Improving Indoor Air Quality While Recoating Your Gym Floors

Improving Indoor Air Quality While Recoating Your Gym Floors

Improving the indoor air quality while recoating your gym floors can be a challenge. Recoating your school’s gym floors takes time. Oil-based wood floor coatings can take up to two weeks to fully cure. During the application and drying process, wood floor coatings can emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), odorous gases that can sometimes be dangerous to the health of employees or others in your school.

Limiting the amount of VOCs that are released can make a difference in the time it takes to recoat your floors. Even more importantly, it’s better for the health of employees and visitors. Reflections Coliseum® oil-modified wood urethanes have limited VOCs and Arena® water-based urethanes have some of the lowest VOC ratings of any wood floor coatings in North America. Because Arena coatings are water-based and emit less VOCs, their dry time is faster, allowing for play on gym floors only 48 hours after application.

There are other advantages to using Reflections wood floor coatings. Many well performing water-based products require the addition of a Polyfunctional Aziridine Crosslinker. This raw material is used to crosslink products for durability. However, it comes with many health concerns, including allergic reaction of the skin, lungs, and heart. With each exposure, health concerns only become greater. Reflections wood floor coatings don’t use hazardous crosslinkers, helping limit employee exposure to hazardous materials.

Preparation methods can also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Dry prepping floors can create dust that lingers in the air. If your gym floor is older, the Reflection wet screening prep method can eliminate dust. The Reflections® Wood Floor Program can help you decide the best preparation method for your floors that keeps your floors looking their best and considers the health of visitors and staff.

The Reflections Wood Floor Program prioritizes manufacturing safer-to-use products that exceed the strict environmental rules that regulate wood floor coatings. The complete program provides top-of-the-line products and procedures that keep gym floors shiny and durable without compromising employee health and safety. To learn more about the Reflections Wood Floor Program, its products, and procedures, contact your local Buckeye representative

Reflections: Coating New Wood Floors

Reflections: Coating New Wood Floors

Newly installed wood floors must be handled with care. New wood floors are far more susceptible to water damage than their older counterparts. Because newer wood floors have not had time to fill with polymer protection, the wood absorbs water more easily. This water absorption can lead to cupping or warping. Due to seasonal fluctuation and acclimation it is recommended to dry screen and use solvent-based oil modified urethanes for the first two, three or four recoats because of its flexibility. Using water-based coatings too soon can potentially cause boards to bond together to create one large panel of wood. This is called panelization.

The Reflections® Wood Floor Program offers oil-based wood floor coatings that are designed to give your gym floors excellent durability and brilliant shine. Reflections can extend the life of your gym floors, providing years of beauty, performance, safety, and durability.

Reflections oil-based wood floor coatings include Coliseum® 450, Coliseum® 350, Coliseum® 275, and Super 40 Gym Coating. Each coating is extremely durable and can achieve high gloss with one to two coats. Reflections has VOC (volatile organic compounds) compliant oil-based wood floor coatings with less harsh odors. They are also not as viscous making them easier to apply.

Age isn’t the only factor in choosing a wood floor coating. Not all new gym floors are the same and other factors such as time and equipment availability play a part in the recoating process. The care put into a new gym floor can last for the entire lifetime of a floor. Reflections experts understand each component of the environment of your gym. Reflections provides the products and training that fit your facility and its staff members best. Because coating your gym floors is not the only thing needed to maintain them, Reflections has all the products you’ll need for daily and long-term maintenance.

Ensure your new gym floor is well taken care of with Reflections training. This includes in-person training from Buckeye representatives as well as online training through the Buckeye Honors® Training Program. The Honors Custodial Training Program for schools and universities is available 24/7 with videos, PowerPoints, wall charts, and product literature to help staff members with wood floor care and more. Supervisors have the ability to assign videos and tests on various maintenance tasks to staff members. They can then view the results to ensure each staff member is up-to-date on maintenance procedures.

