Historic Preservation - Technical Procedures

Spectitle:
Cleaning And Maintenance Of Vinyl Tile Floors
Procedure code:
0966006R
Source:
Internet - MSA Industries
Division:
Finishes
Section:
Resilient Tile Flooring
Last Modified:
12/08/2015
Details:
Cleaning And Maintenance Of Vinyl Tile Floors
Last Modified:
12/08/2015


CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF VINYL TILE FLOORS


PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

    A.   This procedure includes guidance on the routine cleaning
         and maintenance of vinyl tile flooring.

    B.   See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
         reviewed along with this procedure.  These guidelines
         cover the following sections:

         1.   Safety Precautions

         2.   Historic Structures Precautions

         3.   Submittals

         4.   Quality Assurance

         5.   Delivery, Storage and Handling

         6.   Project/Site Conditions

         7.   Sequencing and Scheduling

         8.   General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

         These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing
         this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
         along with recommendations from the Regional Historic
         Preservation Officer (RHPO).


PART 2---PRODUCTS

2.01 MANUFACTURERS

    A.   S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
          http://www.scjohnson.com/

2.02 MATERIALS

    NOTE:  Chemical products are sometimes sold under a common
    name.  This usually means that the substance is not as pure as
    the same chemical sold under its chemical name.  The grade of
    purity of common name substances, however, is usually adequate
    for stain removal work, and these products should be purchased
    when available, as they tend to be less expensive.  Common
    names are indicated below by an asterisk (*).


    A. Vinegar solution: 1 cup vinegar with 1 gallon of hot water for mopping floor 


    B.   Mild floor cleaning detergent recommended by the manufacturer (S.C. Johnson & Inc.), or approved equal.

    C.   Spray buff solution recommended by the manufacturer (S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.), or approved equal.    

    D.   Acrylic finish (S.C. Johnson & Son,Inc.), or approved equal.

    E.   Mineral Spirits:

         1.   A petroleum distillate that is used especially as a
              paint or varnish thinner.

         2.   Other chemical or common names include Benzine* (not
              Benzene); Naphtha*; Petroleum spirits*; Solvent
              naphtha*.

         3.   Potential Hazards:  TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE.

         4.   Safety Precautions:

              a.   AVOID REPEATED OR PROLONGED SKIN CONTACT.

              b.   ALWAYS wear rubber gloves when handling
                   mineral spirits.

              c.   If any chemical is splashed onto the skin,
                   wash immediately with soap and water.

         5.   Available from construction specialties
              distributor, hardware store, paint store, or
              printer's supply distributor.

    F.   Denatured Alcohol:

         1.   Other chemical or common names include Methylated
              spirit*.

         2.   Potential hazards:  TOXIC AND FLAMMABLE.

         3.   Available from hardware store, paint store or
              printer's supply distributor.

         4.   Denatured alcohol should be a satisfactory
              substitute for ethyl alcohol for stain removing
              purposes.

    G.   Clean, potable water

2.03 EQUIPMENT

    A.   Soft bristle broom

    B.   Non-oil treated mop

    C.   Vacuum cleaner

    D.   Mop and pail

    E.   Power buffing machine

    F.   Polyester or nylon buffing pads


PART 3---EXECUTION

3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION

    A.   General Maintenance:

         1.   Sweep or vacuum thoroughly to remove surface dirt
              and dust accumulation.  Remove adhesives by rubbing
              the surface with a clean, white cloth dampened with
              a mild solvent such as mineral spirits or denatured
              alcohol.

         2.   Damp mop with a mild neutral detergent solution.

         3.   Remove scuffs using a non-abrasive polishing
              cleaner such as "Soft Scrub"; or, spray "Fantastik"
              on the surface and let stand for 10-15 seconds.
              Rinse the surface with a damp sponge or cloth.  For
              larger areas, spray a buffing solution on the
              surface and scrub with a buffer pad.

         4.   Damp mop with clean, clear water.  Use a wet-vac to
              remove any standing water.

         5.   Allow the floor to thoroughly dry.

         6.   Dry-buff the surface, or if a finish coating is
              desired, apply 3-5 coats of acrylic floor finish.

    B.   Routine Maintenance:

         1.   Sweep or vacuum daily to remove surface dirt and
              dust accumulation.

         2.   Daily or weekly, spray buffing solution on floor
              and buff using polyester or nylon buffing pads.

         3.   Between buffings, damp mop spills and trouble spots
              with water or a mild detergent solution.

         4.   For Finished Surfaces:

              a.   Periodically strip finish following
                   manufacturer's instructions.

              b.   Rinse thoroughly with clean, clear water and
                   allow to dry.

                         END OF SECTION
 

Last Reviewed 2015-12-08