Everyday, thousands of automobiles add up on the roads, which makes the demand for raw materials exorbitant. Tires are one of the most important parts of the automobile, but people often ignore their importance. They are manufactured from a chemically enhanced rubber material, which is tough as w ell as toxic in nature. A number of used tires are thrown into the garbage, which create a hazardous situation for the environment. Recycling is the best option to make them usable and adding more substance to your decor. The recycled tires can be made into floor mats and playground mulches. The step-by-step procedure for making rubber mats from recycled tires is described below:
Difficulty level and time required
- Moderately challenging
- Depends on the speed and efficiency of the user.
Resources required for making rubber mats from recycled tires
- Rubber tires
Depends on the availability of raw materials and their qualities.
Instructions to make rubber mats from recycled tires
Cut the fabric into the intended mat size or larger than the actual size. Use a tough material for the fabric. Nylon will be a good choice, as it has high strength and appreciable characteristics.
2. Proper sizing
Position the fabric rightly, and cut it at the size of the mat you wish to make from the recycled tires. This is a crucial process while making rubber mats from recycled tires
3. Cutting the tires into small sizes
The next step is to cut the tires into small pieces, so as to make them compatible on the floor. However, cutting the tires might become a very difficult job, if you don’t have right tool. A pocketknife will suit the job perfectly. As the tire had been into a curved shape for a long time, it has a natural tendency to bend unless you break them into minor pieces. Gently, start from the thin section, which is sandwiched between the treads to make the cutting process easy.
4. Covering the sides and gaps
The material on the sides of the tires are still left out. As they don’t have any direct contact with the ground, the rubber material from this area is less worn out. Use the pocketknife to remove these pieces also.
5. Use a spatula to spread the polyurethane
The actual phase of making mats starts here. Spread a thin layer of polyurethane on a square area of the fabric with the help of spatula.
6. Placing the tire pieces
Take the individual cut pieces of the tires, and place them over the polyurethane covered areas. Gently press them to create a strong bond between the two surfaces. It is not necessary to arrange these tire pieces accurately. However, avoid large gaps between the pieces. In fact, you can cut those pieces again to fill the voids.
7. Assembling the floor mat
Make sure that the final assembly of pieces on the fabric resembles a mosaic pattern. Repeat the process until the entire area on the floor mat is filled with tire pieces. Allow the elements to dry. Your new product should be ready by now.
Frequently asked questions
1. Where can I find used tires to make these floor mats?
You can find them on your local dump yards sometimes, you may get used-tires for free.
2. Can I use an electric saw to cut the tires?
No, it is not advisable to use the electric saw while cutting the tires.
Quick tips while making rubber mats from recycled tires
1. Recycled tires used to create floor mats are eco-friendly products and supports green environment.
2. Cleaning these floor mats are very easy than the conventional products.
3. You can use these mats in industries, workshops and similar places, where dust and dirt are very intense. They can be used for ‘no slip’ safety runners as well.
4. If you are planning to go green in your house, then these is one of the many ways you can do so.
Things to watch out for
1.Although it is not advisable to use an electric say for cutting tires, however if you do plan to use it then make sure to take all the precautionary measures. this will help to prevent any injuries while working with the saw.
2. Assembling tire pieces over the fabric may not fit perfectly; however, pay attention to the large gaps.