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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Steaming VCT

July 01, 2009
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is there any problem using a steam mop on a vinyl composition tile (VCT) floor? I’m concerned that it may affect the adhesive. We have areas around desks with dirt ground in from the wheels on chairs.
The answer:
This should present no problem provided the tile is undamaged and soundly glued to the sub-flooring.
Avoid lingering in one spot long enough to soften the tile or the finish, or to drive steam into cracks and seams.
The flooring with the ground-in soil may require more agitation than the stream provides.
Cleaning may reveal a lack of remaining finish and the need for a scrub and recoat.
Mopping with or without steam, will not provide enough ...Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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