Improve Carpet Care with Buckeye

Advances in carpet design, manufacturing, and maintenance have made it a viable alternative to hard floors in many facilities. Carpets are natural filters, capturing most dirt and soil. However, they tend to hide dirt better than hard floors, so waiting to clean carpets until they look dirty is too late. To keep your carpeted floors looking their best, Buckeye offers routine, interim, and restorative maintenance procedures in their various maintenance training programs.

Buckeye’s training programs detail the maintenance needs of matting and wall to wall carpeting. Daily maintenance depends heavily on things like the amount of traffic in certain areas of your facility. Though daily maintenance can, for the most part, keep carpets and matting in your facility clean, interim and restorative procedures are also important. Over time, carpets can become soiled to the point where vacuuming and spot cleaning are not adequate. A more thorough surface cleaning or deep cleaning is needed. As winter approaches, winter weather may also require deeper carpet cleaning. Snow melt and other debris can quickly become embedded in carpeting or matting. Buckeye’s training programs supply a guide to deeper cleaning procedures as well.

Buckeye’s complete line of carpet care products can cover all of your facility carpet care needs. The Eco® Proportioning Program offers several carpet cleaning products, including Eco Carpet Spotter E51 and Eco Extraction Cleaner E52. With Eco, Buckeye makes it possible to standardize your facility’s cleaning program. Eco proportioning systems automatically dilute super concentrated products accurately every time. Whether diluting carpet care products, food service area products, or restroom cleaning products, Eco provides standardized operating procedures to your maintenance staff. Beyond that, the Eco Proportioning Program considers space availability, the number of products your facility will need, and whether or not those products require additional security.

Depending on the needs of your facility, Buckeye’s carpet care training programs and products can be customized to fit your needs. Because dirt can easily get embedded in carpet, it is important to clean your carpets often and well. Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about how Buckeye can help with carpet care in your facility.

Keeping Food Service Areas Clean with Buckeye

Food service areas are some of the most important areas to concentrate on when cleaning. If improperly cleaned, kitchens and facility food bars can become hubs for bacteria and other germs. Keeping any food service areas in your facility clean can help prevent major health concerns.

Buckeye has the products and training materials a facility needs to effectively clean all food service surfaces, including countertops, walls, floors, tables, food bars, salad bars, grills, ovens, food and processing equipment. The Eco® Proportioning Program provides several products designed for cleaning inside food service areas and beyond. Products like Eco Sanitizer E62, Eco Heavy-Duty Cleaner E61, Eco One-Step Disinfectant/Deodorizer/Cleaner E22, and Eco Multi-Purpose Glass Cleaner E13 can clean and disinfect most food service areas.

Eco products are super concentrated and can reduce labor in your facility. The Eco Proportioning Program, as a whole, ensures proper dilution of products with compact Eco proportioning systems and makes cleaning your facility quick, easy, and economical. Customize the program to fit your facility by choosing which products and proportioning systems work best for you.

Buckeye is committed to providing more than just products for facilities looking to get the most out of their maintenance program. Buckeye provides several training programs designed to help facility staff members navigate cleaning food service areas and much more. For schools and universities, Buckeye has the Honors® Training Program. This program includes 24/7 access to the Honors website where training videos, tests, manuals, PowerPoint presentations, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), product literature, and wall charts are available. Buckeye also has several other training programs, including the Insight® Long-term Care Facility Program, Prescription® Hospital Environmental Services Maintenance Program, Clarity® Plus Supermarket and Retail Floor Maintenance Program, YMCA Cleaning/Training Program, and Correctional Facility Maintenance Cleaning/Training Program.

The Honors Training Program provides comprehensive information on properly maintaining food service areas. It breaks cleaning food service areas down into three key components: preparation, cleaning, and sanitizing. They also give in-depth information on Buckeye’s triple sink method to wash, rinse, and sanitize dishes, utensils, glassware, pots, pans, and other equipment that comes into contact with food.

Keeping your food service area clean and ready is an important task. Buckeye has the tools you’ll need to help keep the people who have access to food areas in your facility happy and healthy. To find out more information on the Eco Proportioning Program or any of Buckeye’s training programs, contact your local Buckeye representative today.

