what sealant for vinyl tile floor? How?

birdgardnerAugust 20, 2008

I tiled the kitchen floor in a great checkerboard on the diagonal - and now I can't keep it polished or clean! I used the polish/sealant recommended by the store, but it wears off very quickly and then the tiles hold the dirt and stain. I can make them clean again with Soft Scrub bleach cleanser; then I have to rinse and rinse to get the residue off.

I never get a real thick good looking gloss built up.

I chose these tiles because they hold up in hospitals and supermarkets and look very good when polished - so they could hold up to four kids, right? (wrong) What do I need, a giant buffer every Sunday night after closing?

Also I need to replace some tiles with holes in them (done by 'Nobody'). I don't want to chip neighboring tiles when lifting them. What's the best way to go about that.

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Unfortunately, you will need some heavy duty wax and a buffer to keep a shine on them. Those tiles are very high maintenance, I'm sorry to say. As far as I know there isn't a "sealent" you can use, only paste wax.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 10:29AM
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All sealants for vinyl tile are sacrificial coatings...they are designed to be removed by use or dissolved off by the appropriate chemical solution and then reapplied.

Armstrong Shinekeeper is about the best self-polishing floor dressing that you can use to keep your floor looking good. When the floor becomes worn looking in the most used areas, you simply clean with Armstrong Once and Done and then reapply Shinekeeper to those worn areas. Pretty simple and easy.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 10:07AM
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You're not gonna like my post, but it's my experience living with the same floor for a long time. I have to agree with Brutuses post.

When we moved into our house 16 years ago, there was the black and white vinyl stick tiles - we just got rid of that floor a year ago. I HATED THAT FLOOR!! It was a bear to keep clean and showed everything on it, especially dust on the black tiles and every imagineable dirt spec on the white. And once you wax it, you're in for a real treat. The wax wears off unevenly in no time, and then you have to strip it to rewax it the next time you clean the floor. If you continue to wax over wax, it will look nasty. The floor looks gorgeous for only a short time after a good cleaning and fresh wax though.

While we received compliments all the time, those people didn't have to live with it.

Sorry to be so negitative but I would never recommend this floor to anyone - not even if it was ceramic tile. Good luck with it though.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 7:01PM
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Thanks. (((arrggh - I was afraid of that.))) I can't believe all the magazines talking about the new vinyl floors. High design! But not High Maintenance.

I will try the Armstrong products.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2008 at 1:30PM
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