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Monday, October 20, 2014

Question

Is there any problem using a steam mop on a Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) floor? Iím concerned that it may affect the adhesive. We have areas around desks with dirt ground in from the wheels on chairs.


Answer

This should present no problem provided the tile is undamaged and soundly glued to the sub-flooring. Avoid lingering in one spot long enough to soften the tile or the finish, or to drive steam into cracks and seams.
The flooring with the ground-in soil may require more agitation than the stream provides. Cleaning may reveal a lack of remaining finish and the need for a scrub and recoat. Mopping with or without steam, will not provide enough aggressive action to dislodge deeply embedded grit and soil. Before refinishing, make sure the surface is truly clean by doing a scrub and rinse on highly soiled areas.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com