A question we hear a lot is “what is the difference between a Floor Polisher, Floor Machine, Floor Buffing Machine, Floor Scrubber or Floor Stripper?” The answer is “nothing” – they are all the same machine!
At Bunce Rental, we refer to these machines as “Floor Polishers”. You will also see a floor polisher referred to as a “Swing Machine” due to the swing motion the machines have when you operate them. As you can imagine, they are very versatile units. We carry a number of attachments to meet a variety of needs for caring and working on your floors. This includes buffing and scrubbing pads, polishing and scrubbing brushes, floor sanding, and concrete grinding or surface prep attachments.
Pads and Pad Drivers
Using pads with our floor polishers will allow you to do one of three things – strip, clean, or buff your linoleum, tile, and vinyl type floors. An industry standard color-coding system for low-speed floor pads can help you select the right pad for your job. In general, the lighter the pad color, the less coarse or aggressive the pad. We stock pad colors in white, tan (beige), green and black.
Buffing pads (white/tan) are lightest in color and remove scuff marks and dirt from floors. Cleaning pads (green) are designed to clean a little more aggressively than buffing pads, and remove dirt off a floor’s surface without removing the floor finish. Slightly more aggressive than cleaning pads are scrubbing pads (black). They will remove the top layer or two of wax, along with scratches and dirt.
There are also a variety of different chemicals you can use with the pads to help you accomplish your purpose. Check with your local cleaning supply store to learn what chemicals work best to clean, strip or polish your floors.
Brushes are used to clean and/or wax the floors. Like the pads, they can be used with chemicals designed to clean or polish the floors. They are available with bristles of varying stiffness and abrasiveness, depending on whether it’s to be used for scrubbing, buffing or stripping.
Grinding attachments are designed to turn the floor polisher into a concrete grinder. Like the concrete grinder, the grinding attachments can use grinding stones, strip-serts, and dyma-serts. The uses and applications for these attachments are outlined in our previous blog post, “Not All Stones Are Created Equal.”
Sanding attachments turn a floor polisher into a 16” disk floor sander for sanding and refinishing floors and decks or removing material (paint, texture etc.) from concrete. With a variety of grits of sandpaper available, you can just lightly refinish your floors with finer grits or sand rougher areas of the floor smooth.
Basic safety rules should be followed when using a floor polisher. Always use safety goggles and do not wear loose fitting clothing while operating the polisher. Never leave a floor polisher plugged in when unattended and do not store the polisher with the pad/brush on the machine.
Do not operate a floor polisher near flammable fluids, dust or vapors – this could cause a fire hazard. If using floor cleaners and waxes, ensure that they are intended for machine application and understand all information printed on the product Safety Data Sheet.