FUJI’s recommended procedure to install mats over carpet when necessary. We always advise to REMOVE carpet whenever possible:
The other option is to use our SubMatPad, a closed cell foam underlayment. This will soften your floors feel and provide MORE impact protection as well as solving the problem when you must leave carpet in place. Check out the FUJI Underlayment Here
When it comes to laying out your FUJI Mats, sometimes you have to work around some pillars, wall bump outs or something else. Martial arts facilities come in all shapes and sizes - which is why FUJI Mats created this comprehensive guide on how to cut your mat product.
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FUJI Mats recommends you only need two tools to cut your mats. First thing we recommend is using a Chalk Line to make your straight line. This way in case you need to make any adjustments you have not made any permanent marks on the mat. Next you’ll need something to cut the mat. There are two great options. One is an extendable Utility Blade Knife. The length is perfect to cut your mat regardless if it is a 1 inch or 2 inch mat. The other option, and the FUJI Mats tool of choice, is a Jigsaw Tool with a serrated blade. The serrated blade is made for specifically cutting through foam extremely smooth and quick.
Like we said, gyms come in all shapes and sizes. FUJI Mats will get you the exact number of mats you need and we will even let you know how many mats you would need to cut to ensure a perfect fit. However, some spaces may have some wall bump outs, pillars or maybe just does not fit a full mat - either way, we have you covered.
You want to ensure all of your mats are packed together nice and snug but not so tight where they bow or bend. Cutting your FUJI Mat ensures the perfect fit and a professional look and feel for your gym.
For a quick run down, measure the distance between the top of the mat area and the bottom of the mat area and your wall/space. Be sure to add +1/8 or +1/4" to ensure you pinch the layout tightly.
Measure where you need the cut but leave an additional 3” of space in order to have enough vinyl to wrap around the edge for a finished look. Be sure to mark the actual length you need filled too. Once you make the cut using the utility knife or jigsaw tool, cut just along the top of the mat (roughly .5 - 1”) beneath the surface to your mark and do this on both sides of the mat. Then pull the vinyl off of the foam (sometimes pliers can help). If any foam sticks to the vinyl just peel it off. Then cut the rest of the exposed foam (NOT THE VINYL) off of the mat. You will want to use painters tape to hold the vinyl for the finished edge pulled back and clear of the area you need to cut. Once you are left with the mat and additional vinyl needed, stretch the excess vinyl over the unfinished edge and we recommend using 3M77 Spray adhesive and duct tape to hold while the adhesive sets.
Did you know we also offer installation services? Speak to your FUJI Mats Specialist about having our team come and assist you with the installation.