Buckeye’s Green Seal Products

Buckeye’s commitment to sustainability encompasses products, packaging, technology and entire maintenance programs. In its hard surface cleaners, Buckeye has proactively eliminated ingredients like butyl, solvents, and alcohol bases. For some products, Buckeye has gone even further. For facilities looking to minimize their impact on the environment, Buckeye offers many Green Seal certified products.

Green Seal develops Environmental Leadership Standards to help manufacturers, purchasers, and consumers make environmentally responsible decisions. Their mission: To transform the economy for a healthier, greener world.

Several products from the Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program, Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program, and Eco® Proportioning Program are Green Seal certified. They include hand hygiene products, floor finishes, and various cleaners. Click here to see a complete list of Buckeye’s Green Seal certified products.

Each product conforms to the strict standards set by Green Seal, meeting the requirements based on effective performance and protective limits on VOCs and human and environmental toxicity. Most of the Eco product line meets additional standards for minimized/recycled packaging.

Buckeye’s commitment to sustainability does not compromise product performance. To achieve Green Seal certification, products must meet rigid performance requirements, the same performance standards met by non-green products. Buckeye’s Green Seal certified products not only outperform other green products, they also outperform non-green, conventional chemistries.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more about Buckeye’s products, programs, and commitment to sustainability.

Restroom Cleaning Procedures

Restrooms are high traffic areas that receive a lot of use, and require frequent cleaning and disinfecting. Often restrooms are affected by mold, mildew, germs, odors, and even graffiti.

Before cleaning a restroom, it’s important to take proper safety measures. Place a “Wet Floor” sign at the entrance to the restroom and be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment – rubber gloves and eye protection.

Gather the proper equipment and products, including several products from Buckeye’s Eco® Proportioning Program. The Eco Proportioning Program is Buckeye’s solution to dilution control. Eco proportioning systems dilute concentrated products quickly and accurately. Each product is reliable and economical, offering the end user overall value and convenience. Eco provides all the products you’ll need to clean restrooms and nearly any other room in your facility, including several Green Seal certified products for facilities that are concerned about their environmental impact.

Begin the cleaning process by lowering the water in each toilet bowl with a bowl brush, and spraying the bowls and urinals with Eco One-Step Disinfectant/Deodorizer/Cleaner E22. The key to restroom cleaning is allowing your Eco disinfectant to dwell for 10 minutes before wiping down the area. Allowing for proper dwell time gives disinfectants time to effectively kill germs. Eco Glass Cleaner HD E12 S12

As you let E22 dwell, high dust anything above shoulder height and check that all soap dispensers are working and filled with soap. Then, clean mirrors and glass with Eco Glass Cleaner HD E12 or Eco Multi-Purpose Glass Cleaner E13 and a microfiber cloth. Spray and wipe the sinks and countertops with your Buckeye Eco disinfectant. Clean walls and partitions using Eco Muscle Cleaner E14 and Eco Heavy-Duty Cleaner E61 for difficult areas such as graffiti and permanent marker.

By this time E22 has had enough time to dwell. Respray the external parts of the toilet bowls and urinals, and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth working from high to low. Then use a bowl brush to clean the inside of toilet bowls and urinals. To remove stubborn mineral deposits, use Eco Acid Cleaner E16.

Finally, sweep the floor and scrape up gum and other items stuck to the floor with a putty knife. Empty the trash receptacles and replace the liners. Damp mop the floor with your Eco disinfectant cleaner using the figure-8 technique. Let the disinfectant air dry.

Every two weeks: clean sinks, toilet bowls and urinals with Eco Acid Cleaner E16.

Once a week: Clean trash receptacles with an Eco Once-Step Disinfectant/Deodorizer/Cleaner E22 and apply Eco Odor Counteractant E42 to the floor, and around toilets and urinals.

Removing germs from restrooms is important for the health of everyone in your facility. Having proven cleaning procedures can help improve the state of your facility and the health of the people in it. Buckeye provides standardized training programs for nearly any facility type. These programs include instruction videos, detailed procedure manuals, and easy-to-follow wall charts.

