Vinyl Composition Tile, VCT Maintenance
Growing technology has enhanced the durability of flooring products immensely. Yet, our fast paced world still renders a lot of wear on our floors from spills to the family pet or foot traffic. Regular maintenance and preventative measures can significantly prolong the new look of this important investment.
The following information is the accumulation of many years of experience, the guidelines of regulatory flooring agencies and the instructions provided by the leading manufactures of flooring products. The manufacturer of your flooring product may have unique guidelines that should be given seniority over the general advice given by Wolfe Flooring. The following guidelines are for regular maintenance, not initial care. Most likely, the initial care your flooring needs is different than regular maintenance. Generally, new flooring products need about 12 to 72 hours
Instructions on Maintaining Vinyl Composition Tile, V.C.T.
Retain the sales receipt and any product description from the purchase of the goods. If possible, document the manufacturer's name and the manufacturer's full product description including color. Furthermore, retain a sample of the V.C.T. for comparisons. For insurance purposes, it's good to have a picture of your new product in a safe place.
Retain extra V.C.T. for possible repairs that may be needed in the future. Keep the materials in a dry place that stays about room temperature. Keep the V.C.T. laying on a flat surface. Do not stack more than three boxes high.
Keep the outside entrance areas (sidewalks, porches, driveways) free of sand and debris.
Sweep or dust mop your V.C.T. once per day. Sand and grit will scratch and dull the finish.
Damp mop your V.C.T. floor with water or an appropriate cleaner to remove stubborn soiling.
Clean, strip and polish the entire floor once every 6 to 12 months. You should strongly consider using a
Do not ever let the finish wear completely through in any area. Apply a refresher coat as necessary to the high traffic areas.
Occasionally, spray buff or perform high-speed burnishing with a polishing machine and the appropriate pad (or, brush) to restore luster, dislodge soiling and smooth out blemishes in the original finish coat.
Use a nonabrasive polishing cleaner to remove scuff marks and black heel marks.
Be especially careful when handling janitorial and industrial chemicals (e.g., food dyes, solvents, acids, disinfectants, pesticides, paint, ink, grease and other petroleum byproducts, etc.). These chemicals can ruin the surface with stains if not cleaned up immediately. Wolfe Flooring does provide
Tend to stains and spills immediately after occurrence. Stains set with time. Many stains that may be removable will become permanent if not wiped up immediately. Try to remove stains with mineral spirits, isopropyl alcohol, lighter fluid or acetone. (CAUTION: These are flammable liquids and should be handled carefully.)
Reflect direct sunlight away from V.C.T. to prevent fading and discoloration.
Avoid placing an appliance directly on your flooring that produces high levels of heat. Refrigerators and ovens are known to produce heat that can permanently damage your flooring.
underlayments under rugs to prevent possible dye transfer and to prevent the rug from traveling.
Relocate furniture occasionally to distribute traffic patterns.
Prevent indentations from furniture with pointed legs by using hard, plastic casters and cups. A wide caster will disperse the weight of the furniture.
Use carpet or felt pad protectors (not plastic or rubber) on the bottom of furniture that is moved frequently. Change out the furniture pads periodically.
Avoid dragging heavy furniture across the V.C.T..
Walking on V.C.T. with stiletto or spiked heels, especially those with worn spiked heal caps, will cause excessive wear which is often not covered under warranties.
Change the filters in your air conditioning system regularly.
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of Tampa Bay in Central Florida
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