At Hillyard, summer months mean its gym floor season. Every year we receive one question in particular when it comes to gym floors: is it better to scrub a wood gym floor wet or dry? The quick and easy answer is that wet scrubbing is preferred because of the advantages it offers. When wet scrubbing a gym floor with Hillyard Pre-Game®, the floor will obtain an overall deeper level of clean; body oils and other contaminates that may remain after a dry scrubbing procedure are easily removed. The wet method also prevents dust from becoming airborne, which can resettle back onto the floor, getting into the finish at application.
March 17, 2017
Good luck to the 64 schools participating in the biggest tournament of college basketball!
As the Choice of Champions®, Hillyard gym finishes are on over half of the home courts of competing teams.
"We're proud to be a part of basketball by having our gym finish protect student-athletes and the courts they play on across the nation," said President of Hillyard Jim Carolus.
Nowadays, gyms have become 24/7 community centers with meetings, assemblies and ceremonies that wear on a sports floor finish. Even with the best coating and maintenance program, gym floors will take a beating, and can lose their high-gloss appearance as the season wears on. Come tournament time, you’d never think to take on a scrub and recoat project, but with Recon™ you can!
Recon is a revolutionary, two-component, micro-layer sports floor coating system that takes very little effort to get exceptional new floor looks and performance, any time you need it, like a mid-season tune-up right before a tournament!
Recon has the performance characteristics of a true sports floor coating, and is applied more like a resilient floor finish. The process is quick and easy. If in-house staff can run an autoscrubber and flat mop finish, they can use Recon! For the gym floor in these photos, it took two men about an hour and a half to complete.
The great thing about Recon is its easy prep, how quickly it dries, and how fast you can return to play. Traditional recoating takes sports floors out of service for four or five days at a time. However, Recon’s quick drying solution means that the gym can be back open and ready for full play 12 hours later!
April 5, 2016
A lot of times when we talk about innovation we talk about technology. We talk Silicon Valley, Facebook, Apple or Tesla. But in the Midwest, we know that innovation isn't all about pixels and bytes. The innovation that made America great was the development of innovative solutions to common problems. Recon™ developed by Hillyard, the company that's First In Gym Finishes®, fits that bill perfectly. It's an inspired product that is revolutionizing the sports floor coating industry and changing the way we think about wood sports floor care.
Sports floors take a beating! Constant play, street shoes, grit and grime all take their toll. Compounding the problem, many gyms have become the 24/7 community centers with meetings, assemblies and ceremonies that wear on a sports floor finish. Over time, even with the best coating and maintenance program, wood sports floors lose their high gloss and tight, "shoe squeak" performance.
Until now, an annual recoat was the only solution to gain back new floor gloss and performance. According to Blake Roth, Sport Floor Coating Product Leader at Hillyard, "The reality is that the annual recoat process is hard work! It takes a lot of time, effort and skill to perform. That's why many organizations have out-sourced their annual recoat. There is cleaning, abrading, tacking, coating, drying and curing. Sports floors need to be out of service for four or five days at a time and in this day, who can afford that?"
Recon is a revolutionary, two-component, micro-layer sports floor coating system that takes very little effort to get exceptional new floor looks and performance.
March 22, 2016
March is fully upon us. Across the country, it’s hoops season. The NBA is in full swing with Steph Curry and the Warriors looking to make history, and college basketball is in the middle of Madness. It’s a great time of year to be a basketball fan. And for Hillyard, a company built on a basketball legacy, it’s always a good time to be a fan.
In fieldhouses and arenas everywhere, the screeching of Nikes and the thud of the dribble – the sounds of the season – are special to Hillyard. After all, making the hardwood gleam as loudly as the sounds echoing through the gymnasium has been Hillyard’s specialty for over 100 years.
It doesn’t come easy considering what the floors have to put up with. With players running, jumping, cutting and sliding on the court, it takes expertise – and science – to protect, clean and maintain the hardwood.