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ICAN/ATEX: How can I repair scuffed VCT?

December 07, 2012
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Friday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

The vinyl composition tile (VCT) at a middle school was stripped and refinished this summer.

The stripping came out very clean, but then the boss laid two coats of sealer, two coats of one type of finish and two more coats of another brand supposedly with a higher solids content.

All six coats were laid in less than 24 hours and then burnished 24 hours after that — against my protest. The finish now has scuffs down into it to the degree that they won’t come out with buffing or burnishing.

We’ve tried twice over three months. Now, the tile is coming off the floor and the finish is terrible, but there is no use top scrubbing. Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

Friday’s Answer:

vctI think you and I both suspect the reason for this mess lies with the application of six coats of finish with a 24 hour period, when most finish manufacturers recommend no more than three coats within that time frame.

The reason is that, unlike the true waxes used over 60 years ago, modern finishes need time to cure to the air and form a film that can be maintained to keep appearances presentable.

In addition, we may have incompatibility issues having to do with the chemical makeup of the two different brands.
My guess is a combination of … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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