Six Reasons to Choose SNiPER to Kill Mold and  Remove Odor

Six Reasons to Choose SNiPER to Kill Mold and Remove Odor

Now that all the waterlogged homes from Harvey and Irma are drying, there is a real need for products that can kill mold, mildew, and fungus infestations and the spores that accompany all this wetness. But so many of the disinfectants out there are highly toxic and are a real danger to your health. What to do? Why choose SNiPER?

There are 6 great reasons why choosing SNiPER is a good decision for you and your family.

  1. High degree of efficacy. Many cleansers can kill mold, but not that many can also kill the spores. SNiPER kills the spores too!
  2. Very low toxicity. The EPA rates all disinfectants and assigns them a score in each of 4 categories of toxicity: Toxic to skin, toxic to eyes, toxicity if inhaled and toxicity if ingested (eaten or drank). SNiPER receives the lowest toxicity rating that the EPA hands out in ALL FOUR categories. You can apply SNiPER without needing to wear gear to protect you from the disinfectant.
  3. Non-corrosive product. Because of its non-corrosive nature, you can put SNiPER into your favorite fogger to make application a breeze! Quick and easy application is the third big reason to use SNiPER for any kind of disinfection. It also means you can apply SNiPER and walk away – you don’t need to come back later and wipe toxic residues away.
  4. Ease of application. SNiPER can be applied using a hand pump sprayer, a pump-up garden style sprayer, a fogger (either ULV or electrostatic). You will not need to wear special gear to apply this product.
  5. Hypo-allergenic. SNiPER is unlikely to trigger any allergic response from people suffering from asthma or other allergies.
  6. Many odors are associated with mold, mildew and the like. SNiPER will eliminate odors at the same time it disinfects.
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SNiPER is a Proven Solution for your Disinfection needs

Taken together, it is easy to see why SNiPER is considered to be among the top products to use against biological infestations resulting from prolonged wetness. It is strong enough to stop these biological problems dead in their tracks, but it does not contribute to a toxic household. In our formulation, SNiPER can kill the mold and the spores safely, without endangering your home with toxic cleansers. You can breathe easy!

How to Use SNiPER to Kill Mold

https://www.nokout.com/Cleaning-Mold-and-Mildew.html
https://www.nokout.com/Get-Rid-of-Musty-smells.html
https://www.nokout.com/Basement-Mold-and-Mildew-Removal.html
https://www.nokout.com/Get-Rid-of-Black-Mold.html
https://www.nokout.com/Mold-and-Mildew-Problem.html
https://www.nokout.com/Keep-black-mold-out-of-your-shower-stall.html
http://blog.nokout.com/to-fog-or-not-to-fog/
http://blog.nokout.com/water-damage-small-flooding/
http://blog.nokout.com/flood-recovery/

To Fog, or not to Fog

To Fog, or not to Fog

Using a fogger is an excellent way to apply Nok-Out or SNiPER very efficiently.  It is especially useful when you want to apply over large areas – such as your basement, or the whole of your house. A fogger is simply an electric sprayer. A good one will be adjustable and you can  dial the droplet size up or down. Using the smallest setting, the droplets are around 15 microns across and are nearly invisible they are so small. At this size, the airborne droplets can float around on the air currents in a room.  When dialing in the larger droplet size, the volume of spray is increased and so it sprays out much greater quantity of liquid.  The larger size droplets will not ‘float’ in the air as long as the smaller size droplets.  Foggers are tools used by professionals because they allow you to be  efficient and they are fast.  Many consumers use them also, for the same reasons.

If your basement has a tendency to get a little damp at times, a fogger is a great way to spread a very thin coat of Nok-Out or SNiPER very evenly over large areas.  It is quick and takes only a few minutes to ‘fog’ large areas.  Being able to spray such a thin coat makes it efficient, because you don’t use much of the spray, so it can help you be efficient as well as effective.

