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Old 11-10-2010, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default How do you guys clean vinyl tile floors?

I have 12" square vinyl tile throughout my shop and this machine. Before I bought this shop, it was not used for automotive, so this machine, with a scotch pad type pad did a good job of cleaning the floor before I waxed it a few yrs ago. Now, it's quite a bit dirtier and I want to clean it. The machine has a black pad that's like those Scotch Brite pads. Is there a more abarasive/aggressive pad to put on my machine? The pad holder looks like a bristle broom. Will I need a different one for the pad you suggest? Thanks guys








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Old 11-10-2010, 05:28 PM   #2
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Use a new black pad, the pad driver with the bristles you have should work fine. Use a commercial grade floor finish stripper, mix according to directions, mop on the floor in a 10' x 10' area. Let sit for 5 minutes then hit it with the machine. Squeegie into a puddle and wet vac it up, rinse with fresh water. Do this to the whole floor, let dry, then apply new floor finish if desired. 3-5 coats, let dry thoroughly (30-45 minutes) between coats. Let dry overnight before foot traffic.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:55 PM   #3
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Have you tried bleach?
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:45 PM   #4
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Have you tried bleach?
No. My floor needs a mechanical cleaning. Like sanding the top coat of a paint job to get rid of the muck before polishing. I have lots of ground in dirt/grease stains, brownish rubber tire stains(see behind the tires on the Vette), and black skid marks
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: How do you guys clean vinyl tile floors?

even with a buffer there is only so much you are going to be able to get out...

a black stripper pad and floor stripper will get a good portion out, but it really doesnt get everything.

it'll work... just dont expect miracles
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #6
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even with a buffer there is only so much you are going to be able to get out...

a black stripper pad and floor stripper will get a good portion out, but it really doesnt get everything.

it'll work... just dont expect miracles
I figured as much. But, once all that's done, is there a sanding type disc that goes on those machines to actually remove a few thousandths off the tile along with the stains before waxing?
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:18 PM   #7
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You'll ruin VCT if you sand it.
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:25 PM   #8
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You'll ruin VCT if you sand it.
Isn't there anything a bit more aggresive than the black pad? Something that'll remove just a touch of vinyl tile, and the embedded dirt/rubber tire stains after it's been stripped? Kinda like 2000 grit on a clear coat paint to remove the mong before polish? has to be something
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:14 PM   #9
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Check out some of the VCT/clear epoxy threads. I think the guys that do that sand them pretty good before putting the epocy down. Of course, they look terrible until epoxied.

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Old 11-28-2010, 01:45 PM   #10
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Isn't there anything a bit more aggresive than the black pad? Something that'll remove just a touch of vinyl tile, and the embedded dirt/rubber tire stains after it's been stripped? Kinda like 2000 grit on a clear coat paint to remove the mong before polish? has to be something
check out this thread:

http://garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=77506

2000 grit is def not agressive enough.

wash your floor first with straight simple green, then get into sanding the tiles down.

read the thread, im sure everything you need to know is in there. if you have any more questions, dont ask me, ask the OP lol.

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Old 11-28-2010, 08:18 PM   #11
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check out this thread:

http://garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=77506

2000 grit is def not agressive enough.

wash your floor first with straight simple green, then get into sanding the tiles down.

read the thread, im sure everything you need to know is in there. if you have any more questions, dont ask me, ask the OP lol.

The 2000 grit was to use on a car's paint job that I used as an example. Thanks, I'll check that thread
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #12
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:39 PM   #13
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Have you tried a Mr Clean Magic Eraser? I wouldn't use it on the whole floor but it should work on some of the tough stuff.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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Have you tried a Mr Clean Magic Eraser? I wouldn't use it on the whole floor but it should work on some of the tough stuff.
I need to clean around 800 square feet before re-coating. So I need something more aggressive than the black Scotch pad for the machine in my 1st picture or I'll end up making a career fooling with that floor

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:43 PM   #15
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You have 1/8" thick solid color tile. You can sand it with a sanding pad, but I would go green first.

Google military floor tile care. I remember stripping tile that took off a few microns of similar tile, and in the end it looked great!

I have the same tile, but it is only a few months old. Eventually I will be doing the same.

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Bleach works great...
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