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How To Use A Floor Bluffer in 6 Easy Steps


Floor buffers are an important cleaning tool for any commercial or public building. They are designed to both clean and polish hard surface floors that lack carpet. The buffer pad spins at thousands of revolutions per minute. These industrial designed cleaning machines can polish non-carpeted floors very efficiently and don’t require specialized training. However, they do operate a little differently than a standard home vacuum though. The following six steps will assist you in making sure you are operating this equipment properly and effectively.

6 Steps in Using a Floor Buffer

  1. Remove anything on the floor before beginning. This includes: pieces of garbage, dirt or other obstructions on the floor. Vacuum the floor first, if you need too. If the floor has furniture on it, remove that as well in order to have as much as a clear surface area to work as possible.
  2. Check the buffer itself to make sure it is in good working order. The most important part: the buffer pad should be thoroughly inspected before beginning. If the pad is dirty or very worn, replace it with a new one. A defective pad can damage the floor by scratching it.
  3. Pour cleaning solution on the floor (directly) or on the buffer pad itself. Make sure to use a solution or cream specifically designed for the buffer you are using. The manufacturer’s instructions can provide guidance in this area.
  4. Plug the electrical cord into an outlet and begin buffing in a corner of the room, away from the entrance. You want to slowly get closer to the entrance as you clean. This way, once you are finished, you can exit the room and not step on flooring that has been freshly buffed.
  5.  While making sure the buffer is on the proper setting for the type of surface being cleaned, move it slowly back and forth; going right to left evenly. It is also best to overlap, in order not to miss any part of the floor.
  6. Depending on the size of the floor you are buffing, check the buffer pad a few times. Make sure the pad doesn’t need to be changed due to dirt or isn’t ripped.

Once all floor buffing has been completed, remove the buffer pad and wipe down the entire unit. Make sure the electrical cord and plug is neither worn nor frayed.  Also, it’s important to keep a few replacement buffing pads on hand and nearby, should they need replacing during the polishing. When using a floor buffer be sure to keep a slow and steady pace through the buffing process, lingering can cause the floor to appear uneven once finished. Using too much cleaning solution or cream will also have this effect, so follow the manufacturer’s guidance when deciding how much to use.

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