How Much Are You Spending on Wood Floors?

How Much Are You Spending on Wood Floors?

Wood floors are some of the most beautiful floors in your facility. They’re also some of the most expensive floors. The Buckeye Reflections® Wood Floor Program can help reduce the cost of maintaining your wood floors, enabling you to recoat them in-house, utilizing equipment already available in your facility.

Reflections products can help you achieve cleaner, brighter, longer-lasting floors that can extend your maintenance cycles. Depending on your facility needs, Reflections offers the greenest, lowest VOC water-based wood floor coatings and the latest, state-of-the-art oil-based wood floor coatings. Reflections maintenance products will clean and restore gloss to your floors between coatings without damaging the floor coating.

In addition to providing superior gloss and durability, Reflections also wants to put the health and well-being of students first. Reflections offers Arena® 300 Microban® Antimicrobial Wood Floor Coating, a wood floor coating that continuously fights the growth of microbes and bacteria at no additional cost to you. When microbes come in contact with the product surface, Microban protection penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism and disrupts the cell, making the microorganism unable to grow and reproduce.

Top-of-the-line products combined with in-person and online training is key to the success of the Reflections Wood Floor Program. Buckeye’s full line of wood floor care products comes with hands-on, personalized training from a Reflections representative. This hands-on training covers preparation, recoating, and maintaining your wood floors. For additional assistance, the Buckeye Honors Program can help employees review procedures and teach new employees the proper techniques. Honors presents the complete Reflections Program through a series of videos, providing tests for employees and reporting so managers can review progress of employees.

Reflections’ superior products and training programs can save help you save 35% or more on wood floor maintenance. Achieve lasting results and become an expert in wood floor maintenance with the help of Reflections representatives. See how much you can save by contacting your local Buckeye representative for more information.

Buckeye's Complete Floor Care Program

Buckeye's Complete Floor Care Program

Did you know that 90% of a floor maintenance budget is spent on labor?

Reducing the amount of labor it takes to strip and refinish floors provides the biggest opportunity for total program cost savings. Buckeye has developed its Hard Floor Care Program with superior products and training in proper techniques to maximize labor savings. With Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program, facilities can save 20-40% of their floor maintenance budget.

Superior Products

Buckeye products are developed with patented Liquescent® technology. This water-based technology strengthens the cleaning power of Buckeye products and replaces hazardous chemical ingredients including butyl, ammonia, solvents, and alcohol bases. Products like Buckeye’s RipSaw® Floor Stripper use this technology to remove floor finish in one application.

Buckeye’s floor finishes use Renaissance® Performance Polymers, specifically designed for Buckeye. Competitors buy polymers from companies who do not specialize in making floor finishes. Renaissance replicates exact polymer specifications for Buckeye floor finishes, which guarantees consistent results for customers. Because of this, Renaissance helps Buckeye floor finishes achieve maximum durability and water-clear clarity.

Clarion 25® Microban Antimicrobial Floor Finish 

In addition to providing clarity and durability, Clarion 25 with Microban Technology provides 24/7 antimicrobial product protection. When microbes come in contact with the product surface, Microban technology penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism and disrupts the cell, making the microorganism unable to grow and reproduce.

Customized Training

Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program is tailored to your facility. Buckeye representatives provide in-person training to ensure staff members have a solid understanding of proper procedures. One Jacksonville, FL school’s head custodian notes Buckeye’s attention to training, saying, “The reps stand out, always coming by to check on me, offer help, or provide training.”

For schools and universities, Buckeye also provides the Honors® Custodial Training Program. Available 24/7, this online program is complete with videos and tests to improve staff knowledge. Supervisors can view reports on test scores and conduct facility surveys to see how maintenance has improved over time.

To see how Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program can be customized to fit your facility, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Standardize Your Cleaning Program with Eco

Standardize Your Cleaning Program with Eco

The Eco® Proportioning Program can help standardize cleaning in any facility. With cleaners, disinfectants, sanitizers, and odor eliminators all dispensable from one system, Eco makes cleaning easy for staff of any facility.

