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Formaldezorb Filter Advantages Over Pure Carbon in VOC Canisters and Furnace Filters

by Barbara 10. June 2016 06:11

Question about Amaircare VOC Canister Filter 8 Inch For Amaircare 2500 Air Cleanersand the Safe Home Duo Air Purify Furnace Filter 20x25x4 In.

Questions: "What advantages are there in adding the Amaircare VOC canister filter to my Amaircare 2500? And why would I use a Safe Home Duo filter with Formaldezorb as my HVAC filter? We are very sensitive to chemicals. Thanks. Mary.

Answer: Both filters use formaldezorb with carbon to capture odors as well as formaldehyde.

Amaircare VOC Canister filters are available for all sizes of Amaircare portable air purifiers as well as many of the industrial ones and HVAC units .Amaircare’s standard VOC Canisters capture approximately 20% aldehydes (including formaldehyde) in a single pass. Amaircare’s Formaldezorb VOC Canister is a proprietary specialty activated solid carbon that is chemically modified on the surface with a compound specifically targeting formaldehyde and other aldehydes. Formaldehyde being the most reactive aldehyde, binds to the surface of the modified carbon in a highly effective manner. Based on this specially formulated process, Amaircare Formaldezorb VOC Canisters remove 60% to 75% of formaldehyde in a single pass. The high performance removal of the Formaldezorb VOC Canister is specified by healthcare professionals in the USA and Canada where exposure to formaldehyde is a current and growing health concern since recognition by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a known carcinogen.

Safe Home Duo HVAC filters come in 1 inch and 4 inch sizes. The one inch sizes have an internal metal frame with self-sealing edges. The four inch ones use pleated filter media: the outside of the filter has sealing strips. Again the idea is to have no unfiltered air go around the filter.

Polyester media filter with chemical filter uses 300 grams/sq. ft. of 50/50 activated carbon and potassium permanganate based FormaldaSorb™ to trap gases, odors and chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, ammonia and ozone. No other filters are as effective at removing dust mites, mold spores, pollen, odors, cleaning chemicals, ozone, paint fumes, and common gasses like formaldehyde which triggers asthma and allergies.  Made in USA. Captures up to 95% of common household allergens. Eliminates odors from pets, paint, cooking and more. High density carbon plus advanced compound, FormaldaSorb™, a patented potassium permanganate product, in second layer.

Filter life depends upon how much dust, dirt, chemicals etc are in your interior air. The VOC filter typically lasts 1 year. Furnace filter life is usually 3 months.
We urge that you consult your HVAC technician before purchasing any furnace filter. The Safe Home Duo filters have a MERV 8 rating which works in most newer (as in last 20 years) HVAC systems. If a MERV rating is too high for your unit, air flow is restricted and damage to the furnace may occur.  Go to Safe Home Products.com to see the various filter sizes available for Amaircare and HVAC systems. Just enter Amaircare VOC Filter or Safe Home Duo in the search box on the left.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Kitchen Degreaser, Kitchen Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Super Citrus Cleaner.

by Barbara 3. May 2016 09:14

Question about the product: Super Citrus Cleaner Concentrate, One Gallon from Natural Soy Products.

Q: "Can this product be used on glass?"- Sam

Answer: Yes, remover grease safely with Super Citrus Cleaner by Natural Soy Product. This is a naturally derived cleaner: safer for the environment and humans than traditional cleaners. Biodegrades rapidly without needing sewage treatment facilities. Ready-to-use cleaner: non- alkaline: replaces corrosive, caustic, and butyl based degreasers that can instantly burn skin or permanently damage internal organs. Outperforms traditional water-soluble degreasers. Spray and wipe type cleaner. No solvent fumes that can irritate lungs. Special processing of naturally derived ingredients yields an outstanding product with instant penetration to remove soil, oils and grease.

Easy to use, Super Citrus Cleaner is non-corrosive and actually inhibits corrosion when used on bare metals. Use safely on glass, aluminum and most plastics. Breaks down soils, oils and grease without letting them reattach to the surfaces being cleaned.

