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Trial Number 10

Trial Purpose:

To identify additional floor strippers using a preliminary screening method

Date Run:


Experiment Procedure:

Six biobased cleaners were selected from the lab's inventory of biobased alternatives. A seventh non-biobased "green" floor stripper was also included in the screening.  An approximate 1 inch square peace  of cured coating (4 days) was placed into a glass Petri dish. Each solvent was applied to the coating using a hand held plastic swab and allowed to soak for 10 minutes. Observations were made throughout the ten minute soaking time. At the end of the soaking, each cleaning solution was ranked by two lab personnel to determine which products worked the best. Ranking were based on visually observation for opacity and coating stiffness as compared to an untreated cured sample.

Trial Results:

All seven products appeared to have some effect on the cured coating.  The non-biobased "green" floor stripper was ranked as having the most success by both staff members. Observations and rankings are listed in the table below.

Cleaning Product Observations Rank 1 Rank 2
SolSafe 245 Soft, more transparent than translucent 5 2
Corn Solv Some softness, translucent 6 6
Soy Solv II Plus Soft, more transparent than translucent 3 3
Soy Solv Not soft, mostly opaque 7 7
DBE 5 Very soft, translucent 2 4
DBE 6 Soft, translucent 4 5
Envirostar Green Floor Stripper Initially became soft, then total dissolved into white solution 1 1

Success Rating:

Preliminary compatibility tests on substrate coupons encouraging for at least one cleaning chemistry. More in-depth laboratory testing necessary.


All seven products will be tested unsung manual wiping in the Gardner Abrasion Tester under conditions similar to the previous trials.

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