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Wax On, Wax Off: Proper Care of VCT Flooring

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:51 -- Laura M. Pulliam

Vinyl composition tile (typically referred to simply as “VCT”) is a staple in the commercial flooring industry. Composed of PVC chips which are melted and formed into thin squares, rectangles, or custom-designed shapes, this extremely durable material has been a popular choice in almost every type of commercial building--from churches to schools to medical offices--since as early as the 1940s.

VCT is popular for many reasons, but the three we’d like to highlight today are its versatility, durability, and longevity.

No matter your facility’s unique flair, there is a VCT out there that will suit your style! This versatile flooring comes in every imaginable color. Wood-look, neutrals, bold colors and patterns--a quick image search for “VCT flooring designs” pulls up endless inspiration! This truly is a versatile flooring choice.

As with most flooring, VCT’s durability is enhanced through proper care. These thin, dense tiles are intended to be covered with a polymer coating finish in order to protect them from scratches, gouges, and chips. This coating or special “wax” is what gives VCT its shine. But wax does more than make your VCT floors glisten--it entirely coats the tile and fills in the small gaps between each tile. Without this wax, the edges of the flooring can begin to chip prematurely, especially in areas with heavy foot or rolling traffic.

Even though VCT comes with a factory-finish, the finish applied after installation is really what gives it “nine lives,” so to speak. Some cleaning companies apply only one-to-three layers of wax; however, at Sonlight Cleaning Services, we believe that your flooring is an investment that should last as long as possible. That’s why we use five coats of high-quality floor finish when we strip and wax VCT floors. One of our team members met with a potential client who caught another company’s cleaning crew putting automobile wax on a floor--in our book, that is completely unacceptable! When properly cared for, VCT can provide even the highest-traffic areas with years of beauty and function.

This brings us to longevity. One of the elements that make VCT a desirable choice for commercial and high-traffic buildings is the fact that a broken tile can be replaced independently, without having to redo the entire floor. If you are preparing to install this flooring type in your facility, it is highly recommended that you keep a small supply of extra tiles in case it should be needed in the future. If you do replace a tile, remember to call Sonlight to have the floor stripped and refinished (remember that wax between the tiles actually helps preserve the integrity of the tile)!

Like all flooring types, VCT requires routine care such as sweeping and mopping to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. If you love a high-shine look, we also highly recommend floor buffing! This is what gives the floors that gorgeous bowling-lane sheen.

If you want your VCT floors to live out a long and beautiful life in your building, contact Sonlight Cleaning Services to arrange a care schedule for your facilities. We’re your one-stop-shop for both regular care (such as mopping and buffing) AND special care (such as stripping and waxing)!