Nov 11, 2013


Having friends who are just as weird as I am often has many advantages. More often than not they support my wacky life decisions with heartfelt encouragement. For instance, recently while rummaging around at an estate sale a friend came across a vintage floor buffer, complete with all its attachments for only five bucks. He snatched it up, bestowing upon me such a wonderful gift because, and I quote, “ Even if it doesn’t work, I thought it would look really cool in your closet.” 

It does, by the way—look cool. It looks super cool sitting in my closet! And as an added bonus it still works perfectly. The buffer is technically a Penncrest; however, minus a color change, it’s exactly the same as the Hoover Floor-A-Matic. Little to no info seems to exist for the Penncrest, but with some digging I found a manual for the Hoover in glorious ‘.pdf’ form.

The included pictures show the results after giving it one quick polish. All I did was sweep, mop, polish, then buff. Took about 30 minutes total. Not bad for a quickie— even has some decent reflection. I swear though, one of these days I’m going to have the gumption to go through the ultra shine process Doug lists on his blog, The House on Rynkus Hill.


  1. Nice find! I see you have a whole set of attachments for it including the buffing pads. If you want to have some fun, pick up some Johnson's Paste Wax and buff the floor with that. For the first few days it'll be like a skating rink. :D

    Just a heads up - I suspect your interior doors are shellacked and not stained\polyurethane. Most likely amber shellac. If you ever have to repair or refinish, make a note. You'll pull your hair out trying to figure out why the stain never matches. (and the miraculously, amber shellac will match perfectly.)

    1. Hmm, I have some Johnson's Paste wax sitting under the counter. I just may have to use it on the shuffle board tiles downstairs!

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