When choosing different pads and brushes for the Orbiter, there is no exact science to which pad or brush is most suitable on a particular floor. Pads are good for scrubbing and polishing flat surfaces.
Brushes work well for getting into recesses in non-flat surfaces, like tile, where the bristles can get into grout lines. When you choose an accessory, remember - you want one aggressive enough to do the job but gentle enough not to damage the floor. It is really common sense. For example, do not use a black pad (aggressive) on a wood floor (soft floor). Start with what is safe and move to more aggressive if needed.
The pads are color coded depending on how aggressive they are (except for the beige marble pad): White is the softest, followed by red, green, brown and black being the most aggressive. Pads are designed to be porous and open-weave (except the beige pad) so that when it loosens dirt it can pick it up. The dirt goes inside the pad (i.e. off the floor. All pads can be turned over and the other side used before cleaning or disposing. Pads may be hosed off in some instances and re-used.
Brushes are also color coded with Black being the softest followed by the union mix (tan) brush, the orange scrub brush, with the brown grit brush being the most aggressive.
Never store the Orbiter with a pad or brush mounted on it because they can become deformed, especially the brushes.
Why Is The Commercial Oreck Orbiter Higher Priced Than The Residential Oreck Orbiter I See Advertised?
While they look alike that’s where the difference ends:
• The Commercial Orbiter uses many steel parts where the Residential Orbiter uses plastic parts. Greater Strength and Durability!
• The Commercial Orbiter has a full 50% MORE POWER! That’s right, a whopping 1/2 HP Commercial Motor vs. the residential 1/3 HP motor. More power means better cleaning and a longer lasting machine!
• The Residential Orbiter is a fine machine for occasional home cleaning. The Commercial Orbiter’s 5 Year Warranty For Commercial Use is based on an estimated usage of up to 40 hours per week for 5 Years! Residential Warranties are based on 1 to 2 hours per week maximum usage. (Note: Residential Warranty is voided if used commercially.)
• The Commercial Orbiter earns its higher price through on the floor performance, again and again!