Non-woven nylon and natural hair pads are used for many applications in the cleaning, maintenance and polishing of different types of flooring surfaces. These surfaces consist of VCT, natural stone, terrazzo, ceramic tile and concrete and we offer a complete line of floor pads specifically designed for the maintenance of these different types of flooring.
There are four major steps in the maintenance process: Stripping, Scrubbing and Cleaning, Buffing and Polishing, and Burnishing. Understanding each step and the specific floor pads involved is crucial to achieving the best appearance and extending the life of the floor.
Step 1: Stripping
Throughout the life of the floor there will be times when the finish will need to be completely stripped off, and the floor refinished. This will need to be done when the finish has worn down to the flooring surface, the finish is chipping or flaking, there is staining and/or there is embedded dirt that cannot be removed by normal cleaning. The stripping process is performed with the use of a low speed machine ( 175-350 RPM), the appropriate stripping solution and an aggressive floor pad such as the Ultra Blue Stripper, High Productivity Black Stripping and Black Super Strip. All three pads feature an open weave design that minimizes loading and speeds up the stripping process.
Step 2: Scrubbing and Cleaning
The Scrubbing and Cleaning process is performed periodically to remove heavy scuff marks and mild wear and soiling from the finish. This process removes one to two coats of finish. After the floor is cleaned, a new coat of finish is applied. This periodic maintenance extends the life of the floor before complete stripping of the coating is needed and involves the use of a low speed machine ( 175-350 RPM ), a spray cleaner, and a scrubbing pad such as the Green Super Scrub or Blue Super Clean.
Step 3: Buffing and Polishing
The Buffing and Polishing process is for the daily or weekly maintenance of floors to maintain and restore the luster of the finish and removes light scuffs and dirt from the surface. This keeps dirt from becoming embedded in the finish and lessens the frequency for scrubbing and cleaning and is performed either wet, with a spray buffing solution, or dry.
Depending on the type of finish and surface, either nylon or natural hair pads are used. This is done with either a low speed machine ( 175-350 RPM) or a high speed machine ( 350-1200 RPM). For low speed wet buffing applications either the Red Buffer or Red Buffer Plus is used.
For high speed wet buffing applications natural hair pads like the Grizzly, Grizzly Bear Lite and Ultra Grizzly Bear are used.
Step 4: Burnishing
This process is for the daily maintenance and restoration of coatings to moderate- or high-gloss sheen in a dry application. This process is performed on high and ultra-high speed machines ( 1000-3000 RPM) with the use of nylon and natural hair pads.