Host a Reflections Seminar

The Buckeye Reflections® Wood Floor Program will help you get brilliant shine and excellent durability out of your wood floors. Buckeye has data to back up these claims, but the best way to learn about Reflections is through a Reflections seminar.

With a Reflections seminar, you not only get to see the products in action, but you get the chance to participate in the prepping and recoating process.

Day 1

Buckeye representatives will walk through the process of prepping your wood floor, explaining each aspect as they begin to prep your floor. They will do the same as they scrub and tack, and apply Gym Bond with flat mops.

Afterwards there will be time for questions and a quick introduction to recoating your wood floors.

Day 2

Day 2 is more hands-on. Reflections offers great products, and one of its greatest assets is the MFMA (Maple Flooring Manufacturer’s Association) approved training your staff members will receive from Reflections representatives. Staff members will first learn about prepping procedures in a classroom setting and then will accompany Buckeye representatives in prepping the rest of the wood floor.

Once the floor has been prepped, staff members will have the opportunity to learn about recoating wood floors. Buckeye representatives will present the difference between oil-based and water-based wood coatings, the equipment needed to recoat your floors, the application process, and various maintenance procedures.

To conclude the presentation, staff members will begin to apply their knowledge by recoating the wood floor alongside Buckeye representatives. At the end of the day, all participants will have the opportunity to ask additional questions. Each participant will also receive a Certificate of Training.

Finished Product

By the end of a Reflections seminar, your staff will be fully trained on the preparation and recoating processes for your wood floors as well as additional maintenance procedures. Your wood floor will be completely recoated, giving you the opportunity to fully evaluate how Reflections products can have a long-term impact on your facility.

When asked about the Reflections Wood Floor Program a high-school Facilities Manager had this to say: “I could not believe the amount of pride my staff took in the wood floors once we implemented the Buckeye Reflections Program. For the first time we were receiving compliments on our wood floors instead of complaints. The Buckeye staff came and hosted a training with my staff on the upper wood floor. A year later they did a second training with my staff on the lower wood floor. Shortly after the second training my staff did the upper wood floor on their own and it turned out excellent.”

See how a Reflections seminar can have an impact on your facility and your staff by scheduling a seminar today.

Honors Custodial Training Program

Buckeye is an innovative leader in the commercial cleaning and maintenance products industry. Our products are designed with both performance and safety in mind. Buckeye accompanies these industry-leading products with in-depth, comprehensive training from knowledgeable representatives.

For schools and universities, Buckeye takes that training one step further. The Buckeye Honors® Custodial Training Program is a complete custodial program for schools and universities. It provides all the products, procedures, and training needed to keep your school or university looking its best.

Honors can train your staff on routine cleaning, restroom, shower, and locker room cleaning, carpet care, hard floor care, gym floor care, food service procedures, summer cleaning procedures, and product safety. It standardizes cleaning procedures in your school or university, lowering labor costs and giving staff more time to dedicate to other facility needs. Standard cleaning procedures make cleaning and maintenance procedures easy for staff, reducing the impact of turnover and ensuring daily maintenance needs are met.

Honors presents easy to follow procedures that are researched and proven to increase efficiency. Most importantly, Honors is interactive. It’s more than a training manual. You can view training videos by segment. Each video has corresponding PowerPoints presentations, training manuals, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), product literature, and wall charts where applicable.

After viewing videos, staff members can gauge their knowledge with tests on each video segment. Supervisors can see how much information their staff members have retained by viewing reports of their test scores.

Honors also offers maintenance surveys that are broken up into segments for the grounds, office areas, hallways and floors, classrooms, restrooms, gymnasiums and locker rooms, cafeteria, custodial closets, boiler rooms, auditorium, and library of your school. Inspectors can rate specific maintenance needs for each survey segment, leave comments, and upload images to illustrate their concerns.

The site is accessible 24 hours a day, so any time you need to refresh on a specific procedure or reference a certain part of a training manual, you can. Login to find all the information you need to clean nearly any part of your school.

To find out more about Honors and other training programs Buckeye provides, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Procedures for a Quality Gym Floor

Preparing your floor before you coat it, finding the proper coating, and making sure you have the proper training to recoat your gym floors are all important aspects of maintaining their beauty. However, what you do to take care of your floors between recoating them is equally as important. From daily maintenance to special considerations, Buckeye has all the procedures to keep your wood floor glossy and ready for play.

