The development of compact motors and cleaning tools has increased the use of floor polishers both in industry and in the home. The cleaning part of these appliances consists of two or three brushes or pads for functions including:
- polishing/buffing of hardwood floors and other materials
- removing stains from carpets
- stripping floors and applying wax
The brush and pad rotation is achieved by universal motors. These motors can be placed either in the machining or brush cases. Motor power varies between 0.5-1.5 KW giving a rotor speed of approximately 1000 rpm.