Ask the Building Maintenance Experts
Solutions for Your Toughest Problems

ICAN  Q & A  Home

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Is there any way to removal yellowish/brown traffic lanes from vinyl composition tile (VCT) ?


It depends on the cause. It could be surface soil in the finish, actual tile wear, plasticizer migration from mats, asphalt track-in, or some other cause. You may be able to remove or considerably lighten the discoloration by stripping the floor and reapplying several coats of floor finish. Test strip and recoat by hand a 3 or 4 inch square area to determine product, process, and results before you attempt to service the entire area. If stripping doesn't work, use the same testing process with other products and processes.
If nothing works, cover the area with entry matting or replace the affected tile.
Bill Griffin, President