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Greener School Cleaning Supplies

Research Links Air Quality to Cleaning Supplies

November 3, 2009

Greener School Cleaning Supplies: School Cleaner Test Results

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Waxie-Green Floor Finish*

The certified green Waxie-Green Floor Finish* emitted 58 air contaminants. Though it emits a greater number of air contaminants than a conventional floor finish tested, there are fewer health concerns associated with these chemicals, and none are major components at high levels in the product. See below for detailed results of EWG's air pollution test of this school cleaning supply.

Made by: Waxie / Waxie Sanitary Supply

Green Certification: EcoLogo


Product Type: floor finish

Product Form: liquid

Product pH: 7.0 - 7.50


Directions: Do not apply product if flooring and/or ambient temperature is less than 55F (13C). 1. No base coat is required. Build an adequate base by apply flour 4 uniform coats of Waxie-Green Floor Finish using the Waxie Fast Glide Finish system or any other appropriate finish mop. Allow adequate drying time between coats, typically 75 F (23c) and 50% relative humidity requires an average of 30-40 minutes. 2. For added depth of gloss and protection, an additional two or three coats may be applied after an initial 24 hour cure or base coats. 3. Burnishing or buffering between coats may be produce added coating clarity. Maintenance: Waxie-Green Floor Finish*- may be attacked or dulled by harsh cleaners. 1. Daily Dust mopping or sweeping will remove abrasive debris that will impact appearance and increase maintenance costs. 2. Damp mop or autoscrub using 1 oz/G of Waxie Green Cleanser. 3. Recommend using white, beige, or blue pads with a high speed butting machine (1500 rps or higher) and Waxie-Green Floor Finish* Enhancer diluted at 3-6 oz/g for floss restoration. 4. Deep scrub as required using a blue or green cleaning pad. Container Disposal: Rinse three times with water. Then offer for recycling or reconditioning or puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill (dump). Keep out of Reach of Children.


Disclosed on the bottle label: No ingredients were disclosed on the label.


Zinc and Calcium Free Formula, non-toxic, non flammable, solvent free, biodegradable, Meets Federal & State VOC Requirements. Waxie-Green Floor Finish* creates a new standard in floor finish technology. By combining an unequated level of environmental preference with unparalled performance, this green floor finishes durability surpasses other green and conventional floor finishes. Waxie- Green Floor Finish contains no fluorosurfacants, heavy metals, APE/APEO (alkyl phenol-----) surfacants, NPE (nonyl phenol ethnoxylates) PFOS and/or PFOA (perfluor-----) sulfonates and perfluor-----aicd. Ethylene glycol based ----, phthalates, styrene and its metabolites (styrene oxide), formaldehyde, polmers or urethane. This product meets Ecology Environmental Standard for Hard Floor Care Products (CCD-147) based on its low impact for human and environmental health.


First Aid Ingestion: Rinse mouth with water many times. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Contact physician if irritation persists. Skin: Flush skin with large amounts of water. If irritation persists, get medical attention. Inhalation: If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing give artificial respiration, preferably mouth-to-mouth. If breathing is difficult give oxygen. Get medical attention. Eyes: In case of contact immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes and get medical attention if irritation persists.

58Air Contaminants Detected
1Ingredients disclosed by manufacturer

Concerns of the chemicals detected

Key health concerns highlighted by major agencies (Study Methodology)
1Chemicals cause asthmaMETHYL METHACRYLATE
1Chemicals on California's Prop 65 List for cancer and reproductive toxicityACETALDEHYDE
2Chemicals linked to cancer2-BUTOXYETHANOL, ACETALDEHYDE
0Chemicals linked to reproductive toxicity
0Chemicals that disrupt hormones
1 Chemicals toxic to the brain and nervous system METHYL METHACRYLATE
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.