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Buckeye Reflections® Wood Floor Program A wood floor is one of the most expensive and prestigious floor types, and an investment that should be protected. A wood floor properly maintained following the Buckeye Reflections Wood Floor Care Program will deliver years of beauty, performance, safety, and durability.


This program provides a whole range of products that make it easy to use the equipment that is already available in your facilities. The program is cost effective, easy to follow, and will extend the life of your floors.


For further information, visit www.buckeyereflections.com


coats of polish. With old established floors or linoleum, we will always apply two coats of sealer, then five coats of polish over a two day period. This is necessary as the seal and several coats require curing time.


Upon completion, we explain why it is important to use our cleaning and floor maintenance programme. We train the cleaning operatives on how to use and maintain the floors. The test time is between four to six weeks - during this time, numerous site meetings take place in order to determine that the floorcare programme we specified is the right one for them.


The art of maintaining a perfect floor appearance, is achieved by training the people who are responsible for stripping floors and reapplying polish. There appears to be a wide variety of methods when applying sealer and polish to floors. The Buckeye way is to use a cotton rayon mop; this gives a more even coat of sealer or polish.


When it comes to adding further coats, a common question people always ask is: “How do you measure the correct amount of product for the floor?” Most people have raised their eyebrows when given our answer - seven coats of polish. A common response is that we are using a lot of product. This is in fact a myth, as you build up the coats you actually use less product. It’s all about protecting your investment and enhancing the appearance of your floor and essentially your building.


After the initial major strip-out process, and the rebuild of the coats of polish, even with the best maintenance programme you will notice the top layer of polish is looking somewhat worn, particularly where you have a significant amount of footfall traffic. There is a simple solution. All you need to do is scrub and recoat with a less aggressive product. We would suggest that you perform a scrub and recoat without using a stripping product, we suggest using a less alkaline solution at a dilution of 1:12 with a blue or green floor pad, followed by several coats of polish. This should then be left to cure for 24 hours leaving you free to proceed with your general cleaning and maintenance schedule. By following our floorcare programme, you will not have to carry out a full strip-out for a minimum 12 to 36 months or, in certain instances, beyond that.


For further information about Buckeye International and their range of floorcare products, please visit or contact David Pinder at dpinder@buckeyeinternational.com or by calling +44 7788 432884.


Floorcare Tips • Well-maintained entrance mats can capture up to 70% of all the dirt that enters a building.


• Always mop or autoscrub a floor prior to burnishing. NEVER burnish a dirty floor.


• When stripping a floor, the floor must remain wet while the stripper is allowed to dwell.


• When stripping a floor, it is important to tape off areas that you do not want the stripper to touch. A combination of tape and cardboard works well.


• Large areas should be stripped in stages to make the job more manageable.


• Save leftover stripper to clean the wringer from your finish bucket. This will keep all mop wringers in good condition.


• Plastic liners are recommended for your finish bucket because they prevent contamination of the floor finish.


• Rayon or rayon blend mops work best for finish application.


• To prevent floor finish build-up around the edges, do not apply finish wall-to-wall on every coat. Instead, stay six inches from the wall on intermediate coats.


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