Value in Being “Green Spirited” than Being “Rules Green” in the Field of Coatings, Sealers, and Cleansers


Value in Being “Green Spirited” than Being “Rules Green” in the Field of Coatings, Sealers, and Cleansers


When “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “Green”. When being “Rules Green” (Certified) is not as good as being “Green Spirited” – caring about the quality of what you use in your life and business. Just because a material is natural doesn’t mean it is good for the environment. Consider that every spring millions of pounds of peat is used as potting soil and garden ground cover. Did you know that 1) harvesting peat releases carbon dioxide, a known greenhouse gas? 2) Peat bogs have amazing ability to remove harmful impurities from water? 3) Peat bogs hold 10% of the worlds fresh water? Using peat may make you feel good using a natural material but does it mean it is good for the environment? Do you get the idea of being ruled by “rules” or governed by the “spirit” of being environmentally friendly.

Also consider the trend to grow corn and soybeans for fuel. Growing more requires more tonnage of petro-chemical derived chemical fertilizer/pesticides. Fuel efficiency is less than the old alternative and oil is still consumed to produce the “natural” byproduct used in fuel. I lived in Iowa and still don’t use this fuel for my car! It has a lower BTU value so you get less miles per gallon. Am I belaboring the point? Probably but please read on.

It matters also with the company you keep and support when considering being “green”. This is why I have chosen to represent the Richard James Specialty Chemicals Corp. and the products they produce for stone, tile, concrete, and a host of other substrates. I hope you will agree with me that they have some of the finest products anywhere in the world. Let me explain why I say so in regards to environmental issues.

The term environmentally friendly is a widely used and poorly defined cliché’. RJSC cleansers & sealers and finishes have all three elements to qualify as “environmentally friendly”…..


First off is the daily use of cleaning products and their StoneClean™ Concentrate line of cleansers.


First is the absence of toxic compounds in RJSC products.  Surprisingly many cleansers make you believe they are eco-safe by using the grapefruit extracted concentrate d-limonene [orange or lemon smell] that is actually quite toxic. It is first cousin to kerosene and is not biologically friendly at all. Its bio-half life is very long and it is amazingly toxic compared to many other cleaning agents. It gets good press value since it is extracted from grapefruit rinds. Look at some of the labels and warning about “orange” type cleansers- “If skin contact rinse with water for 15 minutes” sounds like a dangerous product to me!


Secondly, RJSC cleansers have short bio degradation time AND [very important] none of the degradation products are themselves toxic. RJSC’s StoneClean “104”, for instance, may have the shortest degradation time of any heavy duty degreaser. The chemistries of industrial cleansers are typically VERY high impact. StoneClean “104” is not only fast in environmental breakdown, it is also truly neutral pH and low toxicity, while at the same time unusually effective in capturing oils/grime and transferring it to the mop head to be rinse away in a bucket.

Another earth friendly spirited way it is crafted is the fact that is a salt free cleanser! Excess salts in our waterways are creating havoc with water treatment centers. ( typical water softeners that use salt should be outlawed!) This means that being green “spirited” also means to consider whether a product is “drain friendly”! Look at the label of ingredients and if sodium or potassium are in the names of the cleaning agents then are you really green in spirit or intent?


Third, and importantly, is the “free rinse-ability” of RJSC products.  If a product leaves a scum on the floor it will also leave a scum on the environment it contacts.  Many cleaners require multiple rinses whereas RJSC cleansers float free with the first rinse. (this also saves in labor time as well)

Soy derived cleansers leave behind residues that by definition provide food for fungal growth. This starts another important point to cover: the control of mold and mildew environmentally! Lawsuits and litigation experts agree that this is a “cash cow” of legal proportions. Problematic, is that often solutions to cleaning mold are also toxic in themselves, and that by definition add to the overall “problem” of mold concerns. A mouthful of words to say, “let us look at a different way to control mold.” – more help needed to explain why current methodology of using any chloride based cleanser is not only bad for user but also for environment – Safely removing mold without resorting to using any type of chloride chemical is key to protecting the environment of the drain and waterways. Breaking down the chitin shell of the fungal growth makes it a much safer way to remove mold/fungal growths. Many are fooled into believing that for such a nasty job you need nasty strong chemistry. Looking at the labels of such strong chemicals proves they are not good for the environment and also the end user. One such label say to avoid any skin contact and to flush your skin for 30 minutes if it comes in contact with your skin! A friend of mine uses such a cleanser in his cleaning and mold remediation service.