To find out more about how Reflections can be customized to fit your gym floor, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Coating Old Wood Floors

Coating Old Wood Floors

The age of your facility’s wood floor has a significant influence on the kind of maintenance required to maintain it. For newer wood floors, coating with oil-based wood floor coatings is the only option. A newer wood floor is more porous and likely to absorb water. However, over time wood floors become less porous and less absorbent. Because of this, coating old wood floors with water-based wood floor coatings becomes the better option.

Benefits of Water-Based Wood Floor Coatings

Water-based wood floor coatings have fewer VOCs, creating a better working environment for staff members coating the wood floors. For schools recoating gym floors, the fast-drying times make it possible to recoat over a long winter or spring break. There’s no need to wait for summer to get the job done.

Most importantly, because your wood floor has had years to build up polymer protection, water-based coatings won’t cause any damage to your floors. They can also keep wood floors shiny and ready for foot traffic.

Reflections Water-Based Wood Floor Coatings

Reflections Arena® water-based wood floor coatings are the best water-based wood floor coatings for any aged wood floor. Arena 300 allows sports play on gym floors only 48 hours after application. With Arena, staff members can wet-prep and coat floors on the same day. The wet screening prep method is recommended for older wood floors as it leaves behind no dust and provides good abrasion for adhesion. If you apply an oil-based wood floor coating after wet prepping the floor, you must wait overnight before coating. Water-based wood floor coatings can be applied in a much shorter window of time. They also have quick cure times and respond well to burnishing.

Their quick-drying times are coupled with low VOCs. In fact, Arena 300 is one of the most environmentally friendly coatings in the industry, with an NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) rating of 0 for Health, Fire, and Reactivity.

Reflections Program

Coating your wood floors takes care and consideration, but it doesn’t have to be complicated and difficult. The Reflections® Wood Floor Program comes with all the training and products needed to make it possible to coat your wood floors in house. Reflections representatives provide in-person expertise and training to help your staff complete the job. To find out more about the Reflections Wood Floor program and how to take care of your old wood floor, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Cleaning in Recreational and Community Centers

Cleaning in Recreational and Community Centers

Creating a welcoming environment for visitors of your community or recreational center can be a difference-maker for your facility. The best way to do this is by keeping your facility clean. Cleaning and disinfecting properly and regularly also keeps unwanted bacteria away, helping to keep your members and guests healthy.

An effective cleaning program can keep your facility looking its best. For community and recreational centers, Buckeye incorporates multi-purpose products that reduce labor, easy-to-follow procedures, and the resources you need to make your recreational center stand out.

Each of Buckeye’s programs comes with the products and training to keep all aspects of your facility clean. From general cleaning and disinfecting to restroom, locker room, and shower cleaning, Buckeye provides all the tools you’ll need. Additionally, Buckeye provides information on product safety with SDS and literature sheets, as well as proper procedures.

Buckeye’s programs include the Eco® Proportioning Program for cleaning, the Hard Floor Care Program, and the Reflections® Wood Floor Program. Buckeye also provides the Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program to help guests stay clean and healthy during their time at your recreational or community center.

With routine, interim, and restorative cleaning procedures, your staff will be prepared for any maintenance issue that arises. The comprehensive training that this program provides includes in-service training, ongoing technical assistance, and customer support. If a problem arises, Buckeye can provide all the tools you’ll need to solve it.

Comprehensive training, standardized procedures, and superior products make Buckeye the perfect fit for any facility. To find out more about how Buckeye programs can be customized to fit the needs of your facility, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Reflections: Oil-Based Wood Floor Coatings

Reflections: Oil-Based Wood Floor Coatings

Wood floors are susceptible to water damage, especially if they are newly installed. Because new wood floors have not had time to fill with polymer protection, the wood will easily absorb water. Water can cause the boards to warp, which is why for the first two to three years of a wood floor’s life, oil-based wood floor coatings are the best option.

