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Install / Clean Foam Flooring

Many uses for foam flooring, this photo shows them being used for an
area mat in a room

EVA foam flooring can be installed just about anywhere and cleaning is easy. In this section FindAnyFloor provides you the basics on installing and cleaning EVA flooring from small areas with interlocking tiles to large areas with glue–down foam flooring installations.

Installing EVA Foam Flooring

EVA foam floor tiles and all over flooring can be installed in a variety of different areas as foam is a multi–purpose floor covering. From home gym and exercise flooring to kid play mats and learning mats, there are tons of possible uses for foam flooring. For a more complete list of possible areas to use EVA foam floors visit FindAnyFloor's About EVA Foam Flooring.

Glue–Down or Interlocking Tile Foam Installation Methods

easiest EVA foam flooring to install are the interlocking tiles

EVA foam floors can be installed over any stable hard subfloor or floor covering and even some Berber and commercial carpets with glue–less flooring applications. For small area installations or to create freestanding foam mats, interlocking foam tiles can be easily snapped together and unsnapped if needed. Interlocking tiles are usually installed using a floating installation method, though tape, glue, or another adhesive may be used during installation. Larger area installations, wall to wall applications, and any floor that aggressive activities and sports will be performed on (especially ones with thinner foam) usually use rolled EVA foam floors that are adhered to the subfloor.

EVA flooring can be cut into any size simply by using a razor knife and a straight edge (for a more precise cut) to carefully cut through the materials. Always remember to measure twice and cut once!

Recommendation: Glue–less interlocking foam flooring tiles are very DIY friendly. Glue–down foam floor installations, especially for larger areas, require a little more skill therefore you may prefer to hire a professional foam flooring installer. For those that choose a do–it–yourself installation, many manufacturers offer user friendly adhesives and DIY foam flooring installation guides to help you through the process.

Cleaning EVA Foam Flooring

Cleaning foam flooring is pretty easy and straightforward. Most spills simply wipe away and dirt and debris can be easily swept up. Check out our foam flooring care and maintenance tips below for more information on how to keep your foam floors fresh and clean.

The closed cell
construction of EVA foam flooring makes it one of easiest flooring types to clean up spills and messes on

  • Foam floors should be swept frequently with a soft bristle broom to remove dirt and debris. You can also use mats at your entryways to minimize tracking.
  • Foam flooring seams are typically a very tight fit which will stop spills from leaking in between interlocking tiles and roll seams. However, there is a chance of some liquid making it into seams; therefore spills should be wiped up immediately to eliminate this possibility.
  • For an all–over cleaning, you can damp mop using a mild soap or household cleaner mixed in water. Be sure to ring out your mop thoroughly to prevent water from seeping into seams and under your foam floors.
  • Never use bleach on EVA foam flooring as it can discolor the foam. If you are unsure about using a specific household cleaner, test it on the back of a tile or in an inconspicuous area or contact your foam flooring manufacturer.
  • Glue–less interlocking foam floor tiles can be removed for an all over washing and to clean the subfloor beneath. Be sure to allow the interlocking tiles to thoroughly dry before re–installing.
  • For all–over, glue–down, high–density foam flooring such as those in many martial art centers, a wet floor vacuum is often used for a thorough cleaning after sweeping dirt and debris.

For more information on EVA foam flooring, be sure to visit FindAnyFloor's section on Buying Foam Flooring.