How To Detail Your Vehicle with Nok-Out

How To Detail Your Vehicle with Nok-Out

It’s Summer time. Activities abound. You are either going, or coming,  and most  always in your vehicle. Invariably, there are spills. The dog slobbers, food spills, drinks splash, and snacks crumble. Wet garments dissipate into moldy, fetid odors in the trunk and on the floor. What a nasty mess!

One fine morning, when you climb into the car, dreadful smells assault you. You know there are nasty pathogens mixed in with those awful smells. Bingo! You need NOK-OUT for fast, immediate results.

Eliminate those horrid odors now! Get rid of dangerous bacteria, and mold at the same time. Fetch the Nok-Out and get to work. Draw in the whole family to help with this chore; hopefully, they may think twice about throwing things on the car floor, and leaving them there!

Detailing Guidelines:

  • Circulate the Air: open all doors and windows, Turn the AC on HIGH
  • Purge! Remove EVERYTHING that isn’t bolted down.
  • Wash: Throw garments in the washer. Wash with detergent and 4 oz Nok-Out
  • Vacuum: Use a shop vac or household vacuum cleaner to remove dirt, leaves, sand, and grime from all fabrics and carpet.
  • Spray Surfaces: Spraying with Nok-Out, cover every inch of the vehicle: dashboard, seats, seams, below seats, headliner, sideliners, flooring. Don’t forget the trunk!
  • Spray Vents: Spray Nok-Out into the outside vent (found below the window washers). Close all windows, and run the AC on high for 3 minutes. Do not disturb for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Open all windows and doors. Perform one last quick spray on interior surfaces.

To sum it up, Nok-Out can be used safely on anything with a foul odor – fabrics, plastic, skin – even your dog! Remember, direct contact is the key.

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Do Things Stink More in Humid Weather?

Do Things Stink More in Humid Weather?

In short, the answer is a resounding, “Yes”! Your nose knows that smells seem stronger in wet, humid weather.
The hypothesis that humidity causes things to stink more has been tested by scientists and the results published in a scholarly journal.

The present study is aimed at investigating the question whether olfactory function changes in relation to barometric pressure and humidity…[the result] In conclusion, environmental conditions modulate the sense of smell, and may, consecutively, influence results from olfactory tests.”1

So all of you who have noticed that many things seems to smell worse during the summer are 100% correct!

Here’s the How and Why

Humidity is a term we use to describe the amount of water that has vaporized and is being held in the air. A meteorologist would use the term ‘relative humidity’ to compare the amount of water currently in the air, versus the amount of water the air could hold. In turn the amount of water the air is capable of holding varies directly with the temperature. Very cold air can only hold a little bit of water. But when it warms up outside, the air can hold more humidity. This is why an air conditioner needs a drain. When it cools warm moist air, that air can no longer hold as much water so the moisture condenses into droplets that then need to be drained away. You might be surprised how much water drains away like this! That drain is important because if it becomes blocked and the water cannot drain, it may very well spill over the container and puddle somewhere becoming a source of moisture that then allows mold, mildew and/or fungus’ to grow wherever that puddle is.

From “How Stuff Works”, “Another sort of smell is caused by the acidity of rain. Because of chemicals in the atmosphere, rainwater tends to be somewhat acidic, especially in urban environments. When it comes in contact with organic debris or chemicals on the ground, it can cause some particularly aromatic reactions. It breaks apart soil and releases minerals trapped inside, and it reacts with chemicals, such as gasoline, giving them a stronger smell. These reactions generally produce more unpleasant smells than bacteria spores, which is why the after-the-rain smell isn’t always a good one.”2

Fortunately, it is not only bad smells that are more pronounced after the rain. Think of that walk you took after the rain when you noticed all those wonderful smells! Ummmm! Freshly mown grass! This is the pleasant aspect of the moisture / smell relationship.

