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  • Darren Smith

VCT Floor Features and How to Maintain Them



VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile) floors are a popular choice for commercial and industrial spaces for their durability, low cost, and ease of maintenance. They are made from a mixture of vinyl and filler materials, which make them resistant to heavy foot traffic and easy to clean. However, to ensure that VCT floors maintain their durability and aesthetic appeal, regular maintenance is crucial.


VCT floors are commonly used in schools, hospitals, office buildings, and other high-traffic areas. They are also often found in retail spaces, such as supermarkets and department stores. The reason for their popularity in these spaces is that VCT floors can withstand the constant wear and tear of foot traffic, and are easy to maintain.

One of the most important aspects of VCT floor maintenance is ensuring that the wax layer on top is regularly maintained. The wax layer helps to protect the flooring from scratches and stains, and also gives it a shiny appearance. A well-maintained wax layer not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the floors but also prolongs the life of the VCT flooring.


It is recommended that the wax layer be reapplied every 6-12 months, depending on the amount of foot traffic the floor sees. This can be done by a professional flooring contractor or by using a high-speed burnisher with a diamond abrasive pad. It is important to ensure that the wax is applied evenly to ensure a consistent shine.

To maintain the wax layer in between reapplications, it is important to regularly clean the floor using a neutral pH cleaner and a microfiber mop. Avoid using excessive water, as this can cause the edges of the tile to curl. Also, it is important to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the wax layer and the VCT flooring.

It is also important to be aware of the signs that the wax layer is in need of reapplication. These include a dull appearance, visible scratches, and scuffs. If any of these signs are present, it is important to schedule a reapplication as soon as possible to maintain the longevity and aesthetic appeal of the floors.


Now, let's take a look at how VCT flooring compares to other types of flooring:

  • Hardwood floors are a popular choice for residential spaces, but they are not as durable as VCT floors and are not recommended for high-traffic areas. Hardwood floors also require regular maintenance, such as sanding and refinishing, to keep them looking their best.

  • Carpeting is also not as durable as VCT floors and is not recommended for high-traffic areas. Carpeting also requires regular maintenance, such as vacuuming and steam cleaning, to keep it looking its best.

  • Ceramic tile is a durable option that can be used in high-traffic areas, but it can be slippery when wet and is not as cushioned as VCT floors. Ceramic tile also requires regular maintenance, such as grout cleaning, to keep it looking its best.

  • Laminate flooring is a durable option that can be used in high-traffic areas, but it is not as cushioned as VCT floors and can be damaged by water. Laminate flooring also requires regular maintenance, such as cleaning and polishing, to keep it looking its best.

Now let's dive into the features and pros of VCT floor


Features:

  • VCT floors are made of a mixture of vinyl and filler materials, making them durable and resistant to heavy foot traffic.

  • VCT floors are easy to clean and maintain.

  • VCT floors can be found in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing for a variety of design options.

  • VCT floors are relatively inexpensive compared to other types of flooring.

Pros:

  • VCT floors are durable and long-lasting, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.

  • VCT floors are easy to clean and maintain, which is beneficial for commercial and industrial spaces.

  • VCT floors are relatively inexpensive, making them a cost-effective option for flooring.

  • VCT floors are available in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing for a variety of design options.


When stripping and waxing VCT tile, it's important to hire a professional to ensure that the job is done correctly. The process involves using specialized equipment and chemicals, and also requires a certain level of expertise.


Speckless Clean Inc has done hundreds of thousands of square feet of VCT tile flooring, and has the experience and expertise to ensure that your VCT tile floors look their best. Contact us today to schedule a stripping and waxing service for your VCT tile flooring and enjoy the benefits of a clean and shiny floor.

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