The Reflections® Wood Floor Program provides oil-based wood floor coatings that are extremely durable and achieve high gloss after only one or two coats. They are VOC (volatile organic compounds) compliant and hold up well to scuffing and scratching. Traditional oil-based wood floor coatings are usually accompanied by harsh odors. Reflections oil-based wood floor coatings have less harsh odors, are less viscous, and are easy to apply. To cater to the needs of all facility types, Reflections provides a variety of oil-based coatings. Coating options include Coliseum® 450, Coliseum® 350, Coliseum® 275, and Larry’s Super 40 Gym Coating.

A lot of factors go into coating selection, including budget, facility location, and overall maintenance program. The choices and technical questions can seem endless when it comes to recoating your gym floors. This is why many facilities use contractors when it comes time to recoat. It may seem as if facility staff members are not qualified to get the job done.

The Reflections Wood Floor Program is designed with those concerns in mind. Recoating a school’s gym floor in-house can result in savings of 35% or more. Reflections representatives have the knowledge and expertise to educate the staff of any facility on products and procedures. Buckeye’s local distributors are trained to overcome any concerns surrounding your school’s gym. Backed up with Buckeye’s dedicated corporate sales team and top-of-the-line research department, Reflections is the perfect solution for any wood floor.

Local representatives give your staff hands-on training, answering questions and demonstrating techniques that make it possible to get the job done quickly and easily. In-person training is coupled with online resources like the Honors® Custodial Training Program for Schools and Universities. Honors provides wall charts, PowerPoint presentations, training manuals, and product literature as well as step-by-step videos meant to walk staff members through the recoating process. Honors’ online tests ensure staff members are prepared and refreshed on procedures before big projects like recoating your gym floors.

Recoating your gym floors can seem like a monumental task. Whether your wood floor is new or old, Reflections has the wood floor coating to fit your needs and the expertise to answer your questions. Contact your local Buckeye representative to see which coating is right for your facility.

Reflections: Water-Based Wood Floor Coatings

Reflections: Water-Based Wood Floor Coatings

The Reflections® Wood Floor Program is designed to protect wood floors of all ages. Exposure to water can negatively impact newer wood floors. However, for older wood floors, Reflections provides water-based wood floor coatings that come with added benefits.

Once you have had your wood floor for 2-3 years and the boards have had time to fill with polymer protection, graduating to a water-based wood floor coating may be the best option. After 2-3 years, the wood is no longer at risk of absorbing too much water and warping.

Reflections’ Arena® water-based wood floor coatings can speed up the recoating process. They are quick-drying, allowing sports play only 48 hours after application. Reflections Arena 300 and Arena 50 emit less volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than oil-based urethanes. VOCs are odorous gases that can sometimes be dangerous to the health of employees or others in your facility.

Arena water-based wood floor coatings enable you to wet-prep and coat your floors in the same day. They have quick cure times and respond well to burnishing. They are not flammable and Arena 300 is one of the most environmentally friendly coatings in the industry, with an NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) rating of 0 for Health, Fire, and Reactivity.

With fast drying times and less VOCs, water-based coatings are the perfect fit for any facility that needs a quick turnaround. For schools, Arena wood floor coatings make it possible to recoat gym floors throughout the school year.

The Reflections Wood Floor Program comes with all the training needed for your staff to finish the job quickly and accurately. Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out if water-based wood floor coatings are the right choice for your facility.

Coating Your Wood Floors When the Weather Turns Hot

Coating Your Wood Floors When the Weather Turns Hot

If you’re recoating your wood floors this summer, hot weather may impact the recoating process. When the weather turns hot, a host of challenges can crop up.

Before applying your wood floor coating, bring your floor coating into the facility and allow it to adjust to room temperature. Never apply a coating that is warmer than the floor. Applying a hot coating to a cool floor can create millions of tiny bubbles. If your floor coating has been stored in a truck or sitting in the sun, it can reach temperatures of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If you apply the hot coating to a cold floor, the coating will dry extremely quickly. As the warm coating penetrates the wood, it heats up air pockets in the wood, causing them to bubble as the coating quickly dries.

