Floor Care in Healthcare Facilities

Floor Care in Healthcare Facilities

According to a study done by Infection Control Today, floors and soles of shoes are real sources of pathogen contamination and transmission. The American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) states that hospital rooms are frequently contaminated with pathogens, and high-touch objects are frequently in contact with the floor. Contact with objects on floors frequently results in transfer of pathogens to hands.

The cleanliness of hospital floors can make a huge impact on the spread of HAIs (Healthcare-Associated Infections) in healthcare facilities. Disinfecting floors is vital to the health of patients, staff members, and visitors, but there’s more you can do for your floors between cleanings. To counteract bacteria growth on floors, Buckeye has developed Clarion® 25 floor finish with Microban® technology.

Microban technology is built-in antimicrobial product protection that gives products an added level of protection against damaging microbes such as bacteria, mold, and, mildew. In Clarion 25, Microban helps prevent bacteria from multiplying on your floor, keeping floors cleaner, longer.

Clarion 25 is one of several Buckeye floor finishes formulated with Renaissance® Performance Polymers. Renaissance makes polymers specifically for Buckeye floor finishes, guaranteeing consistent durability and clarity. The shine of Buckeye floor finishes can help create a welcoming environment for hospital visitors and guests.

Built on standardized cleaning procedures, the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program has all of the tools you need to keep visitors comfortable. The floor care procedures make floor maintenance a quick and easy task for staff members. Buckeye’s top scrub and recoat program helps reduce the amount of labor that goes into floor care by extending strip outs. This means you can devote more time to other hospital maintenance needs.

For healthcare facilities, reducing HAIs and providing a comfortable environment for patients and visitors are top priorities. Keeping facilities welcoming starts with cleaner, clearer floors. To find out more about how the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program can impact your facility floors, contact your local Buckeye representative.

What Can Buckeye Floor Finishes Do for Your Floor?

What Can Buckeye Floor Finishes Do for Your Floor?

Floors in any facility can accumulate dirt fast. Foot traffic drags in mud, bacteria, and all kinds of debris. Keeping dirt from getting embedded in your floors can make a huge difference in your facility’s appearance.

At Buckeye, our floor finishes are designed to provide maximum clarity, durability and cleanliness so your facility can look its best. We combine the innovation of Renaissance® Performance Polymers and Microban® technology to keep your floors clean and beautiful.

Renaissance Performance Polymers

Traditionally, floor finish manufacturers purchase polymers from companies who don’t specialize in making floor finishes. In order to maximize the durability and clarity of a floor finish, Buckeye uses Renaissance Performance Polymers. Renaissance designs polymers specifically for Buckeye floor finishes, replicating exact specifications to create consistent results and provide the best value for our customers.

Clarion® 25 with Microban Technology

The latest addition to our Hard Floor Care Program is Clarion 25 with Microban technology. Microban provides continuous antimicrobial product protection for the useful lifetime of the product. 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. In Clarion 25, Microban helps keep floors cleaner, longer at no additional cost.

Clarity and Durability

Many floor finishes powder and yellow over time, giving your floors a dirty appearance no matter how often you clean them. Renaissance Performance Polymers make it possible for Buckeye to provide a floor finish with unmatched clarity and durability. One school Maintenance Director spoke about Clarion 25 floor finish, saying, “You could tell the difference in clarity right away. The floors look much better. We no longer have that yellow buildup everywhere. We have received several compliments on how much better the floors look.”

Buckeye floor finishes dry clear and stay clear to promote a true top scrub and recoat program. Their durability helps extend strip cycles. These features help reduce both product and labor costs. Buckeye’s complete Hard Floor Care Program is designed to provide savings to any facility.

To find out about floor finish options for your facility or learn more about Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Buckeye Floor Care: Floor Finish Selection Methods

Buckeye Floor Care: Floor Finish Selection Methods

Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program considers that labor, resources, cost, and expectations are all important factors when choosing your floor care program. They are equally important when selecting which floor finish you will use.

