly resilient, easy to clean and non-porous. Additionally, ensure your flooring is properly installed. You also want to select flooring that will reduce noise by decreasing decibel levels. Wisely selecting and properly installing your flooring will then make the maintenance much more feasible and affordable.
  • Consider thick, rubber flooring. This type of flooring, rather than traditional wood floors, is becoming increasingly in popular due to exercises like CrossFit, which offer intense, rapid succession kettle bell exercises. Clean Break’s sealant retains the flexibility in rubber flooring that is so important. And with Clean Break’s disinfectant, this flooring will be easy to clean and maintain, making for a sanitary and attractive gym.
  • Protect it! Once moisture gets into the substrate slabs, the flooring starts to bubble, which then becomes a tripping hazard. Clean Break’s rubber flooring and mat sealant protects against moisture, which greatly prolongs the safety of the floor. Not only does it seal the surface to keep out bacteria, fungus and bacteria, but it is long lasting, easily cleaned and water and chemical resistant. This means a safer and longer lasting floor.

Safety and cleanliness is paramount with CrossFit gym flooring. We make it easy to achieve both.

Give us a call today and let us show you how easy maintaining the safety and effectiveness of your CrossFit or gym floor can be.

Why gym floors need rubber sealant

Today’s gyms prefer synthetic rubber flooring to hardwood floors. This is mostly because rubber flooring isn’t as sensitive to temperature change and is more durable for day-to-day wear and use.

Rubber flooring is highly porous and with time and use, can accumulate dirt below its surface. For the busy gym owner or manager, this can become difficult to clean. So what do you do? Automatic scrubbers and heavy-duty cleaners or stripping aren’t effective at getting below the surface. A rubber sealant is the best solution for your rubber gym floors. It will absorb the finish, seal in the pores and provide a smoother surface, fast.

Rubber sealant is also highly effective for gym floors because it contains low odor, is zinc-free and doesn’t need to be diluted with water. It’s made to add a protective wax layer and finish to the flooring. Rubber sealant can seal almost two thousand square feet per gallon.

How to use rubber sealant

In order to get the best results, you can apply rubber flooring sealant in small sections of the gym floor with the help of a squeegee. A paintbrush can also be used to fill in any gaps. The first application should be kept at a rate of six hundred square feet per gallon and two coats can be applied. The first coat has to dry for about a half hour before the second coat is applied at a rate of eight hundred to one thousand square feet per gallon. You will have to cure it for a full day before it can get wet. Coating will take on full strength in a week’s time.

Advantages of using a rubber flooring sealant on gym floors

Using a rubber sealant on gym floors regularly will keep your flooring in good condition and prolong its life. The main advantages of using the rubber flooring sealant are:

  • It will seal the porous surface and keep the bacteria out.
  • Its strong bonding potential will retain flooring flexibility.
  • It is highly durable, long lasting and can also be recoated.
  • Once sealed, it is easy to sanitize and clean.
  • It is both chemical and water resistant.

When you’re ready to seal your gym floors with rubber flooring and mat sealant, give us a call for more information. We’re always available to help.

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How to keep your restaurant rubber mats clean

Rubber floor mats are the best means to trap dirt and moisture at the door before your customers enter your restaurant. Many restaurants also have rubber mats in their kitchens. Rubber flooring is easy to clean with a neutral pH cleaner and degreaser. Most cleaners have a high pH, some nearly as high as bleach. Although these high pH cleaners are effective they are also tough on rubber and will cause rubber to slowly disintegrate and color to come out over time. A neutral pH “green” cleaner/degreaser is also effective but will not degrade rubber.

Why is pH cleaner is important for your restaurant rubber mats?

  • It is extremely effective and will not degrade rubber!
  • It can dry easily without streaking.

If you need help cleaning, sealing or protecting your rubber mats for your restaurant, give us a call for more information. We’re always available to help.

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Is there a difference between the Clean Break Facility Disinfectant (light blue label) and the Clean Break Disinfectant-Detergent (multipurpose disinfectant/dark blue label)?

Yes, the Facility Disinfectant is formulated to be effective against pathogens typically associated with humans and the CleanBreak Disinfectant-Detergent is formulated to be effective against pathogens normally associated with animals, more specifically dogs and cats.

Clean Break Multi-Purpose Disinfectant – Detergent (EPA Registration No. 1839-100-82023) 

Clean Break Facility – Disinfectant Detergent (EPA Registration No. 1839-169)

Can CleanBreak products be damaged by freezing?

The Cleaner and the Disinfectants can freeze and when thawed still be used as per the label directions.  The Rubber Mat & Floor Sealant cannot be used after it has been frozen in the container.  Please be careful to store them in rooms kept above freezing.

How often should I seal my rubber mats?

Two thin coats of sealant applied to clean and dry mats for sealing.  Once sealed the mats will wear based upon usage so it is difficult to say often they need to be sealed.  After sealing mats should be protected from dragging gym equipment across it and other harsh usage.  Most dog day care and training centers clean and reseal with at least one coat of sealant every year.  Some have gone much longer than that.