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.

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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.

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Floor Care Program?

90% of a floor maintenance budget is spent on labor. Therefore, the best way to maintain your floors is by implementing an effective hard floor care program using superior products that require less labor.

Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program is complete with products targeted towards routine, interim, and restorative maintenance procedures for your facility’s hard floor. Buckeye’s floor finishes are non-powdering, non-yellowing, and have superior gloss. They can extend your strip cycle and the life of your floors. Our floor strippers are butyl-free and formulated with patented Liquescent® technology. They remove floor finish in one application without harsh odor. For daily maintenance, Buckeye floor cleaners are effective, efficient, and do not attack floor finish.

Tailor Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program to your facility with products and training designed to fit your needs. No matter what floor type, equipment, or maintenance needs you have, Buckeye will help you customize the most successful floor care program for your facility.

Schools and universities can take advantage of the Buckeye Honors Custodial Training Program. The Honors website features the complete program and includes training videos and tests, manuals, PowerPoint presentations, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), product literature, and wall charts. Contact your local Buckeye representative for more information.

Sand Management

A hard floor maintenance routine depends heavily on the environment of the facility. For some facilities, floor finish maintenance is greatly affected by sand.

Because sand destroys floor finish, floor finish in sandy areas may not last as long as floor finish in non-sandy areas. However, there are ways to better maintain the quality of your floor finish in the face of sand.

Here are some steps you can take to keep your floor finish shiny and pristine:

  1. Use quality outdoor matting. Reduced maintenance costs start before your visitors enter the building. Stopping sand, debris, and water outside your entrances is the best way to keep costly contaminants from entering your facility and doing damage to your floors.
  2. Use quality indoor matting to continue to capture sand, debris, and moisture.
  3. Vacuum the indoor matting every night to retain top performance results.
  4. Dust Mop the floors frequently. The amount of sand and soils coming into the building will determine the frequency required.
  5. Wet clean every night. Some sand will roll under dust mops and remain on the floor. A wet mop will pick up the sand much better.
  6. Place long matting at entrances and vacuum matting nightly.
  7. If there is sand stuck in the corners or crevices of your facility, try vacuuming the corners before your nightly floor maintenance routine.
  8. Because sand scratches floor finishes, Buckeye recommends a floor finish that responds well to frequent burnishing. Buckeye Castleguard®, 1844, and Lucent floor finishes are excellent choices for top results.

Buckeye Floor Finishes

Get advice and a program customized to your facility with the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program. Buckeye representatives provide products and hands on training to fit the needs of your facility.

Why does my floor finish show a haze or look cloudy?

A cloudy haze on your floor finish can be caused by a number of things. Often when an autoscrubber or burnisher is used, small scratches can appear on the floor. Scratches like these are normally unnoticeable, but can stand out on dark tile flooring. It may take some time and careful examination to determine the cause of haze in your facility.

If you find that while using an autoscrubber or burnisher, it is quickly becoming caked with floor finish, you may have an issue with detergents. Always make sure that floor finish is applied with a clean mop and wringer. If the wringer has detergent on it, you will contaminate the floor finish before you even apply it. Detergent can also cause a problem when too much has been left on the floor from daily activities like mopping. Over time, the detergent can build up and cause a sticky residue that will not respond to buffing. The detergent will be ground into the floor finish and cause the floor to look hazy.

However, detergents aren’t the only sources that can contaminate floor finish. Dust mops may also cause buff haze. When you use pre-treated dust mops, always remember to air them out the night before you use them. Often pre-treated dust mops are saturated with oils that can seep into the floor finish and even onto the tiles themselves if you do not air dry your dust mops first.

When you begin to notice scratches in your floor finish, you may need to examine your daily cleaning practices more closely. Many things can cause scratches. Are you using the right floor finish? Buckeye’s Hard Floor Program has a variety of floor finishes that are customizable for your facility. Are you using the right floor pads at the right pressure? If a pad is too aggressive or too much pressure is applied, you may be inadvertently stripping off floor finish. Is the floor clean? Are the floor pads clean? If not, you may be grinding dirt further into the floor as you attempt to clean. The Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program includes extensive training and customer support that can help solve almost any flooring issue. With Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program, you can ensure products are being used correctly and customize you floor care program for your facility.

