Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution

Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution

Until now, when vinyl flooring came to the end of its life it was destined for landfill - taking hundreds of years to break down. That’s no longer the case with a game changing new product that turns worn floors into new.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Until now, when vinyl flooring came to the end of its life it was destined for landfill - taking hundreds of years to break down. That’s no longer the case with a game changing new product that turns worn floors into new.

 

A synthetic product, vinyl is comprised predominantly of PVC. This means it has a particularly oil-heavy production process requiring intensive resources and polluting processes. When it does come to the end of its life - generally around 20 years after installation - it is destined for landfill where it won’t break down for hundreds of years.  This was the case until very recently, anyway. “Vinyl flooring is used widely in New Zealand, particularly in buildings such as hospitals, educational facilities, government buildings and heavy-traffic commercial fitouts,” Look Floors’ Marcus Kearns says.

 

“When these institutions found their vinyl flooring was nearing the end of its life or needed to be modernised, the only option was to replace the floor - a costly and wasteful process. This would involve ripping up the old vinyl, repairing the substrate and laying new vinyl - a process that was disruptive and lengthy, often lasting around seven to 10 days which also creates grinding dust and noise pollution.

“When you consider this occurring in a hospital building, for example, the cost and disruption of this process is significant,” Marcus says. “However, until now it’s been the only option as there was no way to sand and repair vinyl, refresh and make it like new.”

Recently finished Resilient Recoat and change of colour
Recently finished Resilient Recoat and change of colour
After Resilient Recoat
After Resilient Recoat

Changing the colour and finish of vinyl flooring

The choices are vast in terms of colour and finish, ranging from perfectly recreating the original floor or entirely transforming it to suit contemporary decor and style, with seven colours available in stock and the ability to select the depth of the sheen and design.

“If maintained properly, Resilient products will lengthen the lifetime of vinyl floors for two decades,” Marcus says. Maintenance is environmentally friendly and does not include waxes or polishes which require stripping back with solvents or harmful products. 

 

Find out more about Bona Resilient for vinyl flooring refurbishments. 

 

How can vinyl floors be refurbished?

The modern alternative is a product being launched exclusively through Look Floors in New Zealand in February 2020 - the Bona Resilient Care Program - from the company’s centrally-based training facility in Wellington.  

 

The Bona Resilient System is an innovative, highly effective and sustainable coating system designed to completely transform an existing vinyl floor without replacing it, Marcus says. “It’s not just vinyl though; Bona Resilient products are suitable for PVC, rubber and polished concrete floors too as it’s a coating system.”

Bona, a Swedish company, was the first to create an alternative to solvent-based products with water-borne technology - finishes that have been available for timber floors in New Zealand for 20 years through Look Floors.

 

“This latest product is a game changer. It’s been available in the United States and Germany for around five years now and has had huge success,” Marcus says. “Instead of sending vinyl flooring to landfill, Bona Resilient products allow for the floor to simply be cleaned, sanded, coated, rendering it as good as new. It is a complete refurbishment for vinyl floors, which means less downtime for busy commercial premises, and significantly less cost, both monetary and environmentally.”

 

The Bona Resilient System is a three-stage process, taking a total of three days from start to finish. “The floor is cleaned, lightly wet sanded and allowed to dry for one day to open up the porosity of the substrate to ensure the best adhesion for both application of Bona Colour and Bona Pure.”

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Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution
Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution

Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution

Until now, when vinyl flooring came to the end of its life it was destined for landfill - taking hundreds of years to break down. That’s no longer the case with a game changing new product that turns worn floors into new.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Until now, when vinyl flooring came to the end of its life it was destined for landfill - taking hundreds of years to break down. That’s no longer the case with a game changing new product that turns worn floors into new.

 

A synthetic product, vinyl is comprised predominantly of PVC. This means it has a particularly oil-heavy production process requiring intensive resources and polluting processes. When it does come to the end of its life - generally around 20 years after installation - it is destined for landfill where it won’t break down for hundreds of years.  This was the case until very recently, anyway. “Vinyl flooring is used widely in New Zealand, particularly in buildings such as hospitals, educational facilities, government buildings and heavy-traffic commercial fitouts,” Look Floors’ Marcus Kearns says.

 

“When these institutions found their vinyl flooring was nearing the end of its life or needed to be modernised, the only option was to replace the floor - a costly and wasteful process. This would involve ripping up the old vinyl, repairing the substrate and laying new vinyl - a process that was disruptive and lengthy, often lasting around seven to 10 days which also creates grinding dust and noise pollution.

“When you consider this occurring in a hospital building, for example, the cost and disruption of this process is significant,” Marcus says. “However, until now it’s been the only option as there was no way to sand and repair vinyl, refresh and make it like new.”

Recently finished Resilient Recoat and change of colour
Recently finished Resilient Recoat and change of colour
After Resilient Recoat
After Resilient Recoat

Changing the colour and finish of vinyl flooring

The choices are vast in terms of colour and finish, ranging from perfectly recreating the original floor or entirely transforming it to suit contemporary decor and style, with seven colours available in stock and the ability to select the depth of the sheen and design.