Super Citrus Cleaner Specifications:

    COLOR: Clear to Orange Liquid
    ODOR: Natural Citrus
    pH RANGE: 7.2 – 7.9
    USAGE TEMPERATURE: Between 32 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit
    STORAGE: Cool area is best
    SHELF LIFE: 1 to 2 years when stored between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit
    FREEZE/THAW STABILITY: Stable: Passes 3 cycles
    TOXICITY: Non-toxic
    BIODEGRADABILITY: Completely Biodegradable
    CAUTIONS: Avoid direct eye contact. Do not take internally. Avoid prolonged skin contact. Wash skin with soap and water after use
    PACKAGING: All package components are recyclable
    STANDARD PACKAGING: Quarts, Gallons, 5 Gallons, 15 Gallons, 55 Gallons

Note: Super Citrus Cleaner contains natural citrus solvents, vegetable derived detergents and food grade water conditioners. Minimally hazardous to humans, animals, the environment or areas being treated when compared to traditional highly caustic degreasers. Free of phosphates and fuming solvents and EDTA found in most other citrus cleaners. Pleasant natural deodorizing action leaves a fresh scent. Lower in alkalinity than almost all heavy-duty degreaser/cleaners. One product cleans many surfaces and may be used through many application systems.Non-corrosive and actually inhibits corrosion when used on bare metals. Safe for use on glass, aluminum and most plastics. Extremely easy to use. Very free rinsing: less labor, no residues. Breaks down oils, soils, and greases without letting them reattach to the surface being cleaned. Immediate odor control plus non-toxic, biodegradable, non-combustible,dilutes with cold, warm or hot water. Equally effective in hard or soft water Works on contact thus eliminating customary waiting times for the product to work.

Dilution Ratios for Manual Cleaning:

    Light Duty Use 2 to 4 ounces per gallon of water
    Medium Duty Use 6 to 8 ounces per gallon of water
    Heavy Duty Use 12 to 16 ounces per gallon of water
    Severe Duty Use 24 to 48 ounces per gallon of water

Dilution Ratios for Spray and Wipe Cleaning:

    Medium Duty Use 4 ounces per quart of water
    Heavy Duty Use 8 ounces per quart of water

Dilution Ratios for High Pressure Cleaning:

    Light Duty Dilute with 256 parts water
    Medium Duty Dilute with 128 parts water
    Heavy Duty Dilute with 64 parts water

Other Applications include Automotive Engine and Parts Degreaser,
Laundry Degreaser, After Fire Cleaner and Carbon Remover, Grill, Deep Fat Fryer, and Oven Cleaner, Pot and Pan Presoak, Metal Cleaner,Pre-paint Metal Conditioner,Concrete and Stone Floor Cleaner.

Super Citrus cleaner is primarily used as an all purpose degreaser and cleaner, a spray and wipe cleaner/degreaser and a kitchen degreaser and cleaner.
    100% all natural ingredients
    Soy based formula
    Environmentally friendly
    Non-toxic
    No caustic fumes
    Biodegradable
    Non flammable
    Non abrasive
    Made in  USA.

As you can read, this is a versatile cleaner with few warningsfor use.

Also available in 5 gallon pails, 22 oz spray bottles and 55 gallon drums.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

BBQ Grill Cleaner, All Natural, Soy-Based,Effective, No Noxious Odor

by Barbara 26. April 2016 14:10

Question about the product: Natural Soy Products BBQ Grill Cleaner,22 oz.Spray

Q: "We have a restaurant with electric grills. We need an effective cleaner whose fumes won't make our employees ill. I read about the soy based all natural cleaners. Just wanted to know how effective this one is. Thanks. Carl."

Answer: Natural Soy Products makes this BBQ grill cleaner in the Midwest. Formerly Soy Clean, this "green" cleaning product softens and loosens the soiled surfaces for removal of char, grease and burnt residue. Simply spray on and wipe away the grease and grime! The Barbeque Grill Cleaner's Bio-based content is 91% as tested by Iowa State University using conventional radiocarbon analytical methods. BBQ Grill Cleaner was tested by the Wall Street Journal and determined to be the most effective product, even compared to traditional, toxic products. “In a recent test, we found the most natural product [Natural Soy Products BBQ Grill Cleaner] worked the best. This soy-based product cleaned just as well or better than the less-natural ones, and didn’t have the noxious odor.” Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2007

All Natural Soy Products cleaners, lubricants and degreasers are soy-based. The natural characteristics of soy make an excellent solvent with a kauri-butanol (KB) value of 58. Soy is also compatible with other organic solvents and can be used to formulate many types of productsoy..

Natural Soy Products BBQ Grill Cleaner is a 100% natural, soy-based, non-toxic product that rinses away with water. Most other grill cleaners on the market are harsh and even dangerous to users and the environment. This BBQ Grill cleaner contains no hazardous ingredients. This cleaner also comes in larger containers. Try the One Gallon size if you have large areas to clean. It is also available in 5 gallon buckets and in 55 gallon drums.

