Tile & Stone Cleaners

Vinyl Cleaning

If your vinyl surface has lost its shine, become dull and difficult to clean after previously being stripped and sealed, it needs to be re-stripped and resealed to restore its appearance and protect it. Regular stripping and sealing is necessary to maintain the protection of the vinyl as foot traffic can wear away the sealer over time. If not done regularly, the vinyl may become damaged beyond repair.

What exactly is Vinyl?

Vinyl and Lino are types of plastic flooring commonly found in high-traffic areas such as shopping malls, nursing homes, kitchens, and laundries. Vinyl is a durable and easy-to-maintain option, but it must be protected from the start to maintain its polished finish. Foot traffic can wear away the surface, making it increasingly difficult to keep the floor looking new. To prevent this, it is essential to maintain the floor from the moment it is installed. At Tile Cleaners, we offer professional services for stripping, cleaning, and sealing Vinyl and Lino floors to keep them looking their best.

Vinyl flooring is a type of flooring that is derived from linoleum and typically made from a mixture of cork powder, wood dust, pigments, and binding agents pressed into sheets. These sheets are then sealed with a transparent, wear-resistant layer that gives the surface a finished look that can range from matte to glossy. Vinyl is popular for its durability, affordability, and attractive appearance, and is easy to maintain. Additionally, vinyl flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, which allows it to mimic the look of other flooring materials.

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Vinyl flooring is made from several materials, including traditional vinyl, thermoplastic, and linoleum, which is becoming increasingly popular due to its durability and versatility. All these materials are smooth, highly water-resistant, and can be polished to a mirror-like finish. However, to maintain this finish, it’s essential to protect the surface from the start, as foot traffic can wear it down and make it increasingly difficult to maintain. To prevent this, it is essential to maintain the floor from the moment it is installed. At Tile Cleaners, we offer professional services for stripping, cleaning, and sealing Vinyl and Lino floors to keep them looking their best.

What is Linoleum?

Linoleum, often shortened to “lino,” is a type of flooring that was first patented in 1863. The material is made from solidified linseed oil, which is combined with resins, cork powder, wood dust, fine limestone, and other ingredients. The mixture is then heated and pressed into sheets. Genuine linoleum is known for its durability and strength, which increases over time as the linseed oil oxidizes.

Cleaning & Sealing Vinyl & Linoleum Floors

At Tile and Stone Cleaners®, we understand that while polishing vinyl and linoleum floors is not difficult, there are many nuances and considerations to take into account in order to achieve optimal results.

Our hard floor restoration services include thorough cleaning and polishing of vinyl and linoleum floors, as well as long-term protection using the latest equipment and technical expertise. With our help, your surfaces can look like new again. At Tile and Stone Cleaners®, we prioritize the safety of your family and that’s why we use non-toxic finishing agents. We do not use any materials or agents that could potentially harm your health. Just give us a call and let us take care of everything.

Regularly reapplying polish to your vinyl or linoleum floors is essential to keep them looking their best and to prevent dirt and liquids from penetrating and staining the surface. This process, which should be done at least twice a year, involves removing the previous polish with manufacturer-approved products and applying a new layer. Dry buffing is often used to achieve a maximum shine, surface gloss, and durability, although it may not always be necessary. However, for dealing with permanent stains, burns, and deep scratches, it is the best option. To ensure an acceptable gloss and adequate surface protection, a freshly stripped vinyl floor should have at least 3 layers of polish applied.

 

Linoleum and vinyl floors lose their shine and become prone to damage if they are not properly polished. Polishing these floors not only enhances their appearance, but also provides a layer of protection against wear and tear and stains. Regular maintenance, such as stripping and re-polishing, is crucial to keeping linoleum and vinyl floors looking their best, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic. It is important to note that pouring polish directly onto the floor can cause unevenness and streaking. The use of clean applicator pads is necessary and it is important to avoid rubbing the same area repeatedly as this can cause marks that resemble paint brush strokes. Usually, multiple layers of polish are needed to achieve a smooth, glossy finish and it is essential to allow sufficient drying time between layers. The drying time may vary depending on humidity and can take anywhere from 40-60 minutes per layer. Additionally, it is important to wait 1-2 hours before allowing foot traffic on the newly polished surface and 24-48 hours for the polish to fully harden and reach maximum durability.

Our “clean & polish” service includes:

  • preparatory cleaning, buffing or scrubbing
  • application of suitable, traffic resistant polish
  • guides for regular maintenance