RJSC designs their sealers and cleansers with the specific thought of bio-half life and toxicology of all inclusions. Biodegradability of surfactants and de-foaming additives is a concern as these are usually not regulated except in the case of fluorocarbons and heavy metals. A famer friend of mine thinks that some agricultural chemical surfactants never really break down environmentally.

I think you will actually be shocked to find out how the combination of right chemistry and environmental safety can outperform ones that claim “Rules Green” / certified!

The next area of concern being dealt with in the article is the chemistry of sealers/ finishes. Solvent borne coatings have been around for over a hundred years. Only recently did science come up with acrylic and polyurethane resins that were solvated in various hydrocarbon solvents to produce widely used coatings that are still applied today (albeit illegally in many states).

As air quality concerns elevated to new awareness in the 70’and 80’s, there was an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the vapors, inherent toxicity and flammability of solvent coatings. The letters “VOC” became a more recognizable standard to judge whether a coating was toxic and to which degree. VOC then became the newest regulatory datum.


RJSC was the FIRST manufacturer (1992) in floor coatings/treatments to open its business exclusively with waterborne coating and sealers. They have a menu of at least 9 industry standards to measure their coatings. They consistently meet or beat solvent systems in virtually every performance dimension!! This is especially true for abrasion resistance, flexibility, tensile strength and of course flammability.

Among the first products introduced by RJSC in the early 90’s was StoneLok™ “MLT Plus”. The first big application was in 1993 at Penn Station in NYC (with traffic of 500,000 people a day). It was selected because it was the only product MTA management could find that met their stringent air quality tests. It saved them several thousand dollars that would have been spent venting the fumes from this 24- hr/day facility.

The flamed granite is still easily cleanable to this day. StoneLok™ sealers are now specified for installations from museums, hotels, retail spaces, and finer homes.

The real spirit of “Green” is much more complex than the current idol of VOC, or volatile organic content. Most resin systems other than 100% epoxy need some solvents to gain required performance. Most state VOC requirements are generally in the low 200 g/liter level but there are several areas where 100 is the max and we can only see this trend being amplified lower.

Low Impact Green in Spirit (Low Environmental Impact) must therefore consider appropriate VOC for air quality, PLUS low bio-toxcity, low contact irritation and fast bio-degradation.

Small amounts of solvents are found in almost all sealers including waterborne products. Many pose no air quality threat and are low in toxicity. Some solvents are higher in impact. Ethyl-group glycol ethers (butoxy ethanol) are used in waterborne coating, and “EB” was the solvent in original Windex and 409. This chemistry is metabolized in the body with some by-product liver retention.

RJSC uses Glycol Ether Acetate that has a safety rating of “1” (safe) without DOT toxic shipping. Glycol Ether Acetate is generally metabolized and passed thru the body with no retention.

It is interesting to note that they did a job for The National Bureau of Technology and Standard (nuclear lab). They had to demonstrate the uniquely “safe” catalyst chemistry. The officer was totally unconcerned with the Glycol Ether Acetate. The product was also cleared for use by an equally stringent safety officer for a major airplane manufacturer.

RJSC has not undertaken the time and expense to gain “Green Rules” for their sealers since when the coating system is cured, it is chemically inert and therefore does not emit, exchange or degrade into biologically hostile chemistries. Also, unlike high- and petroleum- solvent sealers that emit “volatiles” for months, RJSC sealers emit the low-level biologically acceptable propisols only until full cure (usually four days).

As chemically inert system, they do not provide nutritional basis for microbial growth, and with its overall chemical resistance, it can be cleaned with a variety of microbial cleansers!

This sort evaluation of being “Green Spirited” as opposed to being “Green Rules” shows that it is what a company does, not what it says, and pays to have advertised that matters most! RJSC rarely advertises and for that reason sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of big business contracts and deals. It is the hotel GM, building manager, janitorial supervisor/owner that truly wants to be “Green Spirited” that will sort thru all the hype, read the documentation and choose the best overall products for their facility.

I hope you will contact me for further direction into how this special, low key company, can help you also to become not only green compliant, but go further and become green spirited in nature of your business or home!

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 


Salt Free Cleaning Advantages

no saltmop & bucketclean looking floor

Salt Free Cleaning? I know processed salt is bad for my health and now your saying salt in the products I clean my floor with is bad too?

