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Unveiling the Wonders of VCT Commercial Flooring

Understanding VCT Flooring

Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT), a predecessor to vinyl asbestos floor tile (VAT), gained popularity in residential and commercial buildings from the early 1950s to the early 1980s. The initial iterations of VCT tiles, typically 9” square, contained asbestos. However, modern VCT tiles, introduced since the early 1980s, are asbestos-free. These contemporary tiles consist of colored polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chips molded into solid sheets through heat and pressure, typically cut into 12” squares and 1/8” thick.

Installation Process

Installing VCT floor tiles involves affixing them to a smooth, level sub-floor using specially formulated vinyl adhesive or tile mastic. The adhesive application demands precision, preventing gaps between tiles while ensuring excess adhesive doesn’t squeeze through, as it remains pliable even when “dried.”

Composition and Durability

The color and pattern of VCT tiles extend throughout the material, maintaining consistency despite scratches or gouges. This durability, coupled with its low cost, positions VCT flooring as a favored choice for various commercial applications.

Maintenance Guidelines

While resilient and cost-effective, VCT flooring demands regular maintenance to preserve its longevity. Routine activities like sweeping, mopping, buffing, and periodic recoating are essential components of upkeep.

New and Stripped VCT Flooring

For newly installed or stripped VCT flooring, a meticulous process is recommended. After cleaning excess adhesive and scrubbing the surface, applying water-based acrylic floor sealer followed by high-quality acrylic floor finish ensures optimal protection.

Old Floors with Little Finish or Thick Build-Up

Adjusting maintenance for older VCT floors depends on the existing finish. For floors with minimal finish, a blue floor pad and a high-quality acrylic floor finish are recommended. Conversely, floors with a thick build-up require a more intensive approach, involving a black floor pad, floor stripper solution, wet and dry hard floor vacuum, and the same application of water-based acrylic floor sealer and finish.

Scrub n Shine: Your VCT Flooring Experts

As the premier Twin Cities vinyl flooring maintenance and cleaning service contractor, Scrub n Shine offers unparalleled expertise in VCT flooring care. Contact us to discuss your VCT flooring needs and ensure your commercial space maintains its vibrant and durable flooring.

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