Tips for Maintaining Travertine or VCT Flooring

Replacing flooring is both time-consuming and expensive, so it's a good idea to take care of the flooring in the first place and then attempt to restore it before replacing it totally.

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  1. Replacing flooring is both time-consuming and expensive, so it's a good idea to take care of the flooring in the first place and then attempt to restore it before replacing it totally. The proper care, maintenance, and restoration methods depend on the type of flooring in question. Both travertine and VCT flooring, while becoming rather popular in certain settings, can take some extra steps to keep them looking their best. As with any flooring, it's best to prevent problems when possible. Using doormats and floor rugs, taking off your shoes when entering the home, and cleaning up any spills right away are good precautionary measures to take.

    Travertine

    Because travertine is filled with cavities that can fill up with dirt, it's often filled with plaster to make it easier to clean. Make sure the finish is sealed to help minimize water damage or stains. Don't use acidic products to clean this type of flooring, as these can dissolve the floor. Dust mop often and use a damp mop about once a week. Waxing can help protect the surface, and sometimes a crystallizing product can help restore the shine. Floors that have a tumbled or honed finish are more likely to get stained or etched than those with other finishes. If the flooring becomes stained or damaged, it may be time to hire one of the Travertine Restoration Tampa companies to help fix the problem.

    Vinyl Composition Tile

    This durable and somewhat easy to clean material is relatively popular. Machine cleaning it and then sealing it can help to maintain the flooring. However, over time sealers and wax may build up on the floor, in which case it may be necessary to contact one of the VCT Tile Strip and Wax Tampa companies. It can be a very time-consuming process, so it's best left to the professionals. A good Vinyl Flooring Strip and Wax Tampa company will have plenty of experience in the process; use different buckets and mops for each the stripping agent, the neutralizer, and the wax solution; and take the proper safety precautions. Instead of using different buckets, sometimes companies will line the mop bucket with a new trash bag with each product to keep them from mixing. After having a VCT Tile Stripping and Waxing Tampa company deal with the floor, it should look a lot more like it did when it was new, although this process can't fix all VCT flooring problems.
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