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Breaking Down the Details of Quats

As was noted in What Is A “Quat Cleaner”?  for our purposes, “quat” is a shorthand term for a type of chemical known as a quaternary ammonium salt.  Put in the simplest terms then, a quat is a complex organic salt compound that finds multiple applications in the modern world.  And while this definition meets the basic necessities of answering the question, it doesn’t adequately cover some of the details that were embedded and not explicated in the earlier post.

It was noted that despite the similarity in naming, a quat is NOT and does NOT contain either ammonia or the true ammonium ion, Continue reading

Quat Ammonium

For our purposes, “quat disinfectant cleaner” is a shorthand term for a type of chemical known as a quaternary ammonium salt.  You can see why the shorthand version of “quat cleaner“ or just “quat” is useful for ease of speaking and writing, but it unfortunately doesn’t communicate much about what it is exactly to the uninitiated.  Put in the simplest terms, a quat is a complex organic salt compound that finds multiple applications in the modern world.  Continue reading

Um, What’s Up With Ammonium?

Ammonium is a word that seems to be around in the world a great deal.  Practically every label we read on things ranging from food to cleaners has some kind, or even kinds, of ammonium in it.  But have we stopped and asked ourselves, what, exactly, is an ammonium?  With so much of it around us in the world, perhaps we should know a bit more about it.

In Simple Terms

Put in the simplest terms, ammonium is a kind of molecule called an ion.   Continue reading

“What is “Ammonia” Anyway?”  This is a good question!  “Ammonia” is a very common chemical, familiar to householders who commonly see bottles labelled as “Ammonia” in the cleaning aisle of grocery stores, comfortingly scented with lemon or pine fragrances, although some is left unscented as well.  It is also a common component of some “multi-purpose” cleaners as well as being the primary ingredient in specialty cleaning products such as floor wax remover, jewelry cleaner, and most especially, glass cleaner.  “Ammonia” is commonly used to clean glass because it doesn’t leave streaks after wiping and drying, an important characteristic for a cleaner used on shiny or transparent surfaces.

So, it must be safe to say in answer to the above question, what is “Ammonia,” that it is a detergent or other type of cleaner.  But that wouldn’t be quite true and is the reason we were careful to always place the word “ammonia” in quotation marks! Continue reading

Using Barrier Mold Killer and Prevention

MoldSTAT Barrier Product Review

4.85 out of 5 stars
Mold Proof Barrier
Cleans, Kills and Prevents mold.

This spring I found mold growing on the particle board on the underside of my crawl space. So I started to look for a mold removal product that would kill the mold and ideally prevent it from returning.

After looking through several mold cleaners I figured out that a cleaner is not the same as a mold killer.I knew the MoldSTAT products were registered to kill mold because I had used MoldSTAT Plus at work. I decided to go with MoldSTAT Barrier because it offered an anti-microbial mold proof barrier that would prevent the mold from growing back.

MoldSTAT Barrier comes in a ready to use 32oz trigger spray bottle so the price was more expensive per gallon than the MoldSTAT Plus (which is a concentrate), but I didn’t have a large area so 3 bottles was enough.

Because the Barrier was ‘ready to use’ it did not have all of the cautions that are on the MoldSTAT Plus label. I have included a copy of the MoldSTAT Barrier MSDS

Barrier effectively killed the mold back in April, and it hasn’t grown back! So I would have given it 5 stars if it were a concentrate.

Frank G from OhioJune 2013

Removed Mold caused by Sandy with MoldSTAT Plus
Our neighbor’s shared some MoldSTAT with us to treat mold forming in our crawl space after hurricane Sandy.
Date Published: 01/23/2013
The product was simple to use, and because it was so highly concentrated we were able to use plenty of it to soak the mold. The smell is gone, and that makes one less thing to worry about as we rebuild our lives.
4.9 / 5 stars

Q: How can I use Moldstat Plus in a basement family room and a bedroom?

I want to use Moldstat Plus in both my basement family room and a first floor bed room but need to know what items I need to remove, cover or protect prior to the fogging with a Fogmaster Jr.?
Things like books, bedding and clothing can be coated during the process and will eventually dry but will the residuals be harmful when people contact them later? For example, should bedding and clothing be washed after the treatment?

Bob H from Alabama

A: MoldSTAT Plus can be used on carpets and even laundry.

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