For schools and universities, Buckeye provides the Honors® custodial training program. This program’s videos and training materials are online and accessible 24/7. Viewers can test themselves on the knowledge they have gained from each Honors video. Supervisors can then view reports on those tests to gauge how much information has been retained.

For more information on restroom cleaning, the Honors custodial training program, or Buckeye’s other custodial training programs, contact your local Buckeye representative.

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.

Eco Proportioning System Benefits

Proportioning systems are a major component of an effective cleaning and maintenance program. Buckeye’s Eco® Proportioning Program provides proportioning systems that make it virtually automatic to properly dilute products. They also come with added benefits.

Super Concentrated Products in a Compact System

Eco Systems are designed to fit in virtually any custodial closet. Choose between the Eco Pro and Eco Element depending on your facility’s needs. The Eco Pro proportioning system can dilute up to 6 products and the Eco Element is more compact, diluting up to 3 products.

Because Eco proportioning systems automatically dilute products, each product is super concentrated and takes up less storage space.

Self-Contained System with Flexible Product Packaging

Eco’s flexible packaging eliminates product waste by delivering a 99.9% product evacuation rate. Each bag is hermetically sealed to ensure no contamination. Eco bags contain fresh dilution mechanisms to ensure dilution tips are not obstructed and proportioning is as accurate as possible. The proportioning system fill tubes are infused with a mildewstatic agent that resists the growth of mold and mildew. Eco’s packaging and self-contained proportioning system prevents contamination and keeps employees from coming in contact with heavily concentrated products.

Easy Operation with Cohesive User Interface & Experience

Staff can fill mop buckets, auto-scrubbers or extractors just as simply as spray bottles with push-button and automatic fill proportioning. Both the Eco Pro and the Eco Element utilize the same user interface, including system operation, labeling, icons, and seamless push and lock buttons.

“Your systems take the guess work out of the hands of my staff, which eliminates errors, results in our facility being cleaned properly, and I appreciate that.” – Elementary School Facilities Manager

Translucent Buckets and Simple Labeling System

The translucent buckets of the Eco proportioning systems allow for visual product inspection to ensure enough product is available. They also help to differentiate products by allowing the user to identify products based on their unique color. Each Eco product has a corresponding color and number to assist in labeling and identification.

Hands-On Training

Buckeye representatives are there to install proportioning systems and provide training for your staff to make sure proper procedures are followed. Our knowledgeable representatives are there to answer questions and find solutions to your cleaning and maintenance issues.

Buckeye also provides the Honors® Custodial Training Program for schools and universities. Through Honors, staff can access training materials including videos, PowerPoint presentations, training manuals, product literature, and wall charts. Supervisors can then assess a staff member’s knowledge with tests on various maintenance procedures.

“Our relationship with Buckeye has been phenomenal. They have been extremely helpful in making sure that our staff is properly trained and that each Eco proportioning system they installed was up to our standards. We are eager to continue our relationship with Buckeye in the future.” –University Assistant Director for Buildings and Environmental Services

See an Eco proportioning system in action. Contact your local Buckeye representative today.

Ice Melt, Snow, and Your Hard Floors

Winter has come and with it comes snow, ice, and slippery floors. Most facilities use ice melt and matting to make their entrances safer to navigate. However, despite matting, the snow, water, and ice melt can still find its way onto your facility’s hard floors.

Ice melt can be particularly difficult to remove from your floors. Natural soap products don’t contain the chemical ingredients to chemically bind ice melt salts in solution. Often, they will redeposit salts onto the floor during the cleaning process.

Buckeye has carefully designed its products to avoid this problem. Our Eco® Proportioning Program includes several products that effectively remove dirt and soils from floors. Eco pH Neutral Cleaner E31, Eco Floor Cleaner Fragrance-Free E32, and Eco Floor Cleaner E33 can all be diluted for use in a mop bucket or autoscrubber. They are formulated to work in winter’s tough conditions, dissolving and chemically suspending ice melt salts to keep them from re-depositing on the floor while mopping or autoscrubbing. Each product is also Green Seal certified, making them safer for the environment and the employees who use them.

