Vinyl composition tile (VCT) often found in the corridors of offices, schools and hospitals, can be kept shiny day in and day out by utilizing a professional floor cleaning company. Trying to clean VCT without knowing the proper processes and or using the wrong chemicals or cleaning processes can turn VCT floor coverings into a dull and grimy looking surface.
For example, it is important to use a neutral cleaner, with a ph of 7, mixed no more than 1 oz per gallon of water for daily maintenance of the floor. Making the mistake of using a high alkaline cleaner or degreaser will dull the finish. It’s also important to know that new VCT floors must be scrubbed and coated with a minimum of 4 coats of floor finish. Keep in mind that entryways, lobbies, and other high traffic areas especially on entrance levels may require more frequent cleaning than lower traffic areas of the building. These types of areas may require additional maintenance or extra coats of protection.
It’s also important to know that VCT manufacturers coat their product with one thin coat of an acrylic finish for protection during shipping and storage. Because this coating provides no gloss and minimal protection from foot traffic, your tile must be scrubbed and coated with an generous amount of floor finish. Be sure to take note that newly installed flooring should not be scrubbed for two weeks to allow the mastic adequate time to bond. Cleaning or polishing too early and you risk damaging the flooring.
Keep in mind that entryways, lobbies, and other high traffic areas especially on entrance levels may require more frequent cleaning than lower traffic areas of the building. These types of areas may require additional maintenance or extra coats of protection.
Between professional cleanings, VCT maintenance is the key to a long, attractive life for commercial VCT flooring. Be sure to utilize walk off mats and keep up with regular maintenance procedures such as: sweeping and mopping to protect not only the floor but the building owners investment.
Floor care is not particularly complicated, but it does demand strict adherence to certain procedures. Hiring an experienced professional floor cleaning company that specializes in VCT cleaning can help you avoid undesirable results and keep your floor covering looking shiny and new.
Finding a VCT cleaning expert is easy if you’re located in Irvine CA. PacWest Carpet & Tile Cleaning is a family owned and operated business who are proud to serve the entire Orange County Area and everywhere in between. We are fully insured and are members of the Better Business Bureau, Business Network International and The Irvine Chamber Of Commerce. PacWest’s VCT floor cleaners prides themselves on being on time, providing exceptional service, and doing what we say we will do.