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Frequently Asked Questions



Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch
EverScape™ Rubber Mulch
Surefoot™ Equestrian Arena Footing
Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch
Q How is shock-absorption determined?
A The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Testing Company, and the State of Illinois, among numerous state and federal agencies, independent laboratories and licensed testing companies have conducted various tests designed to measure the shock-absorption of various surface materials as they relate to falling objects. Tire rubber chips have been shown to consistently absorb more shock impact than any other standard surface material. This is particularly important because more than 200,000 playground injuries end up in the emergency room every year. That is more than 500 visits per day. The majority of those injuries are attributed to falls. Therefore you can't afford to have anything less than the world's safest playground surface: Playsafer.
Q Is there any steel content in Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch?
A No. Playsafer 1/2 inch chips are smaller than most others. The smaller the chips, the less likely they are to contain embedded steel wire. To ensure that all wire is removed, Playsafer chips pass through 4 unique, state of the art magnets during the manufacturing process. This extra attention literally ensures no steel content. In fact, Playsafer is guaranteed to be 99.9% steel-free.
Q Will Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch crumble, disintegrate, or decompose?
A No. Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch chips are made from 100% tire rubber. All tires are made of vulcanized rubber. the vulcanizing process makes the rubber literally indestructible.
Q Is Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch ever dusty or slippery?
A No. In addition to promoting almost instantaneous drainage, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch retains small amounts of moisture, which is just enough to prevent the accumulation of dust and slipperiness.
QHow does Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch compare with shredded sneakers?
A Shredded sneakers contain pieces of leather, which become slippery when wet, and eventually rot and break down.
QDoes Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch blow or wash away?
A No. Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch chips are too heavy to be significantly affected by normal high winds or heavy rains.
QDoes Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch come in any color besides black?
AYes. For those who want to make a big visual impact, we offer custom-colored Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch to match play equipment or corporate colors at a reasonable price.
QHow durable is colored Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch?
A The chips are no less durable than black Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch. As leaders in the recycled rubber industry, we have developed a non-toxic, highly durable paint for the rubber. The end result is that the colored Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch should not fade any faster than that of good quality house paint, and may very well last much longer.
QHow should the play area be prepared?
A We recommend the area be prepared ahead of time by clearing the ground of rocks, stumps and other debris, then calculate an area that surrounds the play equipment of 6-8 feet (commonly referred to as the "use" or "fall zone"). We also recommend the use of 6" railroad ties around the entire play area, which will contain the Playsafer, and a filter fabric beneath the rubber to prevent weed growth into the play area. Where Playsafer is replacing some other surface material, it is best to remove the old surfacing material completely. Sand or pebbles, for example, will only work their way to the surface and minimize Playsafer shock-absorption values, and reintroduce abrasiveness to the play area. Wood mulch or chips will continue to attract insects, etc. under the surface and will eventually decompose there as well.
QHow is Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch delivered?
APlaysafer is delivered in either 30 pound bags, 2,000 pound superstack bags or bulk.
QWhat type of maintenance is required?
A Occasional raking.
QIs Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch toxic?
A No. Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch is non-toxic (and in the case of colored surfacing chips, only non-toxic paints are used). The chips has no taste appeal, but if they should be accidentally swallowed, test reports show that the chips will simply pass through the digestive tracts of both humans and animals.(Maryland Environmental Services, 1994)
QWill Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch stain clothing or the area where it is installed?
A No. Unlike wood mulch or chips which can bleed when wet, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch does not stain.
QDo Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch chips smell?
A No. Some odor may be present at the time of installation, but, similar to installing a new shower curtain, any odor will soon disappear.
Q Will the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) bother property owners where Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch is installed?
A No. The DEP "strongly promotes the use of recycled products since it is essential to the long-term success of local and national recycling programs." In fact, the DEP visited the Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch manufacturing plant in Lakewood, NJ, and has expressed enthusiasm for the company's efforts to rid the environment of hazardous tire disposal sites by creating a positive environmental use. Playsafer recycled tire chips are not subject to DEP regulation and there are no special removal requirements associated with the closing of a play area that has used them.
