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Light Commercial

ABODE

ABODE™ is designed to be maintained by traditional residential and light-commercial resilient flooring maintenance options. These maintenance procedures are listed below. Select the maintenance procedure for your installation only after careful consideration as to its residential or light commercial end-use application. Following are some examples of end-use applications and their recommended maintenance procedures.

The following are general guidelines for maintaining Armstrong commercial flooring products. They are based on general experience using established methods and cleaning materials. It is important that these guidelines are read carefully as many of the products offer the end user maintenance options. Ultimately the local site conditions will determine what specific maintenance procedures and frequencies are needed. It is the responsibility of the maintenance provider to establish the maintenance program(s) that meet the demands of the space(s) and needs of the facility.

All resilient floor coverings require maintenance. How frequently the floors must be maintained depends largely on the factors described below. Following regular and well-planned maintenance programs protects the floor by reducing wear, preserves the floor’s attractive appearance and ultimately increases its service life.

How to Determine/Tailor Your Maintenance Program

Before establishing a maintenance program, there are a number of factors which must be considered in order to determine the most appropriate, cost-effective methods to use. It is critical that the maintenance methods for each floor and area be chosen only after careful evaluation and regard to the following:

It is important to know the type floor before cleaning. Rubber or linoleum could be confused with vinyl or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) confused with wood or laminate.

Resources/Equipment/Chemicals/Personnel/Budget

Are well-trained maintenance personnel available?
Are the appropriate pieces of equipment (scrubbers, buffers, mops, pads, etc.) available?
Are the appropriate chemicals available?
What is the budget?

End User’s Expectations

What is the desired gloss (high or low gloss?)
What is considered an acceptable level of appearance by the owner, customers, staff or end-user?

Type of Facility & Location of Flooring

Entryways, lobbies and pivot-point areas may require more protection and more frequent cleaning than lower traffic areas in other parts or upper levels of the building.

Volume and type of traffic and soil

For instance, traffic types and volumes in entryways and corridors will vary greatly from those found at nurse’s stations or in examination rooms. Dirt and grit carried in from outside can differ significantly from the soils and chemical spills found in a laboratory or emergency room.

Special Traffic/Footwear

Areas subjected to frequent rolling loads provide a different environment than a children’s play area or corridor in an elementary school.

Color/Design of Flooring

Color and pattern can have a significant impact on a floor’s appearance and when properly chosen, may help mask soiling and staining. Mid-tones are better choices than light or dark colors. Busier/high contrast patterns will hide better than solid/monolithic ones.


    Type of flooring Heterogeneous Sheet
    ABODE™
     
    Market
    Application
    Recommended Maintenance Procedure(s)
    Military Housing
    Assisted Living
    KitchensResidential or Commercial
    BathroomsResidential or Commercial
    Residence RoomsResidential or Commercial
    Activity RoomsCommercial
    Group Dining AreasCommercial
    CorridorsCommercial
    HospitalityGuest RoomsResidential or Commercial
    Guest BathroomsResidential or Commercial
    Light CommercialDr./Dentist OfficeCommercial
    Beauty Salon/Barber ShopCommercial
    Day-care areasCommercial
    For Best Results
    LIGHT COMMERCIAL MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
    For Best Results:
    • When performing wet maintenance always use proper signage and prohibit traffic until the floor is completely dry.
    • Do not wet wash, machine scrub, or strip the floor for at least five days after installation. This is to prevent excess moisture from interfering with the adhesive bond.
    • Do not dry buff or burnish the surface.
    • Do not use excessive amounts of liquid during maintenance.
    • Do not use brown or black pads, equivalent brushes or stiff-bristled, highly abrasive brushes on Armstrong resilient flooring.
    • If it becomes necessary to move any heavy fixtures or appliances over the flooring on casters or dollies, the flooring should be protected with 1/4" or thicker plywood, hardboard or other underlayment panels. If other on-site work is continuing, consider using a protective covering such as plain, undyed kraft paper to guard against damage to the new floor.

    RESIDENTIAL MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
    For Best Results
    • Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners or “mop and shine” products—they may leave a dull film on your floor.
    • Do not use paste wax or solvent-based polishes.
    • Do not use a beater bar when vacuuming because it can damage the floor surface.
    • Do not use highly abrasive scrubbing tools.
    • Do not wash, scrub or strip the floor for at least five days after installation. This prevents excess moisture from interfering with the adhesive bond and/or seam treatments.
    • If it becomes necessary to move any heavy fixtures or appliances over the flooring on casters or dollies, the flooring should be protected with 1/4" or thicker plywood, hardboard or other underlayment panels. If other on-site work is continuing, consider using a protective covering such as plain, undyed kraft paper to guard against damage to the new floor.
    • Use floor protectors on furniture to reduce indentation. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.
    • Rolling casters can damage the floor. Therefore, we do not recommend them. If you choose to use them, the double wheel types are the best option.
    • Place a walk-off mat at outside entrances to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. We do not recommend the use of rubber- or latex-backed mats because the chemical (antioxidant) used to keep the backing from becoming brittle can permanently stain your floor. We suggest a non-staining vinyl-backed mat or a woven rug that is colorfast. Most of these products are identified “colorfast” by the manufacturer. All Armstrong floor care products have been specifically developed to care for Armstrong floors. You may purchase Armstrong floor care products at your local flooring retailer.
    Initial Maintenance
    A. Initial Maintenance and Preparation for Light Commercial Traffic
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    1. Sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor thoroughly to remove all loose dust, dirt, grit and debris.
     2. Remove any dried adhesive residue with a clean, white cloth dampened with mineral spirits, carefully following warnings on the container.
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    3. Damp mop the floor with a properly diluted neutral (pH 6 to 8) detergent solution such as S-485 Commercial Floor Cleaner.

