mopping or vacuuming to control loose soil and grit.
Prompt removal of
stains and spills
protect the floor surface and add gloss.
Always use a quality name and product and follow manufacturer
recommendations to ensure the best results. Restrict traffic when cleaning,
waxing or stripping due to the possibility of slipping. Use protective
runways when moving heavy objects, even if equipped with wheels, to avoid
causing adhesive displacement, marring, or gouging of the tile.
Maintenance for a Newly Installed Floor
Do not wash or
scrub the floor for at least 4 or 5 days after installation to allow the
floor tiles to bond to the underlayment/subfloor.
furniture and equipment off the floor for at least 48 hours to allow the
adhesive to set.
Sweep or vacuum
thoroughly, and remove any residual adhesive with a clean white cloth
dampened with mineral spirits.
Apply a minimum of
2 coats of a high quality cross-linked acrylic floor polish to temporarily
protect the floor until regular maintenance procedures can begin.
Preparation For Commercial Use
Scrub the floor using a good quality non-alkaline floor cleaner and a floor
machine of 170-250 rpm equipped with a green or blue scrubbing pad.
Heavily soiled or scratched floors may be stripped, following the same
procedure as for scrubbing, but using a floor stripping detergent.
Thoroughly rinse the floor (avoid flooding the floor) and allow the floor to
Apply 3-5 coats* of a high-quality, cross-linked acrylic floor polish,
allowing sufficient drying time (At least 30 minutes) between applications.
Maintenance conditions vary. Contact the polish manufacturer to determine
the specific recommendations for polishing based upon your equipment,
schedule, traffic and desired gloss level.
1. Clean floor frequently
with a treated (non-oily) dust mop or clean, soft push broom.
Damp mop the floor, as required, using a dilute, neutral-detergent solution.
Light scrubbing with an automatic floor machine may be required in heavily
Rinse the floor with clean water and allow to dry completely.
After damp mopping or light scrubbing, spray buffing or high speed
burnishing may be performed to restore gloss.
Spray buff only when a solid base coat of at least 3 coats of polish already
exists on the floor. Spray buff using a diluted floor polish (7%-8% solids)
or a spray buffing compound. Before the liquid is dry, buff with a floor
machine equipped with a white or tan buffing pad or a soft brush at 170-1100
rpm. After buffing the liquid dry, a thin, glossy film remains which
protects the base coat of polish, reducing the need for stripping. Heavy
traffic areas may need extra coats of polish on amore frequent basis.
High Speed Burnishing
CAUTION: Operators of
ultra-highspeed burnishing machines should be well-trained. Careless or
improper use of these machines can result in severe and extensive damage to
Ensure that the floor is free of all loose dirt and debris. High-speed
burnishing utilizes a machine of 900 to 2000 rpm capacity. It is a dry
buffing procedure performed on a floor already coated with at least 4 coats
of polish specifically formulated for burnishing. This base coat should be
periodically rebuilt by recoating to compensate for loss of finish from this
operation. The machine should be operated in a straight line, with a
push-pull method, rather than a sweeping motion. When the floor appearance
no longer responds to highspeed burnishing thoroughly clean the floor and
apply gloss restorer, spray buff or recoat the original finish (refer to
Preparation For Commercial Use).
of high quality maintenance products and regular adherence product to a
quality maintenance program will greatly reduce the need for stripping.
Strip floors only when necessary. Follow the manufacturer’s label
recommendations for proper dilution, use, clean-up and disposal of stripper.
CAUTION: High solvent content strippers (no-rinse/no-scrub) must not be
used on tile floors installed less than two years.
Apply stripper liberally with a clean mop and allow it to penetrate into
the floor finish for several minutes (without allowing it to dry). Scrub the
floor with a single disc floor machine equipped with a red, green, or blue
pad at 175 - 300 rpm. Remove all stripping solution with a squeegee and wet
vacuum or a damp mop. Immediately rinse floor with clear water, and remove
rinse water with a squeegee and wet vacuum or damp mop. Allow the floor to
dry completely, then reapply polish (refer to section Preparation For