Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What is a Floor Buffer?

A floor buffer is an electrical appliance that is used to clean and maintain non-carpeted floors, such as hardwood, marble, tile or linoleum. It is also known as a floor polisher or burnisher if it is a high speed floor buffer with a pad that rotates at over 1000 RPM.

Somewhat resembling a large upright, wide-based vacuum cleaner with handlebar controls and requiring two-handed steering, a floor buffer or rotary floor machine as they are sometimes called, use one or more variable-speed circular rotary brushes to dislodge dirt and dust from flat surfaces. They have a large, round scrubbing pad spinning in a circle in one direction which is powered by a small motor, usually directly over the center of the pad.

Larger powered floor buffer machines are used in schools, hospitals, offices and public buildings. These have wheels and are powered to allow user to easily move and clean items stuck on floors. Scaled-down versions are available for home use and often sold as hard floor cleaner.

Floor buffer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

DIY Home Remodeling » Blog Archive » The basics of stone floor cleaning -

There are various types of natural stone floors ranging from the luxurious and highly expensive marble, to the more rustic but still classic limestone, each type of stone has its range of qualities but one factor they all share is that due to their unique natural appearance, they all look incredible as a choice of flooring.

Natural stone is available in an almost limitless range of shapes, designs, colours and even types of finish, and it is often for aesthetic reasons that it is chosen as a type of floor in both domestic and commercial locations.

Natural stone is often chosen, however, on the basis of its durability and all types of stone, although generally expensive, do represent a resistant and long lasting option. Many people assume that this resistance and durability immediately translates into ease of maintenance, which is not necessarily the case. While it is true that some types of stone are easier to maintain than others – you will quickly find that any floor will soon lose its visual appeal if left uncared for, for too long.

There are several basic steps to protecting your floor which, if followed regularly, should leave your floor looking good for many years to come. Assuming the floor has been professionally installed and that there are no cracks or faults – your first step should be the application of a good quality sealant. Sealants offer an additional layer of protection against spillages and ease your general cleaning efforts. It is important to consider sealing the grout The material used to fill the spaces between tiles) as a priority as it is a porous substance that stains easily and often a clean floor can look unsatisfactory based on discolouring of the grout. It is also important that the floor is clean before it is sealed (amazingly this is often overlooked) and that the right sealant is chosen. A stone floor cleaning specialist will be able to recommend one for you. Read more....DIY Home Remodeling » Blog Archive » The basics of stone floor cleaning -

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What Are Floor Buffers?

If you ever had to clean your hardwood or tile floor, you know how much work that is. It is never easy to make it shiny clean, no matter how much energy and will you have to do it. And this is especially the case when you have to clean large a room or some other big surface area. The amount of work involved is quite stunning and if we want to do it properly, we need to spend entire day doing it.

But this is why we have floor buffers. Those are machines that are made for cleaning different types of flooring. They can also polish them and but the wax that will keep them shiny and new. There are all kinds of these machines, some of them are used in homes, other for commercial purposes. It all depends on the needs, or how many square feet you need to clean.

They are used for surface scrubbing, stripping and buffing. And they range from Low speed, Dual speed to High speed floors buffers. Some of them are battery operated, while others, more powerful ones, use propane as a fuel. And just like the different needs they fulfill, the price they have also ranges a lot. Some of them cost around $500, while other are even more then $4,000.Floor Buffer.Read more:

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Caring for Waxed Floors

After a floor has been stripped and sealed or waxed with an acrylic finish, certain steps need to be taken to maintain it. Using the wrong chemicals to clean it can drastically shorten the life of the finish but using the correct ones can extend the life of the finish and keep the floor looking good much longer than otherwise.

Dust mopping or vacuuming the floor (or sweeping it with a soft tipped broom) are good things to do. No dust mop treatment, please, as it will leave a residue that will eventually dull the floor.

An acrylic waxed floor may be damp mopped with warm or cool water and a neutral cleaner. Neutral cleaners have a Ph of 7 and will not attack the finish. Any janitorial supply store will have a neutral cleaner for sale and since you use only a capful in two gallons of water, a gallon of neutral cleaner will last a long time. For spot cleaning, you can make up a mild solution in a spray bottle by using only a few drops of neutral cleaner in the bottle of water. Often marks on a newly waxed floor will scrub off with a terry towel. A white scrub pad (designed for use on glass, Teflon, plastic) may be gently used as well. Wet the floor with neutral cleaner solution while using any scrub pad. Read more...

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