Save Money on Your Wood Floors

“To preserve the beauty and life of your maple floor, the MFMA (Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association) recommends that recreational surfaces receive periodic refinishings. Facility use, abuse and maintenance will determine the appropriate refinishing schedule. Most gymnasium floors should be annually recoated.”1

Wood floors are the foundation of your school’s gym but refinishing them is often costly and time consuming. However, properly recoating your wood floors is necessary to increase their shine and overall durability. Annually recoating a wood floor can extend its lifetime and protect you from the costly expense of replacing it before it has reached the end of its useful life.

Buckeye’s Reflections® Wood Floor Program has the products, procedures, and training materials to best maintain your wood floor. Access to the proper training and equipment to get the job done make it possible to recoat your floors in-house. With Reflections, you can recoat your floors using many of the items you already have in your facility. Reflections uses the same tools used to strip and refinish VCT hallways and classrooms. This means no added equipment costs. You can coat your floors with your staff on your own time. With Reflections, you don’t need to wait for summer vacation. Recoating your gym floors can be done during winter or spring break.

Reflections couples readily available tools with hands-on training from Reflections representatives and web-based training approved by MFMA. Reflections representatives are experts in their field. They can make your wood floors last by helping you choose the right preparation method and wood floor coating.

“Our gym floors are the most expensive floors in our schools, so we have to be confident in the products we use. The Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Program is a complete program, not just products, and the training is phenomenal! Now we can do our gym floors in-house and save money, and still get results like this!” – Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, MO

Buckeye’s Reflections cost calculator can show you how much your facility can save by comparing the cost of the Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Program to your current wood floor maintenance costs. It factors in the size of your gym floor, how many coats your floor will need, and the cost of all products and supplies.

For more information on the Reflections Wood Floor Program, click here.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out how much your facility can save with the Reflections Wood Floor Program.

1MFMA Industry Recommendations – Sanding, Sealing, Court Lining, Finishing & Resurfacing of Maple Gym Floors. (March 2008). Retrieved from

Why Buckeye’s Sales Management Program is Right for You

“Fourteen years ago, I started out as a Field Sales Representative. I worked my way through the 3 steps of the Sales Management Program and then through various management positions. 90% of people in management positions at Buckeye started out as Field Sales Reps.” –Sean Martin, Recruiting Manager at Buckeye International

For undergraduates looking to start and grow a professional career, Buckeye’s Sales Management Program offers a smooth transition. Whether you studied business or science, a career in sales may be the perfect fit. Buckeye is a nationally branded manufacturer and distributor specializing in hard floor care, gym floor care, hand hygiene, and cleaning products. Through our B2B Sales Management Program, individuals have the opportunity to face new challenges and grow within our expanding company.

Growth Opportunities

Buckeye’s Sales Management Program prioritizes your growth. Entering our program, you may have little to no sales experience. Buckeye offers training opportunities during every step of your career. With Buckeye you’ll receive product training, sales training, and hands-on selling experience that gives you the ability to confidently represent Buckeye products and programs to existing and future customers. Daily learning opportunities are coupled with specialized training experience like our Cleaning Center Sales Training (CCST), Sales Education and Advanced Leadership training (SEAL), and Account Executive Training (AE).

As you gain experience and receive training, your role with Buckeye expands. Individuals begin their career as Field Sales Representatives and graduate to Account Executives. As an Account Executive, you cultivate a leadership role, supporting Field Sales Representatives with training and mentorship. After demonstrating initiative as an Account Executive, representatives can become Manufacturing Sales Representatives. As a Manufacturing Sales Representative, you are responsible for selling, motivating, training, and challenging our independent distributor sales force.

For Buckeye, growth does not stop there. If you are eager to learn and succeed, opportunity to take on a managerial role with one of our many brands is abundant.

New Challenges

Reps can watch their personal skillsets grow as they become more business-minded and step out of their comfort zones. Making calls and setting appointments become opportunities to build relationships with people. As you build on your skills and continue to grow with Buckeye, you will face new challenges and opportunities.

Flexibility and Freedom

In sales, no 2 days are the same. With Buckeye, every day is an opportunity to meet with and interact with new people. Sales positions give you the autonomy to set your own schedule and do not leave you stuck behind a desk from 8 to 5. This flexibility makes you the manager of your own success.

“My favorite part of my job is the freedom. I get to work with different people and every day is different.” – Lawrence Lee, Manufacturing Representative at Buckeye International

If you’re interested in a sales career with Buckeye or would like to apply, contact us or access our online application here.

University of Oregon Spring Career Fair and Interview Day

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

This is the last chance of the year to connect with over 100 companies and organizations that will be here in search of talented UO students and alumni!

EMU Ballroom

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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Your Wood Floors: Oil vs. Water

Cure time. Floor prep. Safety. A lot can factor into coating your wood floors. Here are some things to consider before deciding which wood floor coating is best for your facility.

A Floor’s Age

Simply put, oil-based wood floor coatings are the only choice for newly installed wood floors. Because wood is composed of cellulose, it is porous enough to absorb water. This is why wood often expands when the air is moist in the summer and contracts when the air is dry in the winter. Over time, wood develops polymer protection against water. Until floors have been coated at least 4 times, it’s best to use an oil-based wood floor coating.

VOCs and Cure Time

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are odorous gases that can sometimes be dangerous to the health of employees or others in your facility.