There are three compact Eco proportioning systems, made to fit in virtually any custodial closet. Designed for broad spectrum cleaning, the Eco Pro can dilute for up to six different applications. The more compact Eco Element and Edge are designed for remote, satellite, and focused applications, each diluting for up to three applications. Each proportioning system operates the same, automatically diluting products with the press of a button, taking the guess work out of product dilution.

Eco’s extensive product line provides products to clean any part of your facility. They are each color and number coded to make proportioning even easier. Each product’s number and color match with its corresponding bottle and proportioning system dispenser. Recently a church in Phoenix, AZ switched from ready-to-use products to the Eco Proportioning Program. They had also been using several different product dispensers throughout their facilities, making diluting cleaners a confusing, time consuming process. The Eco proportioning systems automatically diluted products and each Eco product, bottle, and dispenser is labeled with a corresponding color and number making it easy to distinguish between products. Switching to Eco helped consolidate their cleaning supplies and develop a better cleaning system.

For schools looking to implement the Eco Proportioning Program, Buckeye’s Honors Custodial Training Program can help guide staff as they clean. Available 24 hours a day, the Honors Program provides training in routine cleaning, restroom, shower and locker room cleaning, carpet care, hard floor care, gym floor care, food service procedures, summer cleaning procedures, and product safety. The program presents easy to follow procedures that are researched and proven to increase efficiency with videos, tests, training manuals, product literature, and wall charts.

For more information about the Eco Proportioning Program and how it can simplify cleaning in your facility, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Reflections Wood Floor Care Training

Reflections Wood Floor Care Training

Caring for wood floors requires time and expertise that most facilities don’t have. This is why many schools hire contractors to recoat and care for their gym floors. Because wood floors are among the most impressive features in any facility, staff members don’t want to risk destroying their beauty by attempting to recoat the floors in-house. With the proper products and training, facility managers don’t need to be concerned. The Reflections® Wood Floor Program provides products and trains staff on prepping, scrubbing, and recoating wood floors.

Oftentimes, hiring a contractor can be expensive. Facilities looking to cut down on costs while maintaining the quality of their wood floors can take advantage of the in-person, online, and video training options provided by Reflections. Reflections training includes procedures for restorative, interim, and routine wood floor care.

In addition to in-person training, staff members have access to wall charts, literature, and videos that can guide them through each maintenance process. The Honors® Custodial Training Program for Schools and Universities can also help guide staff members through each process with videos, PowerPoints, and literature. Honors is available 24/7 online, and comes with additional features like tests and reporting. Supervisors can track the progress of each staff member with reporting on test scores and the amount of video each staff member has watched. 

Since Reflections procedures work with equipment most facilities already have, there is no added cost for new equipment. The training provided by the Reflections program can make recoating your wood floors easier and, in some cases, faster. With Reflections water-based wood floor coatings, staff no longer has to wait for summer to recoat gym floors. The quick dry-times of water-based coatings mean school staff can recoat during winter or spring break, making wood floor care more convenient.

Reflections products also offer some of the lowest VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the industry, improving the indoor air quality for employees as they work. Reflections has also removed hazardous crosslinkers from their coatings. These crosslinkers can be harmful to the respiratory health of employees and visitors. With its products and training, Reflections has made recoating wood floors quick, easy, and safer for employees.

For more information on the Reflections Wood Floor Program’s training program and products, contact your local Buckeye representative

Restroom Cleaning Procedures

Restroom Cleaning Procedures

Restrooms are high traffic areas that receive a lot of use, and require frequent cleaning and disinfecting. Often restrooms are affected by mold, mildew, germs, odors, and even graffiti.

Before cleaning a restroom, it’s important to take proper safety measures. Place a “Wet Floor” sign at the entrance to the restroom and be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment – rubber gloves and eye protection.

Gather the proper equipment and products, including several products from Buckeye’s Eco® Proportioning Program. The Eco Proportioning Program is Buckeye’s solution to dilution control. Eco proportioning systems dilute concentrated products quickly and accurately. Each product is reliable and economical, offering the end user overall value and convenience. Eco provides all the products you’ll need to clean restrooms and nearly any other room in your facility, including several Green Seal certified products for facilities that are concerned about their environmental impact.

