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Trial Number 4

Trial Purpose:

To evaluate successful products on larger tiles following end users procedure for stripping.

Date Run:

08/08/2007

Experiment Procedure:

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.

Trial Results:

All Products Used at 50% Dilutions Unless Otherwise Noted.          
5 minutes of cleaning            
Manufacturer Product Stripping Observations Ranking      
      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.

Conclusion:

All products will be tested under the same conditions except for the cleaning time, which will be 10 minutes.

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