"GREEN": "ENVIRONMENTALLY-CERTIFIED": Third Party Documented
*As Ecological Cleaning Agents
Floor Cleaning System Meets Environment Canada's Environmental Choice Criteria PRC-097 "Certified Cleaning Product with Low Potential for Environmental Illness and Endocrine Disruption"..
Meets or Exceeds ALL
PRC-097 criteria.NOTE :
Unlike CANADA, there is no existing U.S. Criteria or Standards for certifying a Floor System as being "GREEN"
.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON "ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE" ,
GO TO : http://www.environmentalchoice.com
ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS FLOOR STRIPPERS :
OF STANDARD FLOOR PROGRAMS
In 2000, a joint project known as the
"Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project"
conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.); the State
of California, and local Santa Clara County officials, it was determined that
41% of cleaning chemicals are dangerous..and 6% are "SO DANGEROUS TO USE"
that they have no right to be in an indoor environment, especially with children. One product category included within these
6 percenters is "FLOOR STRIPPERS"
. Historically, floor strippers rely on corrosive, highly
alkaline caustics (bearing a precautionary "CORROSIVE"
label ) , and harsh solvents to emulsify
and strip conventional floor seals and finishes. These "toxic" and hazardous ingredients may cause severe skin burns; permanent destruction of eye tissue or blindness; and may damage the upper respiratory tract and lung tissue depending on the extent of exposure to an unaware custodial worker .Prolonged exposure to inhaling these fumes are dizziness; headaches; chest pains; muscle weakness; nausea; vomiting; coughing; and
nose, throat, & mucous membrane irritation. In fact, burns to the eyes and skin are the MOST common injuries caused by cleaning chemicals
each year to professional custodial cleaners ; followed closely by breathing toxic solvent fumes. Excessive breathing of these fumes can permanently harm an individual's lungs. Aside from "human" damage, these type of caustic products may also cause surface damage to either new or old flooring . Two classic ingredients of floor strippers are # 1)ammonia
; and # 2)
(commonly known as "Butyl Cellusolve"
) . Ammonia
is a poisonous, alkaline gas which when introduced into water is chemically known as "ammonium hydroxide"; or better known as "ammonia" (for cleaning purposes) . Ammonia is a severe respiratory tract irritant; and the most reported health complaints include eye, nose, and throat irritation; headache, nausea, diarrhea, hoarseness, sore throat, cough,chest tightness, nasal congestion, palpitations, shortness of breath, stress, drowsiness, and alterations in mood. For chemically-sensitive
individuals such as asthmatics, exposure to fumes may trigger immediate
attacks . 2-butoxyethanol
is one of the most prevalent
chemical ingredients in most conventional cleaning products including
carpet, glass, and general purpose cleaners; and in floor strippers at
higher concentrations. 2-butoxyethanol is easily absorbed through the skin
and poisons the blood, kidneys, and liver; and may cause pregnancy problems
in woman over an extended period of time. Either ingredient also contributes to a higher P.H. which may create long lasting residues even after several water rinses. As air passes over these residues, they may further offgas air contaminants and chemical vapors into the indoor environment. Studies have indicated that cleaning agents included bleach, chlorine, floor stripper
, ammonia,sodium hydroxide, muriatic acid, and disinfectants may be the triggering agents in work-related asthma cases. Selecting cleaning products that minimize these emissions can provide a safer environment while protecting the health of workers and occupants. This "Environmentally-Certified FLOOR CARE PROGRAM"
represents the least toxic products available today that can exceed Floor Care expectations in order to minimize potential health and safety risks .
FLOOR FINISHES :
Acrylic copolymers, the basis for ALL floor finishes, are plasticizers derived from the the copolymers of acrylonitrile (poly styrene
-co-acrylonitrile ). Styrene acrylic polymers (and all acrylic polymers) are the basic building block for making plastics, resins, coatings, and paints. Styrene is primarily a synthetic chemical. Exposure to styrene is most likely to occur from breathing indoor air that is contaminated with styrene vapors from building materials, tobacco smoke, and consumer/commercial products such as cleaning chemicals. People who work where styrene is used or manufactured are likely to be exposed by breathing workplace air.Styrene may affect one's health. If you breathe high levels of styrene for a short time, one is more likely to experience nervous system effects such as depression, concentration problems, muscle weakness, tiredness, and nausea, and possibly eye, nose, and throat irritation.
