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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Burnishing

April 30, 2009
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is the difference between a burnisher and a regular floor machine (buffer) just RPM?
The answer:
Yes, other than that each machine is used for different procedures. A standard rotary floor machine operates at 175 RPM (revolutions per minute). Some may run at higher speeds of up to 1250 RPM. A burnisher runs at 1,500 to 2,500 RPM (as defined in IICRC courses). The standard rotary machine at 175 RPM works side to side and has multiple uses that include ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
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