Floor Buffers

For shiny floors

Using the right type of equipment to clean and maintain the appearance of a floor results in a surface that is clean as well as one that looks bright and new. What it usually comes down to is the use of a quality floor buffer. Normally, when you think of floor buffers, the first one that usually comes to mind is Clarke floor buffers. It's the biggest name in the industry, but it isn't the only one.

There are a variety of floor buffers, such as new and used floor buffers, floor wax buffers, general floor buffers, hardwood floor buffers and commercial and residential floor buffers. However, all floor buffers serve two major purposes: to both clean and protect concrete, hardwood, linoleum and marble flooring.

Typically, a floor buffer resembles an upright vacuum, however the body is generally larger and more square in shape than that of the standard upright vacuum cleaner. Rotary brushes attached to spinning axles are mounted in the undercarriage of the buffer for cleaning and polishing purposes. These operate at different speeds, depending on the type of floor that is being cleaned and polished. The operation of the floor buffer is made possible by controls and a handle to steer the floor buffer. The controls are there to manage both the direction and speed with which the floor buffer operates.

Floor buffers are normally operated using a cleaning and polishing agent, with both of them being sprayed on the flooring surface in the path of the cleaning and polishing brushes. The cleaning agent allows the brushes to dislodge whatever dirt and grime is on the floor's surface, and the polishing agent gives you that nice glossy look that is typical of a well-kept floor.

If you have been thinking about purchasing a floor buffer, there are a few things you should be aware of. There are several kinds of floor machines on the market, and each brand provides you with different accessories and features. This is why you'll encounter such a broad price range when shopping for a floor buffer. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What type of flooring will I be cleaning on a regular basis?
  • How often will I be using my floor buffer?
  • Are there certain features I need and others I don't?
  • Can I justify the expense involved with purchasing a model with additional features?
  • What am I willing to pay for a new floor buffer?
  • Should I consider purchasing a used floor buffer?
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