Daily Maintenance

  1. Vacuum entryway mats.
  2. Dust mop the floor with an untreated dust mop.
  3. Spot clean floors with a 1.4 oz. per gallon dilution of Buckeye Green Light Super Concentrated Floor Cleaner or Eco® Floor Cleaner Fragrance-Free S32.

Weekly Maintenance

  1. Unload soil from entryway mats.
  2. Dust mop the floor.
  3. Tack the floor with Screen Clean Ready-to-Use Floor Prep Cleaner and Tacking Solution.

As Needed Maintenance

  1. Remove gum and tape.
  2. Use protective matting in high traffic areas during special events or structural maintenance.

Special Maintenance

  1. Scrub the floor with an autoscrubber, white pad and Green Light or Eco S32 to remove heavy soil and black marks.
  2. Scrub the floor with Floortonic® Burnishing Liquid and an autoscrubber. Then burnish with a high-speed burnisher to restore gloss on Arena® wood floor coatings.

Things to Remember

Do not use an autoscrubber daily. At the most, use an autoscrubber twice a month. If you use an autoscubber on a daily basis, grit will accumulate in the cleaning pads. This can scratch your floor. Moisture can also build up in wood floor boards and cause damage to the floor.

Buckeye has a variety of wood floor coatings. Newer floors should be coated with oil-based coatings. If your coating is oil-based, do not use a high-speed burnisher. Oil-based coatings do not respond well to high-speed burnishing.

Dust mops can leave a dry talc-like powder behind that can be slippery. A good way to combat this is to damp tack the floor with microfiber materials.

Keeping up with daily, weekly, and as needed maintenance procedures can breathe new life into your hard wood floors. Find out more about how to take care of the hard wood floors in your facility from your local Buckeye representative.

Download a Reflections Maintenance wall chart below.

What is Renaissance Performance Polymers?

Renaissance® Performance Polymers is Buckeye’s exclusive line of floor finish polymers. Buckeye is the only floor finish company that researches, creates, and manufactures our own floor finish polymers. This means our floor finishes are designed at the molecular level, giving us control over the resulting characteristics.

Because of Renaissance Performance Polymers, Buckeye is able to provide floor finishes with better value and quality than every other finish on the market.

What Does Renaissance Mean for Buckeye Floor Finishes?

By manufacturing our own polymers, we get to choose the characteristics of our floor finishes. We know high gloss and shine are critical to the appearance of your facility’s floors. Our floor finishes are formulated with the highest quality polymers, ensuring that their shine and depth of gloss are second to none.

Some outdated floor finishes darken and yellow over time, making your floors look dated. These finishes can also powder and require additional cleanup. Buckeye floor finishes are durable and can extend your strip cycles. They are non-yellowing, drying clear and staying clear to promote a “true” top scrub and recoat program.

How Does Renaissance Impact You?

Buckeye’s goal is to provide solutions for customers’ needs. Through our polymer research, we have been able to develop better, longer-lasting floor finishes for your facility. Our long-lasting finishes can extend your strip cycles and reduce your labor costs.

With Renaissance, we are the source of the raw material and share the overall value and cost savings with you.

Buckeye’s commitment to providing better products extends to providing products that have a minimum impact on the environment and do not contain potentially hazardous ingredients like butyl, solvents, and alcohol bases. In combination with Buckeye’s patented Liquescent® technology, Renaissance Performance Polymers enable us to manufacture high performance products and adhere to our principle of human health safety.

Our polymers are also manufactured in a state-of-the-art polymer production facility. Every step is taken to protect our employees and the environment. In fact, governmental agencies have rated our VOC emissions as “de minimis” (too small or insignificant to be considered).

Renaissance enables Buckeye to manufacture the highest quality products that provide more value, and are less hazardous for your facility and your facility’s employees.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more about Buckeye floor finishes and Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program.

May 5th: World Hand Hygiene Day

On May 5th, the World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating World Hand Hygiene Day. This year, their goal is to prevent sepsis in healthcare. Sepsis is a life-threatening organ disfunction that can be a result of infection. According to WHO, “Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide.” The CDC reports that one in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis.

