How to Clean VCT Floors After Installation – Orange County CA


Special applicators and pads are available for applying VCT finishing products.

Special applicators and pads are available for applying VCT finishing products.

Vinyl composition tile, or VCT, flooring provides a durable surface for your home. Althought VCT is commonly found in commercial offices and stores because of its ability to withstand high foot traffic, homeowners are beginning to install VCT in rooms where they want an easy-to-clean surface. Once the tiles are set, the glue that holds them in place must cure for at least 24 to 48 hours before you can use the floor. That means you should try not to walk on the floor any more than necessary, nor should you place any heavy objects on the tiles. After two weeks of only light foot traffic on the floor while the adhesive cures completely, you must remove the light protective coating that comes on the tiles so you can apply floor finishing product.

1. Sweep away debris from the vinyl composition tile with a broom or a vacuum. Avoid scratching the floor.

2. Mix a liquid or dry household floor cleaner with water according to directions on the bottle or box. Normally you would clean VCT tiles with a mix of 3 to 4 ounces of neutral pH detergent per gallon of scrub water in a bucket, but for the initial floor cleaning you need something stronger to remove the protective coating applied to the tiles by the manufacturer.

3. Dip a mop into the detergent mixture and wring it out. Scrub off any adhesive from the floor’s surface using the mop’s scrubber. Clean a small area, then dip the mop back into the bucket. Wring the mop out and continue cleaning another section. Repeat this process until you cover the entire floor. Rinse the mop well. Fill the bucket with clean water.

4. Remove the detergent from the VCT flooring by wiping it off with a clean mop. Rinse the mop in the bucket of water frequently and wring it out well. Allow the floor to air dry.

5. Apply a thin coat of VCT finisher or sealer, using a floor applicator designed for applying floor finishes. The applicator has a rectangular form attached to a long pole. Depending on the model, the applicator pad attaches to the rectangular form with elastic, hook-and-loop fasteners or by some other means. Allow the finisher or sealer time at least an hour to dry following package recommendations. If it is a humid day, allow extra drying time. Once the finisher or sealer is dry to the touch, apply a second thin coat of finisher or sealer and allow it time to dry as well before using the floor.


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