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Trial Number 0

Trial Purpose:

To conduct a screening of in-house biobased products for removing floor coating/wax.

Date Run:

05/29/2007

Experiment Procedure:

A search of the lab's on-line database at www.cleanersolutions.org was conducted to identify all products that were considered to contain some level of bio-based materials. From this this, 39 products were selected for screen testing.

Fiberglass coupons were coated with a layer of Johnson Show Place floor wax and allowed to dry for 30 minutes. During the 30 minutes, a Master Appliance Heat gun was used to speed up the drying process. Two subsequent coating layers were applied follow the same drying process. After application of the third coating, the coupons were allowed to sit overnight for continued drying.
Each bio-based product was applied at full strength to a separate coupon using a plastic squeeze bulb. Approximately, 3 ml of product was applied to the contaminated coupon. The product was allowed to sit for 10 minutes. At the end of this period, the coupons were wiped with a paper towel and the surface was observed for any signs of change resulting from the bio-based product. Successful products were then compared to each other to determine which products performed the best.

Trial Results:

Several of the products were found to have some effect on the wax coating after soaking for 10 minutes. The first table below lists the products, observations made and the ranking of the most effective products. The second table list the observations for the ineffective products.

Effective Products

Rank (1=most efficient) Solvent *Coupon # Descriptions and Comments
1 **Green Products, LLC:  Amazing Biobased Solvent and Stripper 6 Thick, spreads evenly and easily, does not dry well, filmy, removes wax very well, peels wax off, leaves no residual
2 Inland Technologies Inc.:  EP 921 27 Very strong chemical odor, spreads evenly and easily, dries fast, cloudy discoloration, sticky at first, but removes wax very well, peels wax off, leaves no residual (cloudiness gone)
3 Finger Lakes Chemical:  Resineater 42 Spreads evenly and easily, cloudy discoloration, but removes wax easily, leaves no residual (cloudiness gone)
4 Ecolink:  Safe Strip 39 Very watery, does not spread as easy, leaves a thin layer over wax, sticky at first, but removes wax easily, leaves no residual
5 Gemtek:  SC-Maxi Solve 16 Very watery, spreads evenly and easily, cloudy discoloration, removes wax easily, leaves no residual
6 Finger Lakes Chemical:  Pine Strip 43 Thick, spreads evenly and easily, does not dry well, removes wax easily, some residual 
7 Finger Lakes Chemical:  Graffiti Remover 9 Strong citrus odor, spreads evenly and easily, slimy, removes wax easily, clumps when removing wax, leaves filmy residual on surface that clears-up within a short period of time (minutes)
8 1st Envirosafety:  Industrial Cleaner/Degreaser 1 Spreads evenly and easily, cloudy discoloration, softened wax to be scraped off with fingernail, some residual

Ineffective Products

Coupon # Solvent Descriptions and Comments
2 AG Environmental Products:  Canola gold CE110 Some cloudy discoloration, did not remove wax
3 AG Environmental Products:  Soyclear 1500 Did not spread well, some cloudy discoloration, did not remove wax
4 AG Environmental Products:  Soygold 1000 Thick, did not spread well, tacky, did not remove wax
5 AG Environmental Products:  Soygold 1100 Some cloudy discoloration, did not remove wax
6 AG Environmental Products:  Soygold 2000 Spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, did not remove wax
7 Bio Chem Systems:  Bio T Max Very strong citrus odor, spreads easily and evenly, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, tacky and sticky, did not remove wax
47 Bi-O-Kleen:  Citrus Soy  Spreads easily and evenly, very cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, tacky and sticky, did not remove wax
11 Florida Chemical Company:  Citrus Burst 7 Strong citrus/chemical odor, thick, spreads well but not evenly, filmy residual, removes wax if scraped hard, but very sticky and messy, not workable    
13 Florida Chemical Company:  D-limonene Very strong citrus odor, thick, spreads well but not evenly, very cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax if scraped very hard
15 Gemtek Products:  EZ Solv Spreads easily and evenly, completely hardened over wax, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax if scraped hard
17 Gemtek Products:  SC 1000 Watery, spreads easily and evenly, bubbles on surface, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax if scraped hard (residual gone)
18 Gemtek Products:  SC-Aircraft and Metal Cleaner Watery, spreads easily and evenly, bubbles on surface, very cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, does not remove wax 
19 Gemtek Products:  SC Supersolve Spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, very tacky and sticky, did not remove wax
24 Inland Technologies, Inc:  Citra-Safe Watery, did not spread well, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax if scraped very hard
28 Oakite Products:  Inproclean 4000T Strong citrus/pine odor, thick, spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, tacky and sticky, removes wax if scraped very hard
29 Soysolv Industrial Products:  Soysolv Did not spread at all, some cloudy discoloration, removes wax if scraped very hard
31 Soysolv Industrial Products:  Soysolv II Plus Oily and watery, spreads easily and evenly, did not dry, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, tacky and sticky, does not remove wax
32 Sysco:  Soy Cleaner Formula 180D Spreads easily and somewhat evenly, bubbles on surface, did not dry,cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax if scraped very hard
35 United Labs International:  United 2002 Harvest Gold Did not spread well, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not remove wax
44 Finger Lakes:  Pinene Pine odor, spreads easily and evenly, did not dry well, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not remove wax
45 Finger Lakes:  3-D Degreaser Thick, spreads easily and evenly, very cloudy discoloration, removes wax if scraped very hard
8 Bi-O-Kleen:  Citrus Soy Cleaner and Degreaser Citrus odor,thick, glue-like consistency, spreads easily, very cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not dry well, did not remove wax
48 Orison Marketing:  Eco Natural Floor Stripper Thick, spreads easily and evenly, very cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not remove wax
55 Globalbiobased Asia:  All Purpose 102 Concentration Very thick, glue-like consistency, bubbles on surface, did not dry well, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not remove wax
57 Globalbiobased Asia:  Floor Wax Stripper 101 Concentration  Did not spread well, separates, did not dry well, very filmy residual, tacky and sticky, did not remove wax 
*57 Bi-O-Kleen:  Soycream Cleaner Spreads easily and evenly, did not dry well, cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax and other solvent if scraped
Coupon # Solvent Descriptions and Comments
*2 1st Envirosafety:  Organic Cleaner/Degreaser Watery, spreads easily and evenly, very cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not remove wax and other solvent
*3 Bi-O-Kleen:  SL-100 Spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax and other solvent if scraped very hard
*4 EnvirOx LLC:  Grout-Safe Spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, removes wax and other solvent if scraped very hard
*5 EnvirOx LLC:  H2Orange2 Spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, did not remove wax and other solvent
*7 Garden Guys:  Degreaser (Organic Products) Spreads easily and evenly, some cloudy discoloration, filmy residual, tacky and sticky, did not remove wax and other solvent

Success Rating:

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

Conclusion:

The bio-basd products that were determined to show signs of effectiveness will be tested under expanded conditions on the current floor coating/wax. Additional bio-based products will be screened when they arrive in the lab.

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