While curing, oil-based wood floor coatings often emit more VOCs than water-based wood floor coatings. Oil-based wood floor coatings can take 2 weeks to fully cure. This means, for places like schools, wood floors must be coated in the summer to give them enough time to cure and disperse any VOCs emitted.

For water-based wood floor coatings, cure time is much quicker. Gym floors coated with a water-based wood floor coating can be played on within 2-3 days and are fully cured within a week. They also emit less VOCs while curing. Because of this, a school’s gym floor can be coated with a water-based coating over a long weekend or during spring break. This gives staff the flexibility to choose when to recoat the floors and keeps heavy odors away from teachers and students.


Oil-based wood floor coatings do not respond well to burnishing. However, some water-based wood floor coatings can be burnished to bring back gloss and traction to a wood floor. Buckeye’s Arena 300 responds well to burnishing, helping you regain the shine and durability of your wood floor without having to completely recoat.

Prepping the Floor

There are two ways to prepare a wood floor before coating it, wet prep and dry prep. Dry prepping your floors is not ideal because it leaves behind lots of dust. However, if you plan to use an oil-based wood floor coating and wish to prep and coat your floors on the same day, dry prepping is the only option. This is especially true for new wood floors. Wet prepping new wood floors can cause the floor boards to expand and lead to cupping and peeling. If your wood floors are new, dry prepping them before applying an oil-based coating is the best way to coat your floors.

With older floors and water-based wood floor coatings, you can wet-prep and coat the floor on the same day. This eliminates dust and saves valuable time.

Environmental Safety

Water-based coatings are not flammable. Buckeye’s Arena® 300 is one of the most environmentally safe coatings in the industry, with a NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) rating of 0 for Health, Fire, and Reactivity. Also, when you have finished coating your floors with a water-based wood floor coating like Arena 300, all tools used during the process can be cleaned with water.

For oil-based finishes, this is not the case. Oil-based coatings are flammable and once you have finished coating the floor, the tools used to complete the process must be cleaned with flammable mineral spirits. Oil-based wood floor coatings often have more significant warnings on safety data sheets and, as mentioned, emit more volatile organic compounds into the air.

Room Temperature and Humidity

Fluctuation in room temperature can often cause wood floors to expand or shrink, causing cracks and air pockets to form between boards. The Maple Floor Manufacturing Association recommends that maple wood gyms be kept at a relative humidity of 35-50% and a temperature between 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit year round. While no coatings are immune to the problems that come with changes in temperature and humidity, oil-based coatings tend to resist cracking better than water-based coatings. If your facility has difficulty regulating its temperature or relative humidity, an oil-based coating may be the best choice.

Overall Savings

In addition to the features mentioned above, oil-based wood floor coatings are often less expensive to manufacture and therefore cheaper for the end user. They also only require 1-2 coats in comparison to the 2-3 required for water-based wood floor coatings.

In contrast, the overall savings offered by water-based wood floor coatings can make a difference in your facility. Water-based coatings can save staff time when prepping the floor. Their quick cure time can make the most of your gym floor year round.

Buckeye’s Reflections® Wood Floor Program has oil-based and water-based urethanes depending on your facility’s needs. To find out more about Reflections and which wood floor coatings are right for your facility, contact your local Buckeye representative.

University of Tennessee Just in Time Career Fair

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Still looking for a job or internship for the summer and worried that time is running out? Don’t stress because the Just In Time Career Fair is here to help! Meet with employers with immediate openings who are looking to hire candidates after graduation for full-time positions or internship and part-time roles for the summer.

Panhellenic Building, Multipurpose Room

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Illini Career & Internship Fair

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Students do not need to register to attend this career fair, but preparation before attending will help you make the most out of the fair. A list of registered companies is available through your I-Link account.

Illini Union, Rooms ABC

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

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Improve Student Health with Symmetry Hand Hygiene Assemblies

Absenteeism can impact student learning and achievement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than two-thirds of U.S. students 5-17 years old missed school over a one-year period due to illness or injury.

The Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program fights absenteeism by encouraging students to understand the importance of hand hygiene. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), hand hygiene is one of the most important steps in preventing illness and stopping the spread of germs to others. Educating students on hand hygiene with Symmetry can help students stay healthy and fight the spread of germs.

Beyond improving student health and learning, student attendance can also have a big impact on funding for some school districts. By encouraging students to improve hand hygiene practices, educators can help keep students in their seats and generate more funding for important school needs.

The Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program offers superior hand washes and hand sanitizers alongside tools that encourage students to wash their hands. These tools include product literature, handwashing videos and customizable posters, wall charts, and placards.

Symmetry also offers Hand Hygiene Assemblies as a fun way to engage pre-k to 3rd grade students in hand hygiene. Symmetry Hand Hygiene Assemblies assist teachers in educating their students about good hand hygiene practices. They feature Biscuit the Paw-Washing Dog, Symmetry’s hand hygiene mascot as well as a fun, interactive video. Students learn eye-opening information about germs followed by proper handwashing and hand sanitizing techniques.

When assemblies conclude, students walk away with an I Wash My Hands sticker and a better understanding of when and how to wash their hands. When asked about the effect Symmetry Hand Hygiene Assemblies had on his school, one Elementary School Environmental Health Manager said, “Getting our younger students started early, thinking about washing their hands and fighting the spread of germs will eventually turn into awesome daily habits that will be hard to break.” The Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program helps students form healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

To find out how to schedule a Symmetry Hand Hygiene Assembly at your school or to learn more about the Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program, contact your local Buckeye representative.