How to Care for VCT Tile

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Easy maintenance for VCT tile
Easy maintenance for VCT tile (Image: floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com)

VCT or Vinyl Composition Tile as it is known, is generally used for commercial applications. It is tough and holds a good shine, yet it is easy to apply and is cost effective for many commercial uses. Caring for your VCT tile does not take any specialized skills except that of regular maintenance, and the results will keep your VCT tile looking as good as the day it was first put down.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom or mop
  • Mats and/or rugs
  • Floor cleaner
  • Tile sealer
  • Non-abrasive cleaner
  • Rag
  • Extra tiles

Sweep or dry mop the surface once a day, especially in high traffic areas.

Place mats or rugs near entry ways to limit wear in those areas.

Damp mop your VCT tile with a regular floor cleaner to remove dirt and soiled spots.

Apply a finish coat as needed in high traffic areas to keep up the appearance, shine and durability.

Use a non-abrasive polishing cleaner and a damp rag to remove scuff marks and black heel marks.

Clean stains and spills immediately to reduce the instance of the stain becoming permanent.

Move furniture and other objects around that rest upon the VCT tile, This will prevent indentations from occurring.

Repair cracked or chipped tiles as soon as possible using extra VCT tiles. Cut them to shape, apply adhesive and set them into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have access to a professional floor machine, your VCT tile can be buffed periodically to restore lost luster. The tiles can also be cleaned and stripped every six to 12 months, depending upon wear and tear, and then finished with tile sealer.

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