Floor polishers are ideal for shining up a floor. As long as you are careful and follow directions, your floor polishing experience should be good. Floor polishers tend to be heavy and can run off on their own if they are not held firm and secure. Because the placement of the handle determines the direction the machine goes in, it will take some practice to adequately work the machine.
Floor polishers are versatile floor refinishing machines that operate by using rotating brushes or pads to scrub, polish or buff a floor to maintain its appearance. There are a range of alternative attachments for different floor surfaces, so they are quite a versatile cleaning machine.
Different types of floor polishers
The number of brushes can vary on floor polishers. A two brush polisher will be lightweight and suitable for small areas such as most residential properties, with a three brush polisher ideally matched for medium-sized areas such as commercial shops or offices. There are a range of industrial and commercial use machines for every eventuality.
On purchase you often find that floor polishers come with multiple accessories, such as a range of brushes to ensure that you have a ‘fit for purpose’ brush for every surface. You may also have the option of buying a shorter or longer handle for the machine, depending on your requirements.
One popular type of floor polisher, particularly for convenience, is the dual purpose floor polisher / scrubber. It is worth investigating if both the polisher and the scrubber elements are of the same quality and specifications that you require – hopefully this will avoid any disappointment in either the polisher’s or scrubber’s performance.
Benefits of using floor polishers
Critics may argue that improving a floor’s appearance is a waste of time and money. However, polishing your floor has a vast array of benefits which will increase the lifespan of your floor and reduce the required time between cleans, in addition to making the floor ‘look good’. For example, just three of the benefits floor polishing offers you are:
- Keeping your floors cleaner for longer
- Minimizing dirt and moisture damage
- Protecting against surface cracking
Steps to use Floor Polishers:
- Lock the handle in an upright position, and then lay the polisher back on a hard surface.
- Install the brush and reposition the machine upright. Plug it in.
- Lower the handle to your waist and lock it in place. Balance the machine on the brush. Turn it on.
- Start polishing the floor at the back wall and move backward toward the center of the room.
- Lower the handle to go left and lift the handle to go right. Let go of the handle to stop.
- Turn the machine off when finished. Unplug it. Remove and clean the brush. Rewind the power cord and put the machine away.
Some floor polishers are equipped with a device for cleaning up the dust that forms when floors are cleaned and polished, as well as with “floating” brushes or a tank and attachments for washing floors and shampooing carpets (with a device to prevent liquid from splashing). They are also manufactured with special attachments for sanding and polishing furniture and automobile bodies and in combination with vacuum cleaners.