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ICAN/ATEX: Why is my staff having difficulty refinishing VCT flooring?

April 16, 2013
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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.

Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

My employees are having trouble refinishing VCT floors. I've had a couple of jobs where the finish separates.

What is going on?

Tuesday’s Answer:

It is hard to tell from here, but my guess would be that the tile is not totally clean and dry before the finish is applied.

"Fisheyes" are small areas that look like the name and indicate that the finish has not leveled and cured in that spot.

Instead, something has caused it to back away from this small space and that something is causing this lack of adhesion and leveling.

Make sure the stripped or scrubbed surface is clean and well rinsed. Use a neutralizing agent in the rinse water.

Vac the tile as dry as possible and use a clean mop to remove any remaining solution.

The simple fact is that … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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