If you’re anything like me, you probably have some foam rubber things in your home. Maybe a pair of shoes, a pillow or two, maybe a couch. But do you know everything there is to know about this versatile and durable material? Probably not! Here are five facts about foam rubber the average person may not know.
It isn’t actually rubber.
Foam rubber is not actually rubber. It’s a synthetic material made from a polymer, meaning it’s made up of long chains of molecules.
It isn’t the same as latex or natural rubber, either. So how can the two be so similar? The answer lies in the name: “foam” is just an adjective that describes how the material feels—it doesn’t affect its properties at all!
You don’t have to worry about it getting wet.
Foam rubber is waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about it getting wet. It’s also durable and easy to clean, making it a great choice for both indoor and outdoor use.
It’s easy to clean.
Foam rubber is an easy-to-clean material. You can clean it with soap and water, or use a mild detergent and water. You can also use a disinfectant spray, or sanitizer if you’re looking for something more powerful. In general, foam rubber’s porous nature makes it resistant to most stains. However, if your foam rubber gets stained or dirty enough to warrant cleaning (or if you just want to clean it regularly), here are some great ways to do so:
- Soak in warm sudsy water for 5 minutes or more until stain disappears; rinse well in cold water
- Sponge full strength household ammonia on the stain; allow it to stand overnight; sponge off next morning with hot sudsy water
It’s easy to not clean, too.
Foam rubber is so easy to clean that you don’t have to clean it at all. If you want to clean foam rubber, though, you can use a vacuum cleaner, wash it in the washing machine or hose it down with a garden sprayer.
It’s also easy to store if you don’t feel like cleaning it right away. You can just let it sit in a pile and deal with that later! Or put some cardboard pieces on top of your foam rubber and cover them with another layer of cardboard until you’re ready to throw out old newspapers or something else that’s been sitting around forever (this happens).
You can find it in a variety of densities.
If you’re in the market for some foam rubber, you’ll want to pay attention to its density. Basically, density is how hard or soft a material feels. The higher the number, the more dense something is—so if you see that your new cushion has a hardness rating of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, it’s going to feel pretty firm (and probably uncomfortable).
You might not know this yet, but there are multiple densities available for use in different applications. For example: very soft foams are great for pillows because they provide comfort and support where needed; harder foams are used as a base layer under mattresses because they offer more stability and durability than softer materials like cotton do! So go ahead: pick out whatever type suits your needs best!
Foam rubber is an excellent material for everyday use.
Foam rubber is an excellent material for everyday use. It’s soft, durable and easy to clean. It can be used in a variety of ways, and it’s even easy to find at most hardware stores!
Hopefully, this post has been a great introduction to the world of foam rubber and all it has to offer. As you can see, there are many benefits to using foam rubber in your daily life. Whether you’re interested in purchasing a new mattress for your bed or want to replace the worn-out cushions on your couch, you’ll find that foam rubber can provide support and comfort for years to come! And if none of that convinces you… well, I’m sure we’ll still be friends.