When your floor is dirty, you clean it. When your floor is dull, you wax it. And when your floor needs a facelift, you buff it. Buffing removes the topmost surface of the floor and polishes away any scratches or imperfections. It will make your floor appear fresh, flat, polished, and professional. And because it creates a very smooth surface, your floor will better reflect the light, making it appear healthy and glowing. If you would like to learn how to buff a floor, read on! The process isn’t too complicated, but you will need to purchase, rent, or borrow a buffing machine.
1. PREPARE. First, prepare both the floor and the surrounding area. If this is an area with a lot of foot traffic, place some kind of marker around the area (e.g., orange cones, a sign, caution tape) so that people don’t try to walk on the floor. If there will be little to no foot traffic, just notify anyone who might walk through. Then, thoroughly clean the floor. Start by sweeping or dry mopping. Come back in afterward with a wet mop, removing as much dirt and grime as possible. It is important that you start with a clean, dust-free floor.
2. BUFF. Now it’s time to learn how to buff a floor! Attach a buffing pad to the buffing machine and connect the electrical plug to an outlet. Turn the machine. You’ll want to start in the area furthest away from the entrance, working on the edges first and then moving toward the center, careful not to overlap very much (about 2-4 inches). Move in large, 10-foot sections, gently moving the machine from side to side so that the buffing pad can smooth any scratches and bumps. If you’re working on a very large area, replace the buffing pad when it becomes dirty or worn out.
3. CLEAN UP. When the floor is smooth and you’re satisfied with your work, turn off the buffing machine. Then, bring back out your cleaning supplies. Again, you’ll want to sweep or dry mop first, removing all of the powder you’ve shaved off the floor. Then, wet mop to remove all the excess dust and powder. Now all you have to do is put away the signs and clean your buffing machine, buffing pads, and mop. You’re finished! You’ve just learned how to buff a floor!
Learning how to buff a floor is simple, but it does require some basic technique and (perhaps most importantly) a buffing machine. Although you can certainly do the process yourself, consider hiring a floor care pro for a more polished and professional final look.
If you’d rather leave floor buffing to the pros and you live in the southwest Missouri area, give Grime Scrubbers a call. We offer a variety of floor care services including stripping, scrubbing, sealing, waxing, and of course buffing. So if you want a smooth, fresh, and clean floor, free of imperfections, call us today at 417-864-8862 for a free estimate.