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About Floor Buffers and Floor Machines
Floor buffers come in many different shapes, sizes and power. This paragraph is a brief description of the types of floor buffers or floor machines. If you are looking to strip floors of floor finish you need a 175 rpm floor machine or floor buffer. This type of machine is also used for floor cleaning, floor buffing, carpet scrubbing with a brush and carpet bonneting with a carpet bonnet. A standard 175 rpm machine usually uses a 1 horse power motor and comes in a number of sizes from 12" to 24". Many manufacturers offer a 1.5 horse power upgrade. I like the upgraded machine for carpet bonnet cleaning. If you really want a good shine on your floor you would want to use a burnisher. This type of machine is usually 20" diameter with a 1.5 horse power motor. The pad speed is 1500 rpm or more. The burnisher does a better buffing and will shine allot better than a standard 175 rpm machine because the friction of the pads on the burnisher actually melts the finish creating the high shine many people desire. The burnisher can not be used for stripping floors. For large floor such as schools or supermarkets it pays to use a propane powered burnisher. They are faster in time it takes to do the floor and pad speed which will give you an even greater shine. Their are also specialized floor machines for marble restoration, wood floor care and for use in explosive environments. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
ABOUT COMMERCIAL FLOOR CARE
YOU SPENT A LOT OF MONEY GETTING YOUR FLOOR "WAXED" AND KNOW YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN IT OR IT WILL START LOOKING LIKE YOU NEVER DID ANYTHING TO IT. "WAXED" IS THE WRONG WORD SINCE VERY SELDOM DO WE USE WAX ON COMMERCIAL TILE FLOORS ANYMORE. WE USE A POLYMER COATING THAT WE CALL "FLOOR FINISH". i WON'T GET INTO FLOOR FINISHING AND STRIPPING AT THIS TIME BUT YOU CAN REQUEST OUR CATALOGUE AND IT DOES COVER FLOOR FINISHING AND STRIPPING.
FLOOR FINISH CLEANING: ALWAYS SWEEP
OR DUST MOP THE FLOOR BEFORE CLEANING. ALWAYS USE A NEUTRAL CLEANER TO CLEAN
FLOOR FINISH. IF IT DOESN'T SAY NEUTRAL THAN IT ISN'T. DON'T USE MR CLEAN,
SIMPLE GREEN, TOP JOB, SPIC AND SPAN AND OTHERS UNLESS THEY SAY NEUTRAL ON THE
BOX. A NON-NEUTRAL CLEANER MAY DULL AND EVEN STRIP THE FLOOR FINISH FROM THE
FLOOR. YOU NEED A MOP BUCKET WITH RINGER, A MOP HANDLE AND MOP HEAD. IF YOU
HAPPEN TO USE THE MOP BUCKET FOR STRIPPING YOU MUST THOROUGHLY CLEAN THE BUCKET
OF ALL STRIPPER RESIDUE. DO NOT USE A MOP THAT WAS USED FOR STRIPPING TO CLEAN A
FLOOR. IF YOU HAVE A LARGE AREA SUCH AS A SUPERMARKET TO CLEAN YOU SHOULD USE A
AUTO SCRUBBER WHICH WILL MAKE YOUR CLEANING A LOT EASIER.
BUFFING & RESTORING: ALWAYS CLEAN THE FLOOR BEFORE BUFFING OR BURNISHING THE FLOOR. SPRAY BUFFING CONSISTS OF A SPRAY BUFF CHEMICAL, A FLOOR BUFFER OF 175 RPM OR 300 RPM AND A FLOOR PAD MADE FOR BUFFING. TO SPRAY BUFF YOUR LIGHTLY MIST THE SPRAY BUFF IN FRONT OF THE BUFFER AND YOU BUFF THAT AREA UNTIL THE SPRAY BUFF IS WORKED INTO THE FLOOR AND A SHINE APPEARS. MOP ON RESTORING USES A SIMILAR CHEMICAL TO THE BUFFING CHEMICAL BUT IT IS APPLIED BY MIXING THE SOLUTION IN A BUCKET WITH WATER AND MOPPING THE SOLUTION ONTO THE FLOOR. YOU LET THE FLOOR DRY AND USE A HIGH SPEED BURNISHER OF 1500 RPM OR MORE WITH A BURNISHING PAD TO SHINE THE FLOOR. THEIR ARE ALSO PASTES THAT CAN BE USED WITH BURNISHERS THAT YOU PLACE A RIBBON OF THE CHEMICALS IN FRONT OF A BURNISHER AND WALK THE BURNISHER UP AND DOWN THE AREA THAT NEEDS TO BE SHINED.
