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Bioenzymatic Odor Digester Safely Eliminates Malodors and Waste

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 14:08 PM

 

DIGEST PLUS Bioenzymatic Odor Digester Safely Eliminates Malodors and Waste Materials

Whether you operate a daycare facility, school, nusrsing home, kennel, or any vocation where the volume of activity: patients, accidents, food waste, etc. contribute to the build-up of malodor; the application of a safe and effective odor eliminator is a necessity. Too often, facility crews waste effort and money, on odor-masking products, that promise to eliminate smells, but really only cover them up for a brief time. A better – and much more cost-effective – solution is the use of an enzyme digestant that digests malodors and waste on contact.

Science backs up this theory. When you consider that harmful bacteria cause countless disease, while beneficial bacteria have actually been harnessed in the production of healthy foods, it makes sense to take a closer look at this second group of microorganisms. When concentrated and put to good use in a concerted action against foul odors, these good bacteria fight persistent bad smells with safe, bio-enzymatic action.

There are no toxic byproducts to this process. Since these specific types of bacteria target odor-causing organic matter and simply digest it, the resulting byproducts are little more than water, harmless enzymes and carbon dioxide, which dissipates quickly. By targeting the root of the odor versus just masking the presence of organic matter that creates the stench, you not only freshen the air in your facility but also clean it up, at the same time.

Bio-enzymatic odor digesters go to work in upholstery and fabrics, which are notoriously difficult to clean with other commercial cleaners. Toilets, walls and floors are also good candidates for this type of cleaner. While the odors are being removed, the bacteria do away with their foundation, such as urine, vomit, feces, food and other organic matter. Since the use of these bacteria do not require the addition of caustic cleaning agents that could damage fabrics and other sensitive surfaces, these odor digesters can go to work anywhere there is a foul smell.

"Digest Plus" is not intended for application as an space spray. Simple use on surfaces and specifically sub-surfaces, such as grout, concrete, fabrics, mattresses, hockey bags, etc.

Our municiapal customers tell us that they derive immediate results, when spraying Digest Plus, an enzyme producing bacteria, on cinder block/concrete walls that have been urinated on. Apartment and Hotel housekeeping maintenace use Digest Plus, for odor removal and to control pet accidents, urine & feces in carpeting and even groundcover & shrubbery.

Chemex Industries is an industry leader for safe and effective cleaning products that are appropriate for use in schools, food service establishment and health care facilities. Contact us today for more information on how enzyme digestants can make a huge impact on any odor problem.

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Green Drain Will Solve Drain Fly Issues & Control Floor Drain Odors

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 @ 16:08 PM

Get Rid of Drain Flies and Control Drain Flies

While they may be simple devices, seldom noticed by the public, floor drains are an important aspect to the plumbing system. Industrial buildings, commercial institutions & food service represent just some of these installations with drain fly problems. These floor drains are typically the culprits behind foul odors and insect infestations: Green Drain will solve drain fly issues and floor drain odors. 

The floor drains have a trap that fills with water to prevent foul odors -- methane and other sewer gases -- from pouring out of the drain. Dry traps are often the cause of foul odors in these spaces, as is the build up of slime/bacteria/debris and other sewage contaminents.

Drain flies (Psychodidae family) are small, light-gray to tan flies that feed on organic matter and sewage. They're not exclusive to industrial or commercial spaces; drain flies (sometimes called moth flies or sewer flies) are also found in homes. These small flies lay eggs in decomposing material (i.e. sewage in or under floor drains); an entire generational cycle can complete in less than one week under favorable conditions. Once mature, the flies often come up through the floor drain and infest the area. Potentially pestilent, some of these flies are not dangerous, nor do they transmit diseases. These insects can however, cause problems for people with beathing difficulty, e.g. asthmatics. If your business is related to food service, you must be aware of the deadly distress of Lysteria (Listeria monocytogenes).  One of the most common harborage sites for Listeria is the floor drain. Listeria monocytogenes is the most well-known Listeriagenus and the greatest concern for food safety, because of its ability to withstand harsh conditions.

