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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 191 (155)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 191
Page 191

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 191

period of four to five days, to allow the tile to set firmly before the floor is put into use. The door then should have a thorough cleaning. Use a safety cleaner and a fioor machine or scrubber with a scrub brush or steel wool disc to remove any oil-like film, or other foreign matter from the surface. Rinse with clear water. Both the scrub and rinse water can be easily picked up with a wet-dry vacuum.

When the floor is dry after its initial cleaning, two thin coats of an anti-slip waterproof floor wax should be applied for a safe, attractive and long-lasting resilient finish. After the floor has been allowed to cure from four to six months, all old wax should be stripped off and one coat of asphalt tile preserver applied. The Hoor can then be rewaxed.

The information just given is the preferred method of treating new asphalt tile; however, if desired, asphalt tile preserver may be applied as soon as the floor is laid and after giving the initial cleaning. As stated before, waxing is optional after treatment with the tile preserver. The materials are easily applied with an applicator or shortstringed mop. After the last coat is dry, finish by polishing with a door machine. Some doors are more porous than others and will look their best with an additional coat of wax. Care should be taken to insure complete drying of each film before succeeding coats are applied.

Since asphalt tile is subject to indentation, movable furniture placed on this fiooring should be equipped with special non-denting casters. If the furniture is stationary, it should be fitted with furniture rests to distribute its weight over a wider area of contact with the floor.

Reconditioning Old Tile-When asphalt tile has deteriorated or faded in color because of faulty or inadequate maintenance, and replacement is impractical, the following procedure is recommended to restore its appearance and serviceability. Prepare the surface for treatment by cleaning it thoroughly. Rinse the floor and after it is completely dry, including the joints between the tiles, a thin coat of asphalt tile preserver should be applied. This will restore color and beauty to the tile. The porosity of the door is also reduced, minute scratches which detract from the doors appearance and make maintenance difficult will be made smooth by this treatment. A coat of antieslip l'loor wax may be applied over the prescrver for additional protection.

General Maintenance ProccdllreeAsphalt tile protected by a tile proservcr and/or anti-slip waterproof floor wax, will require only dust niopplng or vacuuming, and occasional bufiing with a. machine to keep it clean and attractive under normal use. When conditions require, it may be damp moppcd with clean Wiltt'l', or washed periodically with water and a cleaner. lie sure moisturc is promptly removed from the floor surface after washing and rinsing. Bufiing with a No. 1 steel wool disc will help restore a high lustre to the floor.

Periodic bufiing with a floor machine, using a steel wool disc, will reduce sweeping time, increase durability of the


surface, and reduce the frequency of applications.

Occasionally, when there is heavy traffic, dirt may become so deeply imbedded that the preserver or wax film does not respond to the buffing treatment. When this condition exists, it is best to remove all the accumulated material and start with the bare tile. To accomplish this, the. cleaning procedure is similar to that for new asphalt tile described before.

Some Dos and DonitseNever use varnish, wood floor seals or spirit waxes on asphalt tile. The solvents used in these floor finishes are also solvents for asphalt tile, and will soften and ultimately break down the tile. Oils, fats, and all mineral solvents will soften standard asphalt tile.

Do not sweep standard asphalt tile fioors with sweeping compounds containing oil or petroleum distillates. Use of these compounds will break down the structure of standard asphalt tile by chemical action.

Avoid excessive use of water on asphalt tile. If water is allowcd to remain on it too long, it may seep between the joints separating the individual tiles and work underneath, loosening the tile from the subfioor.

Avoid the use of alkaline or caustic

cleaners; in a short time they may cause.

damage beyond repair.

Worn spots or heavy tradic areas should be resealed or rewaxed whenever necessary. This saves treating the whole floor area and keeps floors safer and more attractive at all times.

Concrete Flooring

A concrete fioor is made from Porb land cement, sand, gravel, and water, which are combined in varying proportions according to the requirements of the floor. Concrete flooring may consist of the slab itself troweled smooth in its natural color, or the slab may serve as a subdoor for another layer of concrete, which may be natural colored, integral colored, or dust-on colored.

Concrete is one of the most durable fireproof, moisture-resistant, and longest lived doorings available. It is low in cost, and the materials used in it are available almost everywhere. The ability of concrete to carry great weights has made it by far the most popular material for dooring where the tradic load is heavy. A concrete Hoor also serves as reinforcement; it strengthens the entire building structure. Concrete may be made to include various desired qualities which meet the special needs of the individual application. For example, its structural strength, durability, water resistance, and other qualities may be varied by making

ASHPHALT TILE IS economical and is quickly and easilv installed. It requires no expensive sub-base and in many instances may be laid over existing flooring. It requires only minimum attention.
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 191