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Vinyl Composition Tile, VCT Maintenance

General Instructions

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

after the installation

before they are ready for furniture, regular foot traffic, or cleaning of the seams, etc. Techniques, products, etc. change and some situations are very unique; thus, Wolfe Flooring assumes no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome. These instructions may not apply to historic ceramic tile or antique oriental rugs and other very old and priceless flooring relics. Please exercise general caution implementing any of the following guidelines. You're welcome to call us for a specific professional address of your situation.

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.

Non-staining

walk off mats

(avoid rubber mats) and

entry rugs

are strongly recommended at building entry ways (both inside and outside) to catch most of the soiling. The mass majority of the soil and grit that will fall into the room will do so in the first six feet of the entrances. Mats should be cleaned recurrently; otherwise, the mats will accelerate the soiling.

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

professional company like Wolfe Flooring

to strip and polish the floor if you're not trained in this area. Never dry strip a V.C.T. floor. Standard surfaces should receive between 3 to 5 coats of finish. Slip resistance surfaces should receive 1 to 3 coats of finish. Apply finishes in thin layers only.

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

solutions

to these otherwise impossible problems.

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.

Use

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.

Tend to

repairs

immediately to keep repair expenses as low as possible.

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.