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Buffing Floors with a Burnishing Machine

If your business owns a burnishing machine, or if you are in the market for one, it is ideal for buffing floors. While there are many business applications for such a powerful machine, a burnisher can buff wood or linoleum floors to a brilliant glow with relative ease. Not all applications require an industrial burnisher, as they are large and relatively expensive. They are a wise investment for businesses that have large amounts of floor space and a smaller custodial staff, because they will allow the staff to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. When considering the purchase of a new machine, make sure to test it first and to inquire about service agreements with the manufacturer.

People often choose a burnishing machine to buff their floors because they are heavy and rotate quickly, leaving a more impressive shine than traditional floor buffers. While they can produce impressive results, operating a floor burnisher can be challenging if you are not familiar with the device, so take care to read the manual provided by the manufacturer prior to starting the job. Once you a familiar with how the machine is designed and you are confident in its intended uses, proceed to buff your floor.

Before you buff your floor, it is imperative that surface dirt is removed with a wet mop. Your machine will rotate at more than 800 rotations per second. If there is any dust or surface dirt on your floor, it will result in scratching of your surface. In some cases this can be irreparable, depending on the type of floor, so make sure you have a clean surface to work with when buffing your floor.

After taking care to understand the intended uses and limitations of your machine, proceed to buff your floor. Most burnishing machines will accept a number of rotary pads that will achieve different results. Before you begin, make sure that the pad you are using is designed for your type of floor. It is also important not to reuse burnishing pads too many times, as they will wear out and become ineffective over time.

Starting in the center of the room, work your way to the outside of the space, rotating in a slow, methodic fashion. This will guarantee a uniform finish across your entire floor. Starting in the middle of the room will keep you from having to walk over any area that you have already polished.

Once you have a completed the buffing process, it is still a good idea to pick up loose dust and anything left behind by the machine with a vacuum or dust mop. The result is a clean, shiny floor that did not require the use of any harsh chemicals. You will eventually need to refinish your floor with a sealant or wax, particularly in high traffic areas. Buffing a floor should never replace routine floor maintenance and care. Such a practice will reduce the life and longevity of your floor.

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