Buckeye Eco® All-Purpose Cleaner E11

Unfortunately, when your floor finish is compromised in this way, you will most likely need to deep scrub and remove a few layers of floor finish. To do this, use Buckeye Eco® All-Purpose Cleaner E11/S11, diluted at 4 ounces per gallon with a blue, soft pad. Then, reapply. Once you have done that, be sure to clean the new floor finish with soft padded autoscrubbers. When using autoscrubbers or burnishers, you may benefit from beginning with a softer pad and then later moving to a more aggressive pad.

Buckeye Eco Floor Cleaner Fragrance-Free E32/S32

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It can be challenging to find a floor cleaner that deep cleans on all types of floors, and even harder if you are looking to find one that is fragrance-free. Buckeye Eco® Floor Cleaner Fragrance-Free E32/S32 is a super concentrate and can be used on all types of floors and finishes. It is a superior cleaner, low-foaming, and pH neutral when diluted.

E32/S32 has many advantages and benefits compared to other floor cleaners. It can handle high soil loads and will not damage floor finish. The effective cleaning performance is proven to extend time between required floor finish strip outs. It is also Green Seal certified, making it the environmentally responsible choice. E32/S32 is formulated to help minimize foam in the recovery tank of your automatic scrubber, allowing you to go further without taking the time to empty the tank. Another benefit of E32/S32 is that when used with an Eco Proportioning System it’s guaranteed to be mixed at the correct dilution and at the lowest end-use cost.

E32/S32 and the Eco Proportioning System are part of the fully integrated Eco Proportioning Program. The program has a simplistic approach to proportioning to help protect and preserve the environment, while helping you achieve the best overall value for each dollar spent.

Winter Conditions and Floor Finish Application

What should your facility’s temperature and humidity be to ensure successful floor finish application? Many temperature and humidity combinations can produce successful results, however, one strict limit to follow is that the air and floor must be at least 55°F.

Pay special attention to areas where it can be colder such as near exterior doors, or the freezer aisle. Also, consider instances when the floor finish is left inside a cold vehicle, and always allow the cold floor finish to warm to room temperature. Applying a cold floor finish to a warm floor (or vice versa) challenges the floor finish to form a proper film. This can cause lack of gloss, and the floor finish could easily powder causing durability issues. Your floor finish should be 55°F. To measure the floor temperature, place a thermometer on the floor and cover the bulb with a Styrofoam cup. After about 30 minutes, read the thermometer.

The Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program includes a comprehensive training for your staff to ensure that products are being used correctly and efficiently. This program is dedicated to providing the most extensive customer support that can help solve flooring issues even when the cause isn’t obvious. With Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program, you can customize the most successful floor care program for your facility.

Removing Ice Melt

Winter weather brings many concerns, including slippery floors. Most people put down ice melt to keep entrances safer for people to walk, and walk-off mats to trap ice, snow, water, and ice melt so that they do not get onto the hard surface flooring. Unfortunately, these contaminants do find their way into facilities. Fortunately, a thorough wet cleaning procedure can remove these contaminants from the floor and prevent damage!

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To start, you need the proper products and procedures to be successful at removing ice melt. You need products that will dissolve and chemically suspend the ice melt salts to keep them from re-depositing onto the floor while mopping or auto-scrubbing. You should avoid natural soap products and some synthetic detergent-based products. They do not contain the chemical ingredients to chemically bind ice melt salts in solution and allow the salts to re-deposit onto the floor during the cleaning operation. Products such as Buckeye Blue All-Purpose Cleaner, Tenacity® All-Purpose Cleaner, Green Light Super Concentrated Floor Cleaner, True 7 pH Neutral Cleaner, Buckeye Eco® Floor Cleaner E32/S32, and Straight-Up® Neutral Cleaner all yield excellent results for removing ice melt. These products are designed to chemically suspend and dissolve ice melt salts and keep them in solution. This prevents them from re-depositing back onto the floor. You can learn more about these Buckeye® products and more here.

Removing ice melt isn’t the only tricky cleaning task that comes along with winter weather. You also need to adjust how you mop or auto-scrub floors. It is best to start away from outside entrances and work towards them. If you are mopping, change the cleaning solution often so as not to overload the cleaning solution with ice melt salts. By following this procedure, you will not spread ice melt residues over floor areas that might have been cleaner before you started. Cleaning during winter weather doesn’t have to be difficult if you have the proper products and procedures. Buckeye’s full line of products can help clean smooth or textured flooring. With Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program, you can customize the most successful floor care program for your facility. It helps you maintain your floors by using superior products that require less labor, increase efficiency, and produce excellent results.