STRIPPING: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT AFTER YOU STRIP THE FLOOR YOU MUST RINSE THE FLOOR NUMEROUS TIMES WITH A FLOOR NEUTRALIZER TO ASSURE THAT RESIDUE FROM THE STRIPPER IS GONE. TO STRIP IT IS BEST TO PURCHASE A GOOD QUALITY STRIPPER. A GOOD QUALITY STRIPPER OR RELIQUIFIER WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND BACK ACHES. STRIPPERS, EVEN THE BEST TEND ONLY STRIP ABOUT 4 COATS OF FINISH PER STRIPPING. IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 4 COATS OF FINISH ON A FLOOR OR VERY THICK COATS THAT YOU NEED TO STRIP YOU WILL HAVE TO STRIP MULTIPLE TIMES. IF YOU USE A BUCKET THAT YOU NORMALLY USE TO CLEAN WITH YOU WILL NEED TO RINSE THAT BUCKET OUT VERY VERY GOOD BEFORE YOU USE THAT BUCKET AGAIN. PREPARE THE FLOOR BY SWEEPING IT. MOVE ALL FURNITURE OFF THE FLOOR. MIX YOUR STRIPPER PER DIRECTIONS ON THE CHEMICAL AND ALSO READ THE DIRECTIONS ON THE CHEMICAL. MOP ON THE STRIPPER AND ALLOW TO SIT FOR AT LEAST FIVE MINUTES. USE A FLOOR BUFFER WITH A STRIPPING PAD AND SCRUB THE FLOOR. DO NOT ALLOW THE STRIPPER TO DRY. DO PORTIONS OF THE FLOOR AT A TIME. THE EASIEST WAY TO PICK UP THE STRIPPER IS WITH A WET DRY VACUUM. YOU COULD MOP UP THE STRIPPER BUT IT WILL TAKE LONGER. FOR CORNERS AND BASEBOARDS USE A AEROSOL FLOOR STRIPPER AND DOODLE STRIPPING PADS. AFTER YOU HAVE STRIPPED THE FLOOR DO NOT USE THAT MOP FOR ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN STRIPPING FLOORS. NEUTRALIZE THE FLOOR BY RINSING THE FLOOR A FEW TIMES WITH CLEAN WATER IN A CLEAN BUCKET WITH CLEAN MOPS.
APPLYING FLOOR FINISH: THEIR ARE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO APPLY FINISH. MOPS, LAMBS WOOL APPLICATORS AND SPONGE MOPS ARE THE MOST COMMONLY USED APPLICATIONS MOPS BEING THE PREFERRED METHOD. WHEN USING A MOP YOU WANT TO USE A FINISH MOP OR RAYON MOP BECAUSE THESE MOPS TEND NOT TO LINT. THEIR IS NOTHING WORSE THAN GETTING THROUGH A JOB AND SEEING LINT RUNNING THROUGH THE FINISH. YOU WANT TO PUT THE FINISH IN A MOP BUCKET. LINE THE BUCKET WITH A TRASH LINER AS NOT TO CONTAMINATE THE FINISH AND MAKE CLEAN UP EASIER. DO NOT USE A USED MOP TO APPLY FINISH. MOP ON FLOOR FINISH IN THIN COATS STARTING FROM THE FARTHEST AREA. SEALER GENERALLY ISN'T NEEDED WITH NEWER FORMULATED FINISHES. APPLY 4 TO 5 THIN COATS ALLOWING 20 TO 30 MINUTES BETWEEN COATS. AFTER THE FIRST COAT YOU CAN BURNISH THE FLOOR FINISH WHICH WILL CUT OFF MICROSCOPIC PEAKS IN THE FIRST COAT OF FINISH BUT THIS IS NOT NECESSARY. IF YOU APPLIED THE STRIPPED THE FLOOR AND APPLIED THE FINISH CORRECTLY THE FLOOR SHOULD DRY TO A DEEP GLOSS UNLESS THE FINISH YOU USED HAS A SATIN FINISH.
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