Vinyl Tile (VCT) Strip and Waxing

Although vinyl floors can be extremely durable, they need proper maintenance to preserve their resilience and
shine. Without proper maintenance, vinyl floors lose their shine, develop wax buildup, yellow discoloration,
scratches and abrasions; and act like a magnet that attracts dirt. Blue Ribbon Cleaning provide stripping,
sealing and waxing to restore the look of your floor. To keep your floors looking mirror bright, we can
provide regular maintenance which includes high speed buffing and periodic scrubbing and re-coating.
Blue Ribbon Cleaning  works with commercial businesses to ensure that their VCT maintenance is done beautifully.

VCT Stripping and Waxing Hazards

Properly trained technicians, like those at Blue Ribbon Cleaning are critical in the care of VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile) as
using traditional flooring methods can lead quickly to a separation of the adhesives that hold the vinyl to the floor.  Too
much heat, or too much water, and there is the potential for disaster.   The right tools, the right chemicals, the right
training, and your VCT flooring will be ready the next business day with no fear of business interruption.

When do you know you need professional help stripping and waxing Vinyl Composite Tiles?

Blue Ribbon Cleaning offers full strip and wax services for linoleum and vinyl floors at your business. If you see flakes of wax from your floor while you are sweeping, it is time for a deep cleaning of your flooring. Blue Ribbon Cleaning can bring neglected flooring back to life again.

Proper Vinyl Composite Tile Stripping and Waxing

To do a floor properly requires stripping, sealing, waxing and plain good quality workmanship. The dark areas around the edges of darker floors are generally just plain wax buildup in most cases and can be eliminated by plain old-fashioned scraping. The same is the cause of yellowing and darker areas around edges, corners and doors on lighter floors.

Vinyl Composite Tile Stripping and Waxing to your specification.

Blue Ribbon Cleaning performs the work to your specifications and to your expectations. We use only high quality products to achieve the best results possible. Whether your floor is done on an ongoing basis with burnishing or buffing or just a once or twice a year wax or recoat we give you workmanship you can trust
As with all quality workmanship, once your floor is properly stripped and waxed, upkeep is much easier with better results.
VCT Floor Stripping and Waxing When a vinyl composite tile floor (VCT) starts looking dull and dingy it is time for VCT floor Stripping and Waxing. VCT needs to have multiple layers of wax to give a deep and durable shine. After heavy use and cleaning the layers of wax become imbedded with ground in dirt and detergent residue that make it very difficult to make the floor look clean even with heavy mopping. To restore a vinyl floor to a clean and shiny state the wax must be completely stripped from the VCT. When stripping VCT the wax will come off in layers so the floor will need to be stripped more than once. Before stripping the floor the area being serviced should be checked for stripper sensitive surfaces. Extra care needs to be used in these areas. Areas that may suffer damage are protected with plastic sheeting and blue delicate surface tape. Everything that can be removed is removed before stripping the floor. Stripper is applied to the floor using a mop and spread over the floor. The floor is completely saturated with a rinse free scrub free stripper. The stripper is given 10-20 minutes to soak in and breakdown the stripper before being scrubbed with a black pad under a 175rpm scrubber. This aggressive pad scrubs away the layers of wax that have been softened by the stripper. This creates slurry of dissolved wax and stripper. This is pulled into a puddle with a squeegee and scooped up with a dust pan or sucked up with a squeegee vac. This process is repeated a minimum of two time and is repeated until all the wax has been stripped from the floor. Leftover old wax can turn a brownish yellow that looks really ugly under a shiny floor. The only way to correct left over old wax is to completely redo the job. It definitely pays to strip one time to many rather than one time too few. The hardest and most important part of thorough strip is the edges. Edges tend to build up more wax than the center of the floor because they get less wear and cleaning then the traffic areas. If the edges are not thoroughly scrapped and scrubbed they will leave a nasty yellow brown ring around your clean shiny floor. Again the only way to correct this is to completely re-service this floor. After the floor has been completely stripped of wax from edge to edge the floor is thoroughly cleaned and detailed. Any stubborn areas are scrapped and scrubbed with a maroon stripping pad and then re-cleaned . When the floor is clean and dry it is ready to coat with wax. Two different types of wax are used when we set up a VCT floor. The first two coats are a water based urethane reinforced floor wax that is very chemical and abrasion resistant. This
provides a very tough base coat to protect the vinyl floor.
The top four coats of wax are a 25% solids high
performance wax. This builds up the layers that will be
serviced between stripping and waxing. Putting down
multiple thin coats of wax gives a beautiful bright shine.
Each thin coat makes the surface smoother and more level
which gives that nice bright clean looking shine. A thin coat
also helps prevent ugly clumps or pools of wax. Maintaining
your VCT floor after it has been stripped and waxed will
depend on the amount of traffic and the type of use it gets.
The floor should be mopped regularly to keep dirt from
being ground into the VCT. After mopping with detergent
the floor should be mopped with plain water to keep
detergent residue from building up on the floor. The first
service a stripped and waxed floor will get is a cleaning and
high-speed spray buffing. The floor is first thoroughly mopped clean with an aggressive detergent. Then the floor is spray buffed with a high speed floor polisher. This uses a spray buff solution and the heatstripping
  from the high speed polishing to smooth and strengthen the wax. Dirt is transferred from the floor to the spray buff floor pad. When spray buffing no longer restores the floor it is time to scrub down the surface of the wax and apply two fresh coats of wax. The floor is scrubbed with a pad to remove the top two layers of wax. First, thoroughly clean and rinse the floor. Then, coat with two coats of fresh wax. A VCT floor, that is properly set up and serviced should be able to last at least a year with moderate to heavy traffic. Ask about our maintenance plans.