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History of Rubber Granules, Tiles, and Sheets

History of Rubber Granules, Tiles, and Sheets

The history of rubber granules, tiles, and sheets is similar to that of linoleum. Still, the timing of the introduction of each type of flooring differs from region to region.

Rubber granules were introduced as a replacement for a vinyl floor covering in the 1950s. They were introduced in Japan in the mid-1950s and were first used in the United States in the 1960s. The first patent for rubber granules as a floor covering was granted in 1965 to Edwin J. Haines in the United States. He developed the product because he felt that vinyl floor covering was too brittle and that vinyl flooring would crack if it were hit by a heavy object. Interlocking Rubber Tiles became more widespread in the 1970s as a more attractive and durable floor covering. In Europe, rubber tiles became popular during the 1970s and 1980s but have been slowly replaced by other floor coverings since the 1990s.

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Sheets made from rubber were developed during the early 1970s. In addition to being used as a replacement for natural and vinyl linoleum sheets, rubber sheets can also be used to manufacture carpets and rugs. Commercial rubber granules, tiles, and sheets are used as floor coverings. Natural rubber flooring was first introduced in the United States in the 1930s. In the 1950s, natural rubber flooring became renowned as a floor covering. It was originally developed as a substitute for linoleum and asphalt. It was also used as a floor covering in industrial applications such as warehouses and factories.

History of Linoleum

The history of rubberized flooring goes back centuries. In ancient China, Roman, and Greek times, people used a form of natural rubber called latex to make footwear, toys, and even body parts. The Romans had no problem using this material for floors; it was simply mixed with sand and used as a base for tiling. It was used in this way throughout Europe, as well, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that someone decided to try to incorporate it into actual flooring.

While there was a rubber-based flooring made out of the sand, it never caught on and it was eventually phased out in favor of linoleum. Linoleum is made by spreading a liquid solution of linseed oil over a base of clay, which is then applied as a wet surface layer. It’s this layer that binds the solidified rubber granules to the base. Once dried, it can be cut to size, and can even be pressed.

The first commercial linoleum was invented in 1847 by French chemist Jean-Baptiste Boussingault, who was looking to create a synthetic version of linseed oil. After several failed attempts to create the perfect flooring material, Boussingault finally hit on the right formula. His creation was so successful, that the worldwide production of linoleum began in the late 19th century.

In 1768, Abraham Darby invented the first method to make rubber out of the sap of the Hevea tree. At the beginning of the 19th century, he started using his process to make other types of goods such as sheets and tiles. However, his manufacturing methods left something to be desired.

By 1841, the problem was solved when James Black patented an improved process to make rubber granules. With this method, there was no need for any additional processing or ingredients to make rubber!

In 1862, William Winsor began using a method similar to Black’s to create a durable, non-skid flooring material. This was the beginning of the modern era of linoleum.

Today, linoleum remains the most popular flooring material in North America and around the globe. It’s safe, attractive, and relatively easy to maintain.

From Linoleum to Rubber Granules!

There’s no denying that the world has changed since the introduction of rubber granules.

Before the introduction of rubber granules, linoleum was the dominant floor covering material in the United States. In 1912, an Ohio man named William Moore invented rubber granules, a cheap and easy alternative to linoleum that provided better durability and resistance to water and stains.

In 1914, a New York City retailer named Charles F. Wetmore introduced the “rubberized floor,” which offered similar properties as Moore’s invention. The popularity of rubber flooring spread quickly.

However, rubberized flooring faced significant obstacles. In particular, the rubber granules could not be sanded or buffed. The process of rubbing the granules into place became known as "sanding." Sanding was a dirty and labor-intensive process. It also left marks on the surface, which is why the need for flooring products that did not require any sanding was so important.

The introduction of rubberized flooring paved the way for rubber tiles and sheets. These materials, along with other developments, are detailed in this article!

Say Hi to Rubber Floors, Sheets, and Tiles

Many innovations occur due to the fact that someone has an idea of what is needed in society. One of these innovations is the invention of rubberized flooring. Rubber flooring is made by mixing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with rubber. This mixture is then poured onto a base. The base is the material on which the floor is placed. When the mixture is poured onto the base, it forms a layer of rubber that is used to cover the base. The rubberized flooring is then sanded so that it has a smooth appearance. It is then buffed so that it has a shiny finish. Rubber flooring is easy to clean and maintain.


Rubber flooring and rubber tile are two types of floors that you can put in your home. Rubber flooring is a type of flooring that is made out of rubber. Rubber tiles are like rubber flooring. Both types of flooring can be found in both commercial and residential settings. The main difference between rubber tiles and rubber flooring is that rubber tiles are thicker than rubber flooring. Rubber tiles are usually made from rubber tiles that have been cut into smaller pieces. Both rubber flooring and interlocking rubber tiles can be found in many different sizes and colors. For example, you can find white, black, and gray rubber tiles. You can also find wood-grain-colored tiles.