Hard Floor Care

Hard Floor Care: Commercial Vinyl Floors Made Like New Again

Jan-Pro® of Savannah wants to know when was the last time you had your commercial vinyl floors stripped and polished? Even the sturdiest, highest grade vinyl floors start to discolor and lose their finish as they take a lot of beating and get dirt tracked across them constantly.  Over time, mopping, spray buffing, burnishing, and re-coating will not deliver your vinyl floors to the look and cleanliness you want. So what can you do about it? It is probably time to remove your vinyl floor’s finish.

Do You Really Want to do All of This?

Be prepared to work late at night and long into the morning hours as you grab your old mops and dirty water buckets, find some gloves that won’t allow the chemicals to seep through and damage your hand, buy some goggles to protect your eyes from splashing dirty, chemical-filled water, a scraper for gum and other gooey dirt build up, putty knife, cloths, caution signs, floor machine, wet vac, stripping chemicals and finish. Are you tired yet?

OK, now that you have your tools and are prepared for an all-nighter, this is what you need to do next:

The Vinyl Floor 10 Step Stripping Process

  1. Sweep the floor clean of all dirt and dust. Get on hands and knees to scrape up gum, tar, and other sticky substances.
  2. Strategically place caution signs on flooring.
  3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions as you mix stripper chemicals.
  4. Next, mop the vinyl floor with your prepared solution. Make sure you mop only areas 12’ x 12’ to achieve maximum affect or your solution will evaporate and dry on the surface creating a bigger problem. This process will take time. Be patient.
  5. After 10 to 15 minutes have passed by on that 12’ x 12’ patch of floor, fire up the floor machine and stripping pad and go over the surface – again, make sure you do this before the solution evaporates or dries. Always work in a circular pattern.
  6. Next, so as not to damage your vinyl floor after stripping, get your wet vac with squeegee attachment and go over that area to make sure all solution is lifted from the floor to avoid damage.
  7. Using a clean mop and clean water, rinse the vinyl floor.
  8. After the vinyl floor is dry, wipe your hand across a section of the floor. If you notice any powder residue on your hand, you must repeat the rinse process. (Are you having fun yet?)
  9. The second to last phase for that 12’ x 12’ section of floor is to add the sealer. Vinyl floors become porous and trap dirt. The sealer will fill in those gaps to prevent this from occurring. Apply a couple of coats to be sure.
  10. Finally, it is time to add the top coat to your vinyl floor. Using a wet polyester mop, apply the first coat evenly. Wait at least 20 minutes for the first coat to dry. If upon touch you still feel it damp then wait until it is dry or applying your second and final coat will be useless. Repeat the process, but this time with a drier mop. You may need to apply up to five coats of finish.

Or, You May Leave Your Vinyl Floor Care to Jan-Pro®

Jan-Pro® loves this process. It is one of the reasons why we got into this industry. It is hard, tedious work and the costs for your time, effort, and materials probably aren’t worth doing it by yourself. Let Jan-Pro® provide proper care and maintenance to your commercial vinyl floor to keep it clean, looking great, and usable for many years of service. A Jan-Pro® representative will be glad to visit your site and discuss a vinyl floor maintenance program that will meet your needs and budget. Contact Jan-Pro today!