Green Drain, is the chemical-free solution to flooding and other floor drain maintenance problems. This product has several features to eliminate foul odors, insect infestations, and the need to constantly pour harsh chemicals down your drain. Green Drain's design includes a one-way valve to eliminate the possibility of gases venting upward into the space. It also effectively blocks insects from entering the drain, thus preventing the flies' life cycle from completing. The strong silicon skirt prevents flood damage, in the case of back-flow. 

This product is easy to install; install it in either the pipe or drain housing. Green Drain is available in five sizes: 1.7-inch diameter; 2-inch diameter; 3-inch diameter; 3.5-inch diameter; and 4-inch diameter.            chemex drain control

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Green Drain Eliminates Odors, for any Floor Drain

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 @ 23:07 PM

Why Green Drain is the New Eco-Friendly Solution for any floor drain...

Trying to find the right solution or product to eliminate odors from dried drain traps, can make you feel lost at sea. At times, those horribly unpleasant odors can be overwhelming, and while standard practice calls for caustic or acidic drain cleaners, these products can damage the pipes, material of construction, as well as your lungs. Fortunately, there is a natural solution to this problem. Instead of reaching for that bottle of drain cleaner, Green Drain is the New Eco-Friendly Solution for any floor drain.

Green Drain only allows for a one-way flow of liquid, down the drain, so there are no back-ups. Green Drain also prevents hazardous sewer gases and harmful bacteria from leaking up through the drain. Not only does Green Drain's one-way valve and silicon skirts eliminate odors, it also prevents insects from entering through the drains. Additionally Green Drain can prevent flood damage, and it is completely chemical free. This means Green Drain is not only the safest solution to all your floor drain requirements, but is also safe for your environment.

The fumes from chemical drain cleaners can be toxic and harmful to caregivers, maintenance workers, and anyone else in the area. These chemicals, which can actually damage metal pipes, may even cause more work and expense for you in the long run.

Green Drains are better for the environment because you don't add dangerous chemicals, that can leak into soil and water. This chemical-free solution can go in any drain and is suitable for use in kitchens, basements, labs, restrooms, industrial drains, water heaters, laundry rooms, and even showers. 

In today's world, where awareness of the environment is essential, help create a cleaner, safer and more eco-friendly floor drain, with the Green Drain and eliminate those unpleasant odors in your building naturally.

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Pan-Gel Condensate Pan Treatment For A/C and HVAC Systems

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 15:07 PM

Eliminate plugged condensate drainlines

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As the compressor in your A/C or HVAC system runs, it creates a heat exchange that allows the system to emit hot or cold air. As part of this heat exchange, the compressor pulls water from the room air as it operates. Most of the country has been noticing higher humidity levels, thus more stress on the A/C to dehumidify.  Most units use a drain pan and drain lines to funnel the condensation from this process, and to route it away from your system and its surroundings. Some systems utilize a pump to assist the drainage & more often it drains by gravity alone.

But over time, that pan and the drain lines can get clogged with algae, slime, debris, sediments, and various minerals.  Additioanlly, the pan itself deteriorates because of rust etc. and provides an uneven surface. This is an ideal spot for water stagnation. Chemex Industries Pan-Gel condensate pan treatment is a water-activated gel that both cleans and prevents your drain pan and lines from becoming obstructed.  As water from your A/C or HVAC system drips into the drain pan and lines, it mixes with the slow-release cleaner in the Pan-Gel treatment, removing debris and deposits and allowing the condensation to freely drain from your system, as intended.

Each pan gel treatment lasts approximately six months, and helps cut down on costly maintenance and repairs, that can become necessary when mineral build up, dust, or debris block your drain lines or build up in your drain pan. Because this process keeps your pan and lines clean, you don't have to worry about the drain pan overflowing and creating water damage in/under your system, or the safety hazard where excess leaking could cause a short. 

