Discoloration of finish on Vinyl Floor Planks

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clboggs154

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I searched the forum and could not find anything on this specific topic. Sorry if I missed it.
My daughters elder dog occasionally urinates on the floor. (Nucore Vinyl Floor Planks). There have been a few times we did not see the urine in time and it has discolored the finish on the planks. I assume that it has etched into the finish. Has anyone ever removed the finish with a stripper and resealed? I've watched a few videos but they were working on the older type vinyl floors/tiles. I was hoping to find restoration of the newer type Vinyl Floor Planks. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
 

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For the most part today’s vinyl plank floors are constructed of a photograph with a clear wear layer on top which vary in hardness and thickness depending on the quality of the material. That coating cannot be stripped off. It would be more prudent to replace the damaged tiles.
 

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As JPfloor says these "no wax" vinyl floors do not have any finish that's applied on site. It's a layer of clear plastic melted overtop a picture of wood/tile/stone adhered to a composite material. You might try some solvents/bleach/heavy cleaners.

 

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I wonder if the urine got between the planks and then underneath the wear layer. That Nucore has sort of a fiberish type core. Could have absorbed into the fiber.

Got any pics.
 

clboggs154

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Thank you all for your suggestions. These floors are fairly dark and the stain only shows up when light hits it at a certain angle. Like sunlight through the window. I tried taking a picture but could not get the stain to show. I've not tried anything other than soap and water. I will try a solvent to see if that helps.Otherwise like JPFloor suggested I will replace the damaged planks. Thanks guys
 

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I have 2 commercial customers I provide janitorial services for and both customers have LVT/LVP-Luxury Vinyl Tile / Plank flooring.
I have been using flooring cleaning chems made specifically for this type of flooring. I buy the chems from NCL-National Chemical laboratories or National Chemical Laboratories, Inc..
They sell cleaning & stripping chems for LVT?LVP flooring.
You might call them and ask what they recommend for your flooring issue.
Brad BD Janitorial
 

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Apple cider vinegar is what is usually recommended for vinyl. Do not use alcohol as it can damage vinyl. As others said, do not use bleach because it will interact with the ammonia. (As an aside, never mix acetone and bleach either).
You might try white vinegar on a scrap to see if it damages the vinyl and if it doesn't you can see if white vinegar helps. Not sure on the application for planks as I've been using it on vinyl sheet.
 

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