What makes Double 6 have drift reducing properties?

Double 6 has a drift reducer ingredient incorporated into the formulation. When sprayed, the drift reducer helps the spray to develop into larger droplet size than formulations without a drift reducer. Because of the larger droplet size, the spray tends to go where it is aimed rather than riding on the wind and drifting where you don’t want it to go (just like when you use a garden hose with a coarse spray vs. a fine spray). The particular drift reducer used in Double 6 (called Paratac) also makes the drops have a slight increase in “tack” which helps them stay where they are delivered better than a formulation without a drift reducer.

What is the best way to use Power Powder?

It depends on the cleaning task. A very common use for Power Powder is to remove grease spots from concrete floors. For this task, I recommend getting the soiled area wet with water, then sprinkling Power Powder on the wetted area. This creates a “zone of localized concentration” which helps by keeping the power of the product focused where it is needed. After some dwell time on the floor, some agitation will help break up and penetrate the soils (a deck brush works well). Follow with a thorough rinse with water.

For other uses such as cleaning with a pressure sprayer, dilute Power Powder with water as directed on the label and use the resulting solution for the cleaning task.

What is the difference between a one-step disinfectant/cleaner and a sanitizer?

There are several important distinctions between one-step disinfectant/cleaners and sanitizers which include:

  • One-step disinfectant/cleaners are tolerant to organic soil (typically blood or body fluid) present on a surface.
  • One-step disinfectant/cleaners typically operate at a much higher level of active ingredient in the product or solution and therefore have the capability to kill microorganisms that sanitizers will not kill. EX.: Simply Easy operates at no more than 200 parts per million (ppm) vs. 4CQ at 847 ppm and Multi-Guard at 2100 ppm of active ingredient.
  • As the name implies, one-step disinfectant/cleaners have cleaning agents in their formulations; sanitizers typically do not. This allows disinfectant/cleaners to not only kill germs but to remove them via cleaning action during use.
  • Because sanitizers do not have cleaning ingredients and operate at lower ppm levels than disinfectants, they are very well suited for sanitizing surfaces and utensils used in foodservice. They will not leave excessive residues which might not be food-safe even though they are effective at killing 99.99% of the germs commonly encountered in foodservice.

Can Defend be applied directly on people who are infested with lice?

No. Defend is designed to kill adult and nymph-stage lice on clothing, bedding, furniture and other inanimate objects. It is also effective against bed bugs, fleas and ticks, including ticks which transmit Lyme Disease. It will repel mosquitos as well, but all of these applications are predicated on the use of the product on (primarily) fabrics and upholstery, rather than directly onto people.

Why is it important to use neutral pH cleaners on finished (waxed) floors?

Floor finish (sometimes incorrectly called “wax”) is really a blend of polymers in a mix of chemicals that keep it in a liquid state until those chemicals evaporate out of the finish upon application/drying. It then dries to a clear coating on the floor, which is left shiny due to the microfine pits and unevenness in the floor surface being filed in by the now-solid coating. This in turn allows light to reflect more evenly which your eye perceives as shine. When you use neutral cleaners/disinfectants on a finished floor, there is not enough pH to degrade the finish while removing the soils. On the other hand, if you use a product with a higher pH (9-ish and above) in effect, you are slowly stripping the finish by causing it to get softer and more water soluble. This is what floor strippers are designed to do. While the floor finish is in the softened state it will pick up more dirt, etc. which will cause it to look yellowed and reduce the overall shine. It is important to use neutral pH cleaners to preserve the investment made when floors are finished.

What is the difference between Double-6 and N.S.H. 2025?

Essentially, the difference is the solvent carrier. In Double-6 the carrier for the active ingredients is off-road fuel oil, along with small amounts of other solvents needed to keep the mixture stable. It is illegal to use fuel oil for a carrier (due to VOC regulations) in several states, so an alternative mix of solvents that were exempt from the VOC regulations was developed to carry (essentially) the same active ingredients in N.S.H. 2025 as are found in Double-6. Practically, N.S.H. 2025 may give you a slightly faster kill on a warm sunny day but that is balanced out by Double-6 having a bit more of residual kill due to having a bit more bromacil in the formula. In general, there is not that much functional difference between the two products.

What is the difference between Absorbit, Super Sorb and For Drying Out Loud?

While they are all sorbents for absorption and removal of liquid spills, they differ in that For Drying Out Loud is designed to dry up water-based spills like vomit, blood, pet messes, latex paint and potable liquids. Absorbit is also designed for aqueous (water-based) spills and comes in a smaller size container for easy handling. On the other hand, Super Sorb is designed to absorb and solidify hydrocarbon spills like diesel oil, gasoline, hydraulic fluids, brake fluid, etc.

 

What is our best deodorizer to eliminate smoke odors?

We have a number of deodorizer products in our line that are effective against smoke odors. If the area that you are treating for smoke odors has curtains in it, a great technique is to hold the curtain back and spray the folds with a dry mist type deodorizer or an ultra-fine mist. Some examples of these products would be Dreamy Breeze, Fresh Day and Glacial Breeze. Doing this will allow the maximum penetration to the actual source of the odors rather than treating just the air. For a heavy duty treatment of a space up to 6000 cubic feet, use K.O. Total Release Odor Counteractant, which come in three fragrances: Linen, Mint and Very Berry.