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Subject: Restoring the shine to waxless vinyl flooring
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: harold1052-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 06 Jun 2004 07:57 PDT
Expires: 06 Jul 2004 07:57 PDT
Question ID: 357111
I have an Armstrong, "Solarium" vinyl floor in my kitchen. It had a
built in vinyl shine and requires no waxing. It has served me well for
fifteen years.  However, in one small central area, less than one
foor, the the shine has appreciably dulled; doesn't take well to any
wax I have found, including Armstrong's own product. Other than total
replacement, does anyone have a long term solution??  Please

Clarification of Question by harold1052-ga on 06 Jun 2004 10:28 PDT
I just check my records, the vinyl flooring is only seven(7) years old,  sorry
Subject: Re: Restoring the shine to waxless vinyl flooring
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 06 Jun 2004 15:46 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hi harold1052,


Restores shine to no-wax floors For Armstrong floors


Vinyl Flooring: Its Back In

No wax wear surface (Vinyl No-Wax) which requires frequent washing and
polishing to keep it shiny.

Vinyl flooring needs to be maintained to keep it in its mint
good-looking condition. This involves it being swept / vacuumed on a
regular basis with intermittent washing with a floor cleaner that does
not require rinsing. Avoid any abrasive cleaners or ones that have a
soap base. Vinyl floors do not need to be polished with waxes just a
little liquid polish to give it its shine back.


Vinyl Floors Routine Maintenance
Although vinyl flooring surfaces are designed to withstand routine
household wear, they will lose their brilliant shine if they are
repeatedly subject to sand and dirt - especially in heavily traveled
areas. Frequent sweeping will prevent abrasive action and help prolong
your floor's built-in shine.

Sweeping. Surface dirt can be easily removed with a broom, vacuum
cleaner, or damp mop.

Washing. Use a sponge mop and vinyl floor cleaner, following packaged
directions. Do not flood the floor. Loosen ground-in dirt with a soft
brush. Do not use scouring powder or other abrasive materials which
may harm the surface.

Waxing. Most vinyl floor surfaces need no waxing. If luster diminishes
in heavy traffic areas, wash floor as recommended, and buff with a
lamb's wool pad. To really bring up the shine apply a liberal coat of
vinyl floor finish.


Persistent Grubbiness  Printable Version

Before you know it, a vinyl floor can acquire a funky gray cast. This
comes from infrequent or inadequate cleaning. Diligence is the key to
avoiding this problem:

Vacuum or sweep regularly to remove abrasive dirt and dust.  
Wipe up spills immediately.  
Mop regularly with a damp mop and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1
gallon of warm water (no detergent).
For the best results, work on a small section at a time and dry it
before moving on to the next section. If the vinegar solution is left
on for an extended period and allowed to air dry, it can dull the

If regular cleaning doesn't keep the perma-dirt away, use a mop or
sponge and a solution of warm water (not hot) and a few drops of
liquid dish soap. Don't rub too hard. Rinse thoroughly with clean

If the problem is a yellow discoloration, you need to remove and
reapply wax. However, don't remove the wax more than once a year --
the chemicals in the remover are hard on the vinyl.

When reapplying the wax, be sure to choose a product rated for floors
as opposed to a paste furniture wax. Floor wax provides maximum
protection without becoming dangerously slippery.

No-wax vinyl floors require basically the same kind of care. Again,
the secret to a long-lasting shine is keeping the floor clean. Stay on
top of dirt and spills. And when you mop, use only a little white
vinegar rinse and dry thoroughly.

Eventually, no matter how diligent you are about cleaning, your no-wax
floor will lose its shine. Then, believe it or not, the best way to
make it new-looking is to wax it. Use a water-based self-polishing
wax. Whenever possible use a product recommended by the manufacturer.
If you don't know who the manufacturer is, get a recommendation from a
reputable flooring contractor in your area.

================================================= - mopping kitchen floor

Q.  What kind of floor cleaner do you use to mop your floor to make it
shine. My floor looks dull and it looks like that it needs

"I have a designer solarium floor that is older and has had a lot of
wear. I didn't wax or add anything for years because it didn't need
it. Now I use the Armstrong Floor Polish every now and then to add a
nice shine. It seems a little harder and lasts a longer time than some
others I used in clients homes back in my housecleaning days...per
their requests when I cleaned.

Personally, I haven't found vinegar a great cleaning agent. However,
many of the floor cleaners on the market leave the floor dull. I don't
know what is in the Once and Done Armstrong cleaner, but it doesn't
dull my floor like amonia and water does. I can smell amonia in the
product so I don't know what makes the difference, but there is one.
My sis swears by the Tarkett cleaner for her Tarkett floor which is
about 15 years old and looks like new (it doesn't get rough treatment


S.C. Johnson Wax has excellent products for shining the floor. If you
find the regular products that are available to the general public via
the grocery store are not doing the job, then I would suggest
contacting a janitorial supply house. Many of these supply houses are
available to non professional cleaners. Contact one prior to visiting
their store.


Our Cleaning Guru Offers This Tip On: No Wax Floors
A couple capfuls of fabric softener to a gallon of warm water will
make your no wax floors shine again.


Cleaning Vinyl No-Wax Floors
Vinyl or polyurethane finish has been applied on the surface to keep a
shine without waxing; the urethane is more durable. To keep it shiny,
keep it clean.

When washing with a detergent solution, be very sure to rinse it all
off. One-step "clean-and-wax" products may leave a film that covers
the shine; test if using them. Occasional buffing will heighten the

Eventually all finishes will lose some of their shine as the finish
coating wears. Renew it by applying a water-based self-polishing wax.
Special vinyl floor finishes sold at flooring stores may also be used,
but usually cost more. If a sculptured pattern, apply thinly so no
pools of wax collect in low spots.

Applying a self-cleaning floor wax or finish to the "no-wax" vinyl
floor can protect from gritty dirt that will eventually scratch the
surface. It will also prevent wear in traffic lanes. Removing dirt
promptly with vacuum and damp-mopping when necessary will also help
reduce scratching of the surface.


Vinyl Floors

Sweep then damp mop using a gallon of water and a dash of dishwashing
detergent. No-wax floors eventually need waxing, this will help to
prevent further deterioration.

Recommended care for any type of bare floor surface: 

Polish can be used to restore the shine of your vinyl or linoleum
floor, but be sure to use a polish recommended for your floor type.


You might want to contact Armstrong at:

Phone: 1-800-233-3823
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time 

Contact us by mail:
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. 
Attn: Consumer Solution Center 
P.O. Box 3001 
Lancaster, PA 17604 

Best regards,
harold1052-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
A good effort, I have addressed all answers and still have a dull spot
on my otherwise new-looking floor.  But thanks

Subject: Re: Restoring the shine to waxless vinyl flooring
From: daytrader76-ga on 06 Jun 2004 16:37 PDT
new vinyl is cheap. So are many hardwood laminates.  You can save a
lot by installing yourself.
Subject: Re: Restoring the shine to waxless vinyl flooring
From: busyes-ga on 13 Jun 2004 19:07 PDT
My husband uses ammonia on our floor sometimes and the result is just
amazing.  Try it, but be careful not to mix it with any other
chemicals and keep the windows open.  Read the label carefully for
directions and precautions.

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