How to use a fogger

You can ‘paint’ the walls and other surfaces you would like to spray, treating the fogger as if it were a ‘paint sprayer’.  A larger droplet size makes this very quick.  Or you can spray the air until the atmosphere becomes saturated with moisture. At this point, the excess moisture will begin to condense onto literally every surface in the room. When you start spraying the air, the little droplets will also come in contact with mold spores, dust and dander and will fall to the ground where they can be vacuumed up easily.  In this way, you can lay down an extremely thin layer of Nok-Out or SNiPER onto literally every surface of a room.  This is perfect for some things, such as when you are trying to get rid of smoke odor, which, as you know, get’s onto every surface in a room.  Fogging a smokers room is the perfect way to get Nok-Out or SNiPER to come into direct contact with residue from smoke, whether it is fire or tobacco.

When ‘painting’ surfaces using a fogger, the idea is to spray enough that the surface gets wet.  But not so much that the liquid begins to run down the wall, or that puddles form on horizontal surfaces.  In this way, you can be most efficient in your use of Nok-Out or SNiPER.  This efficiency and ease is what using a fogger is all about.

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Uses for a Fogger

  • sanitize a locker room or sports facility using SNiPER disinfectant and odor eliminator
  • get rid of cooking odors with Nok-Out
  • remove smoke odor (tobacco or fire) using Nok-Out
  • treat large areas using SNiPER for mold, mildew or fungal infestations (SNiPER)
  • hotel smoking rooms  (Nok-Out)
  • remove smoke odor or musty odors from upholstered furniture (Nok-Out)
  • remove smoke odor from cars (Nok-Out)
  • basement odors (SNiPER for microbial related odors, Nok-Out for non-biological odors)
  • sanitize or disinfect a kennel (SNiPER)
  • sanitize or disinfect a day care center, or elder care center (SNiPER)
  • hospital or clinic settings (SNiPER)
  • micro-sanitizing of mouse droppings (SNiPER)

At Nokout.com, we like the ‘Fogmaster Jr’ and keep them in stock. It is available here: https://www.nokout.com/Fogmaster-Jr.html. A more professional fogger is the RL Flo Master 1035B.  Foggers are very nice tools, but they are expensive. Maybe you only have a one-off need for this type of application. In this case, you could consider using a ‘vaporizer’ or room humidifier or a pump up atomizing sprayer, etc., which will be much slower, but can also put Nok-Out or SNiPER in vapor form into the air. It is really slow though, and if time is an issue, may not be a good alternative. See: https://www.nokout.com/Vaporizer-How-to-use.html to see if this may be right for you.

If you decide you need a fogger, be sure that the one you get is NOT a ‘thermal’ fogger because the high heat will damage and reduce the effectiveness of Nok-Out or SNiPER.

Smelly Shoes – we can fix that!

Smelly Shoes – we can fix that!

Smelly shoes can stink-up an entire living room. Just ask the parents of any teenage boy! It is an odor that is powerful, pungent and potentially embarrassing. And it doesn’t just happen to teenage boys – I’ve fielded dozens of phone calls from women complaining about it in hushed tones and a quiet voice. But thinking this problem through and applying Nok-Out or SNiPER correctly can eliminate this smelly shoe problem.

The Problem: BROMODOSIS   (Yep – Frank Zappa did not just make up that word)

Here is the good news: It is NOT your feet that are the source of the smell. It is the excreta from microbes that you smell. Microbe poop! After you have washed your feet – they don’t smell anymore. (If you are really concerned, you can spray your feet down with either Nok-Out or SNiPER and allow them to air dry.) So it is not your feet that stink – it’s the microbes feeding on your sweat that are the cause of smelly shoes and smelly feet.

Let’s first think about what causes “Stinkfoot”. It’s sweat, that is trapped in the shoe, providing food for microbes that feed upon the salts and other chemicals in our perspiration. Inside your shoe, it is warm and a bit damp and dark – perfect growing conditions for many microbes. When you wear the same pair of shoes day in, day out, your perspiration accumulates leaving the salts behind after the moisture has evaporated. You wear that pair of shoes again the next day and a new accumulation occurs, and so on. At some point, the moisture and salts get pushed down deep into seams, crevices and pores of the shoe material and the shoe becomes impregnated with all that stuff. By this time, you might not be able to take the smelly shoes off and stay in the same room with them. Yuck!