Drying Conditions

A properly dried wood floor coating means that enough solvents have been removed from the coating to allow the polymer chains to entangle. Entanglement enhances adhesion, durability, and overall beauty of a coating. In dry winter conditions, one concern is flash drying due to very low humidity. In the summer, air exchange is important. The outside air is typically humid, and adding solvents or water to the air inside makes it even more saturated, slowing the drying and curing, so you should exchange the air in the room with fresh air. You don’t, however, want this happening directly on a freshly applied and still tacky finish. You don’t want to stir up dust from the rafters.

For best results in hot, humid, summer conditions, be prepared to turn down any airflow while the finish is being applied, and be prepared to get it turned back on several hours later. Air movement and circulation is the most important factor in drying any wood floor coating.

Temperature

Increased temperature can impact drying time in multiple ways. Higher temperature can increase the air’s capacity to carry vapor which can speed up drying, but only if air is circulating. High temperature can also increase the curing rate of solvents in the floor coating.

However, you do not want your wood floor coating to dry too fast. If it does, there may be some combing lines in the coating. Therefore, in low circulation conditions, more time must be taken before allowing regular traffic and moving furniture back onto the floor. When you have low circulation conditions and hot and humid summer conditions, it is especially important to allow more time.

It is always important to consider air circulation, temperature, and dry time when recoating your wood floors. Representatives from Buckeye’s Reflections® Wood Floor Program have the knowledge and expertise to help you determine when and how to coat your wood floors. Representatives can help train your staff in proper coating applications and procedures.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more information about the Reflections Wood Floor Program and the training that accompanies it.

Host a Reflections Seminar

Host a Reflections Seminar

The Buckeye Reflections® Wood Floor Program will help you get brilliant shine and excellent durability out of your wood floors. Buckeye has data to back up these claims, but the best way to learn about Reflections is through a Reflections seminar.

With a Reflections seminar, you not only get to see the products in action, but you get the chance to participate in the prepping and recoating process.

Day 1

Buckeye representatives will walk through the process of prepping your wood floor, explaining each aspect as they begin to prep your floor. They will do the same as they scrub and tack, and apply Gym Bond with flat mops.

Afterwards there will be time for questions and a quick introduction to recoating your wood floors.

Day 2

Day 2 is more hands-on. Reflections offers great products, and one of its greatest assets is the MFMA (Maple Flooring Manufacturer’s Association) approved training your staff members will receive from Reflections representatives. Staff members will first learn about prepping procedures in a classroom setting and then will accompany Buckeye representatives in prepping the rest of the wood floor.

Once the floor has been prepped, staff members will have the opportunity to learn about recoating wood floors. Buckeye representatives will present the difference between oil-based and water-based wood coatings, the equipment needed to recoat your floors, the application process, and various maintenance procedures.

To conclude the presentation, staff members will begin to apply their knowledge by recoating the wood floor alongside Buckeye representatives. At the end of the day, all participants will have the opportunity to ask additional questions. Each participant will also receive a Certificate of Training.

Finished Product

By the end of a Reflections seminar, your staff will be fully trained on the preparation and recoating processes for your wood floors as well as additional maintenance procedures. Your wood floor will be completely recoated, giving you the opportunity to fully evaluate how Reflections products can have a long-term impact on your facility.

When asked about the Reflections Wood Floor Program a high-school Facilities Manager had this to say: “I could not believe the amount of pride my staff took in the wood floors once we implemented the Buckeye Reflections Program. For the first time we were receiving compliments on our wood floors instead of complaints. The Buckeye staff came and hosted a training with my staff on the upper wood floor. A year later they did a second training with my staff on the lower wood floor. Shortly after the second training my staff did the upper wood floor on their own and it turned out excellent.”

See how a Reflections seminar can have an impact on your facility and your staff by scheduling a seminar today.

Procedures for a Quality Gym Floor

Procedures for a Quality Gym Floor

Preparing your floor before you coat it, finding the proper coating, and making sure you have the proper training to recoat your gym floors are all important aspects of maintaining their beauty. However, what you do to take care of your floors between recoating them is equally as important. From daily maintenance to special considerations, Buckeye has all the procedures to keep your wood floor glossy and ready for play.

