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Ask the Expert:


A Polished Performance


Rotary polishers and burnishers are popular for cleaning large expanses of hard flooring, so Natalie Dowse, Marketing and Product Manager for Truvox International Ltd, is here to offer advice on how to get the best value and performance from these dependable machines.


Q:


people think, able to tackle a number of cleaning tasks very effectively, as well as producing a high shine on hard fl oors. In order to tackle different cleaning tasks, the right speed and pad or brush must be selected correctly; to maximise investment, dual speed machines can offer a fl exible solution.


A:


A variable speed rotary can be used to scrub any water-resistant hard fl oor, such as concrete, tile, stone or slate, and can also strip existing polish off a surface. Spray cleaning and buffi ng to erase scuff marks and dirt is possible, as is the task they are most commonly known for – imparting a high gloss to any smooth surface that should be glossy, be it marble, terrazzo or oak parquet, which would be carried out by a machine that is capable of at least 1,000rpm.


Pad colour Black


Brown Green Blue


Red Tan


White Pink


80 | REGULAR


My facility contains signifi cant areas of hard


fl ooring. How can I ensure we achieve the best possible, glossy fi nish, and can I use my rotary for any other tasks?


Rotary polishers and burnishers are more versatile than many


Right Pads, Right Speed,


Right Finish All the different tasks that a rotary burnisher can, in theory, be used for should be carried out with the correct colour-coded pad for the job, and at the correct rotational speed. The main guide is: the lighter the colour of the pad, the softer it is; light coloured pads are for polishing and scrubbing, medium for daily scrubbing and light stripping, and dark for heavy-duty stripping. It is vitally important that you get this right, as using the wrong combination of pad and speed will not get the results your customer wants. In extreme circumstances, you could actually damage the fl oor surface – a result that is unlikely to generate repeat business.


In the UK, you need to use the following colour-coded pads at the specifi ed speeds. However, be aware that some other countries have different pad colour-codes; the table below summarises the range of fl oor maintenance tasks that you may need to schedule for your customers. The frequency with which they are carried out depends on the nature of the fl oor, the extent of the traffi c across the fl oor, and how effi ciently the matting


Pad application


Heavy-duty scrubbing and polishing Heavy-duty scrubbing


Scrubbing and stripping fl oor fi nishes Heavy-duty scrubbing and spray stripping


Spray, clean and buff; removal of scuff marks and dirt


Speedy shine to any fi nish and freshly applied polish


Polishes any existing fi nish to a high gloss For hard fl oor fi nishes only


Machine approximate RPM needed


150 150 150 150


300 300


500+ 1,000


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at entrance points removes the soil from visitors’ shoes before they walk across the fl oor area.


Polishing machines that can multi- task are becoming more and more popular, given the number of different locations in which they are used. Not only do they need to polish quickly and effi ciently to the highest standards, they also need to have other qualities depending on the situation. For example, if you’re cleaning during daytime hours, quietness could be desirable, especially in schools, hospitals or care homes, where noise can be an unsettling or unwelcome intrusion. Health and safety concerns are also important, not only for cleaning operatives, but for others who may be visiting or working in the building – minimising slips, trips and falls is a must, so cordless battery-powered machines with no trailing leads provide a good solution.


I hope this article serves as a reminder that there is a great deal that can be achieved with rotary machines if you use the right pads and the right techniques.


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