How to Make Floor Buffer Cleaning Solution

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Things You'll Need

  • 1-gallon plastic jugs

  • 1-quart plastic spray bottles with trigger sprayers

  • 16% floor finish

  • Liquid dish-washing detergent

  • Water

Vinyl tile is the most common material used for floors in commercial buildings, hospitals and schools. When visitors walk into a building and notice the glass-like look of the floors, it is obvious that the vinyl tile is being well-maintained. The shine does not just happen but takes a lot of effort. There is no need to buy expensive finish and use ultra-high-speed floor burnishers to make your vinyl-tile floors shine. You can make your own floor-maintenance solution for use with an ordinary buffer.


Step 1

Rinse the 1-gallon plastic jug thoroughly to make sure there is no residue inside.

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Step 2

Pour 8 ounces of floor finish into the jug.

Step 3

Add 4 ounces of liquid dish-washing detergent to the floor finish. Don't skimp on the detergent--this is the key ingredient in your solution.


Step 4

Fill the remainder of the jug with water. Add the water slowly to prevent agitation and foaming.

Step 5

Put the lid on the jug and shake it until the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Step 6

Pour your new buffing solution into a 1-quart plastic spray bottle and insert a trigger sprayer. Shake the solution before each use.


Before cleaning and buffing a floor, make sure it has been dust-mopped to remove all sand and grit.

When cleaning the floor, work in 4- by 4-foot sections. Spray a light mist of buffer solution on the floor. Buff with a 175-rpm machine with a white pad.

Label the spray bottles and your mixing jug so you will no what they contain.


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