Scuffing, scuffs and scuff marks refer to the interaction between a shoe and another surface, usually the floor, and has become one of the frequent topics mentioned when flooring manufacturers answer the phone. All too often we, as a resilient flooring manufacturer, hear from end-users, general contractors and project managers for installation contractors that our flooring scuffs easily. So is it the flooring materials causing the problem? Or is it the need for adjustment when a new type of flooring material is installed? While it is true that resilient flooring is naturally tactile and is tested for slip-resistance, most end users are shocked when they look at the floor and see scuff marks. However, many times these scuffs are the result of a poor maintenance program. This is largely due to maintenance companies, crews and technicians being behind the times on flooring trends and the different floor coverings being introduced into environments that they’ve never been in before. Therefore, by getting away from the old school mentality, protecting the floor where needed, using good walk off mats, rinsing properly and changing chemistry, you can drastically improve the appearance of the floor and prevent scuff marks from happening as often.
The growing numbers of LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) and rubber floors going into schools, hospitals and retail have put an end to the days when stripping and waxing VCT (vinyl composition tile) was the only maintenance procedure. With that comes something new to get adjusted to. No more will janitors in schools lay 20 plus coats of acrylic floor finish to achieve their goal of a shiny floor. Most resilient manufacturers do not recommend applying any type of field-applied finish or coating to their LVT, sheet vinyl or rubber products. However, it is always important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, so if they do recommend a finish or coating be applied, those directions should be followed.