Daily Maintenance

  1. Vacuum entryway mats.
  2. Dust mop the floor with an untreated dust mop.
  3. Spot clean floors with a 1.4 oz. per gallon dilution of Buckeye Green Light Super Concentrated Floor Cleaner or Eco® Floor Cleaner Fragrance-Free S32.

Weekly Maintenance

  1. Unload soil from entryway mats.
  2. Dust mop the floor.
  3. Tack the floor with Screen Clean Ready-to-Use Floor Prep Cleaner and Tacking Solution.

As Needed Maintenance

  1. Remove gum and tape.
  2. Use protective matting in high traffic areas during special events or structural maintenance.

Special Maintenance

  1. Scrub the floor with an autoscrubber, white pad and Green Light or Eco S32 to remove heavy soil and black marks.
  2. Scrub the floor with Floortonic® Burnishing Liquid and an autoscrubber. Then burnish with a high-speed burnisher to restore gloss on Arena® wood floor coatings.

Things to Remember

Do not use an autoscrubber daily. At the most, use an autoscrubber twice a month. If you use an autoscubber on a daily basis, grit will accumulate in the cleaning pads. This can scratch your floor. Moisture can also build up in wood floor boards and cause damage to the floor.

Buckeye has a variety of wood floor coatings. Newer floors should be coated with oil-based coatings. If your coating is oil-based, do not use a high-speed burnisher. Oil-based coatings do not respond well to high-speed burnishing.

Dust mops can leave a dry talc-like powder behind that can be slippery. A good way to combat this is to damp tack the floor with microfiber materials.

Keeping up with daily, weekly, and as needed maintenance procedures can breathe new life into your hard wood floors. Find out more about how to take care of the hard wood floors in your facility from your local Buckeye representative.

Download a Reflections Maintenance wall chart below.

Save Money on Your Wood Floors

Save Money on Your Wood Floors

“To preserve the beauty and life of your maple floor, the MFMA (Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association) recommends that recreational surfaces receive periodic refinishings. Facility use, abuse and maintenance will determine the appropriate refinishing schedule. Most gymnasium floors should be annually recoated.”1

Wood floors are the foundation of your school’s gym but refinishing them is often costly and time consuming. However, properly recoating your wood floors is necessary to increase their shine and overall durability. Annually recoating a wood floor can extend its lifetime and protect you from the costly expense of replacing it before it has reached the end of its useful life.

Buckeye’s Reflections® Wood Floor Program has the products, procedures, and training materials to best maintain your wood floor. Access to the proper training and equipment to get the job done make it possible to recoat your floors in-house. With Reflections, you can recoat your floors using many of the items you already have in your facility. Reflections uses the same tools used to strip and refinish VCT hallways and classrooms. This means no added equipment costs. You can coat your floors with your staff on your own time. With Reflections, you don’t need to wait for summer vacation. Recoating your gym floors can be done during winter or spring break.

Reflections couples readily available tools with hands-on training from Reflections representatives and web-based training approved by MFMA. Reflections representatives are experts in their field. They can make your wood floors last by helping you choose the right preparation method and wood floor coating.

“Our gym floors are the most expensive floors in our schools, so we have to be confident in the products we use. The Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Program is a complete program, not just products, and the training is phenomenal! Now we can do our gym floors in-house and save money, and still get results like this!” – Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, MO

Buckeye’s Reflections cost calculator can show you how much your facility can save by comparing the cost of the Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Program to your current wood floor maintenance costs. It factors in the size of your gym floor, how many coats your floor will need, and the cost of all products and supplies.

For more information on the Reflections Wood Floor Program, click here.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out how much your facility can save with the Reflections Wood Floor Program.

1MFMA Industry Recommendations – Sanding, Sealing, Court Lining, Finishing & Resurfacing of Maple Gym Floors. (March 2008). Retrieved from http://www.maplefloor.org/TechnicalInfo/Sanding-and-Sealing/Annual-Maintenance-Refinishing.aspx