E31, E32, and E33 are all part of the Eco Proportioning Program. This program has everything you need to maintain a clean facility, including cleaners, disinfectants, sanitizers, and deodorizers. Each product is packaged in a 1.25 L hermetically sealed bag and automatically diluted with an Eco proportioning system, virtually eliminating all errors that come with diluting products by hand. The Eco program and its products help you tackle difficult problems, like removing ice melt from your floors, with ease.

Some other helpful tips for cleaning away the black and white sludge on your facility’s floors include:

  1. Adjust how you mop and autoscrub floors. Begin mopping or autoscrubbing away from entrances and work towards them.
  2. Change your cleaning solution often when mopping so that it is not saturated with ice melt salts. You don’t want to mop over a previously clean area with a soiled mop.

Buckeye programs like the Eco Proportioning Program come with specialized training and representatives that help you tackle complex issues including how to best take care of your hard floors during the winter months. To learn more about Buckeye and the Eco Proportioning Program, contact your local Buckeye representative.

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.

Eco Neutral Disinfectant E23

Cleanliness in hospitals and healthcare facilities is a matter of patient, employee, and visitor safety. The right cleaning product should be versatile, easy-to-use, and, above all, effective.

Eco® Neutral Disinfectant E23 disinfects, cleans, and deodorizes in one labor-saving step. This pH neutral product is designed for multi-purpose, broad spectrum cleaning and works on any hard nonporous surface. It can be used for both routine germicidal cleaning and floor care maintenance. It requires no rinsing and, when used on floors, does not attack floor finish, increasing time between labor intensive stripping and recoating procedures.

Eco Neutral Disinfectant is bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, mildewstatic, and EPA registered. Its kill claims are validated by independent, third party labs, and include the following: *HIV-1 (AIDS Virus), *Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), *Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), *Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2, *Rubella (German Measles), *Influenza A Virus/Hong Kong, *Vaccinia, *Adenovirus, Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Community Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), Gram-negative & Grampositive pathogens, Trichophyton Mentagrophytes (Athlete’s Foot Fungus).

E23

E23 works great in industrial settings, nursing homes, schools and colleges, office buildings, public facilities, hotels, and exercise facilities. Eco Neutral Disinfectant is a part of the Eco Proportioning Program, a program that can be customized to fit almost any facility. Eco considers variables like space availability, how many products you will dilute, cost, and whether or not your products need additional security. Eco products are highly concentrated and proportioned with Eco proportioning systems for quick, easy, accurate, and economical dilution.

To find out more about Eco Neutral Disinfectant, other Eco products and the Eco Proportioning Program as a whole, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Eco All-Purpose Cleaner E11 S11

Eco® All-Purpose Cleaner E11 S11 is a super concentrated, versatile cleaner that quickly breaks down and lifts soils, preventing them from being redeposited on surfaces. With E11, there is no rinsing required and no dull film left behind.

E11 is one product designed for many jobs. It has two dilution rates for multiple applications and can be used with mop buckets, automatic scrubbers, spray bottles, and other applications. It can be used on floors, walls, ceramic tile, partitions, fixtures, countertops, and other hard, nonporous surfaces. It does not require more product to work under hard water conditions and dilutes in cold water to save money.

E11

E11 is designed with human and environmental safety in mind. It’s formulated without harmful chemicals like APEO and EDTA. It is also Green Seal certified, meeting Green Seal Standard GS-37 based on effective performance, concentrated volume, minimized/recycled packaging and protective limits on VOCs and human & environmental toxicity.

Like all products in Buckeye’s Eco Proportioning Program, E11 has a low end-use cost. The Eco Proportioning Program uses proportioning systems to automatically dilute products at the proper ratio, ensuring no product goes to waste and saving employee time. The Eco Pro proportioning system can dilute for up to 6 applications while the Eco Element is more compact, diluting for up to 3 applications.

Eco All-Purpose Cleaner is also available in the S11 Eco .95 L Squeeze & Pour Bottle. This is the same product, packaged for individual product dilution. Whether you don’t have the space for a full proportioning system or have a need to dilute for more applications than your proportioning system provides, Eco Squeeze & Pour Bottles make it easy to measure and dilute individual products at the correct rate.

You can customize the Eco Proportioning Program to meet your facility’s needs, considering your space availability, how many products you will dilute, and additional security options. Contact your local buckeye representative to learn more about how Eco fits in your facility.