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Buffing Commercial Floors

Buffing floors is an important step that any company can take to improve the quality, cleanliness, and appearance of their facility.

Buffing floors helps keep facilities clean and sanitary. In addition, they add the final touch to creating an appealing workspace: shining floors. Buffing helps repair and reimage floors. For example, buffing removes dirt and nicks, leaving floors looking new and lustrous

What is Buffing and Why is it Important?

Buffing is a process that leaves floors looking spotless and glossy following the removal of dust, dirt, and particles. This intense cleaning technique involves stripping layers of buildup to reveal the original flooring of a facility. There are different levels of buffing intensity to choose from based on the desired look you are interested in. More importantly, buffing preserves the longevity of the floor.

The two steps involved in buffing are spray buffing and burnishing.

Spray Buffing VS. Burnishing VS. Polishing

Spray Buffing

Spray buffing is completed before burnishing and removes dirt and marks while rejuvenating floors. Spray buffing requires a single-disc buffer, buffing pads, solution, and a dust mop. Spray buffing is a low-speed and high-pressure process. It cleans the floor and removes dirt, dust, but also the top layer of the floor finish. A buffing machine is used across the floor space, resulting in a glossy, shiny floor.


Burnishing hardens the flooring and provide a glossy look to the surface. Burnishing is a more intense process than spray buffing. The supplies used in burnishing floors are a burnisher, burnishing pads, and a dust mop. Burnishing takes the top layer off the floor to uncover the initial flooring. This is a high-speed process done by machine rather than by hand. This makes it much faster than polishing and leads to a level and shiny floor.


Polishing is similar to burnishing in that it shines and glosses the floors in an intense process. However, polishing is a broader term than burnishing. Polishing can be done by hand or done with a machine; burnishing refers only to a process done by machine. It also is used to fill in any scratches on the floor. The result of polishing is a smooth floor.

How often should I buff my floors?

The regularity with which floors should be buffed depends upon frequency and intensity of use. If the room is commonly used, the floors may need to be buffed more often than a room that rarely sees much pedestrian traffic.

Generally, floors should be buffed every two to sixteen weeks (depending on use) or at least monthly. However, every floor will require different care depending on the amount of usage. For a customized proposal on buffing, contact us today to set up appointment.

What types of floors can be buffed?

  • Marble
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Tile
  • Laminate

Steps for buffing floors

  1. Clear the floor.
  2. Dust the floor.
  3. Wash the floor and wait till it dries.  
  4. Use the buffing solution and attach a pad to the buffing machine.
  5. Move the machine across the floor in a back and forth like motion.
  6. Dry buff the floor.
  7. Dust the floor.  

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