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How to Use a Burnisher for the Perfect Shine

A burnisher is a tool that is used to create a high gloss finish on floors. It can be used on both hardwood and tile floors. Burnishers come in two different types: electric and manual. Electric burnishers are more powerful and can cover more area, but they are also more expensive.

Manual burnishers are less powerful, but they are cheaper and easy to use. When using a burnisher, you will need to move it back and forth over the floor in a consistent motion. Be sure to go over the entire floor surface evenly. You may need to make several passes to get the desired results.

For best results, we recommend using a burnisher with a diamond head. Diamond heads create less friction and heat, which helps to prevent damage to the floor surface. follow these tips, you will be able to achieve a high gloss finish on your floors!



A nice scraper burnisher can be made quickly for little or no cost. All you need is a cheap wooden file handle (available at hardware stores) and an old drill bit. You simply drill into the handle, then leave the bit in its hole with about 112” of the unfluted end projecting. A 14“- or 516“-diameter bit fitted into a 4”-long handle works well for the job.

For a burnisher to work properly, it must be smooth, so use a bit on which the shank isn’t galled or pitted. If necessary, you can polish the shank before assembly by chucking it upside down in your drill press and buffing it with wet/dry sandpaper held against it like a shoeshine cloth. Use the finest grit possible to clean up any rough areas. 

There are two types of burnishers:

Electric and manual. Electric burnishers are the most powerful and can be used on both hardwood and tile floors. Manual burnishers are less powerful and should only be used on hardwood floors.

When using a burnisher, you will need to start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor to remove any dirt or debris. Next, you will need to apply a thin layer of wax to the floor. You can do this with a sponge or brush. Once the wax has been applied, you will need to let it dry for a few minutes. After it has dried, you will then need to polish the floor with the burnisher. Start in one corner of the room and work your way out. Remember to go slowly and evenly to avoid damaging the floor.

When you are finished, you will need to vacuum or sweep the floor again to remove any wax that has been left behind. You should then be able to enjoy your newly polished floors! Thanks for reading and we hope this blog post was helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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