Buckeye Eco® and Green Seal™

Buckeye’s commitment to sustainability means providing the most innovative, high performance and cost-effective products, packaging and programs that promote human health and safety. This means removing potentially hazardous ingredients from products, using recyclable packaging, and much more.

The Eco Proportioning Program provides some of the best examples of Buckeye’s commitment to sustainability. The proportioning systems, packaging, and chemistry are economical, ecologically friendly, and reliable. For facilities that are ecologically focused, Eco offers 8 Green Seal certified products.

Green Seal develops standards that are credible, transparent, and helpful in making the most sustainable choices. Green Seal standards are designed with consideration of the total environmental impact of a product in mind. A product with the Green Seal Certification Mark has undergone rigorous testing and proven that it has a reduced impact on the environment.

Eco’s Green Seal certified products meet Green Seal Standard GS-37 based on effective performance, concentrated volume, minimized/recycled packaging, and protective limits on: VOCs and human & environmental toxicity. These products include Eco E11 All-Purpose Cleaner, E12 Glass Cleaner HD, E15 Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner, E16 Acid Cleaner, E31 pH Neutral Cleaner, E32 Floor Cleaner Fragrance-Free, E33 Floor Cleaner, and E61 Heavy-Duty Cleaner.

The Eco Proportioning Program’s Green Seal certified products enable ecologically friendly facilities to maintain their standards of sustainability without compromising the quality of the overall cleaning program. Eco Proportioning systems are compact, fitting in virtually any custodial closet. Its flexible packaging allows for a 99.9% product evacuation rate, and its super concentrated products reduce labor time. On top of all of the added benefits Eco provides, Eco’s Green Seal certified products work better than typical green cleaning products and often better than standard cleaning products.

Buckeye’s other custodial programs like the Hard Floor Care Program and the Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program also offer Green Seal certified products. To learn more about all of Buckeye’s Green Seal certified products and Buckeye’s Eco Proportioning Program, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Coating Your Wood Floors When the Weather Turns Hot

If you’re recoating your wood floors this summer, hot weather may impact the recoating process. When the weather turns hot, a host of challenges can crop up.

Before applying your wood floor coating, bring your floor coating into the facility and allow it to adjust to room temperature. Never apply a coating that is warmer than the floor. Applying a hot coating to a cool floor can create millions of tiny bubbles. If your floor coating has been stored in a truck or sitting in the sun, it can reach temperatures of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If you apply the hot coating to a cold floor, the coating will dry extremely quickly. As the warm coating penetrates the wood, it heats up air pockets in the wood, causing them to bubble as the coating quickly dries.

Drying Conditions

A properly dried wood floor coating means that enough solvents have been removed from the coating to allow the polymer chains to entangle. Entanglement enhances adhesion, durability, and overall beauty of a coating. In dry winter conditions, one concern is flash drying due to very low humidity. In the summer, air exchange is important. The outside air is typically humid, and adding solvents or water to the air inside makes it even more saturated, slowing the drying and curing, so you should exchange the air in the room with fresh air. You don’t, however, want this happening directly on a freshly applied and still tacky finish. You don’t want to stir up dust from the rafters.

For best results in hot, humid, summer conditions, be prepared to turn down any airflow while the finish is being applied, and be prepared to get it turned back on several hours later. Air movement and circulation is the most important factor in drying any wood floor coating.

Temperature

Increased temperature can impact drying time in multiple ways. Higher temperature can increase the air’s capacity to carry vapor which can speed up drying, but only if air is circulating. High temperature can also increase the curing rate of solvents in the floor coating.

However, you do not want your wood floor coating to dry too fast. If it does, there may be some combing lines in the coating. Therefore, in low circulation conditions, more time must be taken before allowing regular traffic and moving furniture back onto the floor. When you have low circulation conditions and hot and humid summer conditions, it is especially important to allow more time.

It is always important to consider air circulation, temperature, and dry time when recoating your wood floors. Representatives from Buckeye’s Reflections® Wood Floor Program have the knowledge and expertise to help you determine when and how to coat your wood floors. Representatives can help train your staff in proper coating applications and procedures.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more information about the Reflections Wood Floor Program and the training that accompanies it.