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How to Use a Floor Buffer

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What is a Floor Buffer?

A floor buffer, also known as a floor polisher or floor scrubber, is a motorized device used for cleaning, polishing, and maintaining various types of flooring surfaces. It is commonly used in commercial and industrial settings but can also be utilized in residential applications.

Floor buffers can be powered by electricity, battery, or propane, depending on the model and size. They are available in various sizes, ranging from smaller, handheld buffers for detailed work to larger, ride-on models for large-scale commercial use.

Floor buffers are used to improve the appearance and condition of different floor surfaces, such as hardwood, tile, vinyl, concrete, and marble. They help to remove dirt, scuffs, stains, and old wax or polish, while also restoring shine and luster to the floor. The choice of brush or pad, as well as the cleaning solutions used, depends on the specific floor type and the desired outcome.

It's important to note that floor buffers should be used with caution, following proper instructions and safety guidelines, to avoid damage to the floor or injury to the operator. Read on to learn more about how to safely and properly use this piece of flooring equipment.

Floor Buffer Usage Instructions

Using a floor buffer requires proper technique and safety precautions. Here's a general guide on how to use a floor buffer effectively:


  • Clear the area: Remove any obstacles, furniture, or debris from the floor to create a clear working space.
  • Clean the floor: Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt and dust.
  • Choose the right pad: Select the appropriate pad or brush for the floor type and task. For example, use a soft pad for polishing and a more aggressive brush or pad for stripping or scrubbing.

Gather Safety Gear

  • Wear protective clothing: Put on safety glasses, non-slip shoes, and gloves to protect yourself during the process.
  • Ear protection: If the floor buffer is noisy, consider wearing earplugs or earmuffs to protect your hearing.

Set up the Floor Buffer

  • Familiarize yourself with the machine: Read and understand the manufacturer's instructions for the specific floor buffer you are using.
  • Attach the pad or brush: Follow the machine's instructions to securely attach the appropriate pad or brush to the buffer's base.
  • Ensure proper weight distribution: Some floor buffers have adjustable weights. Adjust them according to the manufacturer's recommendations for the task at hand.

Operating the Floor Buffer

  • Position yourself: Stand behind the buffer with a firm grip on the handle, keeping your body centered and balanced.
  • Start the machine: Turn on the floor buffer using the designated power switch or lever.
  • Move the buffer smoothly: Begin moving the buffer slowly across the floor, using gentle, overlapping passes. Avoid sudden or jerky movements.
  • Maintain a steady pace: Move at a consistent speed to ensure even coverage and prevent streaks.
  • Apply even pressure: Apply slight downward pressure on the handle to keep the pad or brush in contact with the floor, but avoid excessive pressure that may strain the machine or create uneven results.
  • Change directions: Occasionally change the direction of your passes (e.g., left to right, then front to back) to ensure even coverage and prevent swirl marks.
  • Pay attention to corners and edges: Use a handheld buffer or a smaller attachment to reach corners, edges, and other areas that the main buffer cannot reach.
  • Avoid wet areas: If you are using water or cleaning solutions, be mindful of any electrical outlets or sensitive areas that should not come into contact with moisture.


  • Clean the buffer: Once you have finished using the floor buffer, turn off the machine and disconnect it from the power source. Clean the pad or brush and store them properly.
  • Clean the floor: If necessary, use a mop or a wet vacuum to remove any residue or excess moisture from the floor.
  • Inspect the results: Assess the floor's appearance and make any necessary touch-ups or adjustments.

Remember, the specific instructions may vary depending on the type and model of the floor buffer you are using. Always refer to the manufacturer's manual and guidelines for precise instructions and safety information.

Where to Rent a Floor Buffer

If you're in Southern California and looking to rent a floor buffer, Calgrove Equipment Rentals has the machine you need to get the job done. With rental lots in Canoga Park and San Fernando, we rent equipment to customers throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. We offer more than 30 years of experience serving the Southland and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about refinishing your floors!

Our floor buffers are available for rent in:

  • Los Angeles
  • Simi Valley
  • Santa Clarita
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Pasadena
  • Glendale
  • And surrounding areas

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