How Do You Choose a Floor Pad?

Industry Standard Pad Colors have been established to differentiate the pad for the appropriate use and provide the best results. The general rule of thumb is the darker the color pad, the more coarse the pad is.


Choosing the right floor pad saves time and money. Using the wrong floor pad could result in permanent surface scarring and costly repairs. Below are some basics on the best floor pad for the right application.


What’s the difference between a Synthetic Floor Pad vs. Natural Floor Pads?

Synthetic floor pads like those made of nylon and polyester are best for low speed scrubbing or stripping with wet solutions. They can also be used for burnishing, but it will require additional scrubbing to remove black marks and scratches to provide the proper gloss.


Natural pads or pads made from natural fibers like animal hair, coconut and walnut create a coarser pad, which is ideal for burnishing.

Did You Know …

  • Microfiber pads absorb dust when cleaning and burnishing, which helps control air quality, making them ideal in health care facilities, schools and other heavily populated buildings.
  • Use floor protectors on furniture. One inch diameter protectors are recommended.
  • Floor pads with a high content of hair can produce a burning hair odor when used with high-speed applications.
  • Foot traffic can create micro abrasions and make your floor look hazy and dull. Use a high speed burnishing pad. The pad heats and micro sands the floor to give it that wet glossy look.
  • Floor pads that are not centered on the machine will make it hard to control.