QWill chips that find their way into clothing end up melting in a clothes dryer?
ANo. Tire rubber melts at approximately 500 degrees F. Clothes dryers operate at less than 100 degrees F.
QWhat happens to leaves or branches that fall or blow onto Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch surfaces?
A Those that are not removed by lightly raking the surface will simply drain through the chips and decompose over time.
QHow does the cost of Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch compare to other products?
A Initially, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch may cost a little more than some other surfaces, however, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch only needs to be installed once. No annual upgrading or replacement is required. Furthermore, in comparison to wood mulch, Playsafer™ Rubber Mulch requires a maximum of six inches in depth, versus 12 inches for wood mulch.
EverScape™ Rubber Mulch
QWill EverScape™ Rubber Mulch suffocate my soil?
A Actually, EverScape™ Rubber Mulch protects your soil, serving as an insulator both summer and winter. Unlike conventional wood mulch, EverScape™ Rubber Mulch will not steal your soil's water and nutrients.
QHow will EverScape™ Rubber Mulch affect my weed growth?
AEverScape™ Rubber Mulch will actually reduce your weed growth! Many weeds germinate in wood mulch, but weeds definitely can not grow in rubber.
QWill EverScape™ Rubber Mulch crumble, disintegrate, or decompose?
ANo. EverScape™ Rubber Mulch chips are made from 100% tire rubber. All tires are made of vulcanized rubber. The vulcanizing process makes the rubber literally indestructible.
Q Is EverScape™ Rubber Mulch expensive?
AYes, in the short term, No, in the long term. The initial investment is more costly than conventional wood mulch, but EverScape™ Rubber Mulch need not be replaced annually. EverScape™ Rubber Mulch lasts year after year.
QDoes EverScape™ Rubber Mulch require a lot of maintenance?
ANo! Maintenance is easy. Aside from fewer weeds, sticks and foreign objects can be removed with a leaf blower or by light raking.
QDoes EverScape™ Rubber Mulch have a smell?
A New EverScape™ Rubber Mulch has a slight odor, much like a new shower curtain. The odor soon disappears.
QWhat if children or pets eat EverScape™ Rubber Mulch?
AEverScape™ Rubber Mulch is completely non-toxic. Even colored EverScape™ Rubber Mulch is colored with non-toxic paints. If accidentally swallowed, it simply passes through the digestive tract of humans and animals.
Surefoot™ Equestrian Arena Footing
QIs there any steel content in Surefoot?
A No. Surefoot™ 1/2 inch chips are smaller than most others. The smaller the chips, the less likely they are to contain embedded steel wire. To ensure that all wire is removed, Surefoot chips pass through 4 unique, state of the art magnets during the manufacturing process. This extra attention literally ensures no steel content. In fact, Surefoot is guaranteed to be 99.9% steel-free.
QWill SureFoot crumble, disintegrate, or decompose?
ANo. Surefoot chips are made from 100% tire rubber. All tires are made of vulcanized rubber... the vulcanizing process makes the rubber literally indestructible.
Q Is SureFoot ever slippery?
ANo. The Surefoot/sand mix is one of the safest footings you can use, especially when it comes to traction. Surefoot rubber promotes instantaneous drainage and will not freeze or become slippery
Q Is SureFoot ever dusty?
A Being that the rubber does not break down, it will not create dust. In fact, Surefoot is often added to existing footing specifically to reduce dust. It is recommended that Surefoot be mixed with sand and your choice of sand will make a big difference in how dusty your arena gets. Surefoot does contain a certain amount of fiber. When watered, these fibers will retain tiny amounts of moisture and thus reduce dust and the need to water frequently.
QHow does Surefoot compare with shredded sneakers and other forms of rubber?
