Judy L: Whats the best way to take marks from tile i buff the floor but the black
marks dont come off
almieda321: what kind of solution is needed
The Janitorial Store: Manufacturers make floor buffing compounds. Check with your local
MrSammyWinchester: can you buff painted floors?
The Janitorial Store: Buffing is done using a low speed machine such as a 175 to 350 rpm or a
high speed machine 1500 to 2500. A solution is misted on the floor and then
buffed with the appropriate pad until dry. Is performed on small areas of
floor. Burnishing is done with a high speed machine 1500 to 2500 rpms, the
conditioner or restorer is mopped on, let dry and burnish with the proper
floor pad. Is performed on any size floor, daily, weekly or monthly.
Javier Padron: Should the machine handle be locked or unlocked while buffing?
The Janitorial Store: @KeepColdwithCoolidge Sorry - missed your post. It all depends...some
floors that don't get a lot of heavy traffic don't need buffing. But if
you've got a lot of traffic, chairs scraping against the floor like in this
lunchroom, it helps to smooth out the scuffs and snap the shine back.
The Janitorial Store: You would not match the pad to the tile, you would match the floor pad to
the finish on the floor. All floor finish will have a percent of solids,
the higher the solids, the more durable the floor finish, the more
aggressive the pad might be to get the results you are wanting on the floor
finish. All high speed floor pads are color coded based on the manufacturer
of the pad. You might see a white pad for polishing (less aggressive) or a
horse hair blend (more aggressive).
The Janitorial Store: That would be a good floor program. But if you burnish once per week you
might find that you will not need to spray buff. If you scrub and re-coat
in 6 months and a strip/wax once per year, the floor appearance should be
at a level the customer would be happy with.
mafriqa: what is the difference between buffing and burnishing?
Ello Gubna: the spots were about the size of a golf ball. I used the white pads this
week and the floors look great.... Also, is it ok to put some wax into the
spray buff solution?
The Janitorial Store: How often will the floor be swept, mopped and buffed? Will the floor
receive heavy traffic and soil? This will help you determine if you should
burnish weekly/bi-weekly or spray buff monthly. Spray buffing will provide
a deeper cleaning. When buffing or burnishing you should use a 1500 to 2500
rpm floor machine. You can do it with a 175-350 rpm machine but it will
take much longer to complete the job.
The Janitorial Store: @nickmendezrico If you are thinking of applying a finish you might consider
applying a coating because of the dog traffic. A sacrificial wax coat will
not hold up and you will find yourself re-coating often. With the coating
you will be able to buff when needed to maintain the level of appearance
nimbette2: This is a very informative video. I am having polished concrete overlay
floors installed in my condo - 3000 grit polish. I am being told I won't
need to polish too often, but just in case I need to to keep it reall shiny
- what is the difference between the slower machine for buffing and the
faster for burnishing? Should I use burnishing for the concrete overlay?
What kind of buffing solution and pad would I need for polished concrete?
My contractor isn't giving me too much advice, help!
Ello Gubna: i thought white pads were for polishing not buffing..... i been using the
red pads. ALSO, after i buff it looks like white spots throughout the
floor... what im i doing wrong?
Steve Hanson: White pads can be used for spray buffing. You want to match the pad to the
floor finish and the out come of the process. A red pad is for deeper
cleaning. We will use a red pad when we do a clean and burnish. What size
are the spots? I have seen them the size of a penny before and it was
caused by a contamination of the surface. Review your process and products
jonanlis1: when i went through the floor buffing process the floor somewhat dulled and
I received a white film on the floor, what potentially went wrong?
The Janitorial Store: Are you talking about the spray buff chemical? It would depend on the
frequency of service. The less frequent the service (every month or so),
you'd probably spray buff. The more frequent the service (daily or weekly),
the more likely you'd burnish.
jimmynerdbomb37: I'm a custodian for NY and im having trouble understanding the difference
between high speed buffing & low speeds. Also I recently finished stripping
& waxing a floor in a high traffic area & dirt rings from office chairs are
starting to appear, should I mop the floor & buff it with floor finish? Any
info you can give me is appreciated
The Janitorial Store: @nickmendezrico A coating is a two part resin floor finish that is very
durable. It is used in high traffic and industrial areas. Most are an
epoxy. You can check at your local janitorial supply store for the product.
