| A No-wax Solid Vinyl Tile Floor
Hospital floors take a beating. From heavy rolling loads to the nastiness that can result from the stomach flu, they have to take a lot of stress on a daily basis. If a standard VCT is used on the floor, the cleaning process requires significant downtime. In a healthcare situation, downtime could mean compromising a patient’s needs. Enter the no-wax floor!
There are many no-wax flooring options, including LVT, solid vinyl tile and sheet, and rubber tile and sheet. These floors generally just need to be mopped and occasionally buffed. Fast, easy, and possible in a high traffic area– without causing a traffic jam!
On a typical luxury vinyl product, the actual piece of tile is often 125/1000 of an inch thick. However, the wear layer on the top is between 6 mils (6/1000 of an inch) and 30 mils (30/1000 of an inch). Though many of these products are very durable, the wear layer can only take so much before a section has to be replaced. The same is true for sheet vinyl. There is only a thin wear layer on top of the product that takes all the strain.
A homogeneous solid vinyl tile is often the same thickness as a LVT tile piece. However, the wear layer on a homogenous tile is the entire thickness of the product, not just a thin wear layer. If you manage to put a deep scratch or gouge in a homogeneous solid vinyl tile, you can often buff it out with a polishing pad instead of replacing sections of the floor.
As pictured above, solid vinyl flooring gives a very high gloss look with NO WAX. Hospitals and other facilities look to this flooring for long term life cycle cost savings and of course – appearance!
Durable. Easy to clean. Reliable. Lasting.
Safety flooring helps ensure the safety of business owner’s employees, customers and the general public while reducing the probability of a slip and fall accident they would be ultimately liable for.
Today business owners should take steps to ensure their property is not susceptible to slip and fall liabilities and commercial non slip flooring products can do just that. Non slip flooring is designed to be very durable and should meet all regulations and requirements while increasing the floors co-efficient of friction by 200-400% when wet.
Be sure to find out about the maintenance procedures as there are a number of non slip floors that have a rough texture and hold dirt. The product of choice should be one that meets the R11 qualifications on slip while the texture insures that it wont trap dirt and is easily maintained.
Commercial non slip flooring products are perfect for all commercial properties including:
- Office buildings
- Retail outlets
- All Sidewalks
- Public Transportation
- All Entrance Ways
Let’s talk a little about this word – “acclimating”. Inspectors are hired to come in and look at concerns or issues on flooring. Many times,the first statement the contractor makes in defense is: “We let the product acclimate 3 days prior to installing!”
The next question out of this inspectors mouth is: “Great to hear, was the product acclimated??”
Acclimation is not a period of time. If you are acclimating a product that is hygroscopic, or a product that will release or absorb moisture based on the environment it is exposed to, then we need to make sure that first, the environment is to the manufacturer’s specifications as to relative humidity and temperature and second, that the product has reached its equilibrium moisture content based on those readings. In other words, has the flooring acclimated or does it need more time? Temperature and relative humidity are what the products acclimating to and consequently, will either release moisture if too high or take on moisture if too low. Product can shrink or swell during this acclimation period. Let’s face it, we don’t want it shrinking or swelling AFTER it’s installed. Moisture testing by the installer is needed to make these determinations.
Minimally, if you are not trusting that all these moisture readings are going to be taken, at least expose the product to the environment that it will be “living in” and be sure that “wet work” (painting, drywall work…) is NOT being done during this acclimation period. Also stack the product in such a way that air flow gets to the boxes rather than stacking the boxes tight in a square. Additionally, do not stack the boxes on the bare concrete! Most of all, read and follow the installation instructions the manufacturer supplies.
If you have any doubt whether or not the product has acclimated properly – WAIT!!