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Dalsouple tiles instructions

Dalsouple rubber flooring should be laid by an experienced rubber tile layer. Most carpet retailers have good vinyl installers or your builder could have someone. We can give you an idea of some installers in some capital cities.
It is important that the spread rate of the adhesive is correct to ensure correct bonding of the rubber tiles to the sub-floor.

The tiles must be laid in a brick bond (Ashlar) pattern.


Dalsouple Installation

Installation & Maintenance Guide

We kindly ask you to read the information about the

installation and the maintenance of the Dalsouple® rubber

floor to get the best results


1- Dalsouple® floor covering selection

2- Choice of tools and materials not supplied by


3- Choice of adhesive

4- Selecting a trowel/spreader

5- Before installation

6- Preparation of the substrate

7- Preparation of the installation

8- Installation method

9- Installation on floors with under floor heating

10- Installation without adhesive

11- Job site cleaning

12- Maintenance

13- Stains

iRubber Pty Ltd

P. O Box 384

Chelsea, 3196


Ph 03 97739933

Mob: 0423621692




1. Dalsouple® floor covering selection

Several specific references are available among our

collections of Dalsouple® tiles (consult our website

www.dalsouple.com.au , our catalogue and brochures).

- “DALNATURAL”: 90 % natural rubber or latex

- “DISSIPATIVE” for electrical conductivity in the order of

106 ohms (Conductive adhesive recommended on

conductive floor)

- “EXTRA-CONDUCTEUR” for electrical conductivity in the

order of 103 ohms (conductive adhesive recommended

on conductive floor)

- “MAGNÉTIQUE” for installation on metallic technical and

raised access floors.

Bonded Dalsouple® tiles have two sides: one side is

sanded to ensure proper adhesion of the glue and the

other side is the side visible once the tiling is installed.

Double check that the back of the tiles have been abraided

and that there are no unabraided spots. Adhesive does not

stick well to smooth surfaces. It needs to grip. Either roughen

smooth patches or reject the tile and replace with additional

tiles from 7% overage from the order.


"Bubbling" may occur if the adhesive cannot grip. It leaves an air-pocket as the glue dries and cannot be "chased" out by rolling.


2. Choice of tools and materials not supplied by



All materials and/or equipment must be used in

accordance with the instructions and directives of the

associated suppliers.

3. Choice of adhesive

DalStik (manufactured by Mapei- called Adesilex G19 - availiable from Masters in Australia) 2 part low VOC urethane adhesive in the only locally available adhesive validated to be used with Dalsouple rubber tile.


Overseas France and UK use Tremco or Uzin adhesives.


If you can find the adhesive in Australia then that is also approved.


Here is a link to 

A. French Installation site

B. UK Installation site


– Installation & Maintenance

Carefully follow the recommendations regarding the

technical time to be observed when using their adhesive

(gumming and open times that define the sequence of

bonding operations and working times).

Generally speaking, the bonding operations must be

performed in an aerated room while wearing the

appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g.: gloves

mask, etc.)

4. Selecting a trowel/spreader

The trowel/spreader is chosen based on the type of glue

used. It is important to follow the adhesive supplier's


Dalsouple® tiles require a smooth or finely serrated No. 2

or A2 type trowel (TKB standard) to spread at least

1000g/m2 of DalStik adhesive and to ensure that the tile

surface is covered completely and regularly.

5. Before installation

Check that the tiles are properly packed: damaged

packaging may indicate that the quality of the Dalsouple®

tiles has been compromised.

Damaged tiles should not be fitted and a suspicious tile

should be reported. In particular, the handling of pallets of

tiles should be done with caution. The degradation of the

pallet during inappropriate handling can impact the quality

of the product: It is forbidden to superimpose two pallets of


We recommend you check your layout plan by loose

laying the tiles before applying adhesive to the substrate.

No claims shall be entertained if the tiles have already

been laid.

Note: the colour of the tiles may vary slightly compared to

the samples presented and according to which the order

was placed. This may be due to the difference in the date

of manufacture, which necessarily leads to slight

pigmentation variations in the gum.

