How to get vct to shine and last longer without wax.

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  1. JOhn Geurkink

    JOhn Geurkink Active Member

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    To achieve a great shine, better than wax, cut down a vct floor with 400 grit diamonds, harden it with like a concrete hardener, then polish with 11,000 grit diamonds, what you achieve is a surface roughly 18 times harder with superior shine that never needs waxing. We did this the last couple of weeks, I can not tell you if other OP's will do it because I used the Trinity Beast with 210 pounds head weight to achieve it. Shined up beautifully and can be cleaned and maintained with just water and a 11,000 grit diamond pad. It could totally revolutionize how vct is cared for. Remember about the only people making money on vct are the ones selling the stripper and waxes...LOL
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    So you used the 400 grit to remove the old finish and jumped up to the 11000 grit to polish a clean floor?

    All using plain water?
    No stripper?
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    interesting even though i dont do much vct anymore everyonce and a while i have some to do and HATE the stripping and runnoff would be good for persision strips when you dont want or cant have stipper running all over the place may have to make a trip to KY one day to check it out
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    I'm interested in the process.

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    What kind of hardener are you using?
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    Bump for clarification.. I dont know squat about concrete so what is this concrete hardener you speak of? the floor looks great I want to do this to our main office. when we moved into the building one of the guys stripped and waxed the floor and now 6 months later it looks terrible... We have roughly 30 people trampling this vct every day and it is dirty and scratched up. and we do sometimes have clients come into the office since we offer free auto floormat cleaning on fridays. It would be nice to go to a waxless polished vct. Thanks for any extra info on this discovery of your,s.
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    I would think VCT is to soft to hold A polished shine
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    John, have you teamed up with Dana? Sounds like you are taking the monkey/cheetah pad system to vinyl floors? I dont get it but if it works for ya, then rock on.. Didnt think hardner was meant for VCT flooring..
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    Can you post a link or supplier to the specific concrete hardner you used?
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    My fear on a system like this is wear on the VCT. for cleaning up trashed vct that looked great but I would want to add a wax/ sealer after.
    I too know nothing about hardeners for the vct
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    I just used the diamond pads on some terrazzo last night. The info on them says you can not use them on vct due to it being too soft of a floor. So something must be used to overcome that hurdle. I am eager to find a better solution to the strip and wax process. If one exists, please let it be known here.
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    That video is from the monkey pad center.
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    I think doing this will be going against the labeled recommendations. None of us ever do that right? perfect measurements on all chemical mixtures...
    Since it is cleaned while wet I guess it is low risk but are you not sanding asbestos really?
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    In my lowly opinion, I do not see why this was even posted. But hey, people post dumber stuff all the time..
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    My comment was just to confirm from another source, that vct is a soft substance in comparison to terrazzo, stone, marble etc.

    Trying to polish vct without using the strip and wax method...I don't know how you would do that, that's why I am here. John G should speak up.

    Is vct still made with asbestos? I thought that had stopped a long time ago. Maybe in the '80's?
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    Im assuming that the concrete hardener acts like a sort of clear coat and your actually polishing that rather then the vct itself....But we need to hear back from john on that.
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    I'd like to see how that would hold up to foot and cart traffic like in front of a deli counter in a grocery store or check out lanes. I'm positive it would not. Would be replacing tiles, not worth the risk.
    How did you come up with the 18% figure? What wax have you been using if that is a better shine than wax? Video briefly shows someone running a machine, then a slow as molasses guy taking forever to suck up the slurry, then jumps to the finished results of a shiny floor. I would rather wax and buff than do this slow process several times per week to keep up a gloss. Those people selling those pads at their ridiculous prices are the ones making the real money.
    One could probably buff out a car's paint too to a decent shine with no wax applied too but where would the protection from the elements and road dirt etc, come from? Not my car and not my customers tile.
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    Wow, a lot of negatives...LOL

    Ok, first the hardener /densifier we used was Innovative Solutions hardener, it is not just one or the other and it was designed for VCT, Limestone, travertine and concrete.
    It chemically causes a reaction that hardens the surface. On the mohs scale VCT is a 2-2.5, after hardening it is between 3-3.5 and sometimes 4. So even one number on the mohs scale show 18 times the hardness of standard vct. So now it is not such a soft surface, remember Calcium carbonate (limestone) is the preferred filler in vinyl flooring and the calcium is what we are hardening.
    The first time, we did use a couple of steps of diamonds to get it to 11,000, the point was now we can maintain with just 11,000 grit.

    More later
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    Anytime you challenge the norm you will be met with resistance and negativity.

    What type of densifier is the Innovative Solutions? Lithiium, Potassium, Sodium, Colloidal?

    Does VCT stain easily if there is not a protective coating of wax on top?
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    Where is the saving$ ?

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