Nok-Out (or SNiPER) Can Remove the Odor From Your Smelly Shoes!

Here is what to do.

Before you start, bear in mind that our products do their work when they come into direct contact with the odor source. Without contact with all the smelly stuff, Nok-Out or SNiPER will not be able to do what they do.

If possible, remove the inner sole and spray it with either Nok-Out or SNiPER. Wipe it down carefully and then spray it again, this time, allowing it to stay wet up to 10 minutes. Spray again if necessary to keep it wet.

Turning to the shoes themselves, bear in mind that it probably took many months of wear for the shoes to get really smelly, so a light mist sprayed into the shoe just won’t cut it. You’ll need to spray it heavily enough that it will seep into the seams and crevices where it can come into direct contact with all of that smelly stuff.

1) Spray heavily, then use a washcloth to wipe down the interior of the shoe. Hopefully, you’ll be able to wipe away a lot of the dissolved material.
2) Spray heavily again. Try to open the shoes up a bit so that there is air getting in all the way to the toe area.
3) Allow the shoes to dry thoroughly. Repeat as needed.

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TIPS

– When you get a new pair of shoes, be proactive and don’t wait for them to start smelling. After wearing them, remove the inner sole and spray them lightly with Nok-Out or SNiPER, and let them air dry fully before putting them away.  Do this regularly, and a problem will never develop.

– If possible, don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Give them a day to dry and air out thoroughly. If you go with this prevention method, there is a good chance that your shoes – and feet – will never become really stinky.

– Wear socks. Socks absorb sweat and will thus reduce the amount of ‘food source’ that is deposited into the shoe. The below-the-ankle socks available for both men and woman today really make this a no brainer.

Smelly Shoe Humor

Just to put things in perspective:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9FBQ1O5F8k The song “Stinkfoot” by the late, great Frank Zappa.

Allergy Season and Indoor Air Quality

Allergy Season and Indoor Air Quality

Suffering from Allergies? Runny nose, teary eyes, congestion, sneezing got you down?

It’s the time of year that some of us dread – the coming of Allergy Season. Indoor Air Quality is directly related to our experience of allergy season because we spend a lot of time at home, yet is something most of us take for granted. We have air filters for our HVAC, our car, home, and office too, that trap particulates to prevent us breathing them in. This is a good thing because  much of that stuff masquerading as dust is actually pollen, spores, dander and other nearly invisible biological material that can irritate eyes, nose and throat and in some cases, can provoke a headache, dizziness or fatigue.

The degree to which allergy season affects you can vary widely. The blessed among us may never notice anything at all. Allergy sufferers, on the other hand, may dread the arrival of spring and/or fall because of the load of pollen, spores and other stuff floating in the air. Some of the immediate effects of breathing these are very similar to the symptoms of a cold or the flu, which may cause a bit of confusion.

These ‘pollutants’ in your home or office may have many sources:

  • combustion by-products
  • tobacco products
  • new construction (new floors, carpets painted surfaces, cabinetry
  • newly manufactured furniture such as mattresses that emit VOC’s
  • dirty HVAC filter
  • high humidity inside your home
  • things that continuously emit ‘fragrances’ or other odor masks
  • outdoor sources such as pesticides, and human-caused environmental pollution such as smoke and particulates arising from manufacturing and construction

For many of these a great solution is simply to open the windows and air out the home or office – but this is not always practical, or desirable if the outdoor air is filthy.

Filtration Helps

Fortunately, we have filters in our homes that help. If you suffer during allergy season, you should not skimp here. Purchase HEPA air filters with the finest filtration ratings you can find, and replace them regularly. There are other filtration sources in the home as well – your carpet is one of them. Drapes and curtains are another. A too-full vacuum cleaner bag can release particulates right back into your home.

How can you reduce ‘allergy triggers’ (allergens) in your home?

