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Armstrong Vinyl Floor Care and Maintenance Information

Armstrong Vinyl Floor Care and Maintenance Information

The Armstrong family of floor care products is designed to keep your Armstrong floor looking as beautiful as the day it was installed. Wouldn't you expect the inventor of the first no-wax floor to also create the first no-rinse floor cleaner?

Armstrong Once 'n Done® Floor Cleaner

  • No rinsing
  • For no-wax vinyl floors
  • Leaves no dulling film
  • Keeps Armstrong floors looking their best

Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner

  • Solves tough cleaning problems
  • Dissolves wax buildup
  • Removes tough ground-in dirt

Armstrong Shinekeeper® Floor Polish

  • Restores shine to older floors
  • Keeps on shining even after repeated washings 

 

Felt Floor Floor D-fenders

  • For all residential floors
  • Distribute the weight of furniture evenly to reduce indentations
  • Prevent abrasions with unique replaceable felt pads
  • General rule of thumb -- the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector should be

Armstrong Vinyl Floor Care and Maintenance Information

 

To keep the lasting shine and fresh feel of your investment for as long as possible, we recommend that you...


DO

  • Wipe up spills as soon as possible. Remove dried spills with Armstrong New Beginning® Armstrong Floor Stripper and Armstrong Cleaner on a white cloth.
  • Wash your floor occasionally with Armstrong Once 'n Done® Floor Cleaner.
  • Use Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner for heavy duty cleaning.
  • Use Armstrong Shinekeeper® Polish to return your floor's original shine if it begins to dull over time.

DON'T

  • Use detergents, abrasive cleaners or "mop and shine" products - they may leave a dull film on your floor.
  • Use paste wax or solvent-based polishes.
  • Use a beater bar when vacuuming because it can visibly damage the floor surface.
  • Use highly abrasive scrubbing tools.

PROACTIVE PROTECTION FOR YOUR FLOOR

  • When moving appliances or heavy furniture, lay a plywood panel on your Armstrong floor and "walk" the item across it. This protects your Armstrong floor from scuffing and tears.
  • Use floor protectors, such as Floor D-fenders, on furniture to reduce indentation. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the item, the wider the floor protector needed.
  • Be careful with rolling casters. They can damage the floor. Therefore, we do not recommend them. If you choose to use them, the double wheel type 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 nonstaining 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.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER INSTALLATION

  • For 8 hours after seam application, protect the sealed seams on your Armstrong flooring. This will ensure the proper seam bond. If your seams are disturbed before they're dry, permanent damage may result.
  • Maintain room temperature at 65 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 hours after installation is completed. This assures proper curing, setting and bonding of products.
  • Use a damp sponge, cloth, or mop to wipe off the Armstrong logo and 800 number printed on the face of the floor. Be careful not to wipe across any seams.
  • The adhesive under your Armstrong floor needs time to thoroughly dry after installation. Therefore we recommend that you do not scrub or wash your floor for five days.

 Crayon

  • Rub the stain with mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Lipstick

  • Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain is still visible, rub the stain with mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Grape Juice/Wine

  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Mercurochrome/Merthiolate

  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Mustard**

  • ** These stains may not be entirely removable from vinyl no-wax floors.
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Pen Ink**

  • ** These stains may not be entirely removable from vinyl no-wax floors.
  • Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain is still visible, rub the stain with mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a non-abrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Permanent Marker**

  • ** These stains may not be entirely removable from vinyl no-wax floors.
  • Rub the stain with mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain still shows, very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone (follow use instructions on label) on a clean white cloth.
  • If stain still shows, rub the area with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Asphalt Driveway Sealer/Shoe Polish**

  • ** These stains may not be entirely removable from vinyl no-wax floors.
  • Rub the stain with mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain still shows, rub the area with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Hair Dye

  • Rub the stain with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain still shows, use mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain still shows, very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone (follow use instructions on label) on a clean white cloth.
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a non-abrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Paint/Varnish

  • If paint stain is wet, wipe up the stain with water on a clean white cloth.
  • If paint stain is dry, carefully scrape residue with a thin spatula.
  • If stain still shows, rub the area with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain still shows, use mineral spirits* or turpentine* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable please follow instructions on label.)
  • If stain still shows, very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone (follow use instructions on label) on a clean white cloth.
  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.

Nail Polish

  • Very carefully wipe with fingernail polish remover containing acetone (follow use instructions on label) on a clean white cloth.

Rust

  • Apply Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner to the stain and let it stand for five minutes. Scrub vigorously with a stiff-bristle brush or nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, wipe, rinse, and let dry.
  • If traces remain, rub with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of oxalic acid and water (1 part acid to 10 parts water).
  • NOTE: Please follow instructions and cautions on label, as oxalic acid is poisonous.

Cigarette Burns

  • The procedure depends on the exact construction of your floor.

Black Heel Marks

  • Scrub the area with Armstrong New Beginning® Floor Stripper and Cleaner and a nonabrasive white scrubbing pad, following instructions on the label.
  • If stain still shows, rub the area with a non abrasive cleaner.
  • If stain still shows, rub the area with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)* on a clean white cloth. (*May be combustible/flammable; please follow instructions on label).




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Armstrong Vinyl Floor Care and Maintenance Information