If you are a coach or an athletic director, you may already know that adhesive tape is very dangerous to a gym floor; however, many of you may not know the dangers that tape can have to hardwood floors. The non – drying solvents, or plasticizers found in tape are known to damage wood floor finishes. How do you get around these harmful adhesive tapes? Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to properly handle adhesive tape on a gym floor without harming the floor finish …
Tips applying/ removing tape to a wood floor
1.) When removing tape, pull at a 45o angle opposed to pulling the tape in the direction to which it was laid. This will decrease the chances for peeling.
2.) It is not recommended that you leave the tape on the floor for more than 24 hours at a time.
3.) When protecting the floor, it is best to tape the protective paper to another piece of protective paper. This is a better solution to taping directly to the gym floor.
If you are still looking to use tape on your hardwood floors, there are a few tapes on the market that are recommended for delicate surfaces, but, there is also an alternative solution for temporary sporting events. Kaplan Kolors Temporary Washable Tempura Paint can be used for activities such as volleyball or dodgeball games. We recommend that you don’t use adhesives on your floor, but these recommendations will minimize the amount of damage. Please visit us at www.basiccoatings.com or visit us on our Facebook and Twitter page for more Basic Coating’s updates!
Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.