Standard Active Last Updated: Dec 27, 2016
ASTM D4386-95(2016)

Standard Practice for Application of Floor Polishes to Maintain Multilayer Composite Tile or Flooring

Significance and Use

2.1 Multilayer composite tile or flooring may consist of a decorative pattern layer and a transparent wear layer. Some floors may also include a stress absorbing foam layer or a backing layer of other type.

2.2 Included in the composition are vinyl resins, suitably plasticized and stabilized, with or without fortifying fibers, mineral fillers and prime pigments. Metallic accents (chips, pigments, etc.) are frequently used to form the overall design. The transparent wear coating is usually polyurethane, acrylic or vinyl. Although the transparent wear layer provides an extra measure of protection, the surface is subject to the same wear and tear as other types of floors.


1.1 This practice covers the application of floor polishes to maintain multilayer composite tile or flooring.2 Floor polishes are applied to multilayer composite floors for protection and beautification of the floor surface. Cleaning, polish application, removal, and maintenance procedures are important functions in this process.

1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.04
Developed by Subcommittee: D21.05
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D4386-95R16
ICS Code: 71.100.99; 97.080