Gloss retention troubles on hard floors are a common issue in many facilities. Floor equipment can easily help gloss retention, but can have the opposite effect when used incorrectly. Several brands of auto-scrubbers and burnishers have operator adjustable pad pressure. It’s easy to grind off your finish by dialing up too much pad pressure. Walking slowly generates more friction for the floor than moving faster. For machines that have pre-set pad pressure, we recommend using a softer pad when floor finish is young and not yet cured. When the floor finish hardens daily cleaning with moderate pads won’t necessarily dull a floor finish.
If you plan on applying a fresh coat of floor finish, you want to see the floor fairly dulled by the auto-scrubber before applying finish. Move slowly, use aggressive pads, and apply more pad pressure. If you’re not planning to apply a fresh coat of floor finish, you don’t want the auto-scrubber to dull the floor. Move more quickly, use softer pads, and apply less pad pressure.
Be sure that no equipment is dragging on the floor such as metal, which can abrade the floor finish. A clogged vacuum motor that leaves dirty water on the floor can even hurt a floor’s finish. Try having designated auto-scrubbers for the “problem” floors. You can also damage floor finish by using dirty, used floor pads. Change floor pads as needed. Make sure your floor equipment helps your floor program be as efficient as possible, leaving your floors with high gloss retention.
For further help with floor finishes or to find a new floor finish program, contact Buckeye International today!
What types of flooring do you have in your facility? Whether your facility has hardwood, concrete, laminate, tile, or any other type of flooring, it is crucial to value floor care. There are many benefits to following an effective floor care program at your facility: improved appearance, durability to hold up to heavy traffic, safety, the list goes on. Your floor care needs are specific to you because no floors are exactly alike.
Floor care doesn’t stop at having a good cleaner. You need a program that also includes floor finish and floor stripper – you will extend the life of your floors and people will notice. Buckeye International has developed cleaning/maintenance products that make caring about floor care easier. Any flooring is in investment that should be taken care of for years to come. No matter what your floor care needs are, Buckeye will customize the most successful and efficient program for you.
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Floor Finish Products from Buckeye International
Finishing floors has the reputation of being a costly and time-consuming task and, additionally, the approach to floor maintenance has changed over time with a considerable emphasis on indoor air quality. Buying an innovative, quality floor finish that offers durability combined with a high gloss will not only keep your facility looking its best, but will also help save time and money on maintenance costs and procedures. Buckeye offers some of the most efficient and cost effective floor finishes available!
Buckeye floor finishes provide a superior gloss, excellent durability, and an unmatched response to burnishing. Because Buckeye floor finishes are non-yellowing, floors stay clear which reduces stripping frequencies.
Buckeye floor finishes are also non-powdering, which enables them to last longer. Non-powdering means that floor finishes respond well to propane burnishing. Buckeye floor finishes will harden rather than powder when burnished. Harder finishes are more durable and will look better for much longer than a powdering finish. A finish that powders will create more work by not only increasing strip cycle frequencies, but also by creating dust that requires cleaning. Dust and powder from floor finish also lowers indoor air quality.
Slip Resistant Floor Finishes
Another consideration is that the finish should be U.L. listed for slip resistance or certified to meet ASTM D 2047. A good finish will make the floor less slippery than an unfinished floor and keep the floors safer for customers. Even though the floor looks wet, it should never be slippery. All Buckeye floor finishes are U.L. listed for slip resistance.
Additionally, a self-leveling finish will make application easier and less time-consuming for maintenance staff. Buckeye self-leveling floor finishes dry to a smooth, non-rippling surface and provide the best results whether your climate is humid, dry, or somewhere in between.
Buckeye floor care products save time and money too. Customers report increased savings using Buckeye floor care products because they work the first time, requiring less maintenance and often fewer coats over time than other floor finishes.
Buckeye is dedicated to the research and development of innovative products to meet the demands of today’s floors. Safety and effectiveness can coincide. Let Buckeye show you proven results. Contact us to learn how to use floor finishes for your floors.