A domestic floor polishing machine is a machine that employs an electric motor to rotate one or more brushes to clean and buff a hard floor. Many domestic floor polishing machines are hybrids, being designed to clean carpets as well as hard floors, and shipped with interchangeable attachments. The commercial sector has a large number of machines to choose from, whereas the domestic floor polishing machine market has far fewer models on offer.
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Floor polishing machines suitable for domestic application are characterised by being less expensive than their commercial-grade cousins, retailing from about £78 to £152 and upward, as of March 2011. Commercial floor polishing machines can easily cost over £650.
Domestic floor polishing machines are generally smaller, lighter and less powerful, typically having motors delivering 0.5 to 1.0 horsepower. Some of the machines have small 4.2 Amp motors. The motor housing is usually a lightweight material such as polycarbonate, making the unit light and easy to move around. The units weigh typically 3.18 to 7.26kg.
Included accessories with domestic floor polishing machines are relatively generous compared to commercial machines, where accessories tend to be more expensive and unlikely to be included. Depending on the model, types of accessories include scrubbing brushes, tan polishing pads, lamb's wool buffing pads, bottles of assorted cleaning solutions, wide-area carpet cleaning bonnets, and felt pads for use on wood floors.
Floor polishing machines generally tend to have lengthy power cords, and domestic floor polishing machines are no exception. These range from 25 to 35 feet in length. As for brush speed, most have brushes that rotate at 175 revolutions per minute. Some have features inherited from their commercial-grade cousins, such as wraparound bumpers to protect walls from damage.
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