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Possible to ID linoleum or VCT?

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Ive been asking a lot about tile and now this. Like everything else there is opportunity out there.

Is it possible to accurately ID between the two and/or is it acceptable to rely on knowledge from the customer when it comes to linoleum and VCT?

Customer said it was linoleum and wants it cleaned with the tile. I am trying to figure out how to clean it short of 'strip/wax' it which she said she doesn't want for some reason.

I have extractor, hard surface wand, carpet wand, CRB, Groutmaster, carpet presprays, etc. This is first foray into linoleum or VCT but I really want to clean the tile. (no 175, no auto scrubber, etc. at this time)

Attached is picture of the tile (which I did not test but she swears there is no coating or sealer, etc.) and of the floor in the other showroom which looks the same as in the area I will be cleaning.

So considering where I stand today - can this be ID'd and could it be cleaned thoroughly without stripping and 'waxing'?

Thank you!!
 

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Hi Select,

For the tile, to check if it's sealed I would just add a bit of water to a grout line and if it soaks up, it's not sealed. If it's not sealed, I would lay down the Groutmaster and let it dwell appropriately. Afterwards, agitate with your CRB then extract the dirty water. I personally mop to finish up the tiles and leave them clean.

For the linoleum you will have a lot of trouble removing all those scratches without a complete strip + wax. You can try using a light soap and a buffer with a red pad to clean as much as you can but I really doubt you will get good results. I would just lay down a stripper, remove with a black pad, wet vac up the wax/water, use your hard surface wand to get the floor very clean, mop one more time to help dry it, then lay down 2-3 coats of wax. Should look brand new afterwards!

Good luck!
 

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Never ever use a high pressure tool on either vct or linoleum. You’ll damage both beyond repair. A spinner tool want designed for either of them type flooring. And you don’t use red pads to strip floors you either use a black or high pro pad.
 

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Never ever use a high pressure tool on either vct or linoleum. You’ll damage both beyond repair. A spinner tool want designed for either of them type flooring. And you don’t use red pads to strip floors you either use a black or high pro pad.
He was suggesting using a red pad to clean it up, not strip it.
 
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Never ever use a high pressure tool on either vct or linoleum. You’ll damage both beyond repair. A spinner tool want designed for either of them type flooring. And you don’t use red pads to strip floors you either use a black or high pro pad.
Saw a video on YouTube a guy used his CRB and then tile wand with great results for VCT.
 

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keep it clean

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Pick up a 175. They are all over the place used. And its one if those tools where it either works or it dont. It will make life a lot easier. If area is large i love the auto scrubbers. I help a guy clean and i jump at using it. I run it and run it. He says you're done. I still take another lap around the plant. Thing is stupid easy to use.