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To evaluate products using client supplied conditions for products at a longer time interval.
The successful products from the previous trials were used at 50% dilution at 10 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.
Each solution was applied to one tile and allowed to soak for 10 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 stripping 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.
10 minutes of cleaning
|1= Most Efficient;19= Least Efficient|
|Employee 1||2||3||Overall Average|
|Abatement Technologies||Citrus Pure Remover||Removed a lot of wax||13||11||16||13.3|
|Bio-Kleen||Super Stripper 1:3||Removed a lot of wax||3||1||3||2.3|
|Bio-Kleen||Super Stripper 1:5||Removed a lot of wax||4||2||4||3.3|
|Bi-O-Kleen||SL-100||Some layers of wax removed||17||16||14||15.7|
|The Clean Environment Co||Cycle-Strip||Removed a lot of wax, softened the remaining wax||9||12||7||9.3|
|Ecolink||Safe-Strip||Removed a lot of wax||8||10||6||8|
|EnvirOx, LLC||Grout-Safe||Removed very little wax (1-layer) 16||8||17||13.6|
|Finger Lakes Chemicals||Graffiti Remover||Removed a lot of wax, all wax can be peeled off manually, leaves a very sticky surface||1||13||1||5|
|Finger Lakes Chemicals||Resineater||Removed a lot of wax, all wax can be peeled off manually, leaves asticky surface||2||17||2||7|
|Franmar||Soy-Gel||Removed a lot of wax||10||3||13||8.7|
|Franmar||Soy-Strip||Removed a lot of wax, can be peeled off manually||6||7||5||6|
|Gemtek||SC Maxi Solve||Removed a lot of wax||11||6||11||9.3|
|Green Products LLC||Amaizeing||Looks though no wax removed at all. Better at 5 minutes||12||14||15||13.7|
|Inland Technologies||Citra-Safe||Oily, does not spread evenly, removed very little wax (1 layer)||18||19||19||18.7|
|Inland Technologies||EP 921||Removed a lot of wax||15||18||9||14|
|SoySafe||Graffiti Remover||Not tested, dilution formed solid-like substance|
|Soysolv Industrial Products||SoySolv||Oily, does not spread evenly, removed very little wax (1 layer)||19||15||18||17.3|
|Spartan||Graffiti Remover SAC RTU||Removed a lot of wax||14||4||12||10|
|Spartan||Green Solutions||Removed a lot of wax||5||5||10||6.7|
|Vertec||Household Paint Stripper||Not tested, dilution formed solid-like substance|
|Vertec||Ink Zapper||Removed a lot of wax, flakey, sticky surface||7||9||8||8|
Success Rating:Results suggest a scale-up feasible match for cleaning chemistry and equipment. Pilot plant study with actual parts recommended.
The successful products will now be tested at full strength for both 5 and 10 minutes.