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Floorcare Specialists - VCT. Resilient Tile and Sheet Vinyl Floors Floorcare Specialists - VCT. Resilient Tile and Sheet Vinyl Floors
Floorcare Specialists - VCT. Resilient Tile and Sheet Vinyl Floors
 

Maintenance for Vinyl (VCT, Sheet & Luxury) Floor Coverings

Maintenance for vinyl floor coverings is the most common maintenance performed by FloorCare Specialists. We take care when developing your program because different classifications of floor covering may or may not require chemical coatings.

FloorCare Specialists’ first objective when building a program is to determine the chemical system needs. The coating and cleaning chemicals associated with hard floor maintenance is known as the chemical system. The chemical systems available for vinyl floor coverings are no buff, polishing/buffing, spray buffing, high speed and ultra high-speed systems.

Selection of the chemical system will be predicated by the assessment criteria associated with the facility. The environment, traffic conditions, congestion, time factors and budget will all have an impact on which selection to make.

After the chemical system is selected, FloorCare Specialists will design your customized maintenance program.  Our assessment criteria are a critical part of determining service procedures and frequencies. Establishing the service procedures and frequencies allows for easier scheduling and implementation of your customized program.

Initial Maintenance As with all hard floor coverings, maintenance begins directly after installation. The degree of initial maintenance will be dependent on the level of cleanliness in which the floor covering was installed. Some installations are much better than others and can make the initial maintenance much easier to accomplish.

Most manufacturers of vinyl products recommend a waiting period of approximately 3 days after the floor covering is installed before wet maintenance can be performed. The reason for this is to allow ample time for the adhesive under the floor covering to completely cure.  If wet service procedures are performed prior to the adhesive curing, it can cause problems for the newly installed product.  FloorCare Specialists always advises our customers to wait three days after installation to perform initial maintenance services.

Generally sheet goods that are heat welded are not an issue because water or solution has no way to get under the product. Some sheet goods that are not heat welded may have problems because the solution can get under the edges of the seams and cause them curl up. If the damage is significant enough it may require the whole installation to be pulled up and redone.

Floors that have tile products have many more seams for the solution to get under. This can cause serious damage when service is performed too soon. In some cases the adhesive may soften and ooze out of all the seams making it very difficult to clean and dry the floor. Many times individual or groups of floor tiles will release from the sub floor. In severe cases the tiles can curl, warp or buckle.

The type of sub floor that the product is installed over can also be affected by performing services too soon. Generally resilient floor coverings are installed over a concrete sub floor. The exception to this is probably residential. However, in some situations the flooring product will be installed over plywood or particleboard. If water or solution gets under the floor covering it may cause serious breakdown of the wood product underneath. Caution should be taken when working with these types of sub floors.

Initial maintenance for vinyl type floor coverings is not only to remove the soil accumulated during the installation, but also to remove the factory coating from the product. Factory coating is applied to the product to protect it during handling, packaging and installation.

 

Daily/Routine Maintenance The most important aspect of any hard floor maintenance program is eliminating or reducing soil throughout the facility. The daily/routine service procedures address the regular maintenance needed to accomplish this task.  Generally, FloorCare Specialists’ customers have housekeeping staff or janitorial contractors provide these daily services.   

Sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming service procedures are the primary method of controlling dry particulate soil throughout most facilities. The service can be performed on a routine basis, daily or several times per day.

One of the wet mopping service procedures will be incorporated in the daily/routine maintenance schedule. Spot mopping may be carried out during open hours to eliminate spills that occur. Wet mopping may be performed after hours to remove more aggressive soils. The degree or level of the service will be predicated by the facility.

Light scrubbing with an automatic scrubbing machine can be substituted for mopping procedures in areas large enough to warrant it. In the grocery and retail environments this is an acceptable means of maintenance.

The conditioning or restoring and burnishing service procedure is often used as a daily/routine maintenance service in some environments. Again retail and grocery is the most likely candidates for this service procedure to be performed this frequently.

Regardless of weather we provide daily services or you have staff to perform daily services, FloorCare Specialists will help you develop the services specifications and scope for daily maintenance services.

Periodic Maintenance
FloorCare Specialists performs the full variety of periodic maintenance services for vinyl floor coverings.  The term periodic generally refers to service procedures that are beyond the dry service and wet mopping procedures. They can incorporate buffing, spray buffing, condition/restoring and burnishing or the scrubbing procedure. In heavily soiled environments the stripping procedure is performed on a periodic schedule too.

