Q. What is the best process to maintain a high gloss on VCT?
A. VCT normally requires a deep strip all the way down to remove any discoloration. Just make sure you never apply stripper straight. It is best to follow the directions for the proper dilution. Today’s finishes are enhanced with sealer properties, so you do not need a sealer on VCT unless the tile is heavily damaged and worn. Four coats is sufficient. Apply first coat, and mark it with a red dot. Apply the second coat, and mark it with a yellow dot. Apply 3rd coat and apply the green dot. Finally apply the 4th coat. Dust mop daily, wet mop as required.
Autoscrub the floor before burnishing if the floor has become heavily soiled. Now when the green dot is gone, and up until the yellow is gone, scrub and recoat as required. That prevents the finish from wearing down to the red and allowing soil and stains to penetrate into the VCT. If you allow the red to be removed, you may be looking at a strip job because you failed to monitor and replace the finish when it was required. With a proper maintenance program, the floor may go 12-18 months before stripping is required.
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