Floor Care: Troubleshooting Streaking

The proper floor finish and floor care program can give your facility a clean, welcoming foundation. Having streaky floors will not leave the best first impression. Selecting the right floor finish for your floors is the best way to prevent that streaking.

Buckeye floor finishes are durable and clear. Buckeye’s floor finishes achieve this clarity through Renaissance Performance Polymers. Our competitors buy polymers from outside companies. Buckeye makes their own. Renaissance manufactures polymers specifically for Buckeye’s floor finishes. These polymers can replicate exact specifications for Buckeye floor finishes. The result is consistency and added value for you.

The quality of Buckeye’s floor finishes is unmatched. But, if floor finishes are not applied correctly or properly maintained, streaking can still occur. Here are some simple ways to prevent floor finish streaking:

  1. Do not recoat too soon. Let 20-30 minutes pass between coats, and make sure the finish is dry by touching it with the back of your hand.
  2. Ensure that all contamination sources like furniture polish and mop treatments are cleared from the area. Mop, strip, and rinse the area before recoating.
  3. Use only clean mops and buckets for floor finish application. During the coating process, line your mop buckets with can liners to prevent contamination.
  4. Allow a finish to adjust to room temperature before applying. Do not apply a finish that’s been frozen.
  5. Apply medium to full coats of finish. Avoid thin coats.
  6. Do not use fans or increase direct air flow on a wet finish or it will cause it to flash dry prior to leveling. Allow a minimum of 15 minutes for leveling.

Using the right products is just the start. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program comes with high quality products along with the training you’ll need to strip, coat, and maintain your floors. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program takes into account your floor care goals, with products and training that will allow you to be successful while reducing labor. Allow us to show you how.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to discover how Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program can impact your facility.

Buckeye Floor Care: Floor Finish Selection Methods

Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program considers that labor, resources, cost, and expectations are all important factors when choosing your floor care program. They are equally important when selecting which floor finish you will use.

All of Buckeye’s floor finishes provide excellent durability and shine. Depending on your maintenance program, a Buckeye representative can select the right floor finish for you and your staff. Buckeye floor finishes are manufactured with Renaissance Performance Polymers, Buckeye’s exclusive line of polymers. We engineer the polymers that form the core of our finishes, allowing for innovation and quality control. Our control over the characteristics of our floor finishes enables us to create finishes that can fit the needs of nearly any facility.

Selecting a floor finish for your facility is where expectations and reality meet. Buckeye representatives will ask questions that help you decide which floor finish is right for your facility. How often do you burnish your floors? How much shine do you want to see in your floors on a daily basis? What kind of traffic is your floor dealing with on a daily basis?

How often do you burnish?

For facilities that have the equipment and manpower to burnish daily, Castleguard® floor finish may be the right choice. It responds well to burnishing and provides exceptional depth of gloss.It is extremely durable and scuff mark resistant. The performance and durability of Buckeye floor finishes will help extend strip cycles, reducing the time spent on your floors and the cost of labor.

However, many facilities do not have the ability to burnish their floors daily. If your hard floor maintenance program only allows you to burnish over holiday weekends or about once a month, a representative may recommend Clarion® 25 floor finish. Clarion 25 can maintain high gloss with very little maintenance. It is ideal for facilities with limited equipment or manpower.

What kind of traffic is your floor dealing with?

Whether traffic in your facility is heavy or light, Buckeye has a floor finish that will give your floors gloss. If you’re coating a warehouse floor, Proclaim® floor finish may be the right fit. Proclaim is designed to stand up to the wear and tear of forklifts and heavy machinery on concrete floors.

Buckeye offers several other floor finishes, including eco-friendly, economical, and specialty options. For example, facilities that are environmentally conscious may choose Verde® and Verde Ultra, Buckeye’s Green Seal certified floor finishes. They each meet the most stringent environmental standards without sacrificing product performance.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about the program and discover which floor finish is right for you and your staff.

