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New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985

Rubber

Rubber

Pirelli rubber flooring, the studded rubber tile imported from Italy is gaining ever-increasing popularity. Once used solely for commercial interiors, it has recently become popular for domestic interior design. The product is now available in a wide page 103range of colours, the majority of which are available readily in New Zealand.

The tiles which are 500mm square, have a surface which is covered in raised, circular studs about the size of a ten cent piece. The studs have sloping sides to discourage dirt build up and for ease of cleaning.

Rubber flooring with its high-tech appeal has proved so popular that a new product is now available for the light commercial and domestic market which has a lower profile stud than the traditional tile. It is easily maintained, requiring only a vacuuming and the occasional light wash. Floor polishes should not be used.

There is also a vinyl product on the market which looks very like Pirelli flooring. It also has hard wearing properties and comes in several colours.

Vinyl was chosen for this kitchen floor because it was practical for an area that tends to be used as a main entry by its owners.

Vinyl was chosen for this kitchen floor because it was practical for an area that tends to be used as a main entry by its owners.

Vinyl flooring — there is now a wide range of colour and design to choose from in New Zealand.Photo courtesy L. T. Jacobsen Floorings Ltd.

Vinyl flooring — there is now a wide range of colour and design to choose from in New Zealand.
Photo courtesy L. T. Jacobsen Floorings Ltd.

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