Begin the cleaning process by lowering the water in each toilet bowl with a bowl brush, and spraying the bowls and urinals with Eco One-Step Disinfectant/Deodorizer/Cleaner E22. The key to restroom cleaning is allowing your Eco disinfectant to dwell for 10 minutes before wiping down the area. Allowing for proper dwell time gives disinfectants time to effectively kill germs. Eco Glass Cleaner HD E12 S12

As you let E22 dwell, high dust anything above shoulder height and check that all soap dispensers are working and filled with soap. Then, clean mirrors and glass with Eco Glass Cleaner HD E12 or Eco Multi-Purpose Glass Cleaner E13 and a microfiber cloth. Spray and wipe the sinks and countertops with your Buckeye Eco disinfectant. Clean walls and partitions using Eco Muscle Cleaner E14 and Eco Heavy-Duty Cleaner E61 for difficult areas such as graffiti and permanent marker.

By this time E22 has had enough time to dwell. Respray the external parts of the toilet bowls and urinals, and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth working from high to low. Then use a bowl brush to clean the inside of toilet bowls and urinals. To remove stubborn mineral deposits, use Eco Acid Cleaner E16.

Finally, sweep the floor and scrape up gum and other items stuck to the floor with a putty knife. Empty the trash receptacles and replace the liners. Damp mop the floor with your Eco disinfectant cleaner using the figure-8 technique. Let the disinfectant air dry.

Every two weeks: clean sinks, toilet bowls and urinals with Eco Acid Cleaner E16.

Once a week: Clean trash receptacles with an Eco Once-Step Disinfectant/Deodorizer/Cleaner E22 and apply Eco Odor Counteractant E42 to the floor, and around toilets and urinals.

Removing germs from restrooms is important for the health of everyone in your facility. Having proven cleaning procedures can help improve the state of your facility and the health of the people in it. Buckeye provides standardized training programs for nearly any facility type. These programs include instruction videos, detailed procedure manuals, and easy-to-follow wall charts.

For schools and universities, Buckeye provides the Honors® custodial training program. This program’s videos and training materials are online and accessible 24/7. Viewers can test themselves on the knowledge they have gained from each Honors video. Supervisors can then view reports on those tests to gauge how much information has been retained.

For more information on restroom cleaning, the Honors custodial training program, or Buckeye’s other custodial training programs, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Buckeye Floor Care: Maintenance Programs

Buckeye Floor Care: Maintenance Programs

Clean floors can set the tone as people enter your facility. Finding the right floor finish can add years of durability and shine to your floors, but a complete floor care program is more than spectacular products. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program provides top-of-the-line floor finishes, floor strippers, and floor cleaners accompanied with excellent training for your staff.

We know keeping your floors looking their best throughout the year is equally as important as finding the right floor finish. Alongside in-person training, Buckeye has several programs that highlight routine, interim, and restorative floor maintenance procedures for a variety of facilities.

For schools and universities, the Buckeye Honors® Custodial Training Program features training on everything from routine cleaning to summer cleaning procedures. Honors provides training videos and tests, manuals, product literature, PowerPoint presentations, and wall charts to help guide your staff in nearly any maintenance task. Like all of Buckeye’s training programs, Honors showcases videos specifically geared towards routine, interim, and restorative floor care.

Buckeye also offers other specialized training programs like the Insight Custodial Training Program for Long-Term Care Facilities, the Prescription Hospital Environmental Services Maintenance Program, the Clarity Plus Supermarket and Retail Floor Maintenance Program, and the Correctional Facility Maintenance Cleaning/Training Program. Each program covers important tasks like matting maintenance, burnishing, using low-speed floor machines or automatic scrubbers, and stripping and recoating your floors.

Buckeye floor finishes will provide superior gloss and durability to your floors, and Buckeye’s training programs will ensure they stay that way year-round. Standardized cleaning procedures, coupled with excellent products like Buckeye Eco® Floor Cleaner E33 and Buckeye Eco All-Purpose Cleaner E11 from the Eco Proportioning Program make it easier for staff members to keep your facility looking its best.

The Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program has resources for nearly any kind of facility, including wall charts, product literature, and other training materials. Each maintenance program’s materials can be customized to fit your facility. Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about our Hard Floor Care Program and the training that comes along with it.