Consider: Salts are typically used to add extra activity to cleansers (as an extra “grabber”). Many neutral cleaners are not neutral in the bottle- but become neutral when the salts react out. This is when the products “die” or are no longer active in cleaning ability. StoneClean “104” StoneClean “60”, & StoneClean Hard Surface cleanser has NO SALTS and NO SOAPS! Not only are both neutral pH , but more importantly is that they are a continuously active product. Its activity does not stop when it is in dilution or on the floor! This trade secret formulation is why ones notice it cleans effectively even at a 1 to 128 dilution or even weaker.

Why Salt Free? Salt residues left in the floor can cause problems later. This is especially true when considering any surface treatment such as an impregnator , sealer, or wax. No sealer is truly totally impermeable! Over time there will be some up down and down up hydroscopic  (vapor movement). If salts are left in the substrate, continual “wetting” and resulting “activation” can eventually create a) efflorescence and or b) “color shift”. Extra salts can also hasten the process of re-soiling of the substrate.

Residue Free Cleans! Now the daily cleans go FASTER and more efficient with these three products. Also, there is better surface adhesion and bonding when further treating the floor after a deep cleaning. Using them as a final RINSE before applying any impregnator , sealer, or wax will produce better results. Also the substrate can be brought back to a neutral pH faster, where it should be to prevent damage.

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 




Surface Treatments to Enhance the Shine: Coatings

There are a lot of surface polishes for marble!! Since most janitorial firms and hotel staffs are not trained in the trade of natural marble care. Topical polishes are commonly used. A few guidelines will help to determine if your system of care is in need of repair or whether you can still be happy using what has gotten you by so far. We are not about fixing what isn’t broke in your care of marble.

Consider a few things your use of a topical shine should accomplish;

Should be durable to provide a sacrificial barrier to scratching the stone

  1. should NOT yellow or trap dirt into the finish making the finish look dirty and dull quickly
  2. should be “cleanable” to keep the high shine looking clear and natural as possible
  3. should be buffable to refresh the shine by either spray buffing or re-application
  4. should not quickly soften under wet conditions or lose its shine
  5. should not require stripping to renew the look with a new coat

Please contact me today for the hardest most durable finish for Marble, VCT, Tile, Wood that is on the market!

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 

Industry Break-through Maintenance Option for Polished Marble & Limestone

Maintenance of polished marble & limestone in a high traffic setting can be a challenge.  The relative softness of the stone in relation to sand (quartz) tracked in under foot or wheels crushing other items on the floor can quickly scratch and dull the stone surface. The make- up of calcium carbonate whether metamorphic in marble or layered in limestone makes it susceptible to staining and etching from coffee, alcohol, sodas, and oils.

Historically the use of stone is highly valued as it is still today. The use of more sophisticated machinery and computerized operated cutting tools makes designs and graphics even more a value then in days past. The cost of stone has also been lowered by the greater ease of quarrying and fabricating. The increase of use and demand has also increased the demand to find a better way of caring for the maintenance of the stone surfaces.

When I first got into the field of cleaning stone I was fixed on not using any type of coating or surface treatments – I was a purist in stone care! Many still feel the only way to care for polished marble and limestone is by diamond grinding and popping the final shine with a potassium oxalate cream or with an oxalic acid powder slurry. The shine this way, is more natural than the shine obtained by acid based recrystallization methods. I choose to focus my business on the “maintenance” of the shine and leave diamond grinding to ones with all the equipment and staff. I was from a small town in Iowa so travelling would be an issue to get to places that even had marble flooring!


Maintenance companies and businesses now had another option to protect the shine they obtained from diamond grinding. It helped to maintain a high shine in between diamond grinding contract restorations.

Introducing  the new  StoneHardener™ 3 Polish?

 First they no longer could obtain a key ingredient that made SH2P the fine product it was.

 Second was to find an even more durable longer lasting shine.

 Third was to find a way to make the application easier and that would require less skill of the applicator.

 Now restoration companies can offer their clients the option of applying StoneHardener™ 3 Polish to keep a higher long lasting shine.

 Now owners of shopping malls, Hotels, Restaurants, and Commercial Buildings can reduce their costs of upkeep of their natural stone flooring. Imagine just dust mopping and cleaning the floor nightly instead of repeated spray buffing of the flooring. Imagine no longer seeing wear patterns in the finish that eventually will require either diamond grinding or stripping and recoating of a was like product.

StoneHardener™ 3 Polish can be touched up seamlessly with no stripping required. Maintenance companies may not like the elimination of stripping and waxing of marble flooring but the owners should love the lowered maintenance costs. The stone surface will be harder, more abrasion-resistant and more durable. The stone is also protected from a wider range of contaminates such as oil, acetone, coffee and other beverage spills.

Please email me for product details and pricing.