Floor Pads – Which colour to use?

As a result of selling more and more floor machines, we’ve been regularly giving advice on which floor pads are most suitable for specific jobs. So much so that I thought it would be worthwhile writing a blog with some guidelines and tips.

Floor pads come in endless shapes and sizes, designed for a variety of speeds. We could easily get quite deep and complex when elaborating on which one does what but I’ll try and keep it pretty simple.

Floor Pads

Black – Stripping. Heavy duty wet stripping

Brown – Stripping. Cuts away wax/old floor finish. Dry stripping

Green – Scrubbing. Heavy duty wet scrubbing to remove surface coat, ground-in dirt and scuff marks

Blue – Cleaning. Moderate scrubbing or heavy spray cleaning

Maroon – Cleaning. Cleans when damp, buffs when dry. Ideal for spray cleaning, removes scuff marks and polishes floor

Red – Buffing. Dry or spray to remove scuff marks and restore shine

Tan – Polishing. For polishing synthetic or natural finishes to high lustre

White – Polishing. Non-aggressive dry polishing to high gloss

If it’s a unique task that requires a specialist pad then a diamond pad might be the one for you. They are are great for grinding, cleaning, burnishing and polishing but use with care, they can cause a lot of damage!

Our friends over at Contico have this really useful PDF that explains in a lot of detail which pad will best suit the job;

Contico Floor Pad Advice

Source Tip! The best way to clean a floor pad is to brush the pad surface whilst rinsing with clean water using the push-out centre piece on each pad.

Use the pop-out disc to scrub the pads clean

Use the pop-out disc to scrub the pads clean

Contico recently launched their environmentally friendly ‘Floor pads for a greener world’

  • 100% recycled materials
  • Water based resins
  • Recycled packaging

Contico Green Floor Pads


One thought on “Floor Pads – Which colour to use?

  1. Andrew

    Nice blog and helpful Numatic floorcare products have a training school to help you understand using machines and floor pads to suit the type of floor you are cleaning/restoring. White pads with a high speed machine produce amazing results without polishes


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