Moss, Mould, Mildew, Algae, Lichen, Fungus in your rubber flooring?
30. June 2022
If you are living in a country with a sunny weather and low rainfall index all year around today’s article will be near to no value to you. The problem we will talk about today occurs in dark and high humidity environments with a high rate of rainfall. Very often in sites surrounded by trees and that are less used than other areas of the site.
If your rubber flooring site is located in this kind of environment you better have a good and freqIf your rubber flooring site is located in this kind of environment,you better have a good and frequent cleaning maintenance plan or you will at some time have to face problems withmoss, mould, mildew, algae, lichen, fungus or whatever other kinds of these organic and fast-growing living organisms.
If If leaves or any other organic detritus are let in the area and stay there for some period, they will rot down creating dark spots, algae, moss, weeds, or fungi, and also may reduce the slip resistance or seriously impair the drainage capacity of the surface, further increasing the problem.
When any of these organisms start to form on rubber, it is important to kill and remove it quickly to avoid the germination process that would make the problem more difficult to fix and induce a long-term damage. Because rubber is porous, the molds may penetrate the surface of the rubber. Hence the importance of a well prepared and executed preventive cleaning maintenance plan.
There are several cleaning formulations in the market as Kh7, Dettol, Fairy, Kiwicare, etc., that do not damage or discolour the rubber and, for sure, you can find a local cleaning
There are several cleaning formulations in the market like Kh7, Dettol, Fairy, Kiwicare, etc., that do not damage nor discolour the rubber, , rest assured you can find a local cleaning product in your market, but there are also some basic products like white distilled vinegar that are effective at killing mould. Vinegar takes several (2 to 4) hours to kill the mould and will not discolour nor damage the rubber.
The best way to do it is using a brush or low-pressure power washing and try first in one small portion of the area to ensure that your product will not decolorate the rubber, you should get a good visual result before using it on the rest of the damaged area.
CONICA recently launched a couple of pigmented or transparent topcoats with additives reducing the spread of germs over the floor and not providing a breeding ground for microorganisms. These products may be used as a re-topping to give a new life to the area.
These products have been tested according to ISO 22196:2011. Ask your CONICA sales manager or distributor about CONIPUR 2200 AB and CONIPUR 2210 AB.