Rotovac Corporation cleaning carpet

Spray Buffing Procedure


  • Floor Machine 175 - 400 RPM
  • Red or Natural Fiber Floor Pad
  • Clean Spray Bottle with "Dry Spray", Spray Buff
  • Double Bucket Mop Bucket with Wringer
  • Neutral Cleaner
  • Dust Mop Outfit
An Overview of procedures used in stripping operations
  1. Dust mop floor (corners and edges by hand).
  2. Wet mop (double bucket system or Auto Scrubber, corners and edges by hand).
  3. Spray buff procedure:
    1. Dwell on scuff marks - some to be done by hand with small red pad.
    2. Use as little spray buff as possible.
    3. Spray buff is to be put on in a fine mist, not directly on the floor, but a mist over the area.
    4. If product starts to build up on pads, too much spray buff is being used.
    5. Always spray buff from right to left / left to right (in a pendulum motion).
  4. Sheen mop behind spray buffing being sure to hit edges and corners (very important).
Things To Remember

  • Mopping procedure must be perfect and as per double bucket mop procedure.
  • Apply only enough spray buff to fog a small area should be used. Be sure to not let material build up on pad.
  • Pad must be perfect (clean and free from debris).
  • After procedure is complete, equipment - including machine, mops, pads, buckets, wringer and spray buff bottles, must be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Do not move machine too fast. Allow adequate time for pad to clean floor.

Did you ever wonder what that small circular cut-out in the center of the floor pad is? This little circular disk is used for CLEANING the floor pad. Simply remove it and brush the entire surface of the floor pad (both sides) and re-insert it back in the center hole and re-use in the future.


Your cleaning procedure becomes a critically important step in a high speed maintenance program. Soil must be picked up and removed from the floor finish surface prior to high speed buffing. Any soil left on the floor will be ground into the finish by the burnisher. In a short period of time, the floor will develop a grayish-yellow appearance, which is difficult to correct without stripping.

Therefore, in high speed programs, remember that damp mopping is not good enough.

Use of an automatic scrubber and a good quality cleaner is essential.


Maintaining a sufficient base of floor finish is necessary to the success of any maintenance program. It becomes especially important in high speed programs because of your requirements for safety. High speed buffing of surfaces with little or no finish on them will result in very glossy, slippery floors. Check to see that adequate finish is present in all areas. Also, be sure your floor finish does not lose its slip resistant properties after high speed buffing.

Floor Maintenance Pads

Pads must be carefully chosen to match the high speed machine you are using. Consider the aggressiveness, fiber type and structure when evaluating pads. We have found that no one type will perform on all machines. The wrong pad can result in excessive finish removal (powdering), productivity loss due to clogging and glazing of the pad, and high material costs due to premature pad wear-out. Unsatisfactory appearance levels are the highest cost, as they lead to customer dissatisfaction.

Spray Buff

Conventional spray buffing relies on the chemical cleaning and polishing action of the liquid spray buff, along with the mechanical action of the pad, to repair scuffs in the floor finish and to achieve high gloss levels. This technique is useful up to 1500 RPM or so, depending on the machine weight and pad choice. High speed machines above 1500 RPM no longer require the use of such a liquid. The machine provides sufficient mechanical action to soften the finish temporarily, permitting repair of the film, removal of black marks and achievement of very high gloss levels.