Steve Hanson: There are 3 things that need to happen. 1. When applying floor finish we
need to think about the area, soil loads and maintenance schedules. In high
traffic we should apply 5-7 coats of floor finish. 2. In any high traffic
area we should apply a high solids floor finish so it can withstand the
high traffic. The floor finish you applied, what is the percent of solids?
17, 20, 25, 30%. Lower solids with scuff and need repairs more often. 2.
The chairs may need non-marring or felt pads on them.
David Panama: oh well i really need the job , I had no choice but to look up how to use a
buffing machine , desperate times
The Janitorial Store: Only if it has a floor finish on it.
ivan grajeda: i have a high traffic breakroom and we just waxed it but its already
scratch up because of the chairs what can i do to maintain this floor
looking good does it need more coats of wax cuz it just had 2 ????????????
rockywaseem: I have a linolum (vinyl kind) floor in my kitchen. Does this machine will
clean the floor because of high traffic in that area it looks very dirty
The Janitorial Store: You may or may not need to move tables for spray buffing. It will depend on
the account. In this case since it's an employee breakroom the customer did
not want to pay extra for having the tables moved. If it was a public area
like a restaurant the tables would probably be moved.
The Janitorial Store: @rockywaseem Before you can buff or burnish a floor with floor finish on
it, there needs to be plenty of floor finish on the floor. Depending on the
location you might have 4-7 coats of finish on it. If there is heavy soil
you might need to scrub and re-coat or strip/wax first. After 24-48 hours
you can spray buff or burnish the floor.
Steve Hanson: High speeds can be used for spray buffing and burnishing, slow speed are
used for buffing or polishing. The difference would be which one to use
depending on the surface you are burnishing/buffing/polishing. You might
choose high for VCT tile and low speed for wood floors or marble floors.
You can use chair mats, use a higher percent of solids floor finish or
change the coasters on the chairs to prevent dirt rings from appearing. You
can also do a spot scrub and re-coat on a regular basis.
The Janitorial Store: nimbette2, The difference in machines is the rpm's. A slow speed will turn
at between 175 to 350 rpm's and a high speed will be 1500 to 2500+. If you
do a search for twister diamond cleaning system or spinergy stone care
solutions you will see that you can use diamond pads with a slow speed
machine to keep the gloss on your concrete. Depending on the soils coming
in you should not need to perform this often.
The Janitorial Store: It does not make a difference where you start in the center or along the
edge if you are doing a hallway, what ever work best for you. If you are
doing a large floor area, start at one end along the edge and walk back and
forth just like you are mowing grass, continue this process until you reach
the other end of the room/area.
Steve Hanson: Javier You should lock the handle at the right operating height for
yourself. By locking the handle you have better control of the machine.
Steve Hanson: Glad to hear the spots are gone. It is best to purchase Ready To Use (RTU)
spray buff solution rather than mixing your own.
rwcobbs: @rockywaseem - Go to home depot or lowes, go to floor title section, look
for floor polish, one gallon, buy a spong mop, need bucket big anuf to fit
spong mop into, be sure to clean floor before applying floor polish, put
4-5 coats on floor, make sure floor is dry before re-applying, use a soft
cleaner when cleaning floor from week to week, mop lightly so floor will
look shiney, don't use wax for VCT, there is a floor polish for linolum
that is better for home use.
Dee Sweetgrass: Outsides on a floor to be buffed are done first then the center?
Jason Kioke: good video
Dee Sweetgrass: Why didnt the tables get moved for spay buffing?
paul hunter: why is the buff always removed from the buffer after use?
The Janitorial Store: Do you mean why is the "pad" removed? So you can clean it. Also, you don't
want to leave it on the machine because it will pick up more soil.
The Janitorial Store: There are many reasons why you might have had problems with the floor, here
are just a few: Did you spray buff or burnish the floor? If spray buffing
did you vacuum the floor and then mop with neutral floor cleaner before
buffing? Mop head contaminated? Used wrong color or type of floor pad did
you use? Finish coat applied too thin? What was the rpm of the floor
machine you used? Slow rpm? Wrong detergent/solution used?
ed dy: omg this is amazing, im gona be able to make my employers think ive used a
floor buffer before thank you