As stated,styrene is primarily used in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins. According to O.S.H.A.( http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/styrene/recognition.html ), acute health effects of styrene are generally irritation of the skin, eyes, the mucous membrane and the upper respiratory tract; and dermatitis. Acute exposure also results in gastrointestinal effects. Other symptoms to overexposure are slower reaction times, reduced manual dexterity, and impaired co-ordination and balance. Chronic (long-term) exposure to styrene in humans affects the central nervous system(CNS), showing symptoms such as headache, fatigue, weakness, and depression, CSN dysfunction, hearing loss, peripheral neuropathy and can cause minor effects on kidney function. The EPA's Office of Research and Development has updated previous assessments on the carcinogenic potential of styrene and concluded that styrene is appropriately classified in Group C, "possible human carcinogen."
The International Agency for Research on Cancer
(IARC) has determined that styrene is possibly carcinogenic to humans. Several studies of workers have shown that breathing styrene may cause leukemia. There is no information on the carcinogenicity of styrene in people who swallow it or
get it on their skin.The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has limited workers' exposure to an average of 100 ppm for an 8-hour workday, 40-hour workweek.Another immediate exposure by custodial workers to inhaling STYRENE is through buffing floors when performing normal maintenance procedures. As a buffing pad under a floor machine passes over the floor, it removes a microscopic, "oxidized layer of STYRENE acrylic polymer floor finish which creates the condition known as "powdering" -or-"dusting". As a result of this cleaning function, irritating, highly allergic, toxic "acrylic" dust is released into the air and being "breathed-in" by the custodial worker and subsequent building occupants. This acrylic dust may be devastating for children with asthma and may trigger an attack without warning .FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE ADVERSE EFFECTS
GO TO :
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/100425.html (Health & Safety Data)
A PARADIGM SHIFT
MOVING FORWARD TO AN
FLOOR CARE PROGRAM
"Electrolytic" means 'electrical flow' in liquid
or 'electrolysis in solution'. Due to "neutral" ionic,
electrical charges creating 'equilibrium', NEW surfaces which have not
been cleaned with conventional cleaning chemical products stay clean
for a longer period of time. Once these surfaces' equilibrium has
been disrupted through conventional cleaners, the ionic charge is further
disrupted causing the surface to soil more quickly. In these cases, the soils
(containing either positive or negative charges will cause the host surface
to attract more and more soil making the period between required cleanings
shorter. As these soils have different ionic charges and as opposites attract,
these soils will be held to the affected surfaces by the ionic charges in the soils.The "ELECTROLYTIC DEGREASER/STRIPPER & NEUTRALIZER
& CLEANER/CONDITIONER" in our ENVIRONMENTALLY- CERTIFIED"GREEN"FLOOR CARE PROGRAM
restores the ionic charge of the surface and returns it to "neutral" equilibrium whereby soils are released from the surface
and easily comes off. In short, the soil is NOT chemically changed through
cleaning agents BUT electrically altered.For BEST results with stripper,
neutralize (STEP # 2) and rinse with clear water . STEP # 1 : STRIPPINGE-LEK-TRO "Electrolytic" DEGREASER/STRIPPER (CDC) : NO CORROSIVE LABEL IS REQUIREDCONTAINS NO BUTYL CELLUSOLVE
A Floor Stripper which contains NO HARSH CAUSTICS, AMMONIA, OR SOLVENTS.