Wet Dog Smell

Yep – you sorta knew this already, but your dog is, “crawling with musk-emitting microorganisms”. The real source of that stink is coming from the “excrement of bacteria and yeasts living in his fur”. Not to mention the excreta of any ticks and fleas that may inhabit your best friend.3

Household Odors

Our homes are not exempt from moisture-enhanced odors either. Many of you with basements know that during the summer months, when it has been raining that the basement becomes musty or moldy smelling. The increased moisture content of the air not only allows mold, mildew, or fungus to grow, but those odors become extra smelly as well. A clear double whammy!  And that kitty litter box – yes indeedy!  It is more smelly during the summer months -just like you always suspected!

What To Do?

Run the air conditioner if you can afford it. Because cold air cannot hold as much moisture and warm air, when you run the A/C, it removes excess moisture which helps reduce odors and slows down the growth of mold and etc. If you still get that musty smell, it may help to put some Nok-Out or SNiPER into a vaporizer and ‘dose’ your basement periodically. See http://www.nokout.com/Vaporizer-How-to-use.html and http://www.nokout.com/Basement-Mold-and-Mildew.html.

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References

  1. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00405-007-0446-2 – “Changes of pressure and humidity affect olfactory function”; Authors: Michael Kuehn, Heiko Welsch, Thomas Zahnert, Thomas Hummel
  2. http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/atmospheric/question479.htm – “What causes the smell after rain?”
  3. http://www.wired.com/2015/01/whats-gross-chemistry-behind-funky-wet-dog-smell/?mbid=synd_slate – WHAT’S UP WITH THAT: THE GROSS CHEMISTRY BEHIND THAT FUNKY WET-DOG SMELL

Also:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/8-things-didnt-know-humidity/

5 Tips for Pathogen-Free Picnics

5 Tips for Pathogen-Free Picnics

During the summer, food, friends, and family all beg to go outside. Al fresco dining is so summertime! However, here are some simple safety tips to make sure you go home happy, filled with memories of good food, fun and fellowship for all – and NO upset stomach.

Perhaps you always wash, rinse and dry all linens before storing them, and certainly before using them again? Great idea – but if you’re like the rest of us…read on!

1. Wash with Nok-Out

If you can, check any linens before you go. When you unpack your linens and cringe thinking, “Is that smell spilt milk, Aunt Julia’s wine, dog pee, or WHAT?” you need Nok-Out right now! Using the pre-wash cycle, add 4 oz of Nok-Out, and no detergent. Then, complete the cycle and dry as usual.

2. Use Directly

Even if stored in a reasonably clean and odor-free closet, drawer or basket, pathogens left over from last summer may acquire a rather nasty odor when you first unpack them. Just shake the table cloth out vigorously, and smell. Any funky odors? If so, spray lightly with Nok-Out.

3. Disinfect and Clean Plastic Items

Spray liberally with Nok-Out, wait a few minutes and wipe. Keep the aroma of fresh salads, sandwiches and BBQ free from any organisms that may have been stored with your picnic supplies!

4. Remove pathogens from your skin

If there is no place to wash your hands, spray them well with Nok-Out to clean. Nok-Out is safe and gentle, leaves no residue, and will not dry your skin. Kids touch everything on the way to the picnic table – and put those fingers in their mouth! Reapply throughout the day.

5. Enjoy!

Lay out the food, and enjoy a purely clean and odor free table service. Yum!

Hey, I’m a dynamite volleyball player. Can I join y’all for some fun? I’ll bring the Nok-Out!

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How to Manage Mold

How to Manage Mold

Control the Moisture – Control the Mold

Mold and spores are a potential source of irritation including allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory maladies. The EPA tells us that “All molds have the potential to cause health effects”. Mold reproduces through ‘spores’, which are invisibly small and can float around on air currents in a home, office or school. Breathing in these spores can cause sickness and allergies as well as having an unpleasant odor.

The best defense for controlling mold is to control the moisture. If excess moisture is present, it will not be long until mold is growing. So controlling the moisture that mold feeds upon is the best defense.  The best offense for mold is to use SNiPER to clean it safely, without introducing highly toxic cleansers into your home!

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Check Your Home for Water Leaks

Wherever mold is growing there must be some water source.  Find it, fix it. Look under the sink – is it often wet down there? If yes, find where it is leaking and get that fixed. Other places to check include the drain for your A/C system. These drains can become blocked and then spill over. Check near windows during cold weather – humid indoor air can often condense on cold windows.

