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To evaluate successful products on larger tiles following end users procedure for stripping.
The successful products from the previous trials were used at 50% dilution at 5 minute cleaning intervals. In addition, several new products that were not previously tested were included in this round of testing. Furthermore, some of the new products were used at lower dilutions as recommended by the vendors.
Full vinyl tile coupons (12"x12") were coated with the Johnson Wax Show Place floor coating using a paint brush. The coating was allowed to dry for an hour. After completely dry, additional coats were applied. A total of four coats were used.
Initially, each solution was applied to one tile and allowed to soak for 5 minutes.
At the end of the soaking, the tile was stripped manually using sections of the scrubbing pad. During scrubbing, hot water was added to the tile and stirpping solvent, simulating the procedure witnessed during an on-site visit to the client's facility. Observations were recorded on the effectiveness of the strippers. In addition, three lab personnel independently ranked the strippers for performance. An average of the three assessments were made.
|All Products Used at 50% Dilutions Unless Otherwise Noted.|
|5 minutes of cleaning|
|1= Most Efficient;19= Least Efficient|
|Employee 1||2||3||Overall Average|
|Abatement Technologies||Citrus Pure Remover||Did not remove much wax, maybe 1 layer||17||9||19||15|
|Bio-Kleen||Super Stripper 1:3||Removed a lot of wax||3||2||3||2.7|
|Bio-Kleen||Super Stripper 1:5||Some wax removed||4||4||4||4|
|Bi-O-Kleen||SL-100||Water and oil separating during scrubbing, leaves an oily residue on tile, some layers of wax removed||15||13||14||14|
|The Clean Environment Co||Cycle-Strip||Some layers of wax removed, may remove more wax at 10 minute saturation time||12||8||18||12.7|
|Ecolink||Safe-Strip||Some layers of wax removed, may remove more wax at 10 minute saturation time||14||17||13||14.7|
|EnvirOx, LLC||Grout-Safe||Some layers of wax removed, may remove more wax at 10 minute saturation time||13||16||15||14.7|
|Finger Lakes Chemicals||Graffiti Remover||Some layers of wax removed with scrubber, all wax can be peeled off manually, leaves a very sticky surface||1||1||1||1|
|Finger Lakes Chemicals||Resineater||Oily, Some layers of wax removed with scrubber, all wax can be peeled off manually leaving a sticky surface||2||14||2||6|
|Franmar||Soy-Gel||Hard to spread evenly, some layers of wax removed, may remove more wax at 10 minute saturation time||6||5||6||5.7|
|Franmar||Soy-Strip||Hard to spread evenly, removed some wax, but not able to peel manually, flakey||5||10||5||6.7|
|Gemtek||SC Maxi Solve||Removed some wax, but not able to peel manually||8||12||7||9|
|Green Products LLC||Amaizeing||Oily, some layers removed, flakey||7||6||10||7.7|
|Inland Technologies||Citra-Safe||Oily, bubbles on wax, did notremove much wax||19||19||17||18.3|
|Inland Technologies||EP 921||Sticky, some layers removed||10||3||11||8|
|SoySafe||Graffiti Remover||Not tested, dilution formed solid-like substance||Not Included|
|Soysolv Industrial Products||SoySolv||Oily, did not remove much wax||18||15||16||16.3|
|Spartan||Graffiti Remover SAC RTU||Some layers of wax removed, may remove more wax at 10 minute saturation time||9||7||12||9.3|
|Spartan||Green Solutions||Some layers of wax removed, may remove more wax at 10 minute saturation time||16||18||8||14|
|Vertec||Household Paint Stripper||Not tested, dilution formed solid-like substance||Not Included|
|Vertec||Ink Zapper||Some layers of wax removed, very sticky surface||11||11||9||10.3|
Success Rating:A follow up test, usually based on company input.
All products will be tested under the same conditions except for the cleaning time, which will be 10 minutes.