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School Cleaner Test Results

November 3, 2009

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

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Goof Off Cleaner (CA VOC Compliant)

Goof Off Cleaner, often used to remove graffiti, emitted 86 air contaminants, including a possible human carcinogen, a reproductive toxin, and other chemicals linked to hormone disruption or neurotoxicity. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Valspar

Green Certification: None

Form/Use

Product Type: graffiti remover

Product Form: liquid


Directions

Always use safety goggles. People with sensitive skin should use solvent resistant gloves. Hard Surfaces: Apply to cloth, blot, rub lightly until spot is removed. You may need to rewax some surfaces to renew gloss. Cloth, Concrete, Metal: Apply directly. Agitate with brush. Then blot, rinse or power wash residue. Repeat if necessary. Carpet: Scrape or cut excess material from carpet. Apply generously to cloth. Blot and rub. Do not apply directly to carpet since remover will damage latex back. Caution: Always test on inconspicuous area first. Damages many plastics, worn vinyl floors, some automotive paints and some carpets.


Ingredients

Disclosed on the bottle label: Acetone, Xylene, Ethylbenzene, Butyl Carbitol, Petroleum Distillates, and Toluene.


Claims

The ultimate remover! Professional strength. This amazing problem solver quickly and easily removes old dried latex pain, caulk, most glues, marker and pen ink, white correction fluid, crayons, asphalt, tar, lipstick, chewing gum, candle wax, and printers ink. Read entire label before using. FOR USE ON: Nylon, polypropylene, and wool carpets; fully cured varnished and oil-base painted surfacs, vinyl baseboard,d laminate counter tops, vinyl floors, solid vinyl upholstery, all metals, glass, brick, wood, concrete, grout, vinyl tops, fiberglas, most fabrics.


Warnings

DANGER! Extremely flammable liquid and vapor. Vapor harmful. Harmful or fatal if swallowed. May affect the brain or nervous system causing dizziness, headache or nausea. Causes eye, skin, nose and throat irritation. May be harmful if absorbed through skin. Keep away from heat, sparks and flame. Vapors may cause flash fire. Do not smoke. Extinguish all flames and pilot lights, and turn stoves, heaters, electric motors and other sources of ignition during use and until all vapors are gone. Prevent build-up of vapors by opening all windows and doors to achieve cross ventilation. USE ONLY WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION. Do not breath vapors. Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing. Wash thoroughly after handling. Notice: Reports have associated repeated and prolonged occupational overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents may be harmful or fatal. Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of CA to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.


86Air Contaminants Detected
6Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
0Chemicals cause asthma
2Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityTOLUENE, ETHYLBENZENE
2Chemicals linked to cancer2-BUTOXYETHANOL, ETHYLBENZENE
1Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicityTOLUENE
2Chemicals that disrupt hormonesBENZOPHENONE, N,N-DIMETHYLFORMAMIDE
4 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system ACETONE, TOLUENE, N,N-DIMETHYLFORMAMIDE, XYLENES (XYLENE, ORTHO-XYLENE, XYLENE (PARA AND/OR META) )
No Corrosive concentrate or dangerous pH  

The chemicals detected

Laboratory Data Qualifiers

#† Denotes quantified using multipoint authentic standard curve (post-calibration). Other VOCs quantified relative to toluene.
# Indicates AQS database match with a probability greater than 99%.
**** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 95%.
*** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 90%.
** Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 85%.
* Indicates NIST/EPA/NIH best library match only based on retention time and mass spectral characteristics with a probability greater than 80%.

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Waxie informed EWG on Jan. 7, 2013, that the Waxie-Green Floor Finish has been discontinued. EWG has not reviewed for the purposes of this report the company's new formulation, Waxie-Green Hi-Solids Floor Finish.