Buckeye Floor Care: Maintenance Programs

Clean floors can set the tone as people enter your facility. Finding the right floor finish can add years of durability and shine to your floors, but a complete floor care program is more than spectacular products. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program provides top-of-the-line floor finishes, floor strippers, and floor cleaners accompanied with excellent training for your staff.

We know keeping your floors looking their best throughout the year is equally as important as finding the right floor finish. Alongside in-person training, Buckeye has several programs that highlight routine, interim, and restorative floor maintenance procedures for a variety of facilities.

For schools and universities, the Buckeye Honors® Custodial Training Program features training on everything from routine cleaning to summer cleaning procedures. Honors provides training videos and tests, manuals, product literature, PowerPoint presentations, and wall charts to help guide your staff in nearly any maintenance task. Like all of Buckeye’s training programs, Honors showcases videos specifically geared towards routine, interim, and restorative floor care.

Buckeye also offers other specialized training programs like the Insight Custodial Training Program for Long-Term Care Facilities, the Prescription Hospital Environmental Services Maintenance Program, the Clarity Plus Supermarket and Retail Floor Maintenance Program, and the Correctional Facility Maintenance Cleaning/Training Program. Each program covers important tasks like matting maintenance, burnishing, using low-speed floor machines or automatic scrubbers, and stripping and recoating your floors.

Buckeye floor finishes will provide superior gloss and durability to your floors, and Buckeye’s training programs will ensure they stay that way year-round. Standardized cleaning procedures, coupled with excellent products like Buckeye Eco® Floor Cleaner E33 and Buckeye Eco All-Purpose Cleaner E11 from the Eco Proportioning Program make it easier for staff members to keep your facility looking its best.

The Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program has resources for nearly any kind of facility, including wall charts, product literature, and other training materials. Each maintenance program’s materials can be customized to fit your facility. Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about our Hard Floor Care Program and the training that comes along with it.

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.

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.

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.

Buckeye and Choice Partners Purchasing Cooperative

For schools and government entities, the legal procurement process for vendor contracts can be difficult and time consuming. Choice Partners understands the challenges surrounding the legal procurement needs and government purchasing requirements. They offer procurement and contract solutions to meet strict government purchasing requirements. Choice Partners’ staff complete the procurement process to make contracts readily available to schools and other government entities. This saves the purchaser from drafting, publishing, reviewing, and awarding their own bid.

Through a competitive, legal evaluation process, Choice Partners has awarded Buckeye International a contract for custodial and janitorial equipment supplies. This contract covers all Buckeye programs and products, and means that Buckeye products are legally approved and offered at the best value. Purchasers have immediate access to the exact items tested and approved in their school district or government facility as well as a trained, local distributor to support their staff.

Buckeye’s maintenance programs include the Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program, Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program, Reflections® Wood Floor Program, and Eco® Proportioning Program. Because Buckeye products and programs are approved by Choice Partners, you can be sure you are purchasing safer products that make a positive impact on teachers, students, and the environment. Buckeye also has several Green Seal certified products to further your facility’s green initiatives. Whatever your maintenance requirements, Buckeye offers a full line of maintenance products and supporting staff to address your needs and concerns.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about specific Buckeye programs and products.

Buckeye Floor Finishes

The appearance of your facility’s floors can mean the difference between a good or bad first impression. An effective hard floor care program keeps your floors looking their best. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program can be customized to fit your facility’s floor type, equipment, or maintenance needs.

Buckeye floor finishes are key components of the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program. Buckeye floor finishes are U.L. listed for slip resistance and maintain a depth of gloss that is second to none. Buckeye provides floor finish options for a variety of floor types from resilient floors to hard floors. They are easy to apply and fast drying.

