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Sealing Vinyl Floors Swanbourne

Swanbourne Sealing Vinyl Floors

We can make your dull and faded vinyl & lino floors look brand new!

Vinyl flooring is made of several materials, the most common being true vinyl, thermoplastic, and linoleum, which is making a comeback due to its versatility and good wearing properties. All are smooth, water resistant to a high degree and can be polished to virtually a mirror-like finish. Care must be taken, however, to protect the surface from new, as once the surface finish becomes abraded by foot traffic it becomes progressively more difficult to maintain a highly polished finish and, if the wear is bad enough, it can prove to be virtually impossible. It's therefore essential to start maintaining the floor surface from the moment it is laid and that is the procedure we're going to look at now. Here at Swanbourne Tile Restoration we provide professional stripping, cleaning and sealing services for all your Vinyl & Lino floors needs!

Vinyl & Lino are types of plastic floor covering, mostly used in areas such as shopping centres, nursing homes, kitchen & laundry just to name a few. A lot of peeple will choose to use vinyl in high traffic areas because it is an easy flooring to maintain.


Cleaning Vinyl Floors Swanbourne

Cleaning Vinyl Floors

At Swanbourne Tile Restoration we do know that although polishing of vinyl and linoleum floors is not that hard, there are many small things you need to think of and allow for in order to achieve the perfect results. Give us a ring and let our professional team handle your floor.

Our hard floor restoration services include effective cleaning and polishing of vinyl and linoleum floors and their long term protection by employing state of the art equipment and technical expertise. Your floor can look neat and fine once again, just give us a ring and let us handle everything. We always use non-toxic finishing agents only, because we will never put you and your family in danger. Materials and agents that can be of health hazard are not in our product portfolio and have never been.

The polish is the uppermost layer of your vinyl or linoleum flooring that prevents dirt and liquids from penetrating and staining the floor. It should be reapplied regularly. While some companies recommend that this be done once or twice per year, others once every several damp cleanings and the rest as the appearance dictates, the truth is it should be done periodically, at least twice a year. This involves stripping the previous polish using manufacturer's approved products and applying a new layer. In most cases dry buffing to achieve maximum shine, surface gloss and durability. While the latter technique is not always necessary, it's the only option when it comes to dealing with permanent stain, burns and deep scratches. Finally, a freshly stripped floor requires that a minimum of 3 layers of polish for acceptable gloss and surface protection.

Polishing of vinyl and linoleum floors is relatively unsophosticated. Without polishing, linoleum and vinyl floors appear dull and matted and become progressively susceptible to getting dirty, stained and damaged. Some of the advantages of proper polishing is the floor surface becomes shiny and protected against wear and tear and stains. Generally, polish linoleum and vinyl floors need more regular maintenance than flooring that features protective coating layer applied by the manufacturer during production. A proper maintenance routine typically includes stripping and re-polishing at least once or twice per year, especially in areas with high foot traffic. You will know it's time to have you floors polished once they start looking dull and matted even after proper cleaning.

You must remember never to pour down polishing agents directly onto the floor, because this may lead to undesirable effects like uneven surface gloss, streaking etc. The use of proper, clean applicator pads is of utmost importance. Always wring the pad and never use it while soaking wet with the polishing agent. Remember that rubbing over the same area repeatedly may cause floor marks looking like paint bruch strokes. Generally, several layers of polish need to be applied to attain a smooth, glossy surface finish. It is important that they are allowed enough time to dry and the more humid the weather is, the more it takes for a layer to dry. Depending on the polish itself, 40-60 minutes per layer is enough in most cases. Finally, you better wait for one to two hours before allowing foot traffic on the newly polish floor and 24 to 48 hours for the polish to harden and reach its maximum toughness.

Vinyl / Lino Floor Sealing Questions

  • Q: Why do I need to reseal my vinyl/ lino floors?
  • A: If your vinyl floors are old, badly scratched and discoloured, we can strip old sealers and reseal them with a high quality gloss finish to restore the look the vinyl. Resealing will also extend the wear of your floors and reduce the appearance of marks and scratches so as to guard against dirt penetration and abrasion.
  • Q: How often do I need to reseal my vinyl/lino floors?
  • A: That depends on the area and how it is used. Commercial floors will usually require resealing every year or two, while with residential floors, its good to have them sealed every 3-10 years depending on foot traffic and use. It also depends on the quality of the sealer that is used and the way it has been applied. If you have the procedure professionally done you will get the most out of it and be saving time and money.
  • Q: What is vinyl / lino strip and seal?
  • A: Vinyl strip and seal is simply the process of stripping the coating off the vinyl floor before resealing it. Vinyl flooring can look dull and lifeless over time, making it look older and really bringing down the feel of the home. By stripping and resealing it, you can bring the vinyl back up to a beautiful, lustrous appearance and eliminate the cost of laying new flooring.
  • Q: What is the process I can expect when you come to reseal my vinyl / lino floors?
  • A: Our professional team will go through the job processes step by step so you know exactly what your getting . The process of stripping the floor is to ensure that all the old sealer is removed. The floor is then thoroughly cleaned and neutralised so that it is free of dust, residue and anything else that can affect the new sealer. The new sealer is then applied to the dry floor and allowed to set. The newly sealed floor will not only look as new again, it will also protect the vinyl surface for longer and make it much easier to clean.
  • Q: How long does it take to reseal my vinyl / lino floors?
  • A: It all depends on the size of the area that we are sealing but most jobs take 4 - 8 hours to complete. We do stripping, cleaning and resealing in the same day so you don't have to fuss with more than one appointment.
  • Q: What is sealing?
  • A: A sealer is a substance that, when applied to a porous surface that prevents the transmission of liquids through that surface. Sealers may dry to a shiny finish when applied to the floor but they are not intended to be burnished to a shine like a polish is - you'll get your shine but eventually you will wear the seal through. Sealers are intended to be a permanent barrier between the surface to be treated and liquids. Generally a seal goes down first, followed by polish buffing.
  • Q: Why is it important for me to have my vinyl/lino floors sealed?
  • A: Sealers are different from polishes and are actually designed to keep liquids and dirt particles from sinking into the vinyl. All vinyl should be sealed when it is first installed, and this initial seal can last many years, especially if the vinyl is polished regularly. It is important to call us as soon as your floors are installed so we can come and protect them before you do any accidental permanent damage.
  • Q: How long does the sealer last for?
  • A: The floor should only be resealed when the coating is starting to wear away in places. Sealers, polishes, and finishes are often used interchangeably, and some polishes do have sealing effects while other products labeled finishers are actually sealants, so be sure to carefully inspect products if you decided to buy them.

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