The following discussion details each periodic maintenance process performed by FloorCare Specialists.  We would be happy to review your facility’s periodic floor care needs and develop a program specific to your needs and budget.

Coating Maintenance Procedures
The periodic coating maintenance service procedures are methods of maintenance that address the gloss of the floor finish. There are several methods for accomplishing this objective. The method for any facility will be determined when selecting the chemical system for the floor covering.

Dry buffing, polishing and burnishing are service procedures that are independent of the other procedures. There is very little cause for polishing because of the minimal use of softer waxes in use today. Buffing can be performed on some floor finishes, however limited results can be expected.

Spray buffing is a method of maintenance that has been used for many years in the maintenance of vinyl type floor coverings. It is important to point out that the spray buffing procedure is a maintenance method for restoring gloss to the floor finish. It is not a cleaning procedure although many individuals try to use it as one.

When the spray buffing service procedure is used as a cleaning procedure, it effectively encapsulates soil in the floor finish. Although it may appear to be cleaning the floor it is really spreading the soil evenly across the floor causing it to slowly brown out.

Scrubbing and Re-coating
Scrubbing and re-coating (also Top Scrub and Recoat) is a general term that encompasses all of the scrubbing service procedures. There are different classifications of scrubbing that require slightly different procedures. The primary difference centers on the amount of soil or finish to be removed.

The aggressiveness of the scrubbing procedure will be dictated by the environment and traffic conditions. Soil that gets ground into the floor surface will become embedded. Also, during the life cycle of the hard floor maintenance programs that utilize chemical coating systems, soil will ultimately become encapsulated in floor finish. Encapsulated soil lowers the appearance factor and causes the floor to look dirty all the time. The primary reasons to scrub and re-coat vinyl floor coverings is to remove that embedded soil or to remove surface coats of floor finish that may have soil encapsulated in it and replenish the protective film.

There is a misconception in the floor care industry that floors must be striped once annually.  This is not always the case.  Over the years, FloorCare Specialists has found that a properly maintained floor can go many months, often years between a full strip and refinish (strip & wax).  This is usually due to establishing good daily floor care and periodic floor care services. 

 

Stripping and Refinishing or Stripping and Waxing
The definition of stripping is to remove all pre-existing coats of seal and/or finish. Refinishing or Waxing, is the application of new layers of sealer and floor finish (wax). 
Note: wax or waxing is something of a misnomer.  Modern day floor finishes do not contain any waxes.  Yet the term lives on.

Some manufacturers of vinyl floor coverings will recommend products and procedures as maintenance requirements. If these are available, follow the instructions for the stripping and refinishing procedures. If they are not available, find out the type of floor and the manufacturer if possible and get in touch with them for any special instruction, they will be happy to provide it. Investigation into the floor surface may take some time, but it can save you a bundle in replacement costs should you damage a floor covering.

Stripping is the most important function of the vinyl floor maintenance program. It is the beginning and the end. Everything in-between rests on the foundation that is provided by this service. The function of stripping (removing all existing coatings) is necessary at the end of the floor maintenance life cycle. The function of reapplying coatings is the beginning of the new cycle. It is impossible to have one without the other when performing the service procedure.

Stripping is the least performed of the hard floor maintenance services. It requires the most investment of time, physical labor and money. Careful consideration should be used when planning for this service because of these factors. The primary objective of any hard floor maintenance professional should be to put as much time as possible between performing the stripping and refinishing service procedures. This is accomplished by laying a good foundation during the process of performing the service.

There is a misconception in the floor care industry that floors must be striped once annually.  This is not always the case.  Over the years, FloorCare Specialists has found that a properly maintained floor can go many months, often years between a full strip and refinish (strip & wax).  This is usually due to establishing good daily floor care and periodic floor care services.  Let FloorCare Specialists help you develop the correct daily and periodic floor care program.  We will build a program that is guaranteed to keep your floors in top condition all the time.

 

 
 

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Floorcare Specialists Coatings Services Include:

Specialty Coatings

Instacure Coatings

Vinyl Floor Coverings

Maintenance for Vinyl Floor Coverings (VCT,Sheet, Luxury)

Rubber Floor Covering & Maintenance

Linoleum and Cork Flooring & Maintenance

Resilient Floor Covering Service

Automotive floor coatings - Showroom, manufacturing areas and service area

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