Other health & safety concerns are slipping/falling & the release of the potential for Legionella ( deadly bacterium) and a variety of other pathogenic organisms. The fungus Aspergillus & Mycobacterium tuberculosis can thrive in the environment that the drip pan provides.Typical A/C units used in hotels & some hospitals have air blowing through the coil and can cause the water in the pan to aerosollize (small particles) and become airborne.

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Pan-Gel geltabs maintains condensate drain pans

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 16:07 PM

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Air Conditioning condensate drain pans and lines can be breeding grounds for mold and sludge. These two culprits can lead to big problems, if left unchecked. Mold growth in the condensate drain pan, can negatively affect air quality. Mold is a recognized allergen that has been linked to breathing difficulties and severe illness. Sludge in drain pans and lines can cause stale water odors, and worse; they can lead to clogged or plugged lines. Sludge clogs in the pan or line do not allow the plumbing hardware, to function properly. Condensate that backs up and overflows can cause troublesome and expensive damage to surrounding structures. Avoid these issues with regular maintenance, that incorporates Pan-Gel geltabs.

Pan-Gel geltabs have locking action. It works like this: 

Condensate drips or flows over the tabs, which then produce a gel that locks the tab in place. The tabs are formulated with the powerful ingredient  "AT-8", and operate by means of very slow gel release. The slow release provides aggressive, sustained cleaning action. It prevents mold and sludge formation and buildup and keeps drain pans and lines clear. Stale water odors are prevented because these substances are never allowed to form.

Pan-Gel geltabs begin working immediately and prevent issues that can lead to costly repairs. Significantly, these geltabs do not release chlorine or other toxic or noxious fumes. They are perfect for use in industrial plants, hospitals, apartments, office buildings, schools, food preparation areas, nursing homes, hotels and motels.

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Control odors and prevent overflow, inhibit the growth of bacteria, the production of algae, scum and disease-causing organisms, by simply placing the Pan-gel geltab on the condensate drain line. Lasts up to six months.

At Chemex Industries, we provide an an extensive line of environmentally safe solutions for all your maintenance needs and safety requirements. Contact us today to find out more about Pan-Gel gel tabs and other products to meet your facility maintenance and custodial requirements. We are committed to providing a bridge to a greener community with integrity and superior customer service.

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Combat mold and algae growth in your condensate drain lines

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 @ 15:07 PM

 

High heat, humidity & dampness can be a recipe for mold and related micro toxins, in many facilities. Southern California battles these elements, year round.  Indoor air quality suffers, as heat soars.

HVAC systems encounter mold growth on the inside of the building’s return air ducts. Additionally, the condensate drain lines become clogged with algae, slime & other encrusted matter.

Blocked condensate drain lines, can cause indoor air quality concerns, as well as causing algae, slime and mold to form. Water overflowing the pan causes slip and falls. Consider using a condensate drain line treatment, or a condensate drain pan treatment.

Using a Hospital Grade Disinfectant product (Phenomenal), a drain-line opener for the condensate lines and a condensate pan treatment, to be placed on the pan itself, is an effective 3-pronged approach to remedy.

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A Non Corrosive Acid Replacement Cleaner To Safeguard Your Lungs

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 @ 16:07 PM

 

Most workers who handle chemical cleaners, especially acid cleaners, know it's not a good idea to inhale the fumes, and some have suffered burns or irritations when these agents have come in contact with their skin. Although the link between acid cleaners and health problems might be obvious, many people aren't aware that scientific research has documented this link for some time.

Studies in recent years -- particularly the report from the "Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2010*" -- have proved that employees who work with or near acid cleaners have developed asthmatic symptoms where none existed previously. Custodians in institutions are particularly at risk because of the frequency and quantity of exposure.

Researchers have known about these problems for much longer, however. In 2003, professor Kenneth D. Rosenman from Michigan State University established that 12 percent of asthmatic conditions documents in cases involving four states were all connected to chemical cleaners. A full four-fifth of these workers had not experienced asthmatic symptoms before.

