This Do It Yourself-er tried refinishing his VCT floor tile with straight stripper solution over a badly embedded dirty VCT floor tile.

Always Deep Scrub VCT Commercial Flooring Before Considering Stripping

Always deep scrub first to remove as much soil as you can before doing the “strip job”.

Most Floors Don’t Need to Be Stripped

Some vinyl composite flooring shows poor (lazy) previous maintenance with yellow-brown-black build in the corners, door jambs and along the edges. If you determine that this build up was caused by several coats of floor finish that had been applied over dirty VCT flooring, then strip it. Deep scrubbing first, will help you make this determination.

Locked-Up Stripper Solution is Extremely Difficult to Remove

NEVER ALLOW DIRTY STRIPPER SOUTION TO DRY. Dirty stripper solution allowed to dry is called “Locked-Up” stripper or “Locked-Up” floor finish. It creates an almost impenetrable bond of soils and emulsified floor finish that takes a tremendous amount of work to correct. This locked-up solution dries in low spots in the VCT floor tile, usually in small dips that are very difficult to get flat floor pads, scrapers, etc. into. In some cases, it cannot be removed. This is due to dozens of layers of vinyl floor finish that were previously applied over dirty vinyl floor tiles (and possibly multiple instances of locked-up stripper/finish before you got there).

Thankfully, this customer is a general contractor and understood this was the case with his VCT commercial flooring. We got it looking pretty good, but you can still see hints of deeply embedded, locked-up soils.

Contact us to discuss your commercial vinyl flooring maintenance situation. We can help with our vinyl floor cleaning service!

VCT tile floor had locked up stripper

VCT tile floor had locked up stripper

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VCT tile floor in Glencoe MN

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10 Helpful Resources with Locked-Up Stripper Solution

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  3. What is Floor Finish Stripper?
  4. What is a Neutralizer Chemical?
  5. What is an Emulsion?
  6. What is an Emulsifier?
  7. What is Re-Emulsification?
  8. What is a Floor Wax Emulsion?
  9. What is Particle Size in an Emulsion?
  10. What is an Emulsion Polymer?
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