A Rubber for footing applications is generally made from recycled tires. There are rubber footings available made from products such as sneakers, golf grips, conveyor belts, and lacrosse balls. However, compared to tire rubber they are lighter weight and tend to blow or wash away and will break down over time" ( Under Foot 2000 edition).
QDo outdoor Surefoot surfaces blow or wash away?
ANo. Surefoot chips are too heavy to be significantly affected by normal high winds or heavy rains.
QDoes Surefoot come in any color besides black?
AYes. For stables and horse parks that want to make a big visual impact, we offer custom-colored Surefoot to match stable or corporate colors at a reasonable price.
QHow durable is colored Surefoot?
AThe chips are no less durable than black Surefoot. As leaders in the recycled rubber industry, we have developed a non-toxic, highly durable paint for the rubber. The end result is that the colored Surefoot should not fade any faster than that of good quality house paint, and may very well last much longer.
Q Is Surefoot toxic?
ANo. Surefoot is non-toxic (and in the case of colored surfacing chips, only non-toxic paints are used). The chips have no taste appeal, but if they should be accidentally swallowed, test reports show that the chips will simply pass through the digestive tract of both humans and animals. (Maryland Enviornmental Services, 1994)
Q Do Surefoot chips smell?
A No. Some odor may be present at the time of installation, but, similar to installing a new shower curtain, any odor will soon disappear.
QWill Surefoot blacken the area where they are installed?
ANo. Unlike wood mulch or chips which can bleed when wet, Surefoot does not stain. What happens to leaves or pieces of hay that fall or blow onto Surefoot surfaces? Those that are not removed by lightly raking the surface will simply drain through the chips and decompose over time.
QCan Surefoot be used in horse stalls?
A Yes, however we don't recommend it, because over time, substantial amounts can end up being removed through daily mucking of stalls. How is Surefoot installed? For arenas, we recommend the base be prepared ahead of time using 4-6 inches of crushed stone and compacting it well, to the hardness of asphalt. Once the base is ready, Surefoot is delivered by truckload and dumped at the entrance to the arena. Although Surefoot can be used alone, we recommend mixing 1" of Surefoot with 1.5"-2" of sand that meets the ASTM standard C-33. One ton of Surefoot spread to 1" deep, covers approximately 860 square feet. For breeding sheds, we recommend 4-12 inches of Surefoot, in a color to match your farm's identity.
QWhat maintenance is required?
AAs with any type of footing, you will probably want to water and drag a Surefoot arena occasionally. However, you will find that it's necessary less often with Surefoot than with other footings that compact or get dusty easily.
QWill the Department of Environmental Protection bother property owners where Surefoot is installed?
ANo. The DEP "strongly promotes the use of recycled products since it is essential to the long-term success of local and national recycling programs." In fact, the DEP visited the Surefoot manufacturing plant in Lakewood, NJ, and has expressed enthusiasm for the company's efforts to rid the environment of hazardous tire disposal sites by creating a positive environmental use. The DEP also says that the use of Surefoot recycled tire chips in equestrian arenas is not subject to NJ DEP regulation, and there are no special removal requirements associated with the closing of an arena that has used the footing.
Q How is shock absorption determined?
AThe U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission, the U.S. Testing Company, and the State of Illinois, among numerous state and federal agencies, independent laboratories and licensed testing companies have conducted various tests designed to measure the shock-absorption of various surface materials as they relate to falling objects. Tire rubber chips have been shown to consistently absorb more shock impact than any other standard surface material, including sand, blue stone, shavings and mulch. This is particularly important because the repeated concussion horses experience from being ridden on hard surfaces can set the stage for arthritis and shortened performance life.
Q How does the cost of Surefoot compare to other products?
ASurefoot is generally a little bit higher initially than sand, mulch, and other footings, but because no annual replenishment is needed, the savings quickly add up with Surefoot. Surefoot only needs to be installed once.

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