WHO’s calls to action for May 5th, 2018 include:

  1. Health workers: “Take 5 Moments to clean your hands to prevent sepsis in healthcare.”
  2. IPC leaders: “Be a champion in promoting hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in healthcare.”
  3. Health facility leaders: “Prevent sepsis in healthcare, make hand hygiene a quality indicator in your hospital.”
  4. Ministries of health: “Implement the 2017 WHA sepsis resolution. Make hand hygiene a national marker of healthcare quality.”
  5. Patient advocacy groups: “Ask for 5 Moments of clean hands to prevent sepsis in healthcare.”

Sepsis is not the only complication that can result from infection. The best way to counteract these complications is to stop the spread of infection. On their website, WHO has a variety of resources and tools for anyone looking to understand or promote hand hygiene awareness.

The best way to prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections, HAIs, is to improve hand hygiene practices. In healthcare facilities, healthy hand hygiene practices can sometimes be neglected or avoided if hand sanitizers dry out the skin or staff members are not constantly reminded.

The best way to ensure both patients and staff are washing and sanitizing their hands regularly is with a complete hand hygiene program. The Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program has a variety of hand washes and sanitizers that kill 99% of germs without drying out your hands. Symmetry dispensers have large sight windows to check product levels, and Symmetry hand hygiene products are packaged in no-drip bags.

Symmetry also has important added benefits. Having access to hand hygiene products is often not enough to encourage the people in your facility to wash their hands. Symmetry has customizable education and awareness tools, designed to maximize hand hygiene practices in your facility. These include wall charts, posters, product literature, and hand washing videos. The Symmetry program incorporates behavioral science into placards and signs to inspire people to wash or sanitize their hands.

Careful attention to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities can save lives. Contact your local Symmetry representative to find out more about how Symmetry can improve hand hygiene compliance in your facility.

Buckeye Floor Stripper Selection

There are many factors that go into the selection of a floor stripper for your facility. What kind of equipment are you planning to use? What type of flooring are you going to strip? Are you stripping a flat surface? What are your time constraints?

All Buckeye floor strippers are formulated with patented Liquescent® technology to remove floor finish in one application without harsh odors. Liquescent technology has enabled Buckeye to manufacture high performance products while adhering to our principle of human health and safety.

Buckeye floor strippers are designed to strip floors in nearly any facility. When evaluating your hard floor care needs, Buckeye representatives take all of the above questions and more into consideration. Here are some defining features of Buckeye floor strippers that may help in deciding which one is right for your facility:

RipSaw®

RipSaw is Buckeye’s everyday stripper. It’s fast acting with a reduced dwell time, helping you get the job done quicker. It also comes with a built-in Automatic Dilution Indicator® (ADI) for ease of use. When diluting the product, the solution turns cloudy, indicating you have achieved the desired dilution rate without “over-using” your floor stripper. It can strip floor finishes from any hard surface in one application.

Juggernaut®

Juggernaut is Buckeye’s Ultimate Cold-Water Stripper. It is Buckeye’s go-to product for difficult floor finish. Juggernaut can safely and efficiently strip heavily burnished hard floors including tile, concrete, or masonry. It is designed to work in one application, reducing the amount of time and labor put in to stripping your floors.


Specialty Floor Strippers

Some facilities have more unique needs. For those that are environmentally conscious, Buckeye offers Penetrate™. Penetrate is non-DOT corrosive, and Green Seal™ certified. Buckeye’s S.W.A.T.® NA works just as well as any other floor stripper, but without ammonia. For workers, this means no noxious vapors and a more pleasant scent to provide a better working environment.

Facilities with flooring made of rubber, linoleum, and Marmoleum are in need of a pH sensitive floor stripper. For that, Buckeye offers Liquid Shovel®. Revelation® is Buckeye’s more versatile floor stripper. It is usable on all industrial flooring including resilient tile, terrazzo, concrete, rubber, etc. It effectively strips acrylic seals, water-based urethanes, and polymer floor finishes.

Buckeye also has an aerosol can baseboard stripping gel, Base Hit™. It sticks to vertical surfaces and is specifically designed to remove floor finish buildup and heavy soils from baseboards as well as resilient tile and hard surface flooring.

But, floor stripper selection is only one component of Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program includes a variety of floor strippers and finishes designed to keep any facility floor protected and sparkling. These products come with hands-on training from Buckeye representatives. The Hard Floor Care Program gives your staff the proper products and training needed to keep your facility looking its best.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out which Buckeye floor stripper will work best in your facility.