Each Buckeye floor finish is scuff, scratch, and black mark resistant. Buckeye floor finishes are non-yellowing, meaning they do not darken over time due to outdated product formulations and floor finish color or additives that make floors look dirty and dated. They are also non-powdering. Powdering is excessive breakup of a non-durable floor finish under floor traffic or burnishing that produces dust, requiring additional cleanup.

Typically, 90% of a floor maintenance budget is spent on labor. Therefore, one of the greatest features of Buckeye’s floor finishes is their ability to extend your strip cycle. The durability and excellence of Buckeye floor finishes enables you to extend your strip cycle up to 3 years, saving from 20-40% on product and labor costs.

Hard Floor Care

Buckeye floor finishes include Clarion 25®, Clarion®, 1844, Castleguard®, LiquiMax®, Lucent®, Verde Ultra, Verde®, Citation®, Proclaim®, 1st Down®, R.P.M., Cirene, Equity, and Legacy® Enhancer. Each have unique features, designed for a variety of facilities. For example, Verde Ultra and Verde are Green Seal certified and designed specifically for “green” floor care programs.

To see which Buckeye floor finish best suits your facility’s needs and find out more about the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program, contact your local Buckeye representative.

ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America

On September 11-14, 2017 Buckeye will join the entire cleaning industry at ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America Trade Show and ISSA Convention, the largest industry trade show of the year, in Las Vegas, NV. ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America is where new strategies, insights, and products are on display. While there, discover opportunities to achieve greater profits and improved efficiency for your company.

Buckeye will be at ISSA to discuss the advantages of programs like our Eco® Proportioning Program, Reflections® Wood Floor Program, Hard Floor Care Program, and Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program. Learn about these programs and new products from Buckeye at booth #3943.

Join us and 16,000+ professionals in the cleaning industry including distributors, building service contractors, facility decision makers, and residential cleaning companies. Exhibitors from over 25 countries will be participating to showcase the latest products and services. ISSA/INTERCLEAN will have 60+ education seminars and training workshops as well as over 700 suppliers and equipment manufacturers.

Visit us in Las Vegas to share market insights and discover the value of Buckeye programs and products.

Buckeye Floor Strippers

The appearance of your floors can have an immense impact on your facility’s first impression. A complete floor care program is the best way to keep your floors looking their best. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program can be customized to fit the floor type, cost, and maintenance needs of your facility. Buckeye floor finishes are non-yellowing and non-powdering. They protect your floors from highly abrasive soils and extend the life of your floors.

The complete Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program can extend your strip cycles to three years. However, even the strongest, most effective floor finishes need to be stripped in order to keep your facility floor looking its best.

Buckeye floor strippers are formulated with patented Liquescent® technology to remove floor finish with one application. Each floor stripper works in cold water, helping to save energy. They are butyl-free and do not have harsh odors.

JuggernautBuckeye’s floor strippers include Juggernaut®, Liquid Shovel®, Penetrate, Revelation®, RipSaw®, S.W.A.T.® NA, and Base Hit. They work in one application to liquefy the toughest crosslinking floor finishes.

Juggernaut, Penetrate, RipSaw, S.W.A.T. NA, and Revelation are meant for all types of flooring while Base Hit and Liquid Shovel were designed for specialized application. Base Hit is a baseboard stripping gel that can emulsify floor finish buildup on baseboards, resilient tiles, and hard surface flooring. Liquid Shovel is a mild pH floor stripper that works best on pH sensitive flooring such as rubber, linoleum, and Marmoleum®.

Other unique features of Buckeye floor strippers include RipSaw’s Automatic Dilution Indicator (ADI®). When diluting the product, the solution will turn cloudy, allowing you to achieve the desired dilution ratio without wasting floor stripper.

Penetrate is Buckeye’s Green Seal certified environmental floor stripper. It meets Green Seal standard GS-40 and is safer for both workers and the environment.

Buckeye floor strippers are designed to remove the most stubborn floor finishes on a variety of floor types. Contact your Buckeye representative to find out more about Buckeye floor strippers and Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program.