An Alternative to Acrylic: Water-based Urethane for Vinyl

VCT, Vinyl, LVT and Linoleum water-based urethane floor finish

Have you considered a water-based urethane vinyl floor finish?

If you are looking for a VCT, Vinyl, LVT, and Linoleum floor finish, look no further than Ultra Durable Technologies, Inc. (UDT). UDT’s EPIC High-performance floor finish is a water-based urethane coating for vinyl floors that is an alternative to acrylic floor finish. EPIC is easy to maintain and offers a highly durable finish on VCT, Vinyl, LVT and Linoleum flooring. EPIC provides the option of a gloss or matte sheen. A semi-gloss sheen can be achieved by mixing UDT Aggregates or Ultra Grip in with the gloss finish.

Why use EPIC instead of acrylic wax?

Traditional acrylic finishes have suffered from a lack of durability across all flooring types. Even when applied to areas with a moderate amount of traffic, the average acrylic finish offers poor resistance to scratching and scuffing. This requires high-cost maintenance that involves repeated stripping, refinishing, and buffing.

If you have VCT, Vinyl, LVT and Linoleum flooring in your offices, schools, hospitals or any other premises, you will find that EPIC vinyl floor finish not only provides a better-looking finish but that it also creates a stronger barrier to prevent surface damage. This beautiful finish will last a lot longer than any other coating, even in areas with high volumes of traffic. EPIC High-Performance vinyl floor finish will outlast traditional acrylics and will deliver lower costs of ongoing maintenance.

Acrylic waxes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. These days, a single coat is all that is needed to provide a beautiful high-gloss, semi-gloss, or matte finish that is highly durable and resistant.

Benefits of EPIC VCT, Vinyl, LVT and Linoleum Floor Finish

The benefits of using EPIC High-performance VCT, Vinyl, LVT, and Linoleum floor finish include the following:

  • The choice of gloss, semi-gloss or matte sheens.
  • Tough, long-lasting protective film that can withstand high traffic volumes.
  • The perfect alternative to acrylic finishes that requires no stripping or buffing (nbuffing means a better indoor air quality, also known as IAQ).
  • Low-VOC water-based polyurethane.
  • Non-yellowing and resistant to UV light.
  • Extreme abrasion and chemical resistance. It even stands up beautifully to hand sanitizers!
  • Won’t degrade from frequent sanitizing.
  • Meets ADA and OSHA SCOF non-slip traction recommendations.
  • Non-slip traction can be enhanced using Ultra Grip and Abrasion resistant additives.
  • One coat is all that is needed. Floors will not need to be recoated for 3-5 years or more.

EPIC Floor Finish Application Range

EPIC floor finish is suitable for a variety of different areas including:

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Schools and Universities
  • Retail Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Faith based/spiritual centers
  • Government buildings
  • Gyms and workout areas
  • Laboratories
  • Warehouses
  • State and federal buildings
  • Industrial plants
  • Clean Rooms
  • and many more

EPIC high-performance vinyl floor finish is popular across North America in a myriad of establishments and has delivered results that reflect UDT’s guarantee of consistent and reliable products. It seals and enhances VCT, Vinyl, LVT and Linoleum flooring, providing a minimum-slip finish (particularly when used together with UDT non-slip additives).

Is Sanitizer Dulling My Floors?

If your floors are coated in a traditional acrylic wax finish, the answer is yes. Even sanitizer brands that are specifically designed for well-known acrylic waxes have a detrimental effect on multiple layers of wax (video and case study coming soon). 

The recommended and required amount of time that a sanitizer should dwell (sit) on a surface to be effective is 15 minutes. UDT’s experts have seen sanitizer destroy wax within minutes, meaning that the full amount of dwell time would completely obliterate it. 

Floor sanitizers wear down whatever is left of wax’s glossy appearance. Truth be told, the gloss retention of wax is not very impressive under any circumstances. The result is dullness and a dirty appearance, which is ironic (considering sanitizers and cleaning routines are meant to have the opposite effect). 

Luckily, EPIC’s water-based urethane formula is designed to be easily cleaned and maintained without any degrading. Routine cleaning is made simple with water (or aqueous ozone, ionized water, etc.) and an auto scrubber or microfiber mop. Sanitizers and cleaners are effective when used on EPIC, but they destroy germs and viruses rather than the coating itself. One thin coat of EPIC is more effective than 5 or more layers of traditional acrylic wax. Notice your floors are dulling when you try to make them shine? Maybe it is time to switch to EPIC High-Performance Vinyl Floor Finish! 

Floor Protection

One of the biggest ongoing VCT, Vinyl, LVT, and Linoleum maintenance issues is scratching, especially those caused by equipment and furniture. Scratches often occur when these heavy items are constantly moved back and forth across office and warehouse flooring.

Although EPIC High-performance floor finish can be trusted to prevent this kind of surface damage, UDT highly recommends going one step further to protect your investment by installing these industry-leading floor protectors.  Combining this extra level of protection with EPIC will ensure the longest lifespan possible for your vinyl floors.

Order over $100 in Floor Protectors and receive a 25% discount.