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How To Choose The Right Floor Pad For The Job

Whether you wish to strip, clean or polish your way to spotless floors, it’s vitally important that you are armed with the right equipment and supplies for the task in hand.

High traffic areas require a hard working floor cleaning solution, but finding the right industrial floor cleaning for your needs can be challenging.

Choosing 3M Floor Pads

We recognise that it doesn’t end there; having the right floor pad for your specific floor cleaning needs can make a great difference when it comes to performance and productivity. From stripping existing floor coatings, spot removing unsightly marks or polishing floors, it’s vital to consider the type of floor (from marble to PVC and everything in-between) you are working with to achieve optimum results.

Join us as we take a look at the extensive range of floor pads available from 3M, who having revolutionised floor maintenance more than 50 years ago with the world’s first synthetic non-woven floor pads, have a floor pad available for just about every task you may come up against.

What Are The Benefits of Using 3M Floor Pads?

Having long been a tried and tested option on the market, 3M’s latest generation of floor pads have been known to set the industry standard for performance, productivity, durability and sustainability. Each 3M floor pad has been engineered specifically for a particular maintenance task.

A key benefit of 3M floor pads are its uniformity which helps create less machine wobble and vibration. The uniformity is present through the consistent distribution of the mineral abrasives throughout the pad – not just on the surface. As a result, this provides benefits for both the end user and to your bottom line. You are likely to expect less operator fatigue, a prolonged lifespan and what’s more, they are washable and reusable.

Other key benefits of 3M floor pads can be found below-

  • They can remove deep scuff marks 7 times faster
  • They are nearly 40% more aggressive when stripping floors
  • They have been shown to produce a 25% better cut on the Schiefer test
  • They have 50% better burnishing durability
  • They reduce the need for chemical strippers and finishers

What Are The Different Types of 3M Floor Pads?


So with so many different types of floor pads available, how do you find the right one? We take a look at each of the floor pads available individually, and discuss their application.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Purple High Shine Floor Pad

This high performance, double-sided floor pad is ideal for floors with medium shine which are currently in good condition. This pad cleans and polishes floors to a brilliant gloss finish without the use of chemicals.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Sienna High Shine Floor Pad

Ideal for worn and dull floors which are in a poor condition, these high performance, double-sided floor pads clean and polish to a medium shine without the use of chemicals.

3M™ Premium Black Floor Pad

Probably the most commonly used floor pad, the black floor pad is standard for the industry, with the ability to show consistent performance with its long life qualities.

3M™ Premium Brown Floor Pad

This hard working floor pad is the right choice for stripping floors; it can be used on uneven floors which require stripping prior to refinishing. It is designed to take on heavy duty scrubbing tasks for removal of 2-4 coats prior to recoating.

3M™ Premium Green Floor Pad

With its exceptional durability, this floor pad continuously produces good gloss improvement and has even been dubbed the ‘soft finish problem solver’.

3M™ Premium Blue Floor Pad

If you experience the common problem of scuff marks on your floors, then the 3M Premium Blue Floor Pad is for you. They have been designed for everyday cleaning and scrubbing to remove medium soil, scuff marks and black heel marks without damaging floors.

3M™ Premium Red Floor Pad

Designed for everyday cleaning and light scrubbing this floor pad has the ability to remove light soil, scuff marks and black heel marks.

3M™ Premium White Floor Pad

This floor pad is most commonly used for light cleaning to help remove soil and scuff marks with minimal dulling of finish. This is also an appropriate choice should you wish to polish wood floors.

3M™ Trizact™ Diamond HX Discs

The 3M Trizact Diamond HX Discs are used to restore and bring back the natural beauty of stone floors, simply by using standard floor cleaning equipment. It is faster than a traditional diamond grind and allows you to refurbish your own floors without the need for specialists.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ High Productivity Floor Pad

This is the most aggressive stripping pad from 3M, used for fast removal of floor finish and heavy dirt (e.g. concrete) with proven consistent stripping. Its open construction properties allows it to resist loading and clogging.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Surface Preparation Floor Pad

This is a premium floor stripping pad from the collection that strips and prepares a wide variety of floors, using just a neutral detergent or water. It removes stains and visible scratches as well as tackling hard-to-clean floors with a deeper clean than a black pad, without the harshness or scratches.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Eraser Burnish Pad

The eraser burnish pad removes black marks and returns gloss in fewer passes than other pads, whilst producing less dust. Ideal for hard finishes and high traffic areas, this pad offers excellent durability and minimal finish removal.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Orange & Green Autoscrubber Floor Pad

Ideal for use on an autoscrubber and coated surfaces, 3M Scotch-Brite orange and green autoscrubber floor pads scrub and clean without dulling the finish.

3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Orange & White Burnish Floor Pad

The orange and white burnish floor pad optimises UHS burnishing on a wide variety of finishes. Combines black mark removal and gloss generation in one pad.

3M™ Melamine Floor Pad

Specially designed for use on stone, concrete, VCT, marble and other porous floor surfaces, this highly effective pad makes light work of ingrained dirt, and unsightly scuff marks. It cleans most dirt and marks with water alone.

For more information on choosing the right 3M floor pad for the job, you can download 3M’s visual floor pad selection guide here.


Three Steps to Extending the Life of Your 3M Floor Pad

According to 3M, the best way to extend the life of your 3M floor pads involves following maintenance techniques on a regular basis. As a guide, you should follow these steps –

  1. Remove the pad you have been using from machine after each use.
  2. Rinse under tap water or spray water, or keep pad soaked in diluted stripping solution, to dissolve caked on finish. Do not let dirty pads dry before washing.
  3. Rinse and hang up for drying.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the floor pads from 3M, you can do so by browsing our floor pads range. Alternatively, if you wish to find out more about floor care and maintenance, why not take a read of our blog post, “How to Reduce the Risk of Slips, Trips and Falls with Effective Floor Cleaning”, or take our quiz “The Hardest Floor Cleaning Quiz You’ll Ever Take”.