“If maintained properly, Resilient products will lengthen the lifetime of vinyl floors for two decades,” Marcus says. Maintenance is environmentally friendly and does not include waxes or polishes which require stripping back with solvents or harmful products. 

 

Find out more about Bona Resilient for vinyl flooring refurbishments. 

 

How can vinyl floors be refurbished?

The modern alternative is a product being launched exclusively through Look Floors in New Zealand in February 2020 - the Bona Resilient Care Program - from the company’s centrally-based training facility in Wellington.  

 

The Bona Resilient System is an innovative, highly effective and sustainable coating system designed to completely transform an existing vinyl floor without replacing it, Marcus says. “It’s not just vinyl though; Bona Resilient products are suitable for PVC, rubber and polished concrete floors too as it’s a coating system.”

Bona, a Swedish company, was the first to create an alternative to solvent-based products with water-borne technology - finishes that have been available for timber floors in New Zealand for 20 years through Look Floors.

 

“This latest product is a game changer. It’s been available in the United States and Germany for around five years now and has had huge success,” Marcus says. “Instead of sending vinyl flooring to landfill, Bona Resilient products allow for the floor to simply be cleaned, sanded, coated, rendering it as good as new. It is a complete refurbishment for vinyl floors, which means less downtime for busy commercial premises, and significantly less cost, both monetary and environmentally.”

 

The Bona Resilient System is a three-stage process, taking a total of three days from start to finish. “The floor is cleaned, lightly wet sanded and allowed to dry for one day to open up the porosity of the substrate to ensure the best adhesion for both application of Bona Colour and Bona Pure.”

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NEW ZEALAND’S FLOORING SOLUTIONS SPECIALISTS Professionally providing global leading technologies and products to the building and flooring industries. Our...

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Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution

Refurbishing worn vinyl floors: an innovative solution

Until now, when vinyl flooring came to the end of its life it was destined for landfill - taking hundreds of years to break down. That’s no longer the case with a game changing new product that turns worn floors into new.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Until now, when vinyl flooring came to the end of its life it was destined for landfill - taking hundreds of years to break down. That’s no longer the case with a game changing new product that turns worn floors into new.

 

A synthetic product, vinyl is comprised predominantly of PVC. This means it has a particularly oil-heavy production process requiring intensive resources and polluting processes. When it does come to the end of its life - generally around 20 years after installation - it is destined for landfill where it won’t break down for hundreds of years.  This was the case until very recently, anyway. “Vinyl flooring is used widely in New Zealand, particularly in buildings such as hospitals, educational facilities, government buildings and heavy-traffic commercial fitouts,” Look Floors’ Marcus Kearns says.

 

“When these institutions found their vinyl flooring was nearing the end of its life or needed to be modernised, the only option was to replace the floor - a costly and wasteful process. This would involve ripping up the old vinyl, repairing the substrate and laying new vinyl - a process that was disruptive and lengthy, often lasting around seven to 10 days which also creates grinding dust and noise pollution.

“When you consider this occurring in a hospital building, for example, the cost and disruption of this process is significant,” Marcus says. “However, until now it’s been the only option as there was no way to sand and repair vinyl, refresh and make it like new.”

Recently finished Resilient Recoat and change of colour
Recently finished Resilient Recoat and change of colour
After Resilient Recoat
After Resilient Recoat

Changing the colour and finish of vinyl flooring

The choices are vast in terms of colour and finish, ranging from perfectly recreating the original floor or entirely transforming it to suit contemporary decor and style, with seven colours available in stock and the ability to select the depth of the sheen and design.

“If maintained properly, Resilient products will lengthen the lifetime of vinyl floors for two decades,” Marcus says. Maintenance is environmentally friendly and does not include waxes or polishes which require stripping back with solvents or harmful products. 

 

Find out more about Bona Resilient for vinyl flooring refurbishments. 

 

How can vinyl floors be refurbished?

The modern alternative is a product being launched exclusively through Look Floors in New Zealand in February 2020 - the Bona Resilient Care Program - from the company’s centrally-based training facility in Wellington.  

 

The Bona Resilient System is an innovative, highly effective and sustainable coating system designed to completely transform an existing vinyl floor without replacing it, Marcus says. “It’s not just vinyl though; Bona Resilient products are suitable for PVC, rubber and polished concrete floors too as it’s a coating system.”

Bona, a Swedish company, was the first to create an alternative to solvent-based products with water-borne technology - finishes that have been available for timber floors in New Zealand for 20 years through Look Floors.

 

“This latest product is a game changer. It’s been available in the United States and Germany for around five years now and has had huge success,” Marcus says. “Instead of sending vinyl flooring to landfill, Bona Resilient products allow for the floor to simply be cleaned, sanded, coated, rendering it as good as new. It is a complete refurbishment for vinyl floors, which means less downtime for busy commercial premises, and significantly less cost, both monetary and environmentally.”

 

The Bona Resilient System is a three-stage process, taking a total of three days from start to finish. “The floor is cleaned, lightly wet sanded and allowed to dry for one day to open up the porosity of the substrate to ensure the best adhesion for both application of Bona Colour and Bona Pure.”

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