A recent rubber flooring trial has demonstrated the capability of different floor scrapers that are available for hire from Kennards Concrete Care .

An LPG-powered, ride-on floor scraper and a diesel-powered, low fume mini loader with a scraper attachment were used to remove acoustic rubber test strips (90 sq m in total) of two products being considered for installation in the loading dock of a new shopping centre.

The ride-on floor scraper easily removed one of the test strips, while the more powerful mini loader with scraper attachment was required to remove the 10mm thick rubber.

TFA Flooring laid one metre wide strips of acoustic rubber at the major shopping complex in Sydney. The rubber was sealed and monitored for four weeks, to see what impact the trucks in the loading dock had on it. TFA then choose one manufacturer to cover the 1000 sq m area.

“There are residential apartments above the shopping centre, so we wanted to see which product was most effective in reducing the noise of the trucks at the loading dock, and the product wear and tear was also a consideration” TFA Flooring manager Raquel Titus said.

“Very strong glue was used to secure the test strips to ensure there was no movement or tearing or lifting, and a sealer was used to protect the rubber and keep it clean.

He added that they were pleased with the way Kennards liaised with them to complete the job.

Both the ride-on floor scraper and mini loader have a range of blades for removing numerous coverings, including ceramic tiles, vinyl, parquetry and carpet.