Rick Edsall

Jan 20, 2016

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How to Use an Industrial Floor Buffer


Industrial floor buffers make it easy to remove skid marks, dust and restore the pristine shine of your floor. Whether in a hallway or out on the industrial floor, the buffer can make maintaining your facility much easier than ever before. However, it isn’t as simple as a vacuum. You don’t just plug it in and go. There are important steps you need to follow to ensure you not only remain safe while using it, but avoid costly issues with the flooring as well.

Inspect the Scrub Brush/Polishing Pad

If you are removing thick grime from the floor, you’ll need a scrub brush. If you are restoring a dusty floor to a pristine shine you’ll need a polishing pad. Either way, you need to inspect what is coming in contact with the flooring. If the polishing pad appears extremely used and soiled you’ll need to replace it. Dirty polishing pads may scratch your floor and damage the epoxy. The scrub brush can withstand a bit more use, but if the bristles are damaged and the brush corroded, you also need to replace it.

Start in a Corner

Some industrial floor buffers are electric based and work off of a charge while others must connect to a power outlet. More likely than not, as an industrial device, it works off of a charge. Regardless of what you have, start in a corner of the room furthest from the entrance. You don’t want to buffer yourself into a corner. If you walk directly over an area that has just been buffed you risk not only scuffing it back up but also denting the surface.

Applying the Polishing Cream

Like waxing a fine car, you’ll need a polishing cream for the floor. You have two different options for how to use the cream. You can either apply it directly to the pad or onto the floor. If the pad is new, it can hold a considerable amount, so applying it to the pad may work to your advantage. However, if you have used the pad a few times already, applying it to the floor may be best. Just don’t use too much polishing cream, otherwise you run the risk of making the floor too slippery.


When running the buffer, move laterally through the room and make sure to overlap your previously buffered area by a third in order to keep everything even.

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