Though floor buffers are more commonly used for commercial or large-scale purposes, many people have discovered what they can do for their homes. These days, floor buffer machines come in many models and sizes, making it more practical to have one at home than before. A typical floor buffer machine looks like a regular household vacuum cleaner. The difference lies in the body – floor buffers are larger and square, compared to vacuum cleaners. Most models come with automatic rotary brushes, which adjust their speed according to the type of floor being cleaned. Some also come with steering wheels and additional control systems that make the task of cleaning and buffing your floor almost fun.
There are many types of floor buffers in the market today. They differ in the features and benefits that they provide. Of course, the overall price of the unit depends on these features. Some people find themselves paying more for features they don’t really need or for features that do not address their unique floor cleaning needs at all. Here’s a shopping guide on how to pick the right home floor buffer.
Think About Your Floor
What kinds of flooring do you have at home? Do you have carpeting in most rooms but hardwood in others? How much floor area are we talking about? Do you normally have to burnish or polish your floor? Do you plan on stripping the old finish off your floor then restoring its original shine?
If you have carpeting on all your floors at home, you might want to go for a floor buffer with low speed. The low speed is appropriate for bonneting your carpet. If you have hard flooring, however, get one with adjustable or variable speeds. The lower speed is useful for scrubbing and stripping your hard floor while the high speed is good for polishing it. If you have both carpeting and hard flooring, get the same kind of floor buffer. That way, you can handle the cleaning needs of both your carpeting and your hard flooring, simply by adjusting the speed.
For large floor areas, usually for commercial buildings and big homes, it might be best to get two different floor buffers. One with low speed to take care of the scrubbing and one that’s capable of higher speeds for burnishing and polishing.
Of course, the larger the floor area the more reasons you’ll have to buy a floor buffer with a large diameter (i.e. 17 or 20 inches). For homes, stick with the 12-inch or 14-inch varieties, which are best for cleaning tight spots and small spaces.