All of Buckeye’s floor finishes provide excellent durability and shine. Depending on your maintenance program, a Buckeye representative can select the right floor finish for you and your staff. Buckeye floor finishes are manufactured with Renaissance Performance Polymers, Buckeye’s exclusive line of polymers. We engineer the polymers that form the core of our finishes, allowing for innovation and quality control. Our control over the characteristics of our floor finishes enables us to create finishes that can fit the needs of nearly any facility.

Selecting a floor finish for your facility is where expectations and reality meet. Buckeye representatives will ask questions that help you decide which floor finish is right for your facility. How often do you burnish your floors? How much shine do you want to see in your floors on a daily basis? What kind of traffic is your floor dealing with on a daily basis?

How often do you burnish?

For facilities that have the equipment and manpower to burnish daily, Castleguard® floor finish may be the right choice. It responds well to burnishing and provides exceptional depth of gloss.It is extremely durable and scuff mark resistant. The performance and durability of Buckeye floor finishes will help extend strip cycles, reducing the time spent on your floors and the cost of labor.

However, many facilities do not have the ability to burnish their floors daily. If your hard floor maintenance program only allows you to burnish over holiday weekends or about once a month, a representative may recommend Clarion® 25 floor finish. Clarion 25 can maintain high gloss with very little maintenance. It is ideal for facilities with limited equipment or manpower.

What kind of traffic is your floor dealing with?

Whether traffic in your facility is heavy or light, Buckeye has a floor finish that will give your floors gloss. If you’re coating a warehouse floor, Proclaim® floor finish may be the right fit. Proclaim is designed to stand up to the wear and tear of forklifts and heavy machinery on concrete floors.

Buckeye offers several other floor finishes, including eco-friendly, economical, and specialty options. For example, facilities that are environmentally conscious may choose Verde® and Verde Ultra, Buckeye’s Green Seal certified floor finishes. They each meet the most stringent environmental standards without sacrificing product performance.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about the program and discover which floor finish is right for you and your staff.

What is Renaissance Performance Polymers?

What is Renaissance Performance Polymers?

Renaissance® Performance Polymers is Buckeye’s exclusive line of floor finish polymers. Buckeye is the only floor finish company that researches, creates, and manufactures our own floor finish polymers. This means our floor finishes are designed at the molecular level, giving us control over the resulting characteristics.

Because of Renaissance Performance Polymers, Buckeye is able to provide floor finishes with better value and quality than every other finish on the market.

What Does Renaissance Mean for Buckeye Floor Finishes?

By manufacturing our own polymers, we get to choose the characteristics of our floor finishes. We know high gloss and shine are critical to the appearance of your facility’s floors. Our floor finishes are formulated with the highest quality polymers, ensuring that their shine and depth of gloss are second to none.

Some outdated floor finishes darken and yellow over time, making your floors look dated. These finishes can also powder and require additional cleanup. Buckeye floor finishes are durable and can extend your strip cycles. They are non-yellowing, drying clear and staying clear to promote a “true” top scrub and recoat program.

How Does Renaissance Impact You?

Buckeye’s goal is to provide solutions for customers’ needs. Through our polymer research, we have been able to develop better, longer-lasting floor finishes for your facility. Our long-lasting finishes can extend your strip cycles and reduce your labor costs.

With Renaissance, we are the source of the raw material and share the overall value and cost savings with you.

Buckeye’s commitment to providing better products extends to providing products that have a minimum impact on the environment and do not contain potentially hazardous ingredients like butyl, solvents, and alcohol bases. In combination with Buckeye’s patented Liquescent® technology, Renaissance Performance Polymers enable us to manufacture high performance products and adhere to our principle of human health safety.

Our polymers are also manufactured in a state-of-the-art polymer production facility. Every step is taken to protect our employees and the environment. In fact, governmental agencies have rated our VOC emissions as “de minimis” (too small or insignificant to be considered).

