How To Buff A Floor

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Eduardo PEREZ GUERRERO: hi there is recommended buffing on new wax..?

Judy L: Whats the best way to take marks from tile i buff the floor but the black marks dont come off

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.

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

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.

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 ???????????? any advise?

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

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.

Javier Padron: Should the machine handle be locked or unlocked while buffing?

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.

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?

Jason Kioke: good video

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 being used.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 you desire.
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