F-2002, our acid replacement cleaner, safely opens clogged urinals without using harsh chemicals that hurt the health of the worker or damage the environment. F-2002 has the same strength of acid cleaners to remove uratic salts -- and the strong odors and slime build-up associated with clogged urinals -- but with the mildness of liquid dish soap, and without any of the chemicals that have been shown to aggravate asthmatic conditions.

A non corrosive acid replacement cleaner.

For more information about our quality acid replacement cleaners, contact us or browse our site to find the best products for your cleaning needs.

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What kills C-diff spores?

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 14:03 PM

C. diff Infections Reach All-time High

The U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections have reached an all-time high. In fact, C. diff is linked to roughly 14,000 deaths between 2006 and 2007, up from the 3,000 deaths between 1999 & 2000.

Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-uhm dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, a species of Gram-positive bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications. C. diff other intestinal disease often occur when competing bacteria in the gut flora, have been wiped out by antibiotics.

 Continue reading to learn how "Activate" kills C-difficile spores in 4 minutes.

In recent years, C. difficile infections have become more frequent, more severe and more difficult to treat. Each year, tens of thousands of people in the United States get sick from C. difficile, including some otherwise healthy people who aren't hospitalized or taking antibiotics.

Patients in medical facilities are at the most risk for infection. According to the CDC, 25% of C diff infections first appear in hospitalized patients, while 75% occur either in nursing home residents or in people recently treated in doctor’s offices or clinics.

Mild illness caused by C. difficile may get better if you stop taking antibiotics. Severe symptoms require treatment with a different antibiotic.

Activate is a proven product to kill C-diff spores, in 4 minutes,

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How to Clean & Disinfect Your Workplace Using Safe Disinfectants

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:01 PM

95 Flu deaths - H1N1 (Swine Flu) is the prevalent strain this season (January 26, 2014)

Eight Flu deaths have been reported in Orange County, due to the resurgence of the H1N1 virus. 95 people throughout California have also died this season, with 50 new laboratory-confirmed influenza deaths reported, just last week.

Public health officials are urging people to become vaccinated. “So far, from what we’re seeing, it looks like a fairly severe flu season” said Dr. Matt Zahn, the Orange County medical director for epidemiology.

Zahn also said that the most serious illness has hit younger people. The likely reason the strain was less deadly for older adults is because they had greater immunity from previous exposure. (Between 1918 and 1957, all flu viruses that circulated, were in the H1N1 category.

In addition to vaccination, appropriate knowledge in sanitation is critical. Understand how to inhibit the growth of bacteria. The following will outline: How to Clean and Disinfect Your Work Place in Order to Help Slow the Spread of Flu.

Chemex Industries, Inc. offers the “Clean & Healthy Seminar”, to amplify these procedures.

Improper measures lead to cross-contamination, unnecessary infection, waste, additional labor, expense & much more.

Understanding How to Clean and Disinfect Your Work Place, In Order to Help Slow the Spread of Flu

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in the workplace. To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and keeping sick people away from others. Below are tips on how to slow the spread of flu, specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or touch points. You must be able to pre-clean the area prior to disinfecting, unless you utilize a product that incorporates both actions. By killing and removing germs (pathogens) on a surface, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often

Follow your standard procedures, for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, etc. Many industries also require daily disinfecting these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the building, e.g. Bathrooms.

Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, according to OSHA specifics and then clean and disinfect the surface. (The Chemex “Clean & Healthy Seminar” provides annual certification, as required by OSHA for Bloodborne pathogens)

3. Simply do routine cleaning and disinfecting

It’s important to match your cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill. Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Therefore, it is not necessary to close a business to clean or disinfect every surface in the building, to slow the spread of flu. Also, if employees are dismissed because the business cannot function normally (e.g., high absenteeism during a flu outbreak), it is not necessary to do extra cleaning and disinfecting.

Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them. Special cleaning and disinfecting processes, including wiping down walls and ceilings, frequently using room air deodorizers, and fumigating, are not necessary or recommended. These processes can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma; and cause other serious side effects.

4. Clean and disinfect correctly

Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. The ideal procedure is to utilize a safe disinfectant, which will clean & disinfect in one-step. “RX-44 ACE” is such a product and does not require a rinse. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for its effectiveness against influenza “A” virus.                              RX 44 ACE, kills canine parvo, kills ca mrsa,

If the surface is visibly dirty, you must repeat the process, using an EPA-registered product that both cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs). Please be aware that disinfection usually requires the product to remain on the surface for a certain period of time.

Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.

Routinely wash eating utensils in a dishwasher or by hand with soap and water. Wash and dry bed sheets, towels, and other linens as you normally do with household laundry soap, according to the fabric labels. Eating utensils, dishes, and linens used by sick persons do not need to be cleaned separately, but they should not be shared unless they've been washed thoroughly. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling soiled dishes and laundry items.

5. Use products safely

Pay close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with any bleach solution.

Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death.

Ensure that custodial staff and other employees, who use cleaners and disinfectants, read and understand all instruction labels and understand safe and appropriate use. This might require that instructional materials and training be provided.

6. Handle waste properly

Follow your building’s standard procedures for handling waste, which should include wearing gloves. Place no-touch waste baskets where they are easy to use. Throw disposable items used to clean surfaces and items in the trash immediately after use. Avoid touching used tissues and other waste when emptying waste baskets. Wash your hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.

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Hantavirus Outbreak - What You Must Know

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Sun, Oct 20, 2013 @ 16:10 PM

 

Hantavirus (HCPS) is called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and it's spread by infected rodents, especially the common deer mouse. It was first discovered in the United States in 1993 near the Four Corners region – where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. At the time, no one knew what caused the disease, in which the lungs fill with fluid, essentially drowning its victims.

Humans can contract the often fatal disease by inhaling airborne particles of dried feces or urine from an infected rodent. Gross? Yes, but exposure isn't uncommon when you go camping or if you sleep in a building that has been empty for awhile and is near nature. About one in seven deer mice – in Orange County, California and elsewhere – carries hantavirus.

The only way to catch the disease is through contact with an infected animal, almost always deer mice. Rodents like gardens and, when possible, high elevations. But they can also be found in desert areas. The virus is in the saliva, feces and urine of infected mice and is spread to humans who inhale airborne dust and aerosol particles.

Early symptoms include "fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups – thighs, hips, back and sometimes shoulders," according to the CDC.

"There may also be headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain," according to the agency.

In as little as four to 10 days, the symptoms can become more severe.

Patients can suffer shortness of breath and coughing as the lungs fill with fluid. The CDC website quotes one survivor as saying that it felt as if he had a "tight band around my chest and a pillow over my face."

The outbreak at Yosemite National Park in 2012, brought the issue to national attention. - There have since been cases reported in Orange County, California. - The deadly virus has now entered private homes, with 51 cases reported in California.

This problem will only intensify as rodents enter homes to seek shelter from cold weather and in search for food.

Infection can occur when humans come in contact with infected droppings or saliva. Areas of most concern are cupboards, counter tops, the garage, storage areas and attics. The most common form of transmission is breathing contaminated air or dust. (The flow from air conditioning can also cause the virus to become airborne)

If you see signs of rodent droppings it would be best to contact an exterminator.

Do not attemp to sweep up the droppings, as the stirring up of infected materials will become airborne. If you see signs of rodent activity, spray the area with a solution of "RX-44 ACE" or "RX-75" (Hospital Grade Disinfectants, with specific Hantavirus kill claims). Wear a dust mask and other protective equipment, including gloves and goggles. After 10 minutes of contact time, sprinkel specific absorbent onto the treated solution and then remove carefully with broom and dust pan.

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