Floor Finishes and Strippers

Industrial Consumer

Instead of using floor finishes and strippers  on a regular schedule, they are only necessary when the floor is dull (most likely once a year).  Put more than one coat on so it lasts longer.  

Manufacturers sometimes design floor strippers to work with particular kinds of floor finishes, and sell them (together with neutral floor cleaners) as a floor care system.

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Waxie Hi Gloss Floor Finish (RTU) 930210

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Manufacturer(s)
Waxie
Vendor(s)
Waxie
Product/Service Type
Industrial

Waxie Floor Stripper 320660

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Manufacturer(s)
Waxie
Vendor(s)
Waxie
When to Use

Dilute 1:4 before use.

Product/Service Type
Industrial

Rochester Midland Enviro Care Floor Finish Enhancer 11904127

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Manufacturer(s)
Rochester Midland
Vendor(s)
Santora Sales
Product/Service Type
Industrial

Claire Green Metal-Free Floor Finish CG315

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Manufacturer(s)
Claire Manufacturing
Vendor(s)
Cleansource
When to Use

Best to use with Claire floor stripper.  Minimize stripping and refinishing by applying multiple coats and stripping on as-needed basis.

Product/Service Type
Industrial

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Limited

Prohibited

Info on this product category: Floor Finishes and Strippers

Why Go Green

Green products: 

  • Have safer ingredients. Cleaning products often contain a variety of hazardous ingredients, including quaternary ammonium compounds, alkylphenol ethoxylates, 2-butoxyethanol, glycol ethers, and ethanolamine. These pose health hazards to workers and building occupants, as well as environmental hazards downstream.
  • Reduce waste, by emphasizing recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
  • Are sold as concentrates whenever possible, which means that shipping weight is 1/64 – 1/256 that of ready to use products - dramatically reducing fuel requirements for shipping.
  • Use dilution systems to prevent exposure to concentrated products.
  • Cost roughly equivalent to conventional cleaners.

Criteria for Floor Finishes and Strippers

Products certified under one of the following ecolabels:

  1. Green Seal GS-40
  2. Green Seal GS-37
  3. UL 2777/EcoLogo CCD-147

SF Environment may conduct its own review of specific products that are not formally certified by Green Seal or Ecologo, determine whether those products substantially meet the standards, and on that basis allow the use of those products.

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 12, 2014

Reports

The Real Cost of Institutional Green Cleaning (2009) Report by SF Environment includes a cost survey of conventional vs. green cleaning products. Costs were roughly equivalent for most product categories.  Costs of ready-to-use products averaged 15 times higher than concentrates; aerosols averaged 27 times higher.

Guide for City Staff

City Custodians:

  1. Are required to buy these cleaners (if needed):
  2. Post the City department green cleaning checklist/poster

  3. Post tips (for microfibers, disinfecting, dusting, polishing, floor care, kitchens, restrooms) from custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment. 

  4. Disinfectants are only important for surfaces like doorknobs.
  5. Switch to microfiber mops and cloths, which can prevent injuries because there's no need for heavy mop buckets.
  6. Install closed-loop dilution systems (if possible) to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.

Non-custodial City Staff:

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster (available in Spanish/Chinese) above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

  • Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
  • Make your own cleaners from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
  • See consumer products on GoodGuide.
  • Use disinfectants sparingly. The most important surfaces are doorknobs.
  • Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants.  Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (e.g., ammonium chloride).
  • Small businesses can save money by switching to industrial/institutional cleaners.  Ready-to-use products are 15 times more expensive than concentrates.
  • Custodial companies that are SF Green Businesses should watch the custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment, and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese).
  • Legally and safely dispose of cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints) in the San Francisco Bay Area or rest of the U.S

Guide for Large Organizations