Honors Custodial Training Program

Honors Custodial Training Program

Buckeye is an innovative leader in the commercial cleaning and maintenance products industry. Our products are designed with both performance and safety in mind. Buckeye accompanies these industry-leading products with in-depth, comprehensive training from knowledgeable representatives.

For schools and universities, Buckeye takes that training one step further. The Buckeye Honors® Custodial Training Program is a complete custodial program for schools and universities. It provides all the products, procedures, and training needed to keep your school or university looking its best.

Honors can train your staff on routine cleaning, restroom, shower, and locker room cleaning, carpet care, hard floor care, gym floor care, food service procedures, summer cleaning procedures, and product safety. It standardizes cleaning procedures in your school or university, lowering labor costs and giving staff more time to dedicate to other facility needs. Standard cleaning procedures make cleaning and maintenance procedures easy for staff, reducing the impact of turnover and ensuring daily maintenance needs are met.

Honors presents easy to follow procedures that are researched and proven to increase efficiency. Most importantly, Honors is interactive. It’s more than a training manual. You can view training videos by segment. Each video has corresponding PowerPoints presentations, training manuals, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), product literature, and wall charts where applicable.

After viewing videos, staff members can gauge their knowledge with tests on each video segment. Supervisors can see how much information their staff members have retained by viewing reports of their test scores.

Honors also offers maintenance surveys that are broken up into segments for the grounds, office areas, hallways and floors, classrooms, restrooms, gymnasiums and locker rooms, cafeteria, custodial closets, boiler rooms, auditorium, and library of your school. Inspectors can rate specific maintenance needs for each survey segment, leave comments, and upload images to illustrate their concerns.

The site is accessible 24 hours a day, so any time you need to refresh on a specific procedure or reference a certain part of a training manual, you can. Login to find all the information you need to clean nearly any part of your school.

To find out more about Honors and other training programs Buckeye provides, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Eco Proportioning System Benefits

Eco Proportioning System Benefits

Proportioning systems are a major component of an effective cleaning and maintenance program. Buckeye’s Eco® Proportioning Program provides proportioning systems that make it virtually automatic to properly dilute products. They also come with added benefits.

Super Concentrated Products in a Compact System

Eco Systems are designed to fit in virtually any custodial closet. Choose between the Eco Pro and Eco Element depending on your facility’s needs. The Eco Pro proportioning system can dilute up to 6 products and the Eco Element is more compact, diluting up to 3 products.

Because Eco proportioning systems automatically dilute products, each product is super concentrated and takes up less storage space.

Self-Contained System with Flexible Product Packaging

Eco’s flexible packaging eliminates product waste by delivering a 99.9% product evacuation rate. Each bag is hermetically sealed to ensure no contamination. Eco bags contain fresh dilution mechanisms to ensure dilution tips are not obstructed and proportioning is as accurate as possible. The proportioning system fill tubes are infused with a mildewstatic agent that resists the growth of mold and mildew. Eco’s packaging and self-contained proportioning system prevents contamination and keeps employees from coming in contact with heavily concentrated products.

Easy Operation with Cohesive User Interface & Experience

Staff can fill mop buckets, auto-scrubbers or extractors just as simply as spray bottles with push-button and automatic fill proportioning. Both the Eco Pro and the Eco Element utilize the same user interface, including system operation, labeling, icons, and seamless push and lock buttons.

“Your systems take the guess work out of the hands of my staff, which eliminates errors, results in our facility being cleaned properly, and I appreciate that.” – Elementary School Facilities Manager

Translucent Buckets and Simple Labeling System

The translucent buckets of the Eco proportioning systems allow for visual product inspection to ensure enough product is available. They also help to differentiate products by allowing the user to identify products based on their unique color. Each Eco product has a corresponding color and number to assist in labeling and identification.

Hands-On Training

Buckeye representatives are there to install proportioning systems and provide training for your staff to make sure proper procedures are followed. Our knowledgeable representatives are there to answer questions and find solutions to your cleaning and maintenance issues.

Buckeye also provides the Honors® Custodial Training Program for schools and universities. Through Honors, staff can access training materials including videos, PowerPoint presentations, training manuals, product literature, and wall charts. Supervisors can then assess a staff member’s knowledge with tests on various maintenance procedures.

