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The Lost Art of Spray Buffing

Floor care is one of the most time consuming and costly of all cleaning tasks. When the floor needs to be stripped and refinished, these costs can mount up fast. It is not the tools and equipment that are the main contributor to this cost, it is the labor. Any system or program that cleaning professionals can implement to delay refinishing cycles while still keeping their customers’ floors looking their best can prove to be a significant cost savings.

A system that works very well for floors in which a low maintenance floor finish has been applied is by using a “low-speed buffer” to spray-buff the floor.  A low-speed buffer typically rotates at 175 RPMs. Spray buffing is not as common today as it once was. One reason for this is that the finish applied to many floors today is a high-speed finish.  Usually all that is required is for the floor to be dust mopped or vacuumed, scrubbed clean and then burnished with a high-speed machine.

However, according to the Betco U’s free training guide, The Life Cycle of Floor Care, spray buffing can prove very effective at helping delay refinishing cycles.

So what is spray buffing?

According to Betco U, “spray buffing is designed to remove scuffs, black marks, and is effective using a low-speed floor machine with recommended pad.” In other words, it removes top surface soils and marks that can mar the appearance of the floor and in the process it also helps restore the floor’s shine.

We know you need a low-speed buffer to spray buff. In most cases, either a dual speed or standard machine will work well. Two other tools you will need are:

  • A red buffing pad; a red pad is just aggressive enough to remove scuffs and marks, but soft enough to put a shine on the floor.
  • A specially formulated chemical, like Betco Easy Task™, to help the machine loosen and remove scuffs and marks as well as restore the floor’s shine.

In order to properly spray buff a floor, first dust mop or vacuum the floor then damp mop the floor. This will remove all dry soiling from the floor. Then spray a mist of the spray buff chemical over a portion of the floor. Do not over wet the floor and avoid spray buffing too large of an area at a time. The chemical must remain “wet” on the floor in order for it to work effectively.

Flip or change the pad as necessary. The final step is to dust mop or vacuum the floor one more time after spray buffing has been completed.  This is because the process can leave a fine layer of dust over the floor . . . similar to what happens when we lightly sand a piece of wood.

The process is relatively easy, effective in removing soils and other impurities from the floor, and restores the shine.  And what might be its biggest benefit; regular spray buffing can reduce refinishing cycles by as much as 75 percent.

Take advantage of Betco’s Betco U .  This is a totally FREE service and offers the latest training programs in cleaning and facility maintenance. For help addressing your specific floor care challenges, contact a Betco representative or call 1-888-GO-BETCO (1-888-462-3826).

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