Ah, VCT floor care. Generally not a topic of conversation at the summer family reunion or the backyard barbecue with friends and family. After all, it is just a floor, right? Well, yes. However, think about your average day and how many times you walk across a floor in your church, your athletic facility, your favorite theater, your neighborhood coffee shop, your grocery store or your auto repair facility.
VCT floor care is critical to the health of your floor and to the image you portray to customers and employees. VCT floor care, like maintaining your automobile, isn’t just an investment in longevity. It is a reflection on how you conduct business.
Simple and scheduled maintenance is the key. Traffic patterns and volume certainly make a difference. Regular cleaning with a treated dust mop followed by damp mopping adds years to your floor. Think of it as rotating the tires on your car or changing the oil when the manufacturer suggests.
Professional VCT floor care is worth every dime. If your floor is new, be sure to clean it thoroughly after installation. Then apply 3-5 coats of an approved polish and let it dry. Initially, you should also use a cleaner before applying the polish so that any adhesives left on the floor after installation are removed.
It is amazing how little things can help, too. If you see a spill, clean it up. Dirt, liquids and scuff marks can permeate quickly. Each evening, dust mop the floor with a treated solution. Then, damp mop the floor and let it dry before allowing any traffic. Don’t forget to get into the corners and along the edges. Remove those mats, clean them and make sure they are dry before placing back down on the floor. Once every 3-6 months, strip the existing wax from the floor using proven machinery (and professionals that know how to use them). Never apply wax over existing wax. Instead, buff the floor once a month to restore the finish look, then strip the wax completely before applying new, approved products.
VCT floor care instructions and maintenance tips are plentiful and just a click away. If you have installed a new floor, go right to the manufacturer’s website and follow instructions. If you’ve inherited an existing floor, use products and methods that are generally standard for most VCT floors. Even an old, discolored floor can be restored with aggressive stripping and resealing.