Why Use Water-Based Wood Floor Coatings?

When a wood floor is first installed, too much exposure to water can cause damage. Because the boards have not yet had time to fill with polymer protection, the wood can more easily absorb water and begin to warp. This is why, for the first 2-3 years of a wood floor’s life, it’s best to use an oil-based wood floor coating. However, once your floor has had time to settle and build up a layer of polymer protection in its seams, a water-based wood floor coating may be the better option.

The Reflections Wood Floor Program provides both oil-based and water-based wood floor coatings. Reflections coatings have low VOCs, making them environmentally responsible and less hazardous for employees. Each Reflections coating is quick-drying but Reflections’ Arena water-based urethanes allow sports play only 48 hours after application. For older wood floors, Reflections water-based coatings are ideal, making the recoating process quicker while retaining exceptional gloss.

As a whole, the Reflections program is designed to provide years of beauty, performance, safety, and durability to both new and old wood floors. The program comes complete with wood floor coatings, bonding agent, cleaners, tacking solution, and the tools you need to coat your wood floors in-house.

Glenn Miller, Director of Building and Grounds at Mount Olive Board of Education in New Jersey has been using Buckeye’s Reflections Wood Floor Program for 5 years. He credits Arena® 300 and Reflections for the shine of his gym floors, saying, “Prior to the Reflections Wood Floor Program, we had been recoating our gym floors every year. We had been getting inconsistent results, even with the professional contractors we were hiring. I was a little concerned about my guys coating the floors themselves but Buckeye came in and trained my staff. Three custodians were able to coat the floors and we got a beautiful result.” With Arena 300 and the Reflections Wood Floor Program, Mount Olive’s gym floors have more grip and shine. Miller and his staff now coat their gym floors once every 2 years, saving them time and money.

Buckeye’s water-based wood floor coatings have allowed Miller and his team to recoat the floors quickly while providing more consistent results than many of the outside contractors they had previously hired. The training that accompanies the Reflections program has made it simple for staff at Mount Olive to complete the job with sparkling results.

To learn more about how the Reflections Wood Floor Program and its wood floor coatings can be customized to fit your facility, contact your local Buckeye representative.

What is the Symmetry Behavior Modification System (SBMS)?

In a 1980s strength test, participants stared at a piece of navy blue paper for 15-20 seconds and then had their strength measured. Next, they stared at a piece of pink paper for 15-20 seconds and, again, had their strength measured. No matter which color they stared at first, the results were the same – there was a significant drop in strength after staring at the pink paper.

Studies like this are the reason why the visitor’s locker room at the University of Iowa is painted pink. They are also the reason major manufacturers employ behavioral scientists to identify and capitalize on various stimuli that influence our behavior and, ultimately, lead us to purchasing their products. The Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program has partnered with Dr. Adam Alter, who has a PhD in Behavioral Science, to create the Symmetry Behavior Modification System (SBMS).

SBMS Placard

The goal of SBMS is to provide tools that capture attention in the moment, driving an immediate hand hygiene event to take place. Based on the 6 key tenets of benevolence, accountability, responsibility, variation, emotion, and direction, Symmetry’s behavior modification tools include custom colored dispensers, placards, visual lighting cues, and floor decals.

Beyond dispenser color, Symmetry’s placards are designed with inspiring messages to encourage hand hygiene. Custom dispensers can also be equipped with visual lighting cues (flashing lights) to draw attention and impact behavior. Symmetry’s floor decals provide direction and guide people towards better hand hygiene.

When asked about the impact SBMS has had in her healthcare facility, one infection preventionist said, “I was just washing my hands in the public bathroom that has a sign saying, ‘You can make a difference doing something this simple.’ Such a simple statement says so much and can make such a huge difference in how we protect ourselves and our patients here. We don’t have to preach to people. Just saying it simply can get to the heart of the matter. I’m glad we have those visuals for staff, family, and patients so they can all join in!”

Hand hygiene is one of the most important steps in preventing illness and stopping the spread of germs to others. The Symmetry Behavior Modification System, coupled with Symmetry’s preferred formulas, maximizes hand hygiene compliance, helping to keep people in your facility healthy.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about the Symmetry Behavior Modification System and the Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program.

Make Your Floor Finish Last with Eco pH Neutral Cleaner E31

Cleaners with high alkalinity levels can cause your floor finish to lose its gloss, become brittle and powder, or remove the finish altogether. Eco® pH Neutral Cleaner E31 has the cleaning power that comes with high alkalinity levels without causing damage to your floor finish. It is designed in conjunction with Buckeye floor finishes to reduce strip outs and extend the life of your floors.

Eco pH Neutral Cleaner E31 is a versatile cleaner that can be applied with a cloth, sponge, trigger spray bottle, mop and bucket, or an automatic floor scrubber. It works well on floors, walls, fixtures, and other hard surfaces where water is used.

Eco pH Neutral Disinfectant E31

Because E31 is a pH neutral cleaner, it effectively removes dirt, soils, and greases without compromising employee safety. It meets Green Seal™ Standard GS-37 based on effective performance, concentration of product, minimized/recycled packaging, and protective limits on VOCs and human & environmental toxicity. It is also UL® listed for slip resistance. E31 is super concentrated and formulated with a patented surfactant combination. It does not contain APEO or EDTA, and its neutral pH levels will not contribute to pH problems in sewer discharge.

E31 works in hard water and dilutes in cold water to save money. With E31, there is no rinsing required and no dull film left behind. Its cleaning ability is outstanding, leaving behind only a pleasant lavender fragrance.

Eco pH Neutral Cleaner E31 is part of Buckeye’s Eco Proportioning Program. The Eco Proportioning Program’s proportioning systems offer push-button and automatic fill proportioning for ease of use, making it virtually automatic to properly dilute products. Eco proportioning systems make diluting products quick, easy, accurate, and cost-effective.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more about Eco pH Neutral Cleaner E31 and the Eco Proportioning Program.