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Old 07-30-2017, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by BoogeyDownDweller View Post
These are newer ... I went to my friends apartment across the hall and his are different. Building manager said that he would buff the tiles when I moved out... I wonder if there was a way I can do that myself while I'm here, or what type of equipment he was using
Wax and a buffer. My mother used to have one: it had two rotating pads and you used wax.
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:09 AM
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ZEP 1 Gal. Heavy-Duty Floor Stripper (Case of 4)-ZULFFS128 - The Home Depot

We had an old vinyl or linoleum floor in a kitchen that was impossible to clean, and I saw people recommend this product, although I think it gives off a lot of fumes. I ended up replacing the floor though so I can't say I used it. If it were my place, I'd buy a lot of area rugs and clean on the edges the best that I could.

My mother in law has this kind of floor but the worst thing is that she has these brown rubber baseboards that you'd expect to find in some public clinic rather than someones house. Whoever thought to install those was guilty of a quality of life violation.
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:16 AM
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Be careful. I thought exactly what you do and found out mine were CERAMIC. It was unrecognizable without that shine.
Worse, it is likely they are Vinyl-ASBESTOS. Deadly if taken up wrong. Government recommends covering these floors with new material rather than ripping them up. (Removing asbestos professionally costs a FORTUNE.)

A thin coat of good liquid wax (like Holloway House Quick Shine) might help a lot. Best results are obtained by first removing old wax with ammonia...a mess of a job. You can try a portion with JUST the liquid wax atop the old wax...it might be enough to please you.

Yeah, I am facing the same thing in a 1975 built Mitchell Lama. I should have laid wood floors before I moved furniture in. (Hindsight is 20/20.)

Building has a professional floor polisher somewhere which I am looking for. It seems to have disappeared when they carpeted the hallways (perhaps one o the workers stole it?). Someone told me that squirting a dilute ammonia on and buffing with a professional machine will restore the gleam. In college the pledges had to polish floors with a humongous polisher so I think I still remember how to use one without taking off a foot.

The asbestos thing scares the s**t out of me.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:31 AM
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I lived in SBT, which was also a M-L built around the same time as yours. I was so sure my tiles were lino, but we had a heck of a flood and when taking up carpet strips I discovered they were ceramic asbestos. The textured ceilings were also high in asbestos. As long as you didn't mess with it and it stayed solid, it wasn't a hazard and covering it was even better. I wouldn't mess with it with chemicals myself.
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