Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance

Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance

Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance

Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance


  • Protect and do not disturb the sealed seams on your Congoleum resilient sheet vinyl flooring for at least 16 hours after seam sealer application to ensure a proper seam bond.
  • For ungrouted Congoleum DuraCeramic, Congoleum DuraStone, Congoleum DuraStone Classic, Congoleum resilient sheet and Congoleum resilient tile floors, keep traffic to a minimum during the first 48 hours to allow the adhesive to harden. For grouted Congoleum DuraCeramic, keep all traffic off the floor for 24 hours, then open to light foot traffic only for the next 24 hours. Resume normal traffic after 48 hours.
  • Furniture should not be placed on the Congoleum floor until the adhesive and grout, if applicable, has had adequate time to dry (48 hours for grouted Congoleum DuraCeramic and at least 24 hours for all other products).
  • Always move heavy furniture and appliances with care to avoid gouging or tearing the Congoleum floor. First, lay strips of plywood or hardboard panels on the floor. Then roll, walk or slide these items on the strips. Do not push or pull appliances and heavy furniture without taking these precautions.
  • Wash your floor using Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner 48 hours after installation.
  • Caution: Congoleum Resilient flooring, like other types of smooth floors, can become slippery when wet. Allow time for the floor to dry after washing. Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills or wet feet. Place mats at outside entrances to prevent water, snow or ice from being tracked onto your floor. Improper polishes or finishes can also cause slipperiness.


  • Make sure furniture legs have large surface, nonstaining floor protectors. Replace small, narrow metal or dome-shaped glides with smooth, flat glides that are in flat contact with the floor. Glides should be equipped with self-adhesive felt pads to avoid scratching the surface of the floor. The pads should be checked periodically for grit and wear and replaced when necessary.
  • Heavy furniture or appliances that are not moved often should be equipped with flat, nonstaining composition furniture casters or cups of appropriate size — available square from 1 Ѕ” to 2 5/8” and round from 1 3/8” to 1 5/8”.
  • Mobile appliances and furniture should be equipped with easily swiveling casters. They should be at least 2” in diameter with nonstaining hard rubber treads at least 3/4” wide. Do not use ball-shaped casters.
  • Place mats at outside entrances to prevent dirt, grit and soil from being tracked onto your floor. Use 100% latex- backed mats, because some rubber-backed mats or carpets may permanently stain your floor.
  • To help prevent staining from asphalt tracking, we recommend the use of a latex-based driveway sealer.
  • Draw drapes and blinds during peak periods of strong sunlight. Resilient floors, like other home furnishing products, may discolor or fade when overexposed to the sun.
  • Heat-producing appliances such as a refrigerator or range, or hot air registers emitting a direct flow of heat in excess of 120° F, even intermittently, can scorch, burn, discolor or fade your floor. Cigarettes, matches and other very hot objects can also damage your floor.
  • Avoid wearing stiletto or spiked heels on your floor. These types of heels can indent or damage many types of floors.


  • Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dirt and grit that can abrade, dull or scratch your new Congoleum floor. Do not use a vacuum with a beater brush, because it may damage the floor’s surface.
  • Wipe up spills promptly with a damp cloth or mop.
  • Wash your floor with Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner .
  • Congoleum Residential Floor Care & Maintenance
  • Caution: Avoid one-step mop and polish products, dishwashing liquids and oil-based cleaners. These may leave a residue which can attract dirt and dull your floor’s finish. Avoid cleaners that contain abrasives or solvents which may permanently damage your floor.
  • A copolymer or acrylic grout sealer compatible with acrylic grouts may be used on DuraCeramic grout. Do not use a penetrating silicone sealer on the grout.
  • The following does not apply to Xclusive: the gloss level may change over time depending on the amount of traffic, care, and maintenance the floor receives. To restore the appearance, first use Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Polish Remover to remove any ground-in dirt and excess polish buildup. Rinse thoroughly. Then apply Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Floor Polish to obtain a high-gloss finish or Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Satin-Gloss Floor Polish to obtain a satin-gloss or natural-gloss finish.


