A floor buffer can help restore an old, worn floor, making it look newer and less walked across. However, if you have never used one of these machines before, you may be unsure how to do so. Here are the steps you want to take when using a floor buffer for the first time.
- Dust mop the area that you intend on buffing. This helps to remove excess dirt and dust that can clog the buffing machine or impede the buffer.
- Wet mop the floor. This helps to remove any residue or build up that can easily be lifted with a mop.
- Affix the right buffing pad to the machine. Most buffing pads are marked with what flooring type they are appropriate to use on. You always want to use the one that says it works best with your flooring type. If you use the wrong type, the buffing pad may not be strong enough to properly clean your floor. Or it may be too strong and scratch or damage your floor. Additionally, always follow the manufacturer’s directions when affixing the pad. If you fail to do so, the buffer may not work correctly.
- Begin buffing in one corner of the room. Buff in small rectangle areas. Once you have finished one area, move on to the next. Continue this entire process until your floor is completely buffed. If, during the process, you notice your floor isn’t getting buffed any longer, look at your buffing pad. It may need to be replaced because it has become dull. Or it may be covered in dirt and dust and need to be wiped clean. Regardless, pay attention to this as it can affect the outcome of your efforts.
- After buffing the floor, dust mop the floor to remove any excess dirt and dust left behind by the floor buffer. Follow this up by wet mopping the floor. This helps to remove any leftover residue that was not picked up by the buffer.
- Allow the floors to completely air dry before allowing anyone to walk on them. Buffed floors are especially slippery when wet, so make sure this rule is enforced, especially if your floor is in a high traffic area. If your floors are in a business, place wet floor warning signs to prevent people from slipping and falling.
If your tile, wood, ceramic or linoleum floors are looking worn and dirty, and mopping them is not improving their look, you may want to rent or buy a floor buffer. Once you have done so, learning how to properly use it can help breathe new life into your old and worn floors. Following the above steps will help restore your floors, making them look new and clean once again.