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What’s the Difference Between Buffing and Polishing A Commercial Floor?

By October 10, 2018Business, Cleaning

Maintaining shiny and attractive floors will require more than merely a mop and a broom. Burnishing and buffing are two techniques that restore the sparkle of numerous types of flooring, like tile, marble, and hardwood floors. While both burnishing and buffing are performed to get shiny floors, the two various techniques generate different results from the usage of two various electrical appliances.

Appliances

 A flooring buffer looks like a vacuum cleaner yet has wide handlebars and a bigger body. Inside its body are motorized brushes which spin at adjustable speeds in order to polish and clean floors. Some buffers feature handlebar controls to assist in steering the buffer into various spaces. Floor burnishing will require a burnisher. Burnishers appear similar to buffers yet are a lot heavier, providing extra pressure that helps generate a wet-look gloss. Rather than moving from side to side, burnishers run in a straight line, moving back and forth. In addition to being heavier, a burnisher’s engines are more complicated to generate higher speeds.

Buffing

Floor buffing utilizes a buffer to polish flooring. While the flooring ought to be cleaned before buffing, its squeegees in the back assist in gathering any moisture and dirt left behind. Buffing may be performed at high or low speeds. Standard buffer machines run at 175 RPM. A high-speed buffer may operate from 1,250 to as much as 1,500 RPM. While buffing restores some smoothness and gloss to flooring, it doesn’t accomplish the same wet-look gloss burnishing will.

Burnishing

While buffing might refer to both the residual cleaning and polishing of floors, burnishing only refers to polishing the flooring at a greater speed to generate optimal shine. The additional polish is due to a burnisher’s higher speed, which may operate from 1,500 to 2,500 RPM. Burnishing often is performed after buffing to accomplish that wet-look gloss.

Differences

In addition to creating more gloss, burnishing polishes flooring a lot quicker than buffing due to its high speed. The Feb. 2002 “Sanitary Maintenance” issue pointed out that polishing 10,000 sq.-ft. flooring using a buffer requires 25 labor hours when utilizing a 20” floor machine running at 350 RPM. But, a 27” burnisher running at 2,000 RPM may polish the same flooring in 4.5 hours. While burnishing will polish floors faster, care should be taken to apply enough finish coats, or the flooring will become worn.

How often to buff floors

For commercial areas that have high foot traffic, it’s possible to buff floors on a monthly basis. It’ll keep the floors looking shiny and new, which your clients and employees will appreciate. The more often the floor is buffed, the better it’ll look.

Furthermore, buffing assists in maintaining a floor’s longevity. Steady buffing extracts a buildup of debris, gunk, and scratches that wear down the floor over a period of time. Buffing may extend the life of a floor, helping to save a substantial cost over time.

For more information on buffing and polishing commercial floors contact the high quality janitorial services of Anago today!