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Keeping your hardwood or engineered floor in great shape is not an easy thing to do. Restoring or repairing damage caused by various factors can be quite challenging if you don’t choose the right floor sanding products to get the job done right. Buffer pads are abrasives that can help you in this process. By understanding their characteristics, buying them can become an easy process.
Buffing pads are circular tools used for polishing hard materials, such as wood or metal. They are usually made of microfiber, foam, or wool. Depending on the level of damage to the floor, you can either go for hand sanding and buy manual buffer pads, or use machine sanding and buy buffer pads that can be attached to power tools. In this case, the buffer rests directly on the pad, creating 100% contact between the floor and the pad. The machine does not rest on the hind wheels and the wheels should only be used for transport.
With the wrong tools, you could end up with an uneven surface, or with an over-sanded floor. Consequently, choosing the right buffer pad is essential. If you go for a product that’s too weak, it will have no effect on the floor, and if it’s too aggressive, it will damage the surface. Both lead to a waste of time and money.
First Atlanta Flooring carries quality Norton and 3M buffer pads, meant to remove light scuff marks and dirt while producing a sparkling finish and shine. Buffing pads are perfect for light-duty use as they will not damage most floors. They are suitable for most daily cleaning tasks. The green pad is best for deep scratches and hard lacquers, while the grey pad is used for soft lacquers and extreme gloss. The yellow pad has a little more abrasive power, while the white pad gives a little more gloss.
How do you clean and preserve buffer floor pads?
Buffer pads are to be cleaned with water after each use. Try to alternate between several floor pads during each usage. Don’t leave a pad under a machine sanding with full weight on the floor. Avoid damaging edges against the shelving.
How long do buffer pads last?
The lifespan of buffer pads ranges between 75,000 and 100,000 square feet per pad.