It contains a low odor formula and a micro-foam catalyst that creates a lubricant to protect floors from coarse floor stripping pads.Although healthier and safer to use, E-LEK-TRO DEGREASER/STRIPPER
which allows the floor to be stripped easier and faster. It uses "implosion technology" which allows deeper penetration and greater emulsification of floor finishes."IMPLOSION TECHNOLOGY" means that this stripper breaks the molecular locks and structure of most floor finishes by imploding it..causing the polymer structure to disintegrate. E-LEK-TRO DEGREASER/STRIPPER
is less slippery on floors than conventional strippers; and there are less residuals left behind ensuring proper adherence of newly applied floor coatings.Conventional floor strippers rely on corrosive, highly alkaline caustics and
harsh solvents to soften, emulsify, and dissolve old floor seals and finishes, often upsetting indoor environments and potentially damaging existing flooring.IMPORTANT REASONS
for using E-LEK-TRO DEGREASER/STRIPPER
: Provides superior surface preparation for better adhesion of subsequent floor coatings
Provides a more complete removal of old floor coatings
Does NOT create a more progressive porosity condition on floors with
each stripping as does conventional strippers. STEP # 2 : NEUTRALIZING/CONDITIONING
The MOST Important Step
in the "IONIC EQUILIBRIUM PROCESS"E-LEK-TRO "Electrolytic" NEUTRALIZER (CDC) : -- E-LEK-TRO NEUTRALIZER is a concentrated liquid rinsing agent base which brings
most flooring surfaces back to a correct P.H. Neutralizing
and conditioning newly stripped floors before the application of
Sealer/Finish acclimates the floor with a balanced ionic electrical
charge which ensures that proper adhesion and bonding takes place.
Check PH of floor with litmus paper to ensure it is neutral before proceeding
to STEP# 3. E-LEK-TRO NEUTRALIZER is also used to remove residues
of conventional cleaning chemicals left on a floor prior to the
implementation of this ENVIRONMENTALLY-CERTIFIED"GREEN"FLOOR CARE PROGRAM . STEP # 3 : SEALING/FINISHINGE-LEK-TRO "Electrolytic" FLOOR SEALER/FINISH (CDC)
CONTAINS ABSOLUTELY NO STYRENECoverage : 2500 - 3000 sq.ft./gal. for first 2-3 coats
( after initial stripping )
Up to 5000 sq.ft./gal for recoatsE-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH is the highest quality floor sealer/finish with crystal clear clarity and U.V. resistance. Due to its
greater gloss retention and restoration capabilities, E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH repels the potential of imbedded soils and black
heel marks. Unlike conventional floor coatings which dry from the top
down, E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH dries and cures from the
bottom up ensuring the strongest and most durable adhesion and bonding
to the base floor. Due to this durability, stripping and re-coating
cycles drop dramatically and creates REAL time-savings. Its clarity and
leveling ability allows for easy traffic lane touch-up and blending . In
fact, it is NEVER necessary to recoat an entire floor with E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH ..just the areas that need enhancement.E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH is an Ultra High-speed or Dry
Bright Finish with incredible durability. It is formulated with an Internal
Thermal Catalyst and a Curing Agent, resulting in drying times as quickly
as 10 minutes under normal conditions. Using an environmentally-conscious polymer technology, E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH is
TOTALLY POLYSTYRENE-FREE - and- STYRENE-FREE ! ( Polystyrene and Styrene are known carcinogenics ) . It's unique technology eliminates discoloration from U.V. which commonly occurs with conventional floor finishes.On porous floors, new floors, or high traffic areas, apply 6 coats of
E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH . For non-porous or deep scrubbed
floors, apply 6 coats and burnish after the 3rd (third) and final coat.
For re-coating, clean floor thoroughly with E-LEK-TRO FLOOR CLEANER/CONDITIONER (STEP# 4), rinse with clear water, and apply 1-3 coats
of E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH .
It can be applied
to all types of floor surfaces including, but not limited to , ceramic tile, concrete,natural stone, resilient tile,VAT, and wood .AVAILABLE IN 25% -or- 22% SOLIDS STEP # 4 :
CLEANING/CONDITIONING/RESTORINGE-LEK-TRO "Electrolytic" FLOOR CLEANER/CONDITIONER (CDC)
restores appearances and maintains a high gloss as the daily cleaner in this ENVIRONMENTALLY-CERTIFIED"GREEN"FLOOR CARE PROGRAM .It's "ELECTROLYTIC IONIC EQUILIBRIUM PROPERTIES" assists in repelling soils and keeps floor surfaces cleaner for a longer period of time . When applied, E-LEK-TRO FLOOR CLEANER/CONDITIONER adds moisture back into the E-LEK-TRO FLOOR SEALER/FINISH coating
thereby making it more flexible and priming it for high-speed or standard
floor buffing. As increased buffings take place, the floor finish becomes far
more responsive and durable than most of today's competitive products .