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How To Operate Ride-on Rotary Buffer & Scrubber

If you’ve recently invested in a ride-on rotary buffer and scrubber, congratulations on taking a step towards efficient floor maintenance. Operating these machines might seem daunting initially, but fear not! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of using a ride-on rotary buffer and scrubber effectively.

Getting Started: Understanding Your Equipment

Before we delve into the operational details, let’s ensure you have a good grasp of your ride-on rotary buffer and scrubber. Familiarise yourself with the control panel, the different brushes, and the solution tank. This foundational knowledge will make the operation smoother.

The Power-up Dance: Initiating Your Machine

  1. Powering On: Locate the main power switch and flip it. You should hear a satisfying hum as your machine comes to life.
  2. Choosing Your Weapon: Select the appropriate brushes for your floor type. Abrasive brushes for tougher surfaces, softer ones for delicate floors.

Cruising Speed: Navigating Your Ride

  1. Throttle Control: Much like driving a car, your ride-on buffer has a throttle. Gently push it forward to get the wheels rolling.
  2. Steering Savvy: Navigate with finesse. These machines are designed for efficiency, but a gentle touch ensures you don’t miss spots.
  3. Reverse Reality: Need to backtrack? Most ride-on buffers have a reverse gear. Use it cautiously, especially in crowded spaces.

Dance of the Brushes: Scrubbing Secrets

A selection of floor Pads & Brushes for use on a variety of different floor scrubbers, buffers and polishers
  1. Solution Splendour: Engage the solution flow, allowing the brushes to wet the floor. This helps in effective cleaning.
  2. Brush Pressure: Adjust the pressure according to the grime. Low pressure for light cleaning, and crank it up for stubborn stains.
  3. Circular Symphony: The rotary buffer works in circular motions, and the scrubber moves forward and backward. Picture it as a dance, ensuring no spot is left untouched.

Post-Performance Ritual: Shutting Down Safely

  1. Cease the Circles: Before powering off, ensure the rotary buffer has come to a complete stop.
  2. Solution Shutdown: Turn off the solution flow to avoid any drips or leaks.
  3. Power Down: Finally, power down your machine, ready for its next performance.


Mastering the operation of a ride-on rotary buffer and scrubber might seem intricate initially, but with practice, it becomes second nature. Remember, it’s not just about cleaning; it’s about giving your floors a spa day. Embrace the dance of the rotary buffer and scrubber, and your floors will thank you with a shine that speaks volumes.


1. How often should I clean the brushes?

Regularly inspect the brushes, and clean them after each use. Replace them if you notice significant wear.

2. Can I use any cleaning solution?

It’s advisable to use the recommended cleaning solutions to avoid damage. Check your machine’s manual for compatible options.

3. Why is my machine leaving streaks?

Streaks may indicate a few issues like dirty squeegees or improper brush pressure. Double-check these elements for a streak-free finish.

4. What maintenance is required?

Routine maintenance includes checking for loose bolts, lubricating moving parts, and keeping the water tanks clean.

5. How do I troubleshoot a sudden loss of power?

Check the battery and connections. Sudden power loss may be a sign of a drained battery or faulty wiring.

Check Out Our Range Of Ride-on Rotary Buffer and Scrubber

Cleaning Equipment Services Ltd hire and sell a wide range of new and second-hand top-of-the-line cleaning equipment from industrial vacuums and floor scrubbers to pressure washers and floor polishers etc. Additionally, we also hire powerful steam cleaners at Pure Steam Cleaners. We’re always available to answer any questions and provide guidance on the best cleaning methods and procedures. We’re also very patient and accommodating with explaining the operation and maintenance of the equipment.

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