caring for your floor

We appreciate that your Dance floor is a significant investment therefore we recommend a regular maintenance schedule.
The regular cleaning of your dance floor is important to it’s overall life. The floor should be swept and mopped at least 3 times a week. In touring applications the floor should be swept and mopped everyday. Do not use any cleaner containing ammonia, as the ammonia will alter the vinyl, making the surface of your floor slippery.
A proven, and very cost effective, way of cleaning your dance surface after sweeping is a cup of white vinegar in a bucket of warm to almost hot water plus mop and elbow grease.
Failing or as well as that, a routine cleaning for Vinyl dance floors is a straight forward matter of sweeping with a soft broom then washing with a water and detergent mix. Follow this by a rinse mopping with warm water or better warm water and vinegar. Make quite sure that the floor is thoroughly dry before use. Even detergents can create a dirt-attracting residue so the rinse process is very important.
The main cleaning difficulties in dance studios are related to scuffmarks; sole marks from the shoes; marking from the shoe dyes and, of course, rosin marks. These may have to be addressed specifically. First avoid where possible unnecessary traffic, particularly with street shoes.
You can try proprietary floor cleaners for vinyl flooring which you can readily get from your supermarket, hardware or local flooring store. Check that they do not have an ammonia content.
At STM we carry dance floor specific cleaners including the Rosco all- purpose cleaner and Versadet.
These can be used as spot cleaners in concentrated form; but the cheapest alternatives are mineral turpentine and methylated spirits. Please avoid the use of strong solvents however such as cellulose thinners, or acetone, which will quickly harm your dance floor Vinyl. Equally try to avoid abrasive cleaners such as Jiff or the like. These break the seal of the floor and create tiny dirt attracting scratches and subsequently more cleaning.
As mentioned above, the rinsing of the affected area after cleaning is paramount.
Obviously floor treatments, which leave a wax, finish or shine must be avoided or they will cause the floor to become slippery. In recent years polish manufacturers have introduced "slip-resistant" waxes: before using these, please satisfy yourself that they are slip-resistant. This is a decision, which only you can make.
Finally and again! Always be sure to rinse your floor with clean water to avoid residue build-up. This is very important because residue build-up may cause your floor to become slippery.
We are happy to answer any specific questions about cleaning or maintenance and any other dance floor related matter- just pick up the phone and call us.
We can help you not to make mistakes. Phone: 02 9417 3000

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