How to buff tile floors

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Tile floors in schools or hospitals lose their shine over time as they get overwhelmed with foot traffic and scuff marks. Use a floor buffer to restore the gloss with efficiency and ease.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum or broom
  • Mop
  • Water
  • Neutral pH cleaner
  • Fine-coarse buff pad (white)
  • Floor buffer
  • Spray cleaner solution

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  1. 1

    Clear pathways by removing items cluttering the floor such as mats, boxes, chairs or trashcans.

  2. 2

    Sweep the floor, clean with a vacuum, then mop it down using a neutral pH floor cleaner mixed with cool or cold water.

  3. 3

    Choose a pad for the buffer. Buffing pads are colour coated, transitioning from light to dark and fine to coarse. Therefore, dark-coloured pads are coarser than light-coloured ones, so select a fine-grade pad such as white.

  4. 4

    Spray cleaning solution in front of the buffing areas. Spray a section at a time to prevent the solution from drying out before buffing. Do not spray onto baseboards.

  5. 5

    Buff the floor moving back and forth with the buffer rather than side to side. Move over the same area at least twice.

  6. 6

    Remove the pad from the buffer and clean for future use.

  7. 7

    Clean the floor as dust may have settled after buffing. Vacuum or sweep once again.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not aggressively buff tile floors as the protective coating can be damaged.

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