BBQ Grill Cleaner Product Details:

    Low volatility with no hazardous vapors or fumes
    Soap and water clean up
    USDA approved for use in meat processing facilities, restaurants, deli's and cafeterias
    Non-toxic and environmentally friendly
    Biodegradable
    Nonflammable
    Non-abrasive
    Effective cleaning for:
        Barbeque cookers
        Smokers
        Grills
        Stoves
        Foreman Grills
        Webber Grills
        Holland Grills
        Utensils
        Pots and pans
    Made in Brooklyn, Iowa, USA by Natural Soy Products 

Thanks for your question,

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Clean Floors, Kill Bed Bugs, Clean Grout, and More with Vapamore Primo Steam Cleaner

by Barbara 25. November 2011 05:41

Qustion about the Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaner Sanitizes Plus Kills Mold, Bedbugs Etc..

Q: "I have mold growing in the grout between the ceramic tile in my bathroom. I bought this house at auction in the fall. It was abandoned in the spring so no AC was on during the summer months. The ceramic tile itself is really dirty both in the shower and on the floor. I am concerned about bedbugs and dust mites in the carpeting. Can the Vapamore handle these problems? Is it expensive to operate? Do I need to add chemicals for the best results? Thanks. Will."

Answer: The Vapamore Primo Steam cleaner includes accessories to clean almost any hard surface that can be cleaned with water. Kill the mold in the grout and clean the tile as well. This unit was invented by a former ceramic tile installer and repairman.

The only requirement is that you always use distilled water in the Vapamore. The holding tank holds 1.6 liters of water: fill the included plastic measuring cup twice. Remember you must let the unit cool down for 30 minutes between refills to avoid steam/scalding. This is an economical way to clean this home, your cars and more since there are no expensive chemicals, no dangers other than steam.  Professionals use this machine to kill bedbugs and dust mites so you can, too.

Your wife or you will also appreciate using this as a steamer to get wrinkles out of clothing.

Vapamore Specifications:

  • Power requirement: 120V/60Hz
  • Heater Wattage: 1500 watts
  • Steam Flow: 40g/Minutes (Maximum)
  • Steam Availability: 50 minutes per tank (Maximum)
  • Steam Pressure: 3.5 Bar (Maximum)
  • Permissible Pressure: 5 bar maximum
  • Water tank volume: 1.6 Liters Maximum
  • Sound Level: 30 decibels during use
  • Appliance weight without accessories: 4.5 kg or 10.5 lbs
  • Heating time: approximately 11 minutes.
  • Wheels: Two, each are 4.5 inches in diameter.
  • Power Cord Length: 18 feet
  • Steam Hose Length: 6 feet

Below is a list of what is included with each Vapamore Primo.

Vapamore MR-100 Package Contents:
  • Vapamore Primo Steam Cleaner Machine
  • Steam Gun And Hose
  • Detail Adapter: primarily used for attaching different kinds of nozzles.
  • Jet Nozzle Tool: for harder to reach places
  • Detail Scraper Tool: for cleaning flat surfaces with stains and grimes.
  • Nylon Grout Brush: for cleaning hard less sensitive surfaces
  • Nylon Medium Duty Brush: for cleaning hard less sensitive surfaces
  • Large Nylon Brush: for cleaning blinds, radiators, valves.
  • Brass Metal Brush: for cleaning less sensitive surfaces like stainless steel and stone
  • Fabric Tool Cotton Cover:
  • Micro Fiber Floor Pad: Washable, melts stuck on dirt and grime.
  • Floor Cleaning Head: for cleaning flat surfaces
  • Three extension Tubes
  • Clothes / Fabric Tool
  • Smooth Surface Squeegee
  • Measuring Cup
  • Fill Funnel
  • Accessory Storage Bag
  • Replacement O-ring Set

This unit is really easy to use. You easily adjust the steam level by turning the dial.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Safe Home Room Air Return Grill Replacement Filters Can Create a Home Freer from Dirt and Chemicals

by Barbara 19. September 2010 10:15

Question about the SafeHome™ Duo 20 x 20 x 1 4 Pack and the Safe Home System Cold Air Return Purifier, 20 X 20 X 1

Q: "We just bought a new retirement home in Arizona. Instead of the usual furnace filter system we had up north, this HVAC system has one very large cold return air grille high on the wall in the family room.  Up north there were lots of cold air returns but none had a place for a filter and none were this large. We understand this is the new way of filtering air. The grille tips out and holds a one inch filter panel. We want to avoid any unnecessary house cleaning. Which cold air system do you recommend and why? Thanks. Pete."

Answer: Particularly in Southern and Western states where air conditioning is used most of the year, the newer homes have filter slots in return air grilles. One website notes that furnace filters located in the furnace plenum near the motor are meant to keep the motor clean, not the household air. The less dirt that gets to the motor, the more likely you'll get longer life. The problem is that dust and dirt get into the duct work. So filter grills not only keep the household air cleaner but also keep your duct work cleaner. Modifying older HVAC systems is difficult because the actual ductwork is often much smaller. If you put too high of a MERV rated filter into the furnace slot, you'll cut down the air movement and possibly have an overheated motor,too.

