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High-Speed Burnishing

high_speed_walk_behind_burnisher_2_IMG_5571I just finished a training session on burnishing floors and was surprised to see that most employees do not realize why they perform this task or what  the difference is between buffing and burnishing. Even though both terms are sometimes used for the same process, there is a significant difference. While buffing is both the polishing and residual cleaning of the floor with a slower speed machine and a spray chemical, burnishing refers only to the polishing at higher speeds to create the maximum shine.2

Most of the employees did feel they burnish to make the floors look shiny, but they don’t really understand what happens to the floor without this preventive maintenance.


  • More money will be spent on scrubbing, stripping and refinishing.
  • Floor finish will wear out a lot faster no matter how many coats of finish you have on it.
  • Appearance will suffer.
  • It makes your floors easier to keep clean because it smooths out the scratches that catch the dirt. Once dirt settles in these scratches, it becomes more difficult for regular cleaning.1   cord_burnisher3_IMG_5570


Burnishing is a very important process in floor care and it is important to do it properly.

 Here are the proper steps to follow:

1. Place your wet floor signs out.
2. Dust mop the area you will be burnishing.
3. Using a mop bucket, dilute your restorer according to the dilute your restorer according to the label instructions.
4. Use a putty knife to remove any gum on the floor.
5. Mop your restorer on the floor staying away from your baseboards about 1-2 inches. Some restorers may not be a cleaner and require you to mop first with a neutral cleaner. Also you may use the restorer in your automatic scrubber rather than a mop bucket.
6. Choose the correct pad for your battery operated walk behind burnisher or your electric cord burnisher.  (I recommend a walk behind for corridors.  You cover more area and do not have to worry about the cord being in the way or becoming a safety hazard).
7. Your pad choice is very important.  You want to make sure you are utilizing a white, pink, beige, tan or hogs hair pad for high speed burnishing. Darker colored pads such as green, brown or black will damage your floors on this machine.
8. Move up and down your corridor overlapping your previous pass by about 4-6 inches. This will ensure you cover the entire floor.
9. After you complete your corridor, it is time to dust mop again, as  burnishing creates powder that will spread along the floor. 
10. Remove your wet floor caution signs from the work area.
11. Remove your burnishing pad and begin the cleanup of your floor machine.


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Keeping Your Workplace Safe

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Good housekeeping practices are not a one-time thing.  It’s an ongoing operation. Read more


Having the Right Equipment for the Job

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The Importance of Properly Diluting Cleaning Chemicals


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7 Step Cleaning Process

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Carpet Cleaning with Extractor System

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The Importance of Handwashing

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"One Man's Waste is Another Man's Treasure"

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Bring Your Floor Surfaces Back to Life

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Understanding Microfiber Tools

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The Importance of Training

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Maintaining Your Lobby Floors During Winter Months

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Between the ice melt, snow, dirty water and debris being tracked in and of course staff shortages, it seemed like an impossible task to keep floors in top shape. Read more



The Importance of Entrance Mats

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