There are many flooring surfaces that can be stripped & waxed.  One of the most common surfaces is Vinyl Composition Tile or VCT. VCT flooring is frequently found in medical offices, commercial buildings, day cares, churches, veterinary clinics, apartment club houses as well as residential homes.  

VCT tile is a hard durable surface made to withstand high traffic and last for years with a proper maintenance program. 

Proper maintenance starts with stripping & waxing the floors at least once a year and possibly more often depending on the amount of foot traffic in the building.

Frequent sweeping, vacuuming & mopping the floors to remove the dirt can prolong the life of the wax. 

AFC can also provide a periodic service between the initial strip & wax to maintain the high shine and overall cleanliness of the floors.

In the Tampa Bay area, stripping & waxing can be used to protect painted concrete floors, Saltillo and Terracotta.

The Floor Stripping and Waxing Process

Stripping a floor involves using a chemical stripping agent that is applied to the floor and scrubbed with a weighted floor machine to remove the old wax. 

All corners and edges are detailed cleaned by hand using razor blade tools.

Once the wax has been removed the floors are rinsed with neutral cleaner. Floors are now prepared to apply 3-4 coats of commercial grade 25% solid wax.

Whatever your needs may be please call us at 813-933-6049 for a free consultation so that we can help to keep your floors clean and shiny for years to come.

Frequently asked questions

Stripping & Waxing Floor Care FAQs

VCT stands for Vinyl Composition Tile, which is a type of resilient flooring commonly used in commercial and institutional settings. It is made primarily of vinyl resin combined with fillers, plasticizers, and stabilizers. VCT flooring is known for its durability, affordability, and ease of maintenance, making it a popular choice for high-traffic areas.

The composition of VCT includes multiple layers that contribute to its performance. The top layer, or wear layer, is where the color and pattern are embedded. This layer is coated with a factory-applied sealer or polish that enhances its resistance to stains and scratches. Beneath the wear layer is the core layer, which provides structural stability and dimensional strength. The backing layer adds further support and helps maintain the tile’s shape.

VCT tiles are typically square-shaped and come in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing for versatile design options in commercial spaces. Installation involves adhering the tiles to a prepared subfloor using adhesive, and they are often sealed or waxed after installation to protect the surface and enhance its appearance.

Overall, VCT flooring is valued for its durability, low maintenance requirements, and aesthetic versatility, making it a practical choice for diverse flooring needs in commercial environments.

Maintaining VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile) flooring involves regular care to preserve its appearance and durability. Start by implementing a daily cleaning routine, which includes sweeping or vacuuming to remove dirt and debris that can scratch the surface. Use a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to avoid damaging the tiles.

For deeper cleaning, damp mop the floor using a neutral pH cleaner specifically formulated for VCT flooring. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, ammonia-based products, or bleach, as these can damage the tiles and the finish over time. Rinse the mop frequently and change the cleaning solution as needed to prevent streaks and residue buildup.

Periodically, consider buffing or polishing the VCT floor to restore its shine and protect the surface from wear. Use a low-speed buffer with a polishing pad and a manufacturer-recommended polish or wax. Apply the polish evenly in thin coats, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next.

Lastly, place walk-off mats at entrances to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture tracked onto the floor. Use furniture pads under heavy items to prevent scratches and indentations.

For professional maintenance and care, including stripping and waxing services tailored to VCT flooring, call AFC Floor Care at 813-933-6049. Our over 40 years of expertise ensures your VCT floors remain pristine and resilient, enhancing their longevity and appearance.

Stripping wax off a floor requires precision and the right materials to ensure the underlying surface remains undamaged. Begin by removing all furniture and thoroughly sweeping or vacuuming the area to eliminate any loose dirt and dust.

Select a commercial wax stripper that is appropriate for your floor type. Ensure the room is well-ventilated by opening windows or using fans, as the chemicals can be quite strong. For your safety, wear gloves and protective eyewear.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to dilute the wax stripper. Apply it generously to a small section of the floor using a mop or sponge. Allow the stripper to sit for the recommended time, usually around 10-15 minutes, to effectively break down the wax.

After the stripper has been allowed to work, scrub the floor with a scrub brush or a stripping pad attached to a floor buffer. For hard-to-reach areas like edges and corners, use a handheld scrub brush. Once the wax is loosened, mop up the residue with clean water, rinsing the mop frequently.

Continue this process in sections until the entire floor is stripped of wax. Afterward, rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining stripper residue. Allow the floor to dry completely.

For optimal results, or if you prefer not to handle the chemicals yourself, consider hiring a professional floor care service like AFC Floor Care. Our expertise ensures the wax is removed safely and effectively, preparing the floor for refinishing or sealing.

Yes, you can wax a floor without stripping it, but it’s essential to ensure the surface is clean and free of any significant buildup. Begin by thoroughly sweeping or vacuuming the floor to remove loose dirt and debris. Use a damp mop with a pH-neutral cleaner suitable for your floor type to clean the surface, ensuring all grime and residues are removed. Allow the floor to dry completely.

Before applying a new layer of wax, inspect the floor for any old wax buildup. If the existing wax is not excessively built up or peeling, you can proceed. Choose a high-quality floor wax recommended for your specific flooring material. Apply the wax in thin, even coats using a clean, soft cloth or a wax applicator. Work in small sections, following the grain of the wood or the pattern of the floor.

Allow each coat to dry thoroughly according to the product instructions before applying additional coats. Typically, two to three coats are sufficient for a good shine and protection.

While waxing without stripping can save time and effort, it’s not a long-term solution. Over time, layers of wax can build up, potentially trapping dirt and discoloring the floor. For the best results and to maintain the floor’s appearance and longevity, periodic professional stripping and waxing services from companies like AFC Floor Care can ensure your floors are kept in optimal condition.

The frequency with which you should strip off floor polish completely depends on several factors, including the type of floor, the amount of foot traffic, and the quality of the polish applied.

For optimal maintenance, hardwood or tile floors should undergo stripping and waxing every six months. Conversely, carpeting or vinyl floors benefit from stripping and waxing every three months. Additionally, certain flooring types like vinyl and linoleum may require additional care through regular stripping and waxing routines. Each type of flooring demands specific attention to maintain its appearance and longevity, ensuring a clean and polished surface.

High-traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens, and entryways tend to accumulate dirt and suffer wear more quickly, necessitating more frequent stripping and reapplication to maintain their appearance and protect the floor, so it’s recommended to strip and reapply floor polish every six months to a year. Conversely, in low-traffic areas, you might be able to extend this period to every 12-18 months.

Signs that it’s time to strip the floor include visible dirt trapped under the polish, discoloration, and loss of shine even after thorough cleaning. If you notice these signs, it’s best to strip the old polish and apply a new coat to restore the floor’s original luster and protective layer.

Regular maintenance, including sweeping, vacuuming, and damp mopping, can extend the life of your floor polish. However, for the best results and to ensure your floors are properly cared for, professional stripping and polishing services like those offered by AFC Floor Care ensure that your floors are kept in optimal condition, enhancing both their appearance and longevity.


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