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Rayma 02-18-2011 02:30 PM

Mats on vinyl flooring
I read somewhere that you should not put rubber-backed mats on vinyl flooring. In particular, they were referring to Allure flooring. Does anyone know if this means that one should avoid placing rubber containers or boot trays on the flooring, as well?

rusty baker 02-18-2011 03:24 PM

Plasticizers are chemicals added to plastics, vinyl, and rubber to make them softer and more flexible. The softer or more flexible the material, the more plasticizer it contains. Since rubber mats are fairly flexible, they contain a lot of plasticizer. Over time, the plasticizers migrate out of the rubber or plastic and are absorbed into surrounding materials. They tend to stain. It's called "plasticizer migration".

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