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.

How 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.

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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. Contact today to get started.

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. Contact Buckeye International to discuss how we can help.

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. Contact us today to learn more.

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. Contact us today to get started!

Buckeye Floor Care Estimator

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Did you know that 90% of a floor maintenance budget is spent on labor? The Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program can help save on total program cost. Buying inexpensive products is not the key to keeping floor care costs down. Cheaper products yellow and powder, and require frequent and expensive strip outs. The best way to maintain your floors is by implementing an effective hard floor care program using superior products that require less labor. The Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program is built on standardized procedures and the highest quality products. A unique feature of the program is that Buckeye not only manufactures its own floor finishes, but engineers the polymers that form the core of the floor finishes. Buckeye also developed patented Liquescent® technology, which is a water-based technology that strengthens the cleaning power of Buckeye products and replaces hazardous chemical ingredients including solvents, ammonia, butyl, and alcohol bases.

Floor Care Estimator

How does the cost of your floor care program compare to the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program? Contact your Buckeye Representative today to find out how much you can save with a personalized quote. Using the Floor Care Estimator, your Buckeye Representative will help you to compare total product usage and labor requirements, and determine overall savings. Learn more about the complete program here.

Why Do My Floors Look Filmy?

This is a question that is, unfortunately, familiar to many people in the cleaning industry.

With floors, dirt is transported from a floor to a mop head, then to a wringer, a bucket, and then a drain. If what you use to pick up the dirt is not absorbent, your floors will look filmy.

Many times, the applicators used to clean a floor are wetted with a cleaner and that cleaner is rubbed around on the floor. This leaves a layer of water, plus detergents and dirt behind. To prevent this, thoroughly dry the microfiber or flat mop before using it so it transports dirt back to the bucket.

Here is one way to demonstrate the effectiveness of a cleaning tool, string mop or flat mop, to clean an area:

  1. Allow the string mop or flat mop to dry.
  2. Place a very white gym sock over one of your hands.
  3. Moisten the gym sock with warm water and squeeze out as much water as you can.
  4. Rub your hand on a section of the floor and inspect the sock.

A very sloppy wet mop head leaves so much solution behind that it takes a long time to dry, no doubt leaving dirt behind – this is the most common situation where a floor is left looking filmy.

Next, gently rub that area with a soft cloth. Then wipe up the water with a clean cloth, and reapply the quarter sized drop of water. This time, the water will bead up since there is no detergent present to help it wet out.

If your filmy floor issue still persists there could be a different problem. In some cases, the cleaning compound may attack the floor finish, leaving it dull. This can be caused by using aggressive cleaners like pH degreasers or floor strippers, or even from the use of moderate pH cleaners such as all-purpose cleaners.

Normally, Buckeye Blue diluted at 2 ounces per gallon and mopped on a floor does not attack floor finish. Buckeye Blue can attack a floor finish, however, when the floor is being mopped and solution is left behind on the floor heavy enough that it takes a long time to dry.

During that soak time, the pH of the solutions slowly rise as the water evaporates and, as the water evaporates, the concentration of the active ingredients become stronger and stronger until the last 30-40 seconds of dry time.

You can also use Straight-Up® pH Neutral Cleaner to prevent filmy floors. The chemistry in the true pH neutral cleaner does not suffer a pH spike no matter how long it is diluted or how long the solution takes to dry. Just remember that even though filmy floors can be a nuisance to deal with, they can easily be fixed with simple changes. If you have questions about the chemicals you are using, contact your Buckeye representative.

Buckeye Floor Cleaners: Cleaning Floor Grout

Cleaning floor grout can be a challenging task. The first thing to remember is that cement-based grout, like a concrete floor, may not be uniform. After grout has been thoroughly cleaned, there may still be some darker spots next to lighter areas due to factors of installation. This is not something that can be changed with different methods of cleaning. When there are soils that need to be removed from grout, first wet the floor with a degreasing or general purpose cleaning solution. Next, let the solution sit for several minutes, and scrub the floor with a brush that can reach down into the grout. Then pick up the solution with a wet vacuum or mop, apply rinse water and scrub, and then pick up the rinse water.

Buckeye offers effective degreasers and general purpose cleaners that can be used for this purpose including Buckeye Maurader® and Eco® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner E15. Both of these products contain hydrogen peroxide and have excellent detergency for wetting the surface and suspending soil. The hydrogen peroxide reacts with some soils to make them more soluble in water which can physically loosen soils. If your facility has grout that won’t come clean after using a good cleaning solution there may be a discolored coating covering it. You can remove it with a Buckeye floor stripper, and follow up with a Buckeye water-based cleaner to scrub the floor.

Another option you can try is to used an acid-based cleaner such as Buckeye Eco Acid Cleaner E16 and Buckeye Gel Scrub Tub and Tile Cleaner. These products go after soils that are sensitive to acid chemistry and based on phosphoric acid. This allows them to attack the grout itself and loosen soils that can then be flushed loose from the floor. But do be careful to seal after the use of acid chemistry, since the use of acids is not meant to be a regular cleaning process. If you are unsure which solution is best use to clean your cement-based grout, try a small-scale test. This can reveal the winning solution without too much unnecessary work.

Gloss Retention Procedures

Gloss retention is reliant on the equipment being used. The operation of the autoscrubber and burnisher, the dust mop, and the selection of the proper cleaner, can all impact the longevity of a floor care program. An important factor to consider is the variables between staff and the technique used to apply floor finishes.

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For example, let’s say that there are three different cleaning staff members applying the same floor finish. The first one applies the coats very thin. At the end of the day there are only two coats, instead of six coats applied. Each of the coats covered at 6,000 square feet per gallon, producing a very thin coat. The second person applies medium coats, each at 1,500 – 2,000 square feet per gallon. This results in better looking floors for a longer amount of time. The third person applies heavy coats, each at 800 – 1,000 square feet per gallon. Since the coats are so heavy they take a very long time to dry tack-free. The residual moisture and solvents in floor finishes can take months to fully evaporate out of the film. This extremely long time to cure means an unusually soft coating that doesn’t wear well.

Even though each person used the same floor finish, they each ended up getting different results. The Buckeye® Floor Care Program includes a comprehensive training program for your staff to ensure the products are being used correctly and efficiently. The program can be tailored to meet your specific needs and Buckeye is dedicated to providing the most extensive customer support.