The advent of vinyl tile floors created a new problem in floor maintenance. All resilient floors containing Polyvinyl Chloride contain a flexing agent known as a plasticizer. Without this plasticizer, resilient tile would be as brittle and unflexible as a potato chip. Unfortunately for the first six months to a year that a new vinyl floor is laid, the plasticizer has a tendency to migrate surface.
This phenomena of plasticizer migration occurs to some degree in all new floors until the floor has “cured” and the plasticizer goes to its final resting place. This migration can penetrate into a floor polish film, making it soft and tacky. The result is excessive scuffing and even “gluing” down of furniture. A tile which has laid in a warehouse for a considerable length of time is less apt to experience this problem than a tile fresh from the factory.
There is really very little that can be done to remedy this yet a good insurance policy is to properly prep the floor the best you can at the time of servicing. Prior to finishing the floor a good scrubbing with a butyl cleaner degreaser such as GREEN REVITE Heavy Duty Cleaner Degreaser does remove all the plasticizer which has migrated to the surface, but it will continue to re-migrate for several weeks to a couple months until fully cured.
As long as the customer knows what to expect from a newly laid floor he or she can react accordingly.
We welcome you to call our toll free number 1.800.998.3295 and ask for our friendly floor care specialist to aid you in any of your floor care needs. Floor care is our specialty and we would be glad to help you.
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