Synthetic Floor Maintenance

After purchasing a synthetic athletic floor, you want it to last and keep it looking like new for as long as possible. Luckily, there’s plenty of ways to do this! It’s highly recommended that at each entry to the floor, there be a floor mat. This will help catch a lot of the dirt and etcetera before people reach the synthetic floor. There are also daily and weekly/bi-monthly procedures, as well as special procedures for those scuff marks or for gum that got left behind.

Before you clean your floor, take stock of your supplies and equipment. For the following procedures, you’ll need:

  • A low rpm scrubber vacuum machine (either a walk behind or rider)scrubpads
  • A gym-style push broom
  • Scrub pads
    • Medium light to medium level scrub pad (similar to 3M blue) for regular maintenance
    • Aggressive pad (similar to3M green) for once a year maintenance
  • Cleaner (neutral ph detergent)
    • Hillyard Clean Scrub is recommended
  • Warm water
  • Optional – “Freeze It” brand freeze spray or regular ice cubes

The following items are optional for a CushionCourt system only:
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  • “Soft Scrub” brand, No-bleach cleaner
  • “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” brand scuff/stain remover

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Daily Maintenance Procedure:

Dust mop the floor using the push broom or the scrubber vacuum. Don’t use a dust mop treatment.

Weekly or Bi-Monthly Procedure:

  1. Mix the cleaner with warm water and put in the scrubber tank
  2. Apply to the floor and scrub a section that can be covered in fifteen minutes
    1. Do not vacuum – let the dirt emulsify for the fifteen minutes
  3. Start at the beginning of the next section again without vacuuming
  4. Return to the previous section and scrub again WHILE vacuuming
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until finished cleaning

Use the blue pad on a regular basis, but use the green pad once a year to remove any access build up.

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As Required Procedure:

Scuff Marks/Deeper Stains: Use “Mr. Clean Magic Eraser” (for CushionCourt only) according to package instructions.

Gum: Freeze the gum with ice or “Freeze It” brand spray. Once the gum is frozen, gently scrape it off the floor. Repeat as necessary.

Once a year deep cleaning: Use no bleach “Soft Scrub” brand sparingly in front of the vacuum with the green scrubber pad and proceed as you would for the weekly cleaning.

For more questions, contact us at Horner Flooring by visiting our webpage: http://www.hornerflooring.com/contact.html.

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Hardwood Athletic Floors – Water Damage

Anyone responsible for maintaining a hardwood athletic floor has heard of it or experienced it: water damage. Whether it’s from a leak in the roof, fire sprinklers that went off, rainwater or snow from an open exterior door, a burst pipe, or something worse, no one wants to see water damage. While water damage isn’t likely to happen to most floors, it does happen and it’s important to be prepared for it in order to minimize the damage.

There are three basic steps to follow.

  1. Control the source of the water (close the exterior door, seal off the burst pipe, shut off the fire sprinklers, etc.)
  2. Remove as much surface water as possible from the floor (use towels to mop up as much excess water as possible)
  3. Call a local hardwood flooring contractor to assess the floor and assist
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Most of the time damage is done because no one noticed the problem soon enough or didn’t know what to do when they did notice the damage. Once the water reaches the sub-floor, the floor has a significantly smaller chance of being rescued. This is where finish comes into play. If a floor has several coats of finish on it, it has a higher chance of survival because the water can’t seep in as easily. The type of floor system also affects the amount of damage. For example, typical floating systems recover better than nailed-in systems because floating systems hold better to the sub-floor, where as once a nailed-in floor starts to come up, it loses it’s attachment to the sub-floor.

So you’ve got water damage and you’ve followed the three above steps. What happens now? The floor may be able to be dehumidified. If the floor is able to be dehumidified, it may simply need to be sanded down and refinished. If the floor isn’t able to be dehumidified, it may need to be replaced. The most important factor when dealing with a water damaged floor is time. It needs to be addressed ASAP and can take time to dry out and return to normal.

Fundraising: Walk-A-Thon

Another large scale event that could boost fundraising efforts for your new hardwood athletic floor is a walk-a-thon.

Consider having students sign up to walk a certain distance or for a certain period of time and find a sponsor (or two or three!) who will pay a small amount of money for every half-mile or half hour that the student walks. Consider holding the event on your current athletic floor to increase motivation for the new one. This is also a great opportunity for the youth to participate in the fundraising efforts so they can have a sense of pride for the new floor.

You could also consider inviting community members to sign up to walk. They can sponsor themselves or find another sponsor. This will help get the community further involved and help them feel as if they are included.

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To make the event a bit more fun, consider having breaks during the walk for dancing or fun little games, such as a corn-hole toss or ladder ball. Consider offering small prizes for these fun game breaks, such as each win will earn you a ticket. You could have these tickets represent several things.

