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Recently, the leading fluorosurfactant used in floor polish applications has been removed from the market. In an effort to qualify replacements, a thorough study of the use of fluorosurfactants in floor polish applications has been conducted. Water based films have always been subject to temperature and humidity differences in real world applications. Floor polishes are formulated to be useful under these conditions of high or low humidity and high or low temperatures. Certain conditions will also affect the flow and leveling performance of these films. Stress conditions, those on the boundaries of real world examples, can define the performance of a floor polish in today's market. Under these stress conditions fluorosurfactants perform differently and affect the performance and characteristics of a floor polish, including failure.
floor polish, floor finish, fluorosurfactant, surface tension
Technical Manager - Floor Care, OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., Chester, SC