The tiles must be stored together in the same neutral

physical and chemical environment (temperature > 10°C

under shelter, humidity < 75 %, atmospheric pressure,

neutral pH, etc.). This storage should be as short as

possible and must not exceed 1 month to avoid slight

variations in size before bonding (bonding the tiles

eliminates this phenomenon).

The storage location must be dry, protected from

inclement weather, mechanical stresses and/or chemical

and direct sunlight.

To avoid condensation on the tiles, resulting in reduced

bonding efficiency, they must be stored in job site

conditions at least 48 hours prior to installation.

In case of contamination with chemicals, every precaution

must be taken to protect the Dalsouple® tiles.

In particular, our standard Dalsouple® manufactures tiles

are not guaranteed against oils and hydrocarbons of any


Special tile chemical resistant tiles can be created for

these types of applications and are available in our

product range (consult us).

Unless a specific request is made for a special tile

characteristic, the standard Dalsouple rubber tile will be


6. Preparation of the substrate

The substrate must be prepared by professional flexible

rubber flooring installers in accordance with current trade

rules and/or regulations in the country concerned. For

France, DTU 53.2 must be respected with regard to the

rules governing substrate acceptance.

Compliance with these rules and therefore the success of

the installation does not fall within the scope of

responsibility of Dalsouple® as it has no control over the

work performed by the installer.

In addition to this regulatory framework, the specific

characteristics of Dalsouple® flooring must be taken into


The risk of rising damp must be completely eliminated (in

particular, cement screeds must be completely dry without

risk of rising damp - refer to the construction standards in

force in the country or location in question, especially

regarding the measurement methods).

If a risk is present, provide a special barrier sub-layer.

The installer must measure surface porosity and moisture

content in accordance with current standards before the

tiles are installed (recommendation: sufficient porosity to

allow the adhesive to bond and screed humidity below 3%).

Non-compliance shall result in the immediate

implementation of corrective measures.

Dalsouple® products must be installed on a P3 class thin

set mortar (thickness > 3 mm), 6 mil marine grade ply,

Masonite or equivalent, or on a dry, clean concrete slabfree

of dust, debris and imperfections. Fill in any gaps or

smooth inconsistencies in the surface to avoid

“telegraphing” of an uneven substrate through to the

surface of the Dalsouple® rubber flooring.

Any other configuration of the substrate shall be the

responsibility of the installer.

The substrate must be sufficiently hard so as to resist

marking in case of a concentration of short-term load (e.g.:

the passage of someone wearing spike heels).

The floor must be perfectly clean and flat, without cracks,

waviness, holes, bumps and free of any defects that may

affect its flatness and/or strength.

It must be cleaned of all cement grout and laitance,

particles or dust (e.g. thin-set mortar sanding dust) and in

general, all elements likely to interfere with the bonding of

the Dalsouple® tiles. The back of the tiles must be

brushed free of dust. This is extremely important!

7. Preparation of the installation

All our floor coverings must be laid by professional flexible

rubber flooring installers in accordance with current

trade rules and/or regulations in the country concerned.

Compliance with these rules and therefore the success of

the installation does not fall within the scope of

responsibility of Dalsouple® as it has no control over the

work performed by the installer.

If colored tiles and/or tiles with multiple textures are used,

experience has shown that it is better to define the order

and position of each type of tile before starting to bond the

tiles (layout).

Do not install mismatched tiles as this will void warranty.

Different batches must not be mixed together!

The installation must be performed at a temperature

between 10°C and 30°C; humidity should be below 75 %

(refer to the adhesive supplier's recommendations).

The temperature gradient between the tiles and the laying

area must be low enough to avoid condensation.

The room must be sufficiently ventilated to allow the

adhesive to dry.

To avoid any risk of damaging the Dalsouple® floor

covering by other work in progress, it must be laid last and

in a single operation depending on the areas concerned.

If this is impossible, the area must be covered by an

appropriate system of protection throughout the

construction period.

In order to limit the risk of soiling and damage to

Dalsouple® floor coverings, an effective passive protection

(such as a floor mat) should be placed at the entrance of

rooms where tiles have been laid.

8. Installation method

Once the floor has been traced to prepare the positioning

of the tiles, the floor is then coated with adhesive. For

aesthetic reasons, we recommend that the tiling operation

begin at the center of the room.