  • A prize table
    • You could have a booth or table set up with dollar-store prizes as well as a few “big ticket” items. Set a ticket cost to each item, such as five tickets for a stuffed animal, etc. Have participants choose their prizes based on their wins!
  • A concession stand
    • Also consider having a concession stand to further raise funds for your organization. If people are walking, they’re likely to get thirsty or want a snack. You could have each ticket represent a dollar or $.50 toward an item.
  • A raffle
    • You could hold a raffle at the end of the walk-a-thon with the tickets (have each winner put their name and contact information on their tickets). The winner could receive a cash prize, an athletic clothing item with the school’s name or logo, or a designated seat or bench in the stands when the new athletic floor is built.

Want to consider another large scale event? See our blog post about a basketball tournament! For more information on fundraising for a hardwood athletic floor, visit our FREE fundraising eBook!

Fundraising Event: Basketball Tournament

Basketball-Wallpaper-Free-DownloadA fundraising event that could bring in a lot of revenue and community involvement is a basketball or volleyball game or tournament. Consider:

  • Alumni Team vs HS Varsity Team
  • Parent Team vs Alumni Team
  • HS Varsity Team vs Parent Team

For a basketball tournament or game, consider including a small dunk contest or a free throw contest (perhaps with an audience vote) to increase entertainment for the spectators.

  • Ask the players to volunteer their time
  • Charge admission
  • Keep concession stand open (to increase fundraising efforts during the game)
  • Ask businesses to match an amount raised by the community for the game
  • Ask for sponsors of the game or of a player, in return the sponsor will get their name in the program

4A successful example of this fundraiser is Laurel High School. Their goal was to raise $5,000 to $7,000. They ended up raising over $48,000. Read their story!

For more information on fundraising for a hardwood athletic floor, visit our FREE fundraising eBook!

Fundraising: Quality vs. Quantity

Quantity does not always beat quality, and that’s true with fundraising too. Sure, every little bit helps, but keep in mind that quality can work better than quantity when it comes to fundraising. A group of small fundraising efforts can be very effective, but some studies have shown that more money can actually be raised through fewer events that are larger in scale.

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So why do fewer, larger events work better?

Supporters who are expected to participate in less fundraisers are likely willing to spend more for a large fundraiser, as opposed to less for multiples fundraisers. It may also be easier on your organization to simply plan a few big events rather than to plan several smaller ones.

If your organization does decide to do a larger fundraising effort or project, make sure it is well organized. Perhaps make a committee of people committed to the project. You could even boost your fundraising efforts by featuring product sales, such as food, at the large scale fundraising events. An example of a large-scale fundraising event is a basketball or volleyball tournament with a concession stand and ticketed entry. Keep an eye out for our next post about the tournament fundraiser!

Looking for more information? Check out our fundraising eBook!

Fundraising Ideas

Are you trying to fund-raise for a new hardwood athletic floor or a synthetic athletic floor? Are you out of ideas to raise money or don’t know where to start? Here’s a few suggestions and fundraising ideas from us that have worked well for other organizations.

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Restaurant Fundraisers:

Ask businesses or restaurants if they would be willing to create their own fundraising efforts for your cause, such as 10% of every order on Friday toward the fundraising efforts or 10% of the daily revenue, etc. Many local restaurants may be inclined to do this, as it may increase their own sales by directing more traffic on a certain slow day.

This will help to promote the business’s reputation within the community, potentially increase their own sales, and increase your own fundraising total. For their donation to the fundraising effort, consider hanging a plaque for them or their banner/logo in the gym.

Business Donations

“It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation, ask for donated snacks or drinks to help increase fundraiser attendance!”

Consider writing to or stopping by local companies, restaurants, or businesses to ask for donations. Offer to have a sponsor plaque that will hang in your gym above the new floor with donor names or to have donor banners. Mention that anything helps, the donation doesn’t have to be monetary – perhaps the business can donate snacks or drinks to fundraising events (such as a walk-a-thon or basketball tournament).

Book Fair

Consider having a used book fair at your school with all proceeds going toward the new athletic floor. What better way to raise money than to encourage students to read new-to-them books for a low price? Consider asking families and community members to donate books that may be sitting on a shelf collecting dust for the cause.

A Penny Jar

Consider putting penny jars in your classrooms. The new gym floor will be for the children, why not invite them to help make it a reality so they can feel involved? Kids generally like to help, especially if you put an incentive into place, such as an ice cream party for the classroom that raises the most money per month. Encourage students that no amount is too little, a penny per day per child adds up!

Interested in knowing more? Check out our FREE eBook: The Fundraising Guide for a New Athletic Floor!

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Maple Grade

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, you must also consider the flooring grade. The grade of maple is purely aesthetic, and has no effect on play-ability. All manufacturers will confirm the quality of flooring will be the same whether you select First, Second & Better, or Third Grade maple.

What are the differences between the grades of maple flooring?

1. First Grade maple is the lightest in color with a clean, consistent look
2. Second & Better Grade maple is a bit darker with a few more imperfections (such as knots or mineral stains)
3. Third Grade is the darkest color of maple and has the most imperfections

UntitledWhen considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, the grade of maple is very important. The most common choice is Second & Better Grade maple, and it is used in about 70% of hardwood gym floors.

Looking for more information? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook – 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!