A shoe buffer will have a black buffer head for black leather, and a red buffer head for other color leather. What if a household does not happen to have leather of another color? That red polishing head can be called into service to do a number of other household chores.
Have a bad case of poison ivy on your arms, hand or feet? Cannot stop itching? Use the clean head to ease the itch. While it is far better to not itch at all, the soft spinning head of a shoe buffer does far less damage to the skin than the repeated drag of finger nails or other items.
People who use silverware that is actually made of silver can save much time and energy by using the shoe buffer to polish up the forks, knives and spoons that have been used after a party. Tines and blades should always be pointed with the direction of rotation and never against.
People who use metal detectors can clean and then polish their finds. Items commonly found can be anything from coins to jewelry to other miscellaneous metal objects.
A shoe buffer can be used to clean coins, but with a caveat that the cleaning of the coin will not reduce its value. It is best to have coins appraised by a reputable coin dealer first.
Exercise equipment such as boxing gloves and items used in martial arts training can be given a quick polish.
Wood carvers and those working with fine veneer can run smaller wood boards and works to quickly and easily remove fine sawdust as work progresses. Exotic woods can be damaged by an incorrect grade of sandpaper or steel wool, and it is a great help to remove dust sized sawdust to have a very clear view of the wood face before proceeding to further work.
A shoe buffer is a great way to clean larger plastic articles, such as children’s toys. Care must be taken that there are no parts that may snag the fibers of the polishing cloth as it rotates.
Firearm owners can clean the outside of their guns along with the inside. Most gun owners use a gun cleaning kit to clean the inside of the gun barrels to make their firearm collection last longer, shoot straighter, and be safer. Running the barrel under a shoe buffer restores and removes dust and oxidation from outside surfaces.