Monday, April 16, 2012

How to Clean Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)

Vinyl composition tile (VCT) often found in the corridors of schools and hospitals, can be kept shiny day in and day out by utilizing a professional floor cleaning company. Trying to clean VCT without knowing the proper processes and or using the wrong chemicals or cleaning processes can turn VCT floor coverings into a dull and grimy looking surface.

For example, making the mistake of using a neutral cleaner rather than an all-purpose cleaner, your VCT flooring will end up with a lack luster finish. Here's why. All-purpose cleaners normally have a pH of 11, whereas neutral cleaners have a pH of 7. While this seems to be just a four-point difference in alkalinity and cleaning aggressiveness, it's actually about 70,000 times more alkaline. Therefore, a lower-pH cleaner will not adequately clean heavily soiled floors.

It's also important to know that VCT manufacturers coat their product with one thin coat of an acrylic finish for protection during shipping and storage. Because this coating provides no gloss and minimal protection from foot traffic, your tile must be scrubbed and coated with an generous amount of floor finish. Be sure to take note that newly installed flooring should not be scrubbed for two weeks to allow the mastic adequate time to bond. Cleaning or polishing too early and you risk damaging the flooring.

Keep in mind that entryways, lobbies, and other high traffic areas especially on entrance levels may require more frequent cleaning than lower traffic areas of the building. These types of areas may require additional maintenance or extra coats of protection.

Between professional cleanings, VCT maintenance is the key to a long, attractive life for commercial VCT flooring. Be sure to utilize walk off mats and keep up with regular maintenance procedures such as: sweeping and mopping to protect not only the floor but the building owners investment.

Floor care is not particularly complicated, but it does demand strict adherence to certain procedures. Hiring an experienced professional floor cleaning company that specializes in VCT cleaning can help you avoid undesirable results and keep your floor covering looking shiny and new.

Finding a VCT cleaning expert is easy if you're located in the East Valley of Arizona. A Mug You Can Trust is a family owned and operated business who are proud to serve the entire East Valley including Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and everywhere in between. They are fully insured and are members of the Better Business Bureau, Business Network International and The Gilbert Chamber Of Commerce. A Mug You Can Trust VCT floor cleaners prides themselves on being on time, providing exceptional service, and doing what they say they will do. All for one price guaranteed.

About A Mug You Can Trust

With more than 35 years of floor cleaning experience in the Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, Arizona areas, A Mug You Can Trust uses state-of-the-art equipment providing exceptional results for homes, commercial and retail businesses. A Mug You Can Trust values their customers by doing what they say they'll do, on time, for one guaranteed price, with no hidden charges. Call A Mug You Can Trust at (480) 626-3492 or email for a carpet cleaning estimate.

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