Remember that we can’t change conditions outdoors much, but we can have a positive effect on our indoor environment!   Don’t let allergy season get the best of you. Here’s how you can make a difference in your home.  With a little effort and knowledge, you can restore your indoor environment, to be comfortable  at home during allergy season.

1) Place doormats both outside and just inside entryway doors – one on each side of the door. Cleaning your shoes on both of them will help keep floors clean – and the air, too. Clean the mats as part of your weekly housecleaning. If this is unappealing, consider removing your shoes on entry to your home and wearing house shoes while at home.

2) Change your HVAC air filter regularly. Increase the air filtration with the use of an additional air filter. You can make a DIY one with a 20 inch box fan to which you tape a 20 inch square HEPA air filter. (The better quality air filter you get, the better this simple device will work for you – and, it’ll take some of the load off of the HVAC filter, allowing your HVAC filter to last longer and consequently, to run more efficiently).

Also, have your drapes/curtains and carpets professionally cleaned regularly. It is amazing how much filtration is provided by these household items, so keeping them clean will reduce allergens noticeably.

3) Dry wet items quickly. This will prevent the growth of mold and spores. Mold can begin growing on almost any surface within 24 – 48 hours. Put a squeegee in your shower stall and use it before you leave the shower every time. With mold, prevention is far and away the best solution.  Manage the water to manage the mold!

4) Dust and vacuum often. Replace your vacuum bag with a new one when it gets 2/3 full, because a full bag will leak particulates back into your home environment. Dust mites, animal dander, fleas and other small insects can be controlled effectively by frequent vacuuming.

5) Take control of indoor humidity levels by using the vents in the bathroom after a shower, and by using the vent over your stove when cooking (but only if it is vented outside the house). Use dehumidifiers in your basement during the times of year when it becomes damp.

6) Reduce your use of cleaning products that leave toxic residues. See: http://blog.nokout.com/replace-your-toxic-household-cleaning-chemicals-for-a-safer-home-environment/ (The Indoor air pollution blog entries are relevant also, part 1, part 2 part 3.) Non-toxic Nok-Out and SNiPER disinfectant are good alternatives for your bathrooms and even the kitchen.

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How to Speed Clean Your Home

How to Speed Clean Your Home

How to Speed Clean Anything

Have household chores gotten the best of you? Do you find yourself putting off the inevitable, or just smear around, and NEVER really deep clean? Nok-Out/SNiPER Products will help you to Speed Clean your house, and get it DONE!

In many households, the whole family is responsible for household cleaning. Many hands make speed cleaning easier and more fun! Whether you share the load or not, these tips will speed up your tasks, and improve your speed cleaning skills.

Here is how to do it.

Focus Your Mind and Stay on Task Until You Are Done…

Take cleaning gadgets out of your tool box. They may be great for mini cleanups, but for speed cleaning they are superfluous. Invest in sturdy, well made tools, replace old worn-out mops and sweepers. Cast off terry towels that are threadbare, and re-purpose your present towels, or purchase them in bundles from your favorite shop.

Begin the job with a general pickup. Clutter begone! (At this juncture, it is easy to get distracted by the disorder. Don’t let it happen!) What to do, you say? Throw away paper items and don’t begin to choose what to keep or toss. If you haven’t looked at it for 12 months, it’s a goner. (The Speed Cleaner doesn’t keep things for later review. You have to make an instant decision, it stays or it goes. If it stays, place the item, photo, curio, etc in it’s place. If it goes, Let a local charity organization deal with the issue!)

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Invest in a Tool Box

Choose a container that is lightweight and handy to tote, but big enough to hold all your most commonly used cleaning supplies. Keep it filled with products like this:

  • glass cleaner or multi surface cleaner,
  • furniture cleaner/polish,
  • SNiPER and /or Nok-Out for disinfection and deodorizing,
  • Tile Cleaner
  • brushes, rags, wipes

You may be able to simplify further by making your own cleaning products.  (See www.everydaycheapskate.com for great cleaning product recipes.)  Inside this tool box you should find sufficient cloths, brushes, and goods to clean your house. Add a plastic bag, a feather duster and any other nook, cranny or specialty tool you like using.

