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Floor Polishing Procedures

By C. Giles
Different types of floors require different treatment.
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Different types of floor surface require different polishing techniques to keep them looking their best. Many people choose to hire professionals to polish their floors using specialist products. However there are some tips you can follow to carry out the procedure on your own.

Polishing Wooden Floors

A wooden floor should be polished regularly to keep it looking new.
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It is important to polish a hardwood floor to keep it looking new. After sweeping any debris from the floor, it should be thoroughly cleaned with a mop and floor cleaner. Once the floor is completely dry, it can be waxed with a good quality floor wax. The best procedure is to wax one section at a time and work around the whole room. The wax must be left to dry before the floor can be walked across and furniture replaced.

Polishing Concrete Floors

A concrete floor requires heavy-duty equipment for a thorough polish.
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Polishing a concrete floor requires substantial equipment, normally a grinder and polishing disks. Most people rent the equipment, as the job does not need to be done very often. After sweeping all debris from the floor, you can start to polish the floor with the coarsest-grit polishing disk available. It is recommended to use between 250 to 500. The coarsest grit polishing disk is 250; the finest is 1500. Working the entire floor in circular motions with the coarse-grit disk will remove all rough patches. Next, change to a finer-grit polishing disk and go over the floor, again in circular movements. The last stage in the polishing procedure is to use the finest-grit polishing disk, which will give the surface shine. By overlapping the circles, the best finish will be achieved. Finally, a special concrete floor cleaner can be applied to build up resistant to dirt.

Polishing Marble Floors

Marble floors are particularly prone to damage and staining.
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While beautiful, a marble floor is easily damaged or stained, which makes a good polishing procedure vital. After clearing all debris from the floor, a light coating of chalk powder should be applied with a damp cloth. After leaving it to dry for a couple of hours, the marble floor should be rinsed clean. Alternatively, a special polishing product for marble can be purchased; apply this in small doses to the floor by working a cloth over the floor, section by section. A final polish with a buffer will increase the shine of the marble floor.


About the Author


C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."