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Trial Number 1

Trial Purpose:

To identify additional products for bee wax removal

Date Run:


Experiment Procedure:

Six products were selected from the laboratories database of testing results based on client supplied data. One aqueous product was chosen and diluted to 5% using DI water in a 600 ml beaker. A second aqueous based product was used at full strength as recommended by the vendor. In addition, Four semi-aqueous products were used at full strength in 600 ml beakers. The products were heated to 130 F on a hot plate. Eighteen preweighed ceramic coupons were coated with client supplied bees wax. The wax was first melted using a Master Appliance heat gun in a beaker and applied to the coupons using a swab. The coupons were allowed to cool to room temperature before weighing a second time. Three coupons were cleaned in each solution for 5 minutes using stir-bar agitation. Coupons were rinsed in tap water for 15 seconds at 120 F, followed by air blow off at room temperature. Once dry, coupons were weighed a final time and efficiencies for each cleaner were calculated.

Trial Results:

Two of the six products were found to remove all of the wax. Both were terpene based products. The table below lists the amount of wax applied and removed during the 5 minute immersion cleaning.

Cleaner Initial wt Final wt % Removed
Daraclean 212 0.2568 0.2605 -1.44
  0.1710 0.1760 -2.92
  0.2091 0.2115 -1.15
Workout 0.1779 0.1817 -2.14
  0.2248 0.2343 -4.23
  0.2042 0.2072 -1.47
Safer Stuff 0.2810 0.2814 -0.14
  0.2919 0.2880 1.34
  0.3672 0.3579 2.53
Citriburst 7 0.2556 -0.0006 100.23
  0.2832 -0.0008 100.28
  0.2709 -0.0003 100.11
E3HB 0.2569 0.1882 26.74
  0.3388 0.3198 5.61
  0.2190 0.1983 9.45
Citrikleen XPC 0.3061 -0.0005 100.16
  0.2955 -0.0006 100.20
  0.2887 0.0002 99.93

Success Rating:

A follow up test, usually based on company input.


The next trial will use the two successful products from this trial, Citraburst 7 and Citrikleen XPC, and the one from the previous trial, Opti Clear, to clean the second supplied wax.  Additional products will also be included.

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