Safe Home™ sells the Safe Home Duo and the Safe Home System. Both are disposable filter products which means no messy washing, waiting for filters to dry and most likely running the unit without any filtration during that time.

The Duo has an internal metal frame with two filters, one for dust, mold, dirt and pollen and the other for gasses such as formaldehyde. The unit fits very tightly into the tip out filter grille holder because the filtration media surrounds the metal frame. The second layer, the inner layer, is impregnated with carbon and potassium permanganate which capture the VOC's such as formaldehyde and ammonia. We suggest changing that filter about every 3 months unless your home is subject to dust from remodeling, etc.

The second, the Safe Home System, consists of 5 filters of which 4 are electrostatic. These are pleated with wires that create the static charge. These 4 pre-filters that capture dust, pollen, dirt, etc. fit into the grille itself. The 5th filter, the VOC or volatile organic chemical filter, actually fits into the duct opening behind the grille. So it fits into the actual duct work. The System has 125 grams per square foot of activated carbon and FormadaSorb to remove the most common, hazardous pollutants. The replacement filters for the filter slot are electrostatic air purifier filters. These pre-filters should be changed at least every three months.

NOTE: Neither of these filters will remove carbon monoxide, radon gas or carbon dioxide. We recommend installing carbon monoxide monitors on every level of your home and in or near all sleeping areas. Test units regularly. Replace batteries at least annually.

So, either unit will meet your needs. Do check and make sure the carbon chemical fits. The Safe Home Duo and the Safe Home Filter System come in sizes to fit almost everyone's return air grille and/or furnace slot. If you have custom sized slots, please contact us for pricing on special sizes.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

What Makes an EnviroSept Furnace Air Filter Panel Better than a Washable One?

by Barbara 25. November 2009 10:07

Question about the Envirosept Electronic Furnace Filter Model 1625.

Q: "Currently I am using disposable furnace filters. I am considering the Envirosept but wonder if this performs any beter than the washable furnace filters. We do have allergies to dust. Thanks." Frank

Answer:  I have two answers, one based upon personal experience here at our Safe Home Products' office and one based upon information from the manufacturer.

At our offices, we have numerous printers plus the dust and dirt that drifts in from the frequent comings and goings into our large warehouse. We tried a fiberglass filter initially and then replaced it with a 1625 Envirosept furnace panel. The amount of dust that collects on desks, monitors, etc. decreased significantly with the Envirosept. We do have to change the filters about every three weeks.  I, too, am allergic to dust plus pollen and more. The EnviroSept keeps the air clean so I'm not sneezing!

Second, the manufacturer, Aqua Air Technologies shares that there is no way to compare the EnviroSept to either the frictional electrostatic filters or the standard fiberglass ones that you throw away. Mike explains that the Envirosept is up to a thousand times more effective under normal operating conditions.  "In theory, the plastic/glass strands are supposed to develop a static electric charge as the air passes through the filter, much like when you comb your hair. However, you need very low humidity to create any type of low level static charge. This charge is quickly lost as soon as the filter collects any dust, which insulates the plastic/glass strands and prevents the generation of any static charge. It would appear that the only benefit these filters offer is that they are permanent. Further, you do have the dirty task of washing these filters every two-three months. In addition, these filters have been known to cause major air restriction problems after several years that may damage your heating/cooling system."

Our unit is 5 years old and we've experienced no problems. The Envirosept units come in many sizes. All the units we sell come with 14 filter pads, enough for most people for at least 1 year.  The power used is minimal and the cost cannot be beat! Changing the filters is easy. Just unplug the panel. Slip it out. Open the clips. Remove the dirty filters, replace into the one inch slot after fastening the clips and plug in. Wipe off the grids with a damp microfiber cloth if necessary and let dry before refilling and replacing.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Which Mop Do I Order?

by Barbara 4. January 2001 04:12

Q: "Which mop do I order that allows me to clean my floors quickly and economically? Thanks Susan."


Answer: My suggestion: buy the starter kit  STARTER SH-Mop 15x8 In. Base, Pad, Pole, 1 Sh-Wipe), the SH-MOP Original Floor Mop w/4 Cotton Covers or the SH-Mop Micro Mop, 1 Cotton and 2 Microfiber Covers depending upon the square footage you need to clean. We currently also sell BonaKemi Pro Series Hardwood Cleaner Concentrate, 4 oz., 8/bx or single bottles. Each bottle dilutes to 32 ounces of non-toxic surfactant floor cleaner for wood, ceramic, marble or vinyl flooring.

Additional covers are available for the Sh-Mop in cotton, microfiber, cotton looped, acrylic looped and synthetic wool.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara