Selecting a high-performance floor pad
12 June 2017
You always need the right tools for the cleaning job at hand, and one tool that is often overlooked in floorcare - as to its importance - is the floor pad, says Dennis Knapp, director of product development at Impact Products, a manufacturer of floor pads. Here, he explains what to look for during the procurement process
Many people think the only difference between floor pads is their colour. The colour of the pad only suggests how it is to be used, for polishing, scrubbing, stripping, etc.
However, selecting a quality, high-performance pad can make your floorcare job easier, faster, far less labour intensive, and more profitable. Here are the four things to look for when selecting a high-performance floor pad:
Open web design
An open web design allows soils to collect between the pad's fibres, totally removing them from the floor. This design also makes it much easier to wash soils from the pad, and it dissipates heat so the pad will last longer.
Denier refers to the thickness of the pad's fibres. Higher-quality fibre is the most important criterion when selecting floor pads. While all pads have some percentage of thinner fibres, long-lasting, high-performance floor pads are made with a greater percentage of heavier fibres to ensure longer service life.
Most floors have imperfections with some areas higher or lower than others. A resilient floor pad is able to adjust to these imperfections, providing effective floor cleaning without damaging the pad. A simple way to test a pad's resiliency is to pinch its edges between your fingers. If it bounces back quickly, it's a high-performance pad with resiliency.
A pad's aggressiveness is based on a combination of factors: the use of high-quality fibres; binders that help put a shine on the floor; and resin, which binds the materials together. While it is always best to use the least aggressive pad possible to do the job, when you need an aggressive pad, you want it to be there.