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Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Surface Solutions Laboratory

Trial Report

Trial Number 12

(Client Number 318, Project Number 1)

Trial Purpose: To test Alpha Blue Care for all purpose cleaning

Date Run: 02/15/11

Experiment Procedure:
The supplied cleaning product was diluted with DI water at room temperature to vendor recommended concentration
for all purpose cleaning (2 oz per gallon or 1.56%). A comparative product was used at a standard 2% dilution rate.

Preweighed ceramic, plastic G-10 and painted steel coupons were coated with Hucker's Soil Formulation (Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, Salted Butter, Arrowhead Mills stone ground wheat flour, Egg Yolk, Evaporated milk, Distilled water, Printer's ink with boiled linseed oil, Shaws saline solution) using a hand held swab and allowed to dry for 24 hours at room temperature. The contaminated coupons were weighed again to determine the amount of soil added.

Three coupons were placed into a Gardner Straight Line Washability unit. A Kimberly-Clark Wypal reinforced paper towel was attached to the cleaning sled and soaked with 5-7 sprays of cleaning solutions. Each coupon was sprayed 7-10 times with the same cleaning solution. The cleaning unit was run for 20 cycles (~33 seconds). At the end of the cleaning, coupons were wiped once with a dry paper towel. Final weights were recorded, efficiencies were calculated and recorded.

Trial Results
The supplied product was more effective at removing the Hucker?s soil from the three surfaces using manual wiping than the non-green comparative
product, removing more than 85% of the Hucker?s soil. The table lists the amount of soil added, the amount remaining after cleaning and the calculated
efficiency for each coupon cleaned.

Cleaner Initial wt    Final wt    % Removed     Product Ave  Overall Ave
Alpha Blue Care (Ceramic)                                        
        0.0742        0.0226        69.54        78.99        85.58
        0.0605        0.0124        79.50                
        0.0787        0.0095        87.93                
Alpha Blue Care (Plastic)                                        
        0.0901        0.0119        86.79        93.46        
        0.0782        0.0073        90.66                
        0.0479        -0.0014        102.92                
Alpha Blue Care (Painted Steel)                                        
        0.0493        0.0088        82.15        84.30        
        0.0362        0.0066        81.77                
        0.0454        0.0050        88.99                
MD Stetson 3R (Ceramic)                                        76.85
        0.0305        0.0118        61.31        51.98        
        0.0568        0.0355        37.50                
        0.0723        0.0310        57.12        
MD Stetson 3R (Plastic)                                
        0.0299        0.0050        83.28        88.79
        0.0302        0.0027        91.06        
        0.0314        0.0025        92.04        
MD Stetson 3R (Painted Steel)                                
        0.0535        0.0040        92.52        89.79
        0.0306        0.0035        88.56        
        0.0923        0.0108        88.30

Success Rating
A follow up test, usually based on company input.

Alpha Chemical Services Alpha Blue Care was more effective than the non-green comparative product.