“Our relationship with Buckeye has been phenomenal. They have been extremely helpful in making sure that our staff is properly trained and that each Eco proportioning system they installed was up to our standards. We are eager to continue our relationship with Buckeye in the future.” –University Assistant Director for Buildings and Environmental Services

See an Eco proportioning system in action. Contact your local Buckeye representative today.

Buckeye Odor Control Products

Buckeye Odor Control Products

Often, products that claim to eliminate odors merely mask them with heavy perfumes. Buckeye’s odor control products do more than mask the odors; they neutralize and eliminate them. Buckeye’s odor eliminators may be used in multiple applications, making them economical and less labor intensive.

Buckeye has three liquid odor eliminators: Green Apple, Scavenger™, and Ten-4™. Each are cost effective with multiple applications and work long after odors are gone to keep the area smelling fresh and clean. None of Buckeye’s liquid odor eliminators contain harsh ingredients or hazardous chemicals.

Green Apple eliminates smoke odors, garbage odors, food odors, animal odors, urine and fecal odors, sewer gases, meat rendering odors, and musty/stale odors, leaving behind a fresh green apple fragrance.

Scavenger is pH neutral with a controlled release formula and floral fragrance. Spray Scavenger into the air or apply it to a surface.

Ten-4 has a wintergreen fragrance and can be used on all water washable surfaces including hard surface floors, floor finishes, plastics, painted surfaces, carpeting, fabrics, etc. Scenturion

Along with liquid odor eliminators, Buckeye provides a liquid counteractant, Scenturion™. Scenturion reacts on contact with urine, feces, food waste, and other foul-odor substances. It works to eliminate odors at the source and does not rely on heavy scents to mask the odors. It can be sprayed, mopped, or poured onto odor sources that are not easily removed.

Access cleaning and maintenance procedures, and training for your school or university’s custodial staff with the Buckeye Honors® Program. The Honors program is a complete custodial program for schools and universities. Make cleaning easy and effective by contacting your representative to learn more about Buckeye training programs. Contact us today to learn more.

Buckeye Carpet Care Products

Buckeye Carpet Care Products

Some people avoid installing carpet in facilities because they think cleaning the carpet will be an unsurmountable challenge. Luckily, with a standardized maintenance program and Buckeye products, it doesn’t have to be. Buckeye offers a wide variety of carpet care products that can match any carpet care needs. Buckeye carpet care products remove stubborn stains, are cost effective, and extend carpet life!

Buckeye has carpet care products for extraction, shampooing, spot removal, traffic lane cleaning, surface cleaning and specialty spot removing. For example, Beta-Gone Betadine® Carpet Spotter is a carpet and upholstery spotter designed to remove Betadine stains. It also is great for daily cleaning, as a pretreatment before other cleaning procedures, and removes stubborn iodine stains. Another product, Touch & Go Carpet Surface Cleaner, can be used to quickly remove surface soils (oil and water-based) when used with a bonnet cleaning system and is fast drying. It is even compatible with new generation carpets. If you need a soil retardant, Shelter can extend the life of your carpet by protecting carpet fibers from the penetration of dirt, soils, and stains. Even oil-based liquids stay beaded on the carpet surface for easy removal. Shelter also won’t change the color of lighter carpets as other protective systems tend to do.

Buckeye also offers the Buckeye Carpet Spotting Kit. The kit includes all of the tools necessary for any carpet stain, all packaged in one convenient carrying case. It includes Gone H202 Carpet Spot Cleaner, Beta-Gone Betadine Carpet Spotter, Stabilize RTU Anti-Browning Treatment, and Gum, Tar, & Oil Remover Carpet Spotter. It also contains a carpet bone, carpet brush, spotting cloth, rubber gloves, and a Spotting Guide.

Custodial Training Program for Schools and Universities

For schools and universities, the Buckeye Honors Program includes a special section on Buckeye carpet care products and recommended training procedures. This program is a complete online custodial training program for schools and universities in routine cleaning, carpet care, and more. The website features the complete program and materials that are available 24 hours a day to meet any carpet care needs.