Difference Between Burnishing & Buffing Floors

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Burnishing and buffing floors are two different procedures with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Learn the difference between burnishing and buffing floors with help from the building manager at the Living Light Community Center in this free video clip.

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Hey, I'm Dustan, the building manager here at The Living Light Community Center. Today, we're going to be talking about the difference between burnishing and buffing floors. So you know we want to keep in mind that shiny floors are beautiful floors so if you have the opportunity to burnish your floor it's going to make it just amazingly shiny. It's going to keep that really high gloss shine on there. If all you have is a buffer, that's all you have, it's going to get a good shine on there but not quite the same as an actual burnishing machine will. So come on, let's talk about that. You can see we've got a nice shiny floor behind us here. We're going to talk a little bit about the difference between this buffing and burnishing of the floor. Now, buffing the floor, you're using a tool that runs at lower RPMs, lower speeds, so about 300 RPMs or revolutions per minute. When you're burnishing a floor you're at a much higher range so we're looking at anywhere in the 800 to 1,500 RPMs. That's how fast the machine is going to be going so at those speeds what you're doing is you're just, you're giving a ridiculously nice shine with a burnisher. Now the buffer is not going to give it quite as good of a shine but it's going to help maintain some of those things and you can also use a buffing tool for things like removing wax. You can also use it for you know, keeping a nice polish over a long period of time. So those are going to be the differences, the main differences between those two. You can rent both of these pieces of equipment from any rental store and they're going to have them. Make sure you're using the proper pads for that and when you're working inside of a room you want to make sure you start in the edges, especially when you're burnishing the floor. You want to start in the edges, work around the edges and then work into the center of the room and when you're done, just take a dust mop and lightly move all the little debris that comes off when you do that. It's almost like it's getting so fast, it almost just kind of just glazes it right over when you're using a burnishing tool. You can always rent this equipment from a local you know, Big Box store or you can find a rental place in the area where you can picking up a burnisher, a buffing machine. You know, a buffing machine is going to be the one to kind of really maintain that shine. The burnishing machine is going to get you there, beautiful shine on the floor. Also remember to use the correct pads underneath the machines to make sure you're doing that properly and have a great time. You know, these are really fun pieces of equipment to use. Make sure you're being safe. Make sure you've got signs out to let people know about the floors so they're not traveling on them while you're working on them as well. So again, Dustan here, Building Manager at The Living Light Community Center and we'll see you next time.

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