Friday, July 26, 2013

TURI Lab Achieves Champion Status

The Lab encourages the use of safer surfactants through its connections to EPA's Design for the Environment and the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative. We have been recognized by EPA as a Champion of the SDSI program. We are constantly reviewing the latest surfactants listed in the CleanGredients database and our testing database is listed as tool for performance testing on their site.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Why Have Your Product Tested with the TURI Lab

TURI Lab testing involves rigorous scientific testing. We have partnered with IEHA to help promote effective cleaning products. The program tests green product performance on real-world soils and to be approved for the IEHA HPCP program, a product must perform exceedingly well on more than one type of dirt.

Here is an example of a successful product

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Database can answer your cleaning questions, just ask.

From time to time we get requests for finding safer cleaning products. Many times these questions can be answered by using our on-line test results database, CleanerSolutions.

The latest question:

From Scotland:
I'm advising a community group in Stirling who have been told that a trike unit for cleaning such stock will be situated near their houses. From a whole range of angles - green chemistry, green jobs ( more and safer jobs from not using/reducing solvent use) , water pollution, general toxics use reduction, reduced occupational hazards to workers in the unit - it doesn't seem to make sense to clean this way. Would you happen to know about the USA alternatives to solvent use for cleaning railway rolling stock? Has TURI produced any reports on this or do you know of any good contacts who might be able to help me on the subject?

Our Response:
We have done many projects replacing TCE. Here is a link to a couple of larger projects: Results 1, Results 2
This link lists the products that we have successfully tested for replacement of TCE for all soil types: Results 3
This is a somewhat shorter list for oils and grease removal: Results 4


And a question from Washington State:
We're looking to clean some ceramic parts that were held in place using Crystalbond. We had FTIR done on some parts that showed signs of staining after heating in a vacuum but the results were inconclusive. I did a search for Crystalbond FTIR and your site came up. I have two questions in your client 155 project 2 you mention FTIR showing both toluene and or Crystalbond. I was wondering if it would be possible to get a copy of the FTIR and see if that's what we're seeing. My second question has to do with the cleaning agents you discuss in C155 part 1. I've been looking for the DuPont DBE-4 (which you list as 99.6% effective) but haven't found it available in an over the counter solution, is there a brand-name product I should be looking for? Also, though it's not mentioned in your report, is there any chance the results were compared with Acetone (typically used solvent) and/or Crystalbond 509 solvent? We're going to try bulk cleaning with the Shopmaster RC you recommend (replacing the acetone currently used) but would like to try the DBE-4 for final cleaning.

Our Response:
Glad that the site provided some useful information for you. You may not be able to find DBE-4 on its own. We were informed later on that the solvent is normally sold to manufacturers of products as an ingredient. The Shopmaster RC does have a DBE mixture in it and may be the closest you can get.
Testing did include Crystalbond 590 S Stripper (see attached reports 155-4, 155-5).
The FT-IR may not be so helpful but I have included the report and image (report 155-6)

Ask your cleaning solvent substitute question today!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Green and Clean: Achieving the Best of Both Worlds

Here is a link to a recent article on effective green cleaning.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TURI Lab Testing Program in the News

Green Works® Concentrated Cleaners were tested by the International Executive Housekeepers Association's (IEHA) High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) Testing Program in conjunction with the University of MA Lowell TURI Lab. Green Works® Concentrated Cleaners met the HPCP program's rigorous standards and proved the product line's efficacy. Read more

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Green Cleaning In Hospitals

Check out this paper on green cleaning in hospitals:

Under the guidance of an expert advisory group, the project team at CHD conducted the study in three steps. Literature review, phone interview and questionnaire survey were the major methods used in the study.

The paper is the ninth paper in the Health Care Research Collaborative’s monograph series providing research and analysis of factors influencing patient, worker and environmental safety and sustainability in the health care sector. The Research Collaborative was initiated by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), an international nonprofit coalition that promotes environmental responsibility in health care.

Friday, October 7, 2011

CleanerSolutions Usage in FY 2011

Did you know that our lab's testing database was visited 26,873 for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Were you one of them? If so, thanks. If not, please check it out!