Do you still do all of your floor maintenance by hand? Even though there have been floor buffers designed for residential use for years, many people still believe that they are only necessary in a commercial setting. If you fall into that category, you might want to reconsider. In fact, these wonderfully versatile machines can not only save you a tremendous amount of time and effort, but they will make your floors look far better than you have been able to accomplish manually.
Buffers can be used on practically every type of floor material, although should not be used on carpeting. In the past, professional carpet cleaning companies used them in a process called bonnet cleaning. Bonnets, which were soft, absorbent cloths, were placed around the head of the buffer, and the idea was that they would remove the water after shampooing. The results were questionable and the integrity of the fibers in the carpeting was often degraded. Reputable companies no longer use this method.
All hard-surface material does benefit from the use of a floor buffing machine. This includes everything from that expensive Italian marble in your dining room to the walnut or oak flooring in the den. Besides buffing and polishing, however, your handy buffer can do far more rigorous tasks. If you’ve ever tried to clean the grout in ceramic tile or strip the finish off of hardwood, you know that these projects take a lot of time and a great deal of elbow grease. Using a buffer not only cuts the time and practically eliminates the physical labor, but it also does a much better job than you could ever do by hand.
There is a bit of a learning curve when you take your new buffer out for its first spin. All of those stories you have heard about people being dragged across the floor when they naively thought one was as easy to operate as its cousin, the vacuum cleaner, are true. However, with just a few minutes instruction and a little practice, you will find that it is actually quite easy to use.
Once you experience the difference in effort required and see the results, if you are like most people, you will wonder how you ever got along without your very own floor buffer.