The Symmetry® Behavior Modification System

The Symmetry® Behavior Modification System

Studies in behavioral science have shown that using colors, mirrors, floor decals, and other stimuli can influence human behavior. In grocery stores, manufacturers pay retailers to merchandise their products in strategic locations to increase the likelihood that those products will be purchased. Candy bars are strategically placed at the eye level of children to increase the likelihood of purchase. Some manufacturers will provide stores with floor decals that lead to their products.

Many manufacturers employ people with PhDs in Behavioral Science to identify the best way to stimulate a potential customer into making a purchase. The Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program worked with Behavioral Scientist, Dr. Adam Alter, to find out how to increase hand hygiene practices with behavioral science.

Together, Dr. Alter and Symmetry came up with several behavior modification tools based on the six key tenets of benevolence, accountability, responsibility, variation, emotion, and direction. These include dispenser colors, placards, visual lighting cues, and floor decals that can be used in a variety of facilities. The Symmetry placards include messages or mirrors to encourage an immediate response. They are placed directly above a dispenser and can be rotated periodically. Symmetry dispensers can also be fitted with visual lighting cues. These flashing lights are designed to draw attention to dispensers. Floor decals offered by Symmetry can subtly direct individuals to dispensers.

All of these tools are designed to increase proper hand hygiene practices in your facility. They serve as reminders but are not intended to be used for all dispensers. The best way to implement Symmetry behavior modification system is to rotate the tools throughout the facility. This creates variation, changes sight-lines, and continues to capture attention.

The Symmetry Behavior Modification System is just one added benefit of the Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program. Symmetry offers a complete line of hand hygiene products including hand sanitizers and hand washes. Symmetry dispensers are reliable with large sight windows for checking product levels. The program comes with education and awareness tools and everything your facility needs to improve hand hygiene practices.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more about the Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program and the Behavior Modification System.

Why Do My Floors Look Filmy?

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

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

Gloss Retention

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!

Why Care About Floor Care?

Why Care About Floor Care?

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.

Click here to learn more about the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program.