You can restore the look of your floors and give them a glossy surface with basic equipment and a little manual labour, regardless of the material they’re made of. Let’s look at how different types of floors can be polished.


Floors made of laminate

Laminate floors aren’t compatible with standard floor polishing products. Instead, sweep up dirt and dust with a standard broom or vacuum, then mop with a slightly moist mop. If you want your floor to shine, even more, use a cleaning and polishing product recommended by the manufacturer.

Floors made of wood

Use a mop to apply the polish to the floor surface and allow it to dry to give your wooden floor a magnificent look.

Floors made of stone, granite, and marble

Stone floors are polished by sanding them with silicon-carbide pads linked to a portable drill or a stone grinder. Keep your grinder or drill moving at all times to avoid damage and to enhance high-gloss finish glare.

Floors made of concrete

Polish concrete floors by sanding the surface to a lustrous look with a grinder.

Ceramic floors

For every 125 to 150 square feet of floor space, you’ll need roughly 1 pound of ceramic tile polishing product. Use a rag or mop to apply the polish to the floor, then buff it using a buffer. You can also apply the polish using your buffer. To gently polish the floor without causing damage, use a natural hair pad on your buffer.

High-wear-resistance floor surfaces

To add shine, use a water-based acrylic polish and cleaner designed for vinyl, linoleum, and other resilient floor surfaces. Use a mop or a spray bottle to apply the polish to the floor, then buff it with a floor buffer.

Polishing Materials for Floors

Keeping your floor clean is one thing; making it impressive is another. In your home, there are certainly a variety of hard materials that may be polished to a high gloss and your floor is not an exception.

A typical floor buffing machine

All floor buffing machines are not made equal. With the correct pad, these devices can buff wood floors, vinyl composite tiles, and natural stone such as marble and limestone.

Burnisher floors

Burnishers are high-speed devices that are almost exclusively used to buff VCT floors after many coats of synthetic floor finish have been applied. The quick spinning pad of the floor burnisher melts a thin layer of the floor finish, leaving a smooth and shiny top coat.


The effectiveness of a floor buffing machine, whether it’s a traditional or high-speed burnisher, is only as good as the floor pad it’s connected to. White pads are the least abrasive and are ideal for polishing floors with floor finish or wax.

Wax for Floors

Wax for the floor is usually a natural substance made from the sap of a specific palm tree. When the wax is applied to floors, it is usually applied as a paste and spread out by floor buffing equipment.

Floor finish

Floor finish is a liquid that is applied to the floor and is made of synthetic acrylic polymer.
To apply the finish to a floor, use a synthetic finish mop or a microfiber applicator. With each new coat, the floor’s look improves.

We recommend hiring an expert, such as MJS Floorsanding, to work on polishing your floors effectively and efficiently.