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ICAN/ATEX: How do you care for tile floor under the plastic mats?

February 5, 2013

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.

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How do I care for tile floor under the plastic mats that roller chairs are used on?

The rest of floor is stripped and refinished (light colored tile), but the tile under mats always look bad when I pull them up.

What should I be doing to the floor under mats?

Tuesday’s Answer:

chair matNormally, unprotected VCT is scraped, gouged, and damaged by chair rollers.

In your case, perhaps the tile under the mats was previously damaged and not worth the extra effort to partially correct.

Some damage can be corrected by increasing the stripper concentration (pouring 1/4 cup of straight stripper onto the already wet area) and increasing the aggression level of the strip pad, going to a buildup removal, or high productivity  … - Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation

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