Many of our clients have vinyl composition floors installed in their facilities. These are the most common types of hard surface floors. We find them installed in office buildings, schools, medical facilities, hotels, and more.
They are a less expensive floor, but still a very durable floor. Often, they can handle relatively high foot traffic and, for the most part, are easy to keep clean. However, keeping them clean is not enough. We strive to make our customer’s VCT floors look great. Here are some of the ways we do it:
When a new VCT floor is installed, the first thing we do is nothing. We advise our clients to wait a week or two. This gives the adhesives securing the floor time to dry and harden.
Most VCT floors are delivered with a film or coating covering the tiles. This is a protective coating designed to protect the tiles when transported. However, once the floor is installed, this coating must be removed. Typically, this involves machine scrubbing the floor.
Scrubbing the floor also cleans the floor. However, we take this step further. Before applying sealants or a finish on the floor, we meticulously inspect the floor. Our goal is a spotlessly clean floor, with all dust or grit, removed from the floor.
We know the types of tools selected to maintain a VCT floor are essential. We choose only top-quality mops, cleaning solutions, and floor pads for our floor machines. These may be more expensive, but the higher quality results more than make up for the added costs.
The floor is now ready to be sealed, or a floor finish (wax) applied. However, in some cases, we may recommend a sealant be applied first. Because of sunlight light, foot traffic, how the area is used, or where the floor is located, applying a sealant to the floor first helps protect the floor.
The floor finish gives the floor its gloss. Some of our clients want a gleaming floor, while others like a “softer,” less glossy floor. Fortunately, there are different types of floor finishes to accommodate all tastes. The most important thing, however, is that the customer is aware of this and knows they have options. Once a floor finish has been applied, to remove it can be time-consuming and costly.
This is where our “secret sauce” comes into play. VCT floors must be cleaned daily. Often we vacuum these floors because this is more effective at removing grit, dust, and soils from the floor. Then, if the floor only has moderate soiling, we use a neutral cleaner to clean the floor. A neutral cleaner has a pH of about 7, so it is not acidic or alkaline. This helps protect the sealant and floor finish. Now we machine buff or burnish floors regularly. Not only does this remove heal marks and soiling, but it restores the floor’s shine.
We should add one more point. Following these steps helps delay refinishing cycles. We mentioned earlier, this can be costly. Not only that, floor refinishing can be disruptive to building users and the process is not the most environmentally friendly. Ultimately, delaying refinishing cycles is a significant cost saving for our clients as well.
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