In contrast to maintenance practices in North America, very few propane burnishers are being used in Europe.
This has opened up a promising new market for high-gloss polishes in Europe -- but one that requires use of ultra-high-speed burnishers, rather than electric high speed units, to attain the required gloss levels.
UHS cord-electric and battery-powered burnishers are also alternatives.
Battery burnishers are initially the most costly alternative but provide results closer to that delivered by propane, with mobility and low noise levels.
A small propane burnisher, costing $2,000 to $3,000, used in a 25,000 square-foot facility will burnish floors to a high gloss in one hour.
Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with a propane-powered floor burnisher
- Vermont, 1992, MMWR 1993;42:726-8.
On both July 24 and July 28, the store's floors had been cleaned with a liquid propane-powered floor burnisher by a subcontractor to a cleaning service company.
The Division of Occupational and Radiological Health, VDH, impounded the burnisher and tested its emissions 2 days after the incident.