Dusting and Polishing Furniture, Vacuuming the Floor. Make every movement count. When using a multipurpose cleaner or furniture polish, spray the cloth rather than the surface. With one hand apply the cleaner, and with  the other hand,using a dry clean cloth polish the surface as you go along. (This requires ambidexterity. Don’t waste time on this if it is impossible for you. For some of us, walking and chewing gum at the same time is as far as our multitasking goes!) Continue wiping and cleaning all surfaces in that room.

Dust and wipe first, then vacuum.

Fetch the vacuum cleaner, and tackle the floors. Move furniture monthly, or weekly if crumbs or other clutter is underneath. Determine which electric plugs allow you to change plugs the fewest times.

Focus your laser eyes on the Floor! In your mind, block off the room into a grid, and vacuum the room using this grid. Empty the vacuum tank as needed, and apply a spray of Nok-Out each time. If you have a cleaner that uses bags, spray the exterior of the bag every time you replace it.  If you have a bag-less cleaner, spray Nok-Out into the container. Mop well used areas (bathroom, kitchen). For areas that are not so busy, try once every other week.

Housekeepers, husbands, children, and anyone else who is responsible for house cleaning duty on a regular basis. This set of instructions works great when you have a goal, the tools, and the method. However, there WILL come a time, when speed cleaning is not enough. Although it may bring a frown to your face, dirt and grime tend to collect over time, even with all of your good cleaning habits. When it is absolutely necessary for your wellbeing and good health, the Nok-Out blog has a plethora (a lot of) hints and guidelines for deep cleaning. Check out this link to specific deep cleaning techniques:

Links to guidance and help

http://www.nokout.com/House-Cleaning-with-Nok-Out.html – All around “How-To’ instructions
https://www.nokout.com/Suggested-Dilution-Ratios-when-Applying-Nok-Out.html
https://www.nokout.com/Remove-odors-from-concrete-tile-or-brick.html
https://www.nokout.com/Area-Rug-Cleaning-with-Nok-Out.html
https://www.nokout.com/Remove-odors-from-concrete-tile-or-brick.html
https://www.nokout.com/Cleaning-Mold-and-Mildew.html
https://www.nokout.com/Kitchen-Clean-Up-and-Disinfection-with-Nok-Out.html
https://www.nokout.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-your-Rerigerator.html

Check the left-hand column of www.nokout.com, under the heading “How To Use” for MANY more great guides.

Tidy up and then you’re done. Everything has a place, and everything has found it’s place. Look around and view serenity and calm. You are done!

Don’t let the sparkle blind you when you dance out of your clean house!

SPRING-CLEANING!  Time to get ready!

SPRING-CLEANING! Time to get ready!

Tips for a Refreshed and Immaculate Home!

Spring Cleaning is a ‘mental thing’. When the outside air warms up, even a little bit, and we open the windows to let that fresh breeze waft through the house, something happens. The ‘spring-cleaning-gene’ wakes up, you see your home in a new light, with new fresh smells mingling with old, stale odors, and not all of them fragrant! In the corners, along baseboards, in your closets, other odors present themselves. And, you know, you just know it in your bones; it is time to do something about the clutter, the dust bunnies, the soiled door knobs, and the general malaise that winter doldrums engender.

First of all, remember that Nok-Out and Sniper will not contribute toxins to your household.  Using them is a great way to keep the air in your home clear of toxins that other cleaners leave behind.

Here is how to organize your spring cleaning tasks, and finish them in record time.

1. Begin by Minimizing the Mess:

  • Take a dispassionate look at every room. Do you see clutter? Remove every non-essential item and make two piles. One is a ‘keeping pile’. The other is a (YES, you can do it!) ‘throw-away’ heap. Depending on your penchant for keeping/not keeping things, this is hard. It can feel brutal. If this item hasn’t been used or found necessary for 3 years, it belongs in the throw-away heap. Especially, this is true in your closet. Anything that has gone un-worn for 2 years – take it to the Salvation Army.
  • Bag it up. Put it in your car, truck, vehicle. Don’t look back.  It’s part of your history – not your future.  Take a photo of the throw away pile.  You can share it (with your spring clean story) – or throw it away too!

