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Sealing and Finishing
Trouble Shooting Guide
RESILIENT TILE: VINYL TILE
Homogenous vinyl tile is most
commonly used in decorative tile installations and is somewhat comparable to rubber
tile. It is fairly non-porous, but does not have as much filler as rubber, if any at
all. Calendered vinyl flooring is the counterpart of conventional inlaid linoleum,
but the drying oils are replaced by vinyl resin and plasticizer. Vinyl floors are
extremely solvent resistant and produced in both tile and sheet goods. Maintenance
of vinyl floors should be with water emulsion coatings.
- Avoid excessive use of water. Excessive water,
especially hot water, will damage any coatings applied, and can penetrate between the
tiles to the adhesive and cause a loosening of the adhesive and eventual warping of the
- Avoid stripping. Highly alkaline and solvent
containing strippers damage vinyl tile. A good maintenance program extends routine
maintenance and reduces stripping frequency.
- Avoid abrasives. Certain decorative types of
vinyl are relatively soft and can be permanently scratched by sand, grit, abrasive
cleaners and overly agressive floor pads.