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RE: Acrylic floor wax remover

Tammy - a couple of ideas:

1) There are a variety of water based, low VOC, low toxicity cleaners
that would remove the wax buildup and not create significant BOD issues.
In order to suggest (and provide samples of) the ideal product, it would
be helpful to know exactly what is being used now.  The term "solvent"
could mean many things, so it is unclear what we need to replace.  If we
needed to simply make a blind suggestion, I would suggest our organic
aqueous product called RIP TIDE.  (you will find full tech data on our
website @ http://www.ecolink.com)

We have developed a neutral pH, non-phosphate material specifically for
the type of floor cleaning you speak of in the second half of this
problem.  The product is called Pinnacle and I believe it to be exactly
what your client seeks for his routine cleaning.  Again, tech data and
MSDS is on the website.

We will provide complete ingredient disclosure and even help with the
BOD analysis with your clients POTW, if you wish.  I think you will find
Ecolink to be a unique firm in our field.  Check out the website and
then let us know if you need samples.  Hope this helps for a start!

Bill Green

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Tammy L. Allen [SMTP:tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us]
> Sent:	Wednesday, May 27, 1998 3:33 PM
> To:	p2tech@great-lakes.net
> Subject:	Acrylic floor wax remover
> ** Reply Requested When Convenient **
> It's me again.  Thank you for all the help with the dust bowl in
> Pinellas County.  Here's a new one I need assistance with.  A
> gentleman called me about finding an environmentally safe alternative
> to his floor wax remover.  He uses those large waxing machines and
> stripping machines to clean floors.  Currently, he is using a
> solvent-based floor wax remover/stripper to clean his equipment
> everyday.  He has two 55-gallon drums of this stripper.  The equipment
> is placed in it overnight to soak and pressure-washed in the morning.
> The local industrial pretreatment program does not want this waste
> going into his sewer drains.  The wax he is removing from the machines
> is acrylic-based.  He is using a degreaser to remove the wax.  
> 1.  Does anyone have any alternative cleaners/degreasers they can
> suggest that are environmentally friendly alternatives?
> 2.  Does anyone know of a safer floor wax to use?
> 3.  Does anyone have any soap/detergent floor cleaners for their once
> a week cleaning of their facilities polyurethane sealed concrete floor
> (obviously, they do not want to remove the polyurethane, just remove
> dirt, dust, etc.?
> Please consider that these cleaners must be safe to wash down the
> drain without concern of high/low pHs, high BODs, etc.  Any help would
> be greatly appreciated.