We also recommend that the tiles be laid in a "brickwork"

–Ashlar (staggered) fashion as this pattern will minimize

any difficulties associated with tile alignment.

The bonding surfaces of Dalsouple® floor tiles have been

sanded. Installer must check.

The back of the tiles must therefore be brushed

slightly prior to installation. Doing so will ensure that the

surface is free of any material, debris, residue or other

foreign particles that could interfere with bonding.

Do not lay in direct sunlight. Cover windows from sun to

prevent the tiles being exposed to sunlight whilst laying.

Solar long-wave radiation will heat the tile up and distort

both squareness and thickness.

This could cause gapping or “peaking” as the rubber

returns to its normal temperature. Even though a room

may be cooled sunlight and rubber heating thereof is not!

The floor must be exactly flat and smooth and level.

Without a level surface seaming joints or peaking will

occur. If it occurs after rolling re-check the flatness. Do not

force the rubber to join together. Rubber tile thickness

from the factory is constant so variance only occurs in the

substrate over distances.

The use of joints is prohibited. The tiles are to be glued

flat, without stress, edge-to-edge with no gap between

them; the corners must be in perfect contact with no


The formulation of the Dalsouple® tiles allows them to be

perfectly butt-jointed (edge-to edge).

Any excess adhesive should be cleaned immediately as

its removal becomes delicate once it has dried.

For whatever reason, any interruption of the tiling

operation must allow operations to be resumed in the

same conditions.

All surfaces to which adhesive has been applied must

receive a tile; even if it is just partly glued. When laying

operations resume, additional adhesive may be applied to

finish the bonding.

Once the glue has dried, it cannot be removed without

undermining the floor's flatness and the ability to lay the

tiles edge to edge.

The job site must be fully completed before opening it to

foot traffic.

Otherwise, all such areas must be fully bonded and

carefully protected from damage until the project is


Do not walk or press on the tiles until the adhesive has

fully dried. Adhesive that has not dried completely may be

expelled under the contact points and the flatness of the

tiles may be affected.

The tiles must be laid without any stress and must be

followed immediately by light and careful pressing with a

suitable cork squeegee. Pressing by hand should be

avoided as it may deform the Dalsouple® tiles owing to

their flexibility and elasticity.

In order to completely remove trapped air bubbles and

ensure that the adhesive is uniformly spread over the

entire underside of the tile, a second pressing operation is

performed 30 min. to 1 hour after installation (depending

on the adhesive and weather conditions – refer to the

adhesive manufacturer's recommendations).

Pressing operations should be performed with a 50 kg


As a guide, bonding is considered complete when

substantial mechanical force is required to remove the

floor covering;

the floor or the substrate would be partially damaged.

The tiled area may be opened to foot traffic 48 hours after


9.Installation on floors with under floor heating

Dalsouple® tiles may be laid on floors with under floor


The substrate must be perfectly stabilized (refer to the

under floor heating manufacturer's recommendations).

The under floor heating system must be turned off at least

5 days before laying the Dalsouple® tiles. Once the

adhesive has dried, restart must then be progressive and

spread over 1 week.

The adhesive for floor without under floor heating is

suitable for floors with under floor heating.

10. Installation without adhesive

Certain Dalsouple® tiles may be loose-laid without

adhesive as their high density allows them to stay in


Their special design allows them to mechanically interlock

with one another, like a puzzle, allowing them to be

disassembled and reassembled as required.

These tiles must be laid with a 3 cm expansion joint along

the perimeter of the area and around all fixed points in

the site (along walls, partitions, pillars, furniture, etc.).

This expansion joint will fill in progressively over a few


If this instruction is not respected, the tiles will eventually

begin to become deformed and/or overlap one another.

In this case, the only way to free them would be to cut

around the mounting point.

The floor must be prepared in the same way as for any

Dalsouple® bonded floor covering.

The humidity rate is not an important factor in securing

these tiles. They must be stored at the job site at least 48

hours before laying operations begin. Laying operations

must be performed as quickly as possible in order to

accelerate job site stabilization.

