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Trial Number 5

Trial Purpose:

To evaluate products using client supplied conditions for products at a longer time interval.

Date Run:

08/20/2007

Experiment Procedure:

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.

Trial Results:

All Products Used at 50% Dilutions Unless Otherwise Noted.
10 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 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.

Conclusion:

The successful products will now be tested at full strength for both 5 and 10 minutes.

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