Spray Buffing Procedure
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.
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.