If you have ever wandered through your grocery store and wondered how they manage to keep the floors clean under all that wear and tear, you have considered the benefits of vinyl tile. Vinyl tile is widely used both commercially and residentially thanks to its durability; the tiles themselves come with a finish that makes the surface waterproof. Despite its resilience, tile does have its weaknesses; over time, the shiny and durable finish can fade, leaving the floor looking dull or scuffed. A thorough cleaning followed by applying new floor finish can restore the vinyl to its original beauty.
Things You'll Need
- Mop Bucket Water Vinyl floor cleaner Vinyl floor finish Clean white towel
Mop the area thoroughly with clean, warm water to remove surface dirt, dust and other contaminants.
Apply an approved vinyl floor cleaner. In general, you should dilute these cleaners in warm water and mop onto the vinyl surface. Follow all specific product instructions regarding dilution rates. Mop again with clean, warm water to remove residual soap.
Apply a thin layer of vinyl floor finish to your flooring area. The manufacturer of your floor may be able to provide you with this product, or you can find it at floor specialty retailers and some hardware or home improvement stores. These finishing products are generally applied with a mop. Follow product instructions if there are other recommended ways to apply this finish.
Allow the finish to dry completely. Do not let anyone walk on the floor during the drying period. Buff the floor surface with a clean, soft towel or a clean and dry mop to restore shine and gloss to the vinyl tile.
Tips & Warnings
- Some finishing products do not require buffing; follow all product instructions regarding use. If you find scuff marks on your vinyl tile, treat the marks with two to three drops of baby oil. Rinse thoroughly after application.
- Photo Credit Tiled floor image by Simon Amberly from Fotolia.com
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