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Toxics Use Reduction Institute




Surface Solutions Laboratory

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Client Number 230 (General)


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Project Number 1



Summary: Several biobased alternatives have been tested for floor stripping, all purpose cleaning, odor control and metal brightening.

Test Objective: To identify and compare bio-based products to current products being used for janitorial applications

Problems with Current Method: Some products have safety issues. Mainly looking to find renewable feedstock products.

Purpose of Cleaning: Sanitation, cleanliness safety

Product Use: Hospital surfaces

Cleaning Chemicals: Various

Trial Number Date Run Purpose Success Rating
0 10/07/04 To evaluate biobased floor strippers. Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
1 10/21/04 To evaluate alternative metal polishes Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
2 10/25/04 To evaluate more biobased products for floor stripping. Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
3 10/26/04 To evaluate biobased products for cleaning toilet bowls Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
4 10/28/04 To evaluate biobased alternatives for all purpose cleaning. Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
5 11/02/04 To evaluate odor neutralizing biobased products. Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
6 01/13/05 To evaluate bio-based floor strippers. A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
7 01/13/05 To evaluate bio-based floor strippers on ceramic tiles. A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
8 01/18/05 To evaluate bio-based floor strippers on plastic composite tiles A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
9 01/18/05 To evaluate bio-based floor strippers on plastic composite tiles and ceramic tiles. A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
10 01/20/05 To identify additional floor strippers using a preliminary screening method Preliminary compatibility tests on substrate coupons encouraging for at least one cleaning chemistry. More in-depth laboratory testing necessary. 
11 01/27/05 To follow up on the results of the previous experiment A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
12 01/20/05 To examine more floor strippers and follow up on the results of the previous experiment A follow up test, usually based on company input. 


Project Number 2



Summary: Two phases were conducted for evaluation biobased alternatives. The first found a couple of floor finish strippers that were safer and as effective. The second phase identified many products for hard surface cleaning. These products were as effective and several were less expensive as the current product.

Test Objective: To identify, evaluate and integrate biobased floor strippers at facility.

Problems with Current Method: Uses non-biobased materials.

Purpose of Cleaning: To remove old coating prior to recoating.

Cleaning Chemicals: Johnson Pro Strip

Trial Number Date Run Purpose Success Rating
0 05/29/07 To conduct a screening of in-house biobased products for removing floor coating/wax. Preliminary compatibility tests on substrate coupons encouraging for at least one cleaning chemistry. More in-depth laboratory testing necessary. 
1 06/12/07 To evaluate the eight products identified in the screening test using mechanical agitation. Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
2 06/28/07 To screen a second batch of potential floor stripping products. Preliminary compatibility tests on substrate coupons encouraging for at least one cleaning chemistry. More in-depth laboratory testing necessary. 
3 06/28/07 To evaluate second set of effectively screened alternative floor strippers. Results successful using TACT (time, agitation, concentration, and temperature, as well as rinsing and drying) and/or other cleaning chemistries examined. 
4 08/08/07 To evaluate successful products on larger tiles following end users procedure for stripping. A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
5 08/20/07 To evaluate products using client supplied conditions for products at a longer time interval. Results suggest a scale-up feasible match for cleaning chemistry and equipment. Pilot plant study with actual parts recommended. 
6 08/20/07 To evaluate floor strippers at higher concentration levels. Results suggest a scale-up feasible match for cleaning chemistry and equipment. Pilot plant study with actual parts recommended. 
7 08/20/07 To evaluate full strength products at 10 minutes. Results suggest a scale-up feasible match for cleaning chemistry and equipment. Pilot plant study with actual parts recommended. 
8 08/20/07 To evaluate products for odor levels. A cleanliness study, addressing only various analytical techniques. 
9 09/25/07 To evaluate biobased cleaning products for hard surface cleaning. A follow up test, usually based on company input. 
10 10/10/07 To evaluate hard surface cleaners for odor. A cleanliness study, addressing only various analytical techniques.