How to Make Floor Buffer Cleaning Solution

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.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-gallon plastic jugs
  • 1-quart plastic spray bottles with trigger sprayers
  • 16% floor finish
  • Liquid dish-washing detergent
  • Water

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

Pour 8 ounces of floor finish into the jug.

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.

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

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

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

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.


  • Facility Manager’s Operation and Maintenance Handbook; Bernard Lewis; 1999
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