What Is Burnishing? Why Should I Have It Done?

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How Burnishing Can Improve the Appearance & Extend the Life of Your Floors

Floors can be challenging to maintain and keep from losing the level of vibrancy and shine that it had when it was first purchased.  Many surfaces often go through stages of fading, blemishes, and possible damage, especially when it comes to hardwood, metal, or polymer flooring.

Fixing and reversing this aging process is often expensive or difficult to pull off on your own.  Polishing is a great way to revitalize flooring, but it can be very expensive.  One alternative that is often overlooked is burnishing.  This technique gives the appearance of a high-shine floor.

Burnished Wood

Because it is a more complicated process, burnishing is not something you hear too much. It involves running a buffer at high speeds which essentially takes off a thin layer of the aging wood. It can be further customized for personal touches, such as speckled highlights and tones of various finishing colors.  It is truly an impressive way to present your wood.

Burnishing Metals

The concept behind burnishing metals is not different from wood.  A high-speed buffer works to hone the surface of the metal so that it is brushed into alignment, therefore creating a perfect surface to reflect the light and give us that amazing shine we all appreciate.

Burnishing Polymer

You’ve seen it before. A polymer floor with high foot traffic that looks worn out and beat up. While buffing this type can increase the shine, it will only cover over the scratches. Burnishing will basically melt the top layer of the floor making it like new.

Burnishing Value

Compared to polishing, burnishing works much faster to achieve the desired glow of the surface.  This works best when done by a professional cleaning company.  This is a fairly laborious and tedious process, especially when doing a big project like an entire floor space.  The end result of burnishing, followed by a waxing, can almost resemble a marble-like finish.

Many businesses maintain their property through regular burnishing service.  This is something that can protect your floors by negating the need for costly strip and wax jobs.  Burnishing amplifies the cleanliness of your place of business.  Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never settle for less ever again.


Want to learn more about burnishing for your workspace? Contact us today for a free quote.


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