Maintenance Guide

Maintenance Guide

Initial Post-Installation Cleaning

NOTE: To allow proper curing, do not scrub the floor for at least five days after installation.

1. Remove all surface soil, debris, sand and grit by sweeping or dust mopping.

2. Scrub the floor with a neutral pH (7-8.5) detergent, using a rotary machine and nylon pad or an automatic scrubber with nylon pads. We recommend Taski’s R50 Neutral Floor Cleaner, but you can contact your local distributor or home center for alternatives.

NOTE: NEVER flood the floor with cleaning solution or rinse water. Use as little water as possible, as excess water may damage your installation.

3. Rinse with clean water and allow floor to dry, or wet-vacuum the remaining liquid.

Maintenance

There are three basic maintenance options. The product will accept any of these routines; the warranty does not require a particular routine, so as the other conditions are met.

1. Damp Mopping

Floor should be swept or vacuumed on a regular basis. Dirt spots and liquids should be cleaned up as soon as possible with water and a neutral detergent. Damp mop with a neutral detergent followed by rinsing with clean water when floor has become too dirty for spot cleaning.

2. Spray Buffing

After the initial clean up, apply two light coats of a high quality commercial floor finish, such as Taski’ Vsion Matte or Vision Star, and then the floor should be swept or vacuumed regularly, spot cleaned to remove dirt and scuffs, and then spray buffed using a polishing machine at low settings. This is the least expensive and most environmentally sound maintenance routine.

3. Full Build Up

After the initial cleaning, the floor can be coated with a sealer (or simply begin with your finish) and apply as many coats (4-6 coats is typical) as desired. The finish should be acrylic based for maximum adhesion, and once cured, can be swept regularly and washed with a neutral detergent such as R50. It can be stripped and recoated at precalculated intervals, or when it becomes apparent that the finish cannot accept any further wear.

Preventative Maintenance

1. Encourage the use of protective walk-off mats in any portal leading outside to prevent the entry of damaging grit and sand, and to wipe off excess construction material, such as asphalt, which could contribute to the yellowing of Decoria.

2. Use a throw rug or mat in front of sinks to catch excess water, which may lead to a failure.

3. Install floor protectors to the bottom of your furniture to prevent scratching and marking.

4. Trim your pet’s claws/nails to prevent unnecessary gouging and scratching.

5. Excessive sunlight can fade your floors over time, so take steps to provide shade for floors from extremely long periods of direct sunlight to prevent excessive fading.

Stripping and Re-Coating

Stripping procedures should only be done when necessary. Please seek professional assistance.

1. Blockade the area which needs to be attended to, and apply liberal amounts of properly diluted solution to the floor in a uniform manner. We recommend Taski’s Radical Floor Stripper for this purpose, or you can consult your local home care center. Wipe splashes clean with a damp cloth or rag. Let the solution sit for 5-7 minutes, or follow the manufacturer’s directions for best results when using other products.

2. Using the rotary scrubber or automatic scrubber with scrubbing pad, scrub off the old finish.

Maintenance Guide

3. Pick up all solution with a wet vacuum and wipe remaining liquid clean.

4. Rinse with clean water and allow floor to dry thoroughly.

5. Apply the desired number of coats of a high-quality, acrylic-based commercial floor finish, such as Taski’s Vision Matte .

D.I.Y. Minor Repairs

Should you accidentally scratch, scuff or damage the floor deeply, it may be necessary to replace the tile. It is for this reason that you should purchase extra tiles when buying your initial quantity, to ensure lot number compatibility. First mark the tile that you wish to replace, and score it diagonally with a utility knife, taking care not to damage any other tiles. Afterwards, use a hair dryer 4 inches from the surface to heat the tile from the center outwards, and begin to pry up the tile. Take care not to touch the tiles, for they should be hot to the touch to ensure maximum pliability and to loosen the adhesive. If the subfloor is still smooth, apply the new tile, but should it be rough or uneven, remember to use a patching/leveling compound before re-applying adhesive to lay the tile.

Special Incidents

Safety- Wet floors are slippery. Use proper signage and always keep traffic off floors until they are thoroughly dry.

The use of high pH cleaners, disinfectants, and strippers may cause permanent damage to any resilient floor covering. Use only neutral pH cleaners, such as Taski’s R50 Neutral Floor Cleaner.

No flooring product is impervious to every type of chemical, acid, solvent, etc. Remove spills as soon as possible, and rinse clean with warm water.

Rubber, oil and petroleum-based products, particularly dark color ones like tires, casters floor mats and asphalt sealers, may contain chemicals that can permanently stain floor coverings. Please exhibit caution when purchasing rugs & walk-off mats with rubber backings. Latex backings are suitable for use over resilient flooring.

The use of a proper walk-off mat system can eliminate as much as 80% of the soil being tracked into the building.

Always remember to consult and follow the manufacturer’s directions when using floor care products, and test in inconspicuous areas for suitability before applying to the whole floor.


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