Refinishing Vinyl Flooring
Luxury Vinyl flooring is pretty hardy, but regular use over the years will wear away the top layer and cause a build-up of cleaner and polish. As a rough guide, most vinyl floors should be refinished every 6-12 months.
Have a good look at your vinyl flooring, if you can see light scratches and a faded finish, then it's time to take off the old finish and apply a new layer of floor sealer. Remember that the surface of vinyl flooring is not wood, so it doesn't need to be sanded down.
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Stripping the old finish
- Mix floor stripper and cold water in a bucket. Apply the floor stripper to an area of the room - tackle it in manageable chunks of a few square metres at a time.
- As the finish is stripped away the floor will become very wet and slippery, so be careful.
- Use a mop to clear away the stripper.
- If there is a heavy build up, this process may need to be repeated. Once the stripper is mopped up, leave the floor to dry.
- Now vacuum the vinyl to pick up any dust and debris, make sure the floor is thoroughly cleaned, anything on the surface when you reapply the coating will get sealed into the vinyl tiles.
Applying the new finish:
- Apply the vinyl floor finisher to the floor and apply with a pad or mop, wiping across the grain.
- Allow the first coat to dry for 30 minutes.
- Now reapply the second coat, wiping along the grain. Two thin layers should be enough, and both layers should be evenly spread.
- Let the final coat dry for at least 6-12 hours.
- Congratulations, you have now refinished your vinyl floor!
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