It is recommended that the corners of the tiles be bending

downward slightly when laid to facilitate their placement

and attachment.

These tiles may be bonded. In this case, refer to the

recommendations concerning installation with adhesive.

In heavy traffic areas such as in work areas with machine

traffic, sections subjected to machinery rotation must

bonded according to our recommendations concerning

bonded floor tiles. Failing this, the tiles may come apart.

11. Job site cleaning and 1st waxing

After drying and before it is opened to circulation, the job

site must be carefully cleaned. All traces of dust, dirt,

grease, sand or other debris must be completely removed.

Prior cleaning is recommended. To do this, apply

Dalsouple® TR20 type cleaner -if needed-, diluted 1:10,

with the green disc buffer (as per 3M classification for

Scotchbrite discs).

If the process does not give on the surface of the tile; a

matte aspect (no reflection), it may exceptionally be

necessary to spend a stripper on the surface (contact us

for product selection). The floor will not be degraded.

In both cases, leave for a few minutes, rinse and aspirate

excess of liquid.

Allow to react a few minutes, rinse then vacuum the

excess liquid.

When the floor is clean and dry, apply the Dalsouple®

liquid polish/wax which will form a nourishing and

protective film on the surface of the tiles.

This first application is very important as it will facilitate

subsequent maintenance.

The wax must be applied in two thin cross coats with a

foam mop or polisher which will dry rapidly (1 liter for


Allow the wax to dry 1 hour between coats.

Two additional applications of wax must be performed

during the following month, on a clean and dry floor.

In the

case of heavy traffic or exposure to intense sunlight,

do not hesitate to repeat the operation.

Waxing the floor promotes the overall protection and

appearance of the flooring.

Dalsouple® tiles will maintain their lustre when sufficiently


Dalsouple® also proposes gloss or matte-finish waxes.

12. Maintenance

Routine maintenance

- A periodic maintenance in accordance with our

recommendations is necessary to maintain the aesthetic

appearance and service life of Dalsouple® floor coverings.

- The waxing is imperative for subsequent maintenance


- The floor covering is cleaned with a low-speed buffing

machine equipped with a red disc or an industrial

washer using Dalsouple® TR20 cleaner, 1 liter for 20 m2

 (if another cleaning product is used, a small area must be tested first. Do not use products that are incompatible with one another - carefully follow

the manufacturers' recommendations).

- Spread the mixture; allow it to sit for a few minutes,

vacuum the product and the cleaning residues before

it dries, then carefully rinse with clean water and allow to

dry. No residue must remain on the floor.

Once the floor is clean and dry, a film of wax may be

applied. Doing so will increase the floor's lustre and

enhance its protection. High-speed polishing is possible.

Special maintenance

- If routine maintenance of the Dalsouple® flooring is no

longer satisfactory, the wax film may be damaged

or dirt has become captured in the wax as a result of

improper cleaning. In this case, we recommend

thorough deep cleaning of the surface and complete

rewaxing in accordance with Dalsouple®


- Proceed in the same manner as with routine

maintenance but use the Dalsouple® TR20 cleaner pure.

Let it sit 10-15 minutes, depending on the amount of dirt

and grime. Spread the mixture, allow it to sit for a few

minutes, vacuum the product and the cleaning residues

before it dries, then carefully rinse with clean water

and allow to dry. No residue must remain on the floor.

A scrubbing disc more abrasive than the red disc may be

required (yellow-green).

Adapt the amount of pressure applied and the speed of

the buffing machine to the situation.

We recommend that a preliminary test be performed on a

small area.

A single pass is usually sufficient to remove damaged film

of wax.

- At this point, the floor can be re-waxed in the same

manner as for the first waxing operation (see "Job site

cleaning and 1st waxing"). The floor will rediscover its

original lustre.

13. Stains

In all cases, immediately treating stains promotes their

removal without consequence for the Dalsouple® flooring.

Certain types of stains require special treatment.


Please consult us.

Thank you for purchasing the outstanding and colourful

Dalsouple product from iRubber Pty Ltd. Ask us about our

other large range of quality rubber floorings!

Murray Gardner


iRubber Pty Ltd

Box 384


Vic 3196



Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information.


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