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Brand New VCT Tile- What Do I Need to Apply Wax?

Updated on January 10, 2012

Brand New VCT Tile- How to Apply Wax?

Brand New Vinyl (VCT) Floor. Getting ready to apply wax.

Supplies list

Neutral Cleaner

Finish Mop- Either Wax-er Candy (White/Blue color) mop with Nylon Finish mop.

Wax applicator- Micro fiber type applicator instead of Finish mop- Optional.

Doodle Bug pad- White for edges and corners.(Only if needed).

Doodle Bug pad holder and handle for edges and corners.(Only if needed, use white color pads)

Rags Mop and Bucket wringers- 1each for neutral cleaner,

1each for rinsing, or having extras makes it easier. Try using a large trash bag into the bucket and wringer for wax. Auto scrubber or a buffer (Floor Machine- Side to Side ).

White or Red pads (If floor has lots of dirt and scratches- use red color pad) for scrubbing -for auto scrubber or buffer.

Latex Gloves Measuring cup for chemicals

MSDA sheets for chemicals

Finish / Wax

Dry/ Wet Vacuum or shop vacuum to pick up water

Floor squeegee / foam type works well

Air Mover / Air Blower/ Air Fan

Soft painters tape- only if needed such as taping off carpeted areas, etc.

Note: If the floor is already clean, just lightly damp mop to remove dust off the floor. When floor is dry. You are ready to apply wax on it.

Following steps are only, if the floor is dirty due to construction.

Step 1: Vacuum or sweep thoroughly corners and edges- make sure to pick up all dust, hair, etc.

Step 2: Dilute neutral cleaner solution into a mop bucket as recommended by manufacturers.

Step 3: Apply neutral cleaning solution onto the floor area that you will be scrubbing.

Note: Apply on area that you would be easily able to handle. Letting the solution sit too long to dry off will waste money and time.

Note: Do not flood the floor with solution, but wet enough for solution to do scrubbing easily with buffer or auto scrubber.

Step 4: Start scrubbing with either auto scrubber or buffer with Red pad.

Note: Red pad will remove some scratches and scuff marks off the floor.

Note: If the floor is still nice and clean, you might not have to scrub with a floor buffer. Do the following steps: 1: Vacuum or dust mop floor. 2: Mop the floor with neutral cleaning solution. 3: Make sure to remove any dust or debris from the floor. 4: When the floor is dry, you are ready to apply wax.

Step 5: Vacuum or mop solutions, etc.

Note: Use Dry/Wet vacuum or auto scrubber.

Step 6: Rinse thoroughly floor with clean water.

Step 7: Do one final rinsing before let the floor dry.

Step 8: Let the floor dry.

Note: Use Air Movers- Make sure to not to face into up too high to blow down dust from the ceiling or other areas. Use low to medium speed and let the floor dry completely before putting the first coat of wax.

Step 9: Let the finish dry completely- It could take any where from 20-40 minutes depending on humidity, wind, air-conditioned room Note: If you use Air Movers/Fan, it will dry much faster.

Step 10: Lay the first coat of finish- Note: Work from back of the room to the exit door.

Note: If doing a large area- divide into sections that will be easily manageable.

Note: Lay edges and catch corners first.

Note: Try number 8, side ways shape (Ribbon shape) for laying the finish without lifting the mop head works well.

Note: Try nice and smooth coat.If you have not tried using microfiber flat mop applicator, please try this. It will make the waxing job lot easier and faster.

Note: Finish on the mop should be squeezed gently enough, so that you do not have drippings of finish all over the floor.

Note: While you are laying the finish and see hair or dirt on the floor- pick it up with you finger carefully before going over with finish. Once, hair or dirt is under finish, it will take much work to remove it and fix the area. Note: Watch out for the border- Ok to have finish on it? If not, make sure not to have finish on it.

Note: If you miss some spots on your first coat. Don't worry, you will cover on your second or third coats.

Step 11: Check the finish to make sure it is dry enough for next coat of finish. Note: Does it look wet? Does it feel sticky on you palm of you hand? Does it leave finger prints on the finish? If any above is yes- floor is not ready yet to walk on.

Note: From second coat- walk on floor with either bare feet or socks only. Aggressive design of the sole will create marks on the finish.

Step 12: Lay second coat. Repeat Step 11

Step 13: Repeat Step 13, if you are laying more coats.

Note: Manufacturers normally recommend 100% of finish solid contents. Example: If the finish you are using has 25% solid content, then you should be laying 4 coats or more.

Step 14: Let the floor dry and do not let anyone walk on it at least 3 to 4 hours.

Note: You may buff/ burnish the floor after 24 hours after you laid the finish. Note: When daily mopping, must use only neutral cleaner, otherwise finish will disappear very fast.

Step 15: You are done for this job.

Often asked question: Should I put a Sealer as a base and put the finish above it?

You can- Only if it is requested by the customer and it specifies it. Or, floor is dealing with lots of water on a constant bases like a kitchen. Put one to 2 coats of water based sealer on the base and 2 coats or more of finish on the top above the sealer.

Note: If the finish has solid content of 25%, 2 bottom coats usually works as a sealer base.

Note: If you laid the solvent based sealer on the base, water base finish will not stick to the sealer and it will peel off.

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