  • Congoleum Forum Solids have been designed with a natural satin finish. Follow the recommended maintenance procedures to keep your new floor looking beautiful.
  • Follow the regular maintenance tips.
  • To maintain the luster or remove scuffs or scratches, periodic wet buffing is recommended using a mechanical buffer (175 rpm) fitted with a red pad. Rinse thoroughly. Then, dry-buff with a white pad to polish the floor and restore the finish. As an option, you may apply two coats of Congoleum Commercial Polish to reduce the frequency of buffing.


These Congoleum products require a polish to seal and protect the color and design. A minimum of two coats of Congoleum polish for residential use and three to five coats for commercial use is required.

Initial Congoleum Flooring Residential Maintenance

  • After the floor has been installed and the adhesive has dried (48 hours), initial maintenance MUST BE performed on your Congoleum Foundations, Congoleum Specifications, Congoleum Alternatives, Congoleum Special Effects, Congoleum Selections, Congoleum Choices or Congoleum CX Series floor. If these instructions are not followed, permanent staining may occur.
  • Sweep or vacuum the Congoleum floor regularly to remove loose dirt.
  • If needed, after installation use lighter fluid applied with a clean cloth to remove scuff marks and adhesive residue. Keep traffic off treated area for 30 minutes.
  • Caution: Lighter fluid is a flammable solvent. Carefully read and follow cautionary information on label.
  • Wash your floor with Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner .  Be sure it is thoroughly dry before applying polish.
  • Apply a minimum of two coats of Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Floor Polish to seal and protect your floor.

Congoleum Regular Maintenance

  • Follow the general maintenance tips.
  • Apply additional coats of polish as needed.

Congoleum Periodic Maintenance

  • Periodically, it will be necessary to remove polish buildup. Use Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Polish Remover. following label instructions. Rinse well and allow to dry before re-applying polish.
  • Each time the polish is stripped, apply a minimum of two coats of Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy Floor Polish to reseal and protect the floor.


Sizes: 32oz. (1qt.), 12 bottles/ctn.; 4oz.

Sizes: 32oz. (1qt.), 12 bottles/ctn.

Sizes: 32oz. (1qt.), 12 bottles/ctn.; 4oz.

Sizes: 32oz. (1qt.), 12 bottles/ctn.; 4oz.


Follow the remedies in order. Unless instructed otherwise, use a clean, white cloth or towel with the recommended liquids. Always rinse the affected area with clean water after treatment.

Stains and Spills

  • Acids, Alkalis
  • Blood
  • Catsup, Mustard
  • Cleaners, Strong Soaps
  • Dye, Dye Markings
  • Food, Candy
  • Fruit and Fruit Juices
  • Grass
  • Iodine, Mercurochrome
  • Rust
  • Urine, Excrement


  • Scrub area with Congoleum Bright ’N Easy No-Rinse Floor Cleaner full strength.
  • Rub the area with a 10 to 1 dilution of water to liquid bleach.
  • Rub the area with isopropyl alcohol*.  If rust stain does not respond, use lemon juice or a cream of tartar solution.

Paint and Solvent Spills

  • Dry Cleaning Fluids
  • Lacquer
  • Latex Paints
  • Nail Polish
  • Solvents
  • Oil-Based Paints
  • Wood Stains
  • Varnish


  • If substance is dry, gently peel it from the floor. (Avoid sharp instruments that could scratch the floor.)
  • Scrub area with Congoleum Bright ‘N Easy No-Rinse Cleaner .
  • Rub lightly with mineral spirits or paint thinner*.

Substances That Won’t Wipe Up

  • Carefully remove excess with a dull kitchen knife.
  • Scrub area with Congoleum Bright ’N Easy No-Rinse Floor Cleaner .
  • Rub lightly with mineral spirits, isopropyl alcohol* or lighter fluid*.

Isopropyl alcohol, Lighter fluid, mineral spirits and paint thinner are flammable solvents. Carefully read and follow cautionary information on label. Keep traffic off treated area for 30 minutes. is committed to providing quality floor cleaning and care products and timely service to our customers.

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