Renaissance enables Buckeye to manufacture the highest quality products that provide more value, and are less hazardous for your facility and your facility’s employees.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to find out more about Buckeye floor finishes and Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program.

Buckeye Floor Finishes

Buckeye Floor Finishes

The appearance of your facility’s floors can mean the difference between a good or bad first impression. An effective hard floor care program keeps your floors looking their best. Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program can be customized to fit your facility’s floor type, equipment, or maintenance needs.

Buckeye floor finishes are key components of the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program. Buckeye floor finishes are U.L. listed for slip resistance and maintain a depth of gloss that is second to none. Buckeye provides floor finish options for a variety of floor types from resilient floors to hard floors. They are easy to apply and fast drying.

Each Buckeye floor finish is scuff, scratch, and black mark resistant. Buckeye floor finishes are non-yellowing, meaning they do not darken over time due to outdated product formulations and floor finish color or additives that make floors look dirty and dated. They are also non-powdering. Powdering is excessive breakup of a non-durable floor finish under floor traffic or burnishing that produces dust, requiring additional cleanup.

Typically, 90% of a floor maintenance budget is spent on labor. Therefore, one of the greatest features of Buckeye’s floor finishes is their ability to extend your strip cycle. The durability and excellence of Buckeye floor finishes enables you to extend your strip cycle up to 3 years, saving from 20-40% on product and labor costs.

Hard Floor Care

Buckeye floor finishes include Clarion 25®, Clarion®, 1844, Castleguard®, LiquiMax®, Lucent®, Verde Ultra, Verde®, Citation®, Proclaim®, 1st Down®, R.P.M., Cirene, Equity, and Legacy® Enhancer. Each have unique features, designed for a variety of facilities. For example, Verde Ultra and Verde are Green Seal certified and designed specifically for “green” floor care programs.

To see which Buckeye floor finish best suits your facility’s needs and find out more about the Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program, contact your local Buckeye representative.

Sand Management

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?

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.

Winter Conditions and Floor Finish Application

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.

Gloss Retention Procedures

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.

Buckeye Honors Program

Buckeye Honors Program

Custodial Training Program for Schools and Universities
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Schools and universities can be a challenge to keep clean with the amount of high traffic every year. The Buckeye Honors Program is a complete online custodial training program for schools and universities. It presents the products, procedures, and training needed to meet your school or university’s highest standards.

The goal is to make cleaning and maintenance procedures easy and rewarding, while providing products that are safe for workers, students, and staff to be around. It is also important that the products are safe for the environment, but still produce excellent results. Quality products are key to having an efficient cleaning program at any school or university, but so is providing staff with the knowledge of how to use the products. The Honors Program website provides online training in routine cleaning, restroom, shower and locker room cleaning, carpet care, hard floor care, gym floor care, food service procedures, and product safety. The procedures are presented with easy to follow directions that are researched and proven to increase efficiency and make any clean goals maintainable.

The website features the complete program and materials that are available 24 hours a day for your convenience. You and your cleaning staff can login and view training videos broken into segments including routine cleaning, restroom, shower and locker room cleaning, carpet care, and more. There are also corresponding customizable PowerPoint presentations, training manuals, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), product literature, and wall charts. An additional benefit is that you and your staff can assess your Honors Program knowledge with tests that are available for each video segment.

The Honors Program website also makes cleaning simple with five basic steps for any area in your school or university including classrooms, hallways, lobby/entrances, cafeterias, gymnasiums and more. The five basic steps are high dust, spot clean, dust mop, empty trash, and damp mop. There are also surveys that are part of the program that allow supervisors to rate the cleanliness of a particular part of a facility. Whenever a school first implements the program they can use the surveys to rate the cleanliness and appearance of the entire facility. This can act as a baseline going forward with the program, and can be repeated after a few months of training. These results can show the staff were there has been improvement, and where certain areas are lacking. While using the survey the user can add comments, and take and attach pictures of the areas in question.

Whether your school has the largest campus in the area or the smallest, the Honors Program can be customized to your needs. Watch the video below to learn more.