Tips for Keeping Your Wood Floors Looking Great!

In order to maximize your investment and retain a high level of appearance, a well-planned and executed maintenance program must be implemented. Follow the simple maintenance procedures to help keep your floors looking clean and attractive.

  1. Prohibit Street Shoes – they can cause unnecessary wear – even some rubber soled athletic shoes can damage your floor with sand and grit.
  2. Entrances to the gym should include a walk off mat that catches both feet twice – this is the first line of defense in preventative maintenance – the mat will trap dirt and absorb moisture
  3. Dust Mopping = an essential element, it is the least expensive but the most important tool in your gym floor care plan. Dust mop the floor after every two hours of use – note that a treated dust mop should never be used immediately but hung overnight – dust mops used on the floor should be dedicated only to the gym and not used in other areas of your building
  4. Damp mop or auto scrub weekly – this will remove all stubborn soils, spills, perspiration and other foreign matter on the floor that a dust mop does not catch – mop spills as soon as possible to prevent slips and falls

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Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for your Wood Floors

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Every summer, you spend a considerable amount of time, money and resources refinishing your wood gym floors. In order to maximize this investment and ensure that your gym floors will continue looking great until the following years refinishing, it is important to follow the steps below to prolong the quality of the floors.

Do’s: 

  • Daily dust mop and spot cleaning of the gymnasium
  • Dust mop after every 2 hours of activity with a properly treated dust mop
  • Dedicate one or more dust mops exclusively to the gym
  • Place proper matting at all entrances to the gymnasium to trap debris and absorb moisture
  • Yearly refinishing to maintain the level of protection for floor finish
  • Prevent excessive abuse of floor when possible, or place Anderson Floor Safe Tiles on Surface 
  • Control the temperature and humidity of the gym to minimize shrinkage and swelling of floor during seasonal weather changes 

Don’ts: 

  • Don’t use duct tape, athletic tape and vinyl tapes to mark temporary lines on floors 
  • Don’t use tape to anchor wrestling or gymnastics mats to the floor
  • Don’t use floor polishes or waxes to dress up the appearance of floors between annual or semi annual refinishing of the floor – use a brand new product from Hillyard: Recon 
  • Don’t over-wet or saturate the floor with liquids, water, cleaning solutions, etc.

Activities to avoid: Indoor hockey, Baseball/Softball, Roller Skating, Bicycling, Skateboards, Dancing with metal soled shoes/pointed heals. and moveable tables and chairs.

Need help finding the right equipment and products? Reach out to us at info@pikesystems.com. 

Oil vs. Water-Based Floor Finished – Which is right for your facility?

2nd_LVL_Main_woodBoth oil and water-based floor finishes look great, but there are differences between the two that should be considered when selecting which product to finish your floors with. They both serve as a protective layer that sits atop your wood floors and also create a noticeable sheen that most people correlate to a high quality wood floor, but the similarities really stop there.

Oil-Based Floor Finish: 

  • Many people prefer oil-based floor finish because they bring out the richer amber hues in the floor, thought to be a classic/traditional gym floor look. Over time, oil based finish will continue to darken to an even bolder tint.
  • Requires fewer coats than water-based finishes however has a much higher drying time, takes between 24 and 48 hours to dry
  • Typically has a stronger odor and higher VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) than water-based finishes
  • Lasts longer than water-based finishes
  • Are more forgiving in their application

Water-based Floor Finish: 

  • Water-based floor finishes dry clear, which is great if you want to preserve the natural colors of the wood, or if you have a lighter wood like maple
  • Have less VOC’s than oil-based finishes which means less odor and better for the environment
  • Have less solid content than oil-based finishes and therefore produce a thinner film, which dries quickly but requires more coatings to reach the recommended thickness

The good news is that with our products, it is easy to switch between the two and have them still be compatible on the gym floor. Need help deciding which product is right for your facility? Or better yet, let us refinish your wood floor for you. Call today for a site visit and estimate! 

The Key (and Great New Product) to Protecting Your Gym Floors

??????????????????????Traditional wood gym floors look beautiful. However, very few of the guests that visit these facilities understand the amount of work, time and money put in to maintaining their pristine appearance. Every summer, in not the most ideal of weather situations, workers refinish the floors hoping that they will look great until the next years refinishing. Gyms get a lot of traffic, and not just sports traffic. They host events and dances, have tables and chairs set up on them, and thousands of foot traffic across them weekly.

Typical floor protection has usually been a tarp which requires multiple works and lots of time for installation. They are difficult to set up and break down and usually have unsightly wrinkles and ripples that are potential tripping hazards.

Well, we now have an easy solution – a simple and safe way to protect your valuable floors: Andersen Floor Safe Tiles! Floor Safe Tiles are 1×1 meter tiles making it easy for one person to install quickly. You simply lay the tiles next to each other, building out the area that is being protected for a quick installation. They are constructed of low pile polypropylene carpet with bitumen backing that is durable and stain resistant. The tiles medium grey color also looks great with most decor! The tiles can easily protect the floors while chairs, tables and other items are placed on top.

Email jtiedt@pikesystems.com for a free quote and sample of Andersen Floor Safe Tile today! 

100 Years of Passion for Floor Finish and Basketball

NSFor over a century, the Hillyard name has been synonymous with beautiful, high quality wood gym floors. Just as important in knowing the products is knowing the history and prestige of the company behind the products. So let’s take a moment and look back at the Hillyard story – it is definitely a good one!

The Hillyard company was founded in 1907 during the Deep Economic Depression, by Newton S. Hillyard. For years, he worked by day to support his family and labored by night to invent new, innovative products to serve the maintenance industry. With the help of his family, N.S. decided to take on a new and uncharted area of maintenance – wood gym floors. N.S. was unhappy with the slippery oil dressings used on early wood floors. He felt that they were unsafe, dirty and a source of injury for the players. Thus, N.S. developed wood floor coatings that were durable, easy to maintain and offered players a sure-footed surface. In 1920, N.S. erected a new plant and office building in St. Joseph, Missouri that then housed the largest wood gymnasium floor west of the Mississippi. He used this site to perfect his new wood gym seals and finishes. Hillyard Team

Not only was Hillyard at the forefront of developing modern floor finish, they also participated in the sport of basketball as well! With prompting from his son, N.S. organized a company basketball team, that true to Hillyard form, was the best. They became the national AAU champions for two years straight and earned Hillyard a special exhibit in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. The team itself was made up of early All-American legendary players. Basketball greats thought so highly of N.S. that sports writers had fondly nicknames him the “Mr. Big” of basketball and was continuously honored for his contributions to the sport. 

Today, Hillyard continues to establish the standards of excellence for wood gym finishes and maintenance products.  It’s basketball legacy has also continued with Hillyard’s support of NCAA, NAIA, NABC, the Basketball Hall of Fame and many other basketball organizations.