     
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    4. If necessary machine scrub the floor with a properly diluted neutral detergent solution (such as S-485 Commercial Floor Cleaner) and the appropriate scrubbing pad (3M red for light scrub, 3M blue for a deep scrub) or equivalent brushes. NOTE: If the floor will be maintained with the Polish Option, the floor must be scrubbed with a floor machine fitted with a red scrubbing pad (3M red or equal).
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    5. Thoroughly rinse the entire floor with fresh, clean water. Remove rinse water and allow it to dry completely.
    Having completed Steps 1- 5 above, choose a maintenance option based on your evaluation of the factors listed under “How to Determine Your Maintenance Program” and proceed as directed below.
     
    6. Maintenance options:
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    • Polish Option - apply 3 to 5 coats of high-quality commercial floor polish such as S-480 Commercial Floor Polish. In areas where the flooring will be exposed to heavy traffic and/or staining agents, the application of a stain resistant sealer (such as S-495 Commercial Floor Sealer, prior to the application of polish) is recommended.
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    • Spray Buff Option – spray buff using a rotary machine (175 to 600 rpm) with the appropriate pad and spray buff solution.



     
    Daily/ Regular Maintenance

    B. Daily / Regular Maintenance

     

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    1. Sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floor daily to remove dust, dirt, grit and debris that can damage the floor and become ground into the surface.
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    2. Spot mop as needed. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately.
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    3. Damp mopping of the floor should be performed on a regular or daily basis depending upon traffic and soil levels in the space. Use a properly diluted neutral detergent solution such as S-485 Commercial Floor Cleaner.
    Periodic Maintenance
    C. Periodic Maintenance
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    1. When needed, machine scrub the floor with a properly diluted neutral detergent solution (such as S-485 Commercial Floor Cleaner) and the appropriate scrubbing pad (3M red or equal for light scrub, 3M blue or equal for a deep scrub) or equivalent brushes.
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    2. Thoroughly rinse the entire floor with fresh, clean water. Remove rinse and allow it to dry completely.
     3. Based on the selected maintenance option in Section A above, do one of the following:
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    • If maintaining with the Polish Option additional coats of floor polish may be applied at this time.
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    • If maintaining with the Spray Buffing Option, spray buff using a rotary machine (175 to 600 rpm) with the appropriate pad and spray buff solution. This may be followed by dry buffing with a white pad to increase the gloss.
    Restorative Maintenance
    D. Restorative Maintenance -- Stripping
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    1. Mix stripping solution to the appropriate dilution, depending on floor finish build-up. Blockade areas to be stripped. Apply liberal amounts of solution uniformly on floor with mop. Let stripping solution soak for the appropriate amount of time recommended by the stripper manufacturer. Keep areas to be stripped wet. Rewet as necessary.
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    2. Machine scrub the floor (300 rpm or less) with a scrubbing pad (3M blue or equal) or equivalent scrub brush to break up the polish film. Do not allow stripping solution to dry on the floor.
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    3. Remove dirty stripping solution with a wet vacuum or mop. TIP: Drizzling fresh clean rinse water onto the dirty stripping solution will assist with more thorough removal.
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    4. Thoroughly rinse the entire floor with fresh, clean water. Remove rinse water and allow it to dry completely.
     5. Based on the selected maintenance option in Section A above, do one of the following:
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    • If maintaining with the Spray Buffing Option, spray buff using a rotary machine (175 to 600 rpm) with the appropriate pad and spray buff solution. This may be followed by dry buffing with a white pad to increase the gloss.
    Special Considerations
    Residential Maintenance Procedures

    A. Initial Maintenance
     1. For 8 hours after seam application, protect the sealed seams on your flooring. This will ensure the proper seam bond. If your seams are disturbed before they’re dry, permanent damage may result.
    User-added image2. Sweep, dust mop or vacuum thoroughly to remove all loose dust, dirt, grit and debris.
     3. Remove any dried adhesive residue with a clean white cloth dampened with mineral spirits, carefully following warnings on container.
    User-added image4. Damp mop with a properly diluted detergent solution such as Armstrong Once 'n Done Resilient & Ceramic Floor Cleaner.

    B. Daily/Regular Maintenance
    User-added image1. Sweep, dust mop or vacuum thoroughly to remove all loose dust, dirt, grit and debris. When vacuuming, use a non-powered wand attachment to avoid damaging the floor’s surface.
     2. Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Remove dried spills with Armstrong New Beginning Resilient Deep Cleaning Stripper on a clean white cloth.
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    User-added image4. Use Armstrong New Beginning Resilient Deep Cleaning Stripper for ground-in dirt.


     
    User-added image5. Use Armstrong Shinekeeper Floor Finish to restore a like-new appearance if the floor is dulled from soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners or “mop and shine” products.
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