2. With the rooms de-cluttered, your home may already look neater, and fresher, and really and truly, you have done the hardest part of all.

  • Take a hard look at the corners, baseboards, door handles.
  • Move furniture around to peer underneath and around.
  • Smell pillows, upholstery, and window coverings.
  • Make note of window sills, check for dust on the tops of picture frames, and other household knick-knacks and treasures.
  • Now, you know where dust, dirt and odors are hiding in plain view. You have a plan of action. Tackle each room, methodically, with intention, and full of energy. You will need: clean cloths, your cleaning equipment, and a Super Cleaner to fully restore your home to fresh,clean and sweet smelling.
  • There are many cleaning supplies to choose from. Only one, can disinfect, clean and deodorize at the same time – SNiPER. You can use this product can be used straight from the bottle.  Use Nok-Out full strength to get rid of odors or diluted to suit the cleaning job at hand.

3. Jot down all of the tasks you will be doing for each room. (This may sound over-the-top, but it is so easy to get distracted from the main task, and waver off into a side job that is not essential to your goal…a clean, shiny, sweet smelling home). Delegate  tasks to other household members. Now, you are mentally prepared to begin the task with a notion of what needs to be done, you have your cleaning supplies at ready, and you are set to go!

  • The best advice in a general cleaning such as this, is to monitor your time. Depending on the amount of work to be accomplished in each area, set a time limit for the room you are attacking. (Re-read #3!) It is easy to get sidetracked when you begin a big job, and by being consistent and staying on-task, the work goes quickly.
  • There is (of course!) that extra job that becomes apparent, the one you overlooked in setting your time schedule. Mentally add the time it will take to remedy the snagged carpet, or soiled pillow, and continue. DO NOT get bogged down in another big job, like cleaning the blinds, or washing windows now!  Tasks like this require you to spend one whole day performing such a time consuming task. It belongs in spring cleaning, but should be allocated to another day. (Some people also put baseboard cleaning and repainting into this category. It’s your call.)

4. Take breaks as you need them. Drink plenty of water. Housekeeping is a thirsty job!

5. When you have reached the end of the tasks assigned to one day, retrace your steps to each room, or area that you have worked and note if any corners have been neglected, or if you missed a soiled spot, or if you see something else that didn’t get on the list and needs another wipe or spray.

6.  When you have finished for the day, take a few moments to reward yourself.  After all that hard work, you deserve a reward!  Reach around and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done (even if you didn’t quite finish, and there is more work for the next weekend).

Systematically cleaning, reviewing your work, and then storing cleaning supplies (noting when a cleaner is almost empty, or when it wasn’t successful) will put you in a good place for day-to-day and week-to-week cleaning , whichever is your preference.

It really is a lot of work to do a major cleaning, but it’s really quite necessary as well.  Imagine how great you will feel when your home is pristine again!  Imagine your home free of pent-up odors, clean and fresh smelling.  Get some SNiPER today to realize that  in your home!

 

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Links to guidance and help

http://www.nokout.com/House-Cleaning-with-Nok-Out.html –  All around “How-To’ instructions
https://www.nokout.com/Suggested-Dilution-Ratios-when-Applying-Nok-Out.html
https://www.nokout.com/Remove-odors-from-concrete-tile-or-brick.html
https://www.nokout.com/Area-Rug-Cleaning-with-Nok-Out.html
https://www.nokout.com/Remove-odors-from-concrete-tile-or-brick.html
https://www.nokout.com/Cleaning-Mold-and-Mildew.html
https://www.nokout.com/Kitchen-Clean-Up-and-Disinfection-with-Nok-Out.html
https://www.nokout.com/Clean-and-Disinfect-your-Rerigerator.html

Check the left-hand column of www.nokout.com, under the heading “How To Use” for MANY more great guides.