Reduce the Humidity

Reduce the humidity in mold-prone areas such as a basement to limit the growth of mold in these areas. You can reduce humidity by:

  • using air conditioners (which remove excess moisture) or de-humidifiers
  • increase ventilation
  • use exhaust fans that are vented outside when cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  • make sure dryers and bathroom vents are vented outside and not blocked

If you have just had your carpet cleaned, use fans to speed drying and run the fan on your A/C. Prevent condensation around windows by increasing insulation. In areas where moisture is an issue – such as basements and bathrooms – do not install carpeting.

Use SNiPER to Clean Away the Mold – and the Spores!

When using SNiPER to clean mold, you may need to wear a protective mask, not because of SNiPER, but because you really don’t want to breathe in too much of the spores floating around. The EPA recommends a “N-95” respirator. They also recommend that you wear rubber gloves and goggles to avoid having direct contact with either mold or spores. If you can see mold growing, then spray directly on and around it. Use a scrubber to gently scrub away any crud that can be scrubbed away. Wipe up this crud,  re-spray the area and walk away allowing it to air dry.  For more complete application instructions, see: https://www.nokout.com/Cleaning-Mold-and-Mildew.html.

Remove Mold Spores in the Air

A professional would use a machine called a ‘fogger’ to treat the air. These machines are great, but they are also expensive!  There is a great DIY solution that is not expensive: use a common household vaporizer. For full instructions on how and when to use this common household machine, see https://www.nokout.com/Vaporizer-How-to-use.html

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For more information, see:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home
https://www.nokout.com/Get-Rid-of-Black-Mold.html.

Mold Season

Mold Season

It’s that time of the year again! Temperatures are rising, spring has sprung and it’s almost summer. And with it comes – humidity. The air feels thick like you could swim through it and, despite that shower you just took, your shirt is already sticking to your back! Gotta love summer!

I do love summer. I get out and exercise more with longer walks in my favorite local parks, go swimming and generally enjoy the outdoors more.

Lots of other organisms like summer too. Things like mold, mildew and the fungus that causes ‘musty’ smells. Many basements become more damp at this time every year due not only to rising humidity but also due to higher groundwater from spring rains.

This is a good way to understand these organisms – they like water. They flourish whenever and wherever water is found. So that shower stall? Be sure and use that squeegee before you leave the stall. The basement? You can help ease the situation by running a de-humidifier throughout the humid summer months. That RV that sat up all winter? It could probably use a good airing out and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to run the de-humidifier there as well.

There are many many places where reducing the water load can help reduce the growth of these organisms. But these measures can only reduce the growth. There are spores from these organisms all around us and in the air. This is normal. (Ever see little dust motes in a sunbeam? I wonder how much of that is really spores?) So even after you have cleaned and disinfected, the first time you open that door to the outside world, you are allowing a little cloud of those spores coming back in to re-infect if they can. Controlling their food source – water – will help determine if you have a bad infestation or just something that needs to be managed at certain times of the year.

Low levels of spores are normal and we can’t easily stop it. At higher concentrations, however, spores can cause health problems in people with already weakened defenses, or people with allergies. So if you need to deal with an infestation, you can rely on either SNiPER or Nok-Out for a treatment plan that does not require protective gear to apply, that works well and even clean away the spores in the air, all without creating a toxic environment for you and your family.

Dealing with these issues yourself can save you thousands of dollars. And, since you know that our products are safe in your home, you can rest easy knowing you are not contributing to a toxic household. Here’s how.

We’ve got some great ‘how-to’ articles for you:

General tips for Mold remediation: http://www.nokout.com/Cleaning-Mold-and-Mildew.html,
http://www.nokout.com/Mold-and-Mildew-Problem.html
https://www.nokout.com/Get-Rid-of-Black-Mold.html
Basement Mold and Mildew: http://www.nokout.com/Basement-Mold-and-Mildew.html
Shower Stall: http://www.nokout.com/Keep-mold-out-of-your-shower-stall.htm
Clean the Spores in the air: http://www.nokout.com/Vaporizer-How-to-use.html


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