So how fast should your buffer be going when polishing your floor?
Once you have gotten the hang of handling a floor buffer machine, having mastered its controls and have achieved some level of results. You may start to question the need for the speed function on your buffer. No they are not there for the slow workers and supercharged chasers. The speed function on your buffer plays an important role in the results you will receive for your efforts.
Cleaning pads for low speed buffers are colour coded, this serves not only for identification purposes. It is also a guide to how fast your buffer should be going whilst it is attached. The darker the pad the slower the buffers speed setting should be.
Black pads are abrasive pads used mostly to clean stubborn dirt or to strip the floors. Imagine having placed stripping agent on the floor, plugging in the buffer and switching it on and then setting it to the highest setting. Gliding it over the floor like a pro, splattering little amounts of stripper everywhere, should you be lucky enough for the buffer to actually penetrate the dirt build up chances are you will scratch and damage the floor. The buffer however would be most likely to merely float over the surface removing very little of the built up polish.
Due to the function and design of the cleaning pad, it would require a slower speed to get the work done effectively. A speed of 175rpm should be maintained.
Red floor pads often considered as daily cleaning pads, should be run at a speed of between 250-275 RPM. This will ensure the removal of dirt and scuffmarks and would not damage the finish of the floor, run at faster speeds could result in one damaging the finish or scratching the floor surface.
Pink or pale coloured buffing pads should be run at speeds of 350RPM or more. So Here you can show off your speed operators skills. Buffing should be started at 300RPM whilst the buffing agent it worked onto the floor, once completed the buffer can be sped up to the highest possible speed. These pads are designed to run at high speeds therefore, the higher the speed the brighter the finish will be.
These floor buffer speeds and guidelines are not set to slow you down, they are to gain the best results from the machine and floor pads. Adhering to them could often mean the difference between brilliantly shining floors and dull yellow floors.