Use a broom or dust mop to remove any debris. Start in the corner of the room and slowly sweep the entire room. Make sure you get the floor as clean as possible. Otherwise, you risk buffing dirt into the finish. Over time, buffing a dirty floor can permanently alter the color of your floor finish, turning it a dingy yellow color.
You can also use a vacuum to suck up the dirt you swept. Use a vacuum attachment meant for your type of flooring. Wash the floor with a wet mop to ensure it’s completely clean. For best results, dip the mop into a bucket of soapy warm water. Then, start in the corner of the room and slowly work your way back toward the entrance. As you mop, make short, even strokes to clean the floor.
Rinse your mop when it starts to look dirty. Use a floor cleaner that’s formulated for the type of flooring in your home. Allow the floor to dry for 2 hours or use a fan to dry it faster. Touch the floor to make sure it’s dry before you move on to buffing. Don’t try to buff a wet floor because you will be applying a buffing solution, which is also a liquid.
If the floor is already wet, there will be too much liquid, which will make you need to change your buffing pad more often. Turning on a fan will help you dry the floor more quickly. A ceiling fan or box fan will work best.
The microfiber cloth shouldn’t damage your floor, no matter what material it is. Keep in mind that buffing a floor typically requires a lot of pressure, so you may not see much difference if you don’t press down very hard.