Monthly Archives: October 2017

Featured Product – Nitrate Klear

What Is Nitrate Klear?

This weeks featured product is Nitrate Klear.
Nitrate Klear is a natural & safe nitrate removal treatment designed for ponds and aquariums. High nitrate levels can be very dangerous to fish and can lead to death. By reducing the nitrate levels in your pond or aquarium you will reduce the risk of fish death, reduce the risk of blanket weed.

How Does Nitrate Klear Work?

Nitrate Klear uses nitrifying bacteria that have been chosen specifically to reduce the harmful levels of nitrates founds in ponds and aquariums. The bacteria are most effective in water temperatures above 8°C and we recommend using a nitrate test kit to monitor the nitrates to a safe level.
Continued treatment with Nitrate Klear will keep levels safe and reduce the risk of any infections occurring in fish.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Amazon Customer – Great weapon in the war on green algae.

Northern Girl – My pond looks amazing after 1 use!

Kevin McKinley – I have used this product before and it works very well. The Nitrate levels are back to good, the fish are feeding well again and I am happy.


What Should Nitrate Levels Be in A Pond?

Nitrate levels should be kept between 20ppm and 60ppm. Anything above this can cause irreversible damage to your fish, including their liver, spleen, nervous system and kidneys.

Nitrate levels are easy to neutralise and can be done so within hours, using Nitrate Klear.

What Is Nitrate in A Pond?

Nitrate is a by-product of the bacterial reduction of ammonia. Ammonia is released into your pond via fish waste, this is then converted into Nitrites by good bacteria and the final product is Nitrates.

Nitrates can be fatal to your fish if they are not kept in check. Providing your water parameters are stable and have been treated with Pond Equaliser, you should never have to worry about Nitrates but it is good practice to regularly test for them and if they are high, treat with Nitrate Klear to reduce them back to a normal level.

How to Reduce Nitrate in A Pond?

In addition to using Nitrate Klear there are a couple of things that you could do to try and reduce Nitrate levels in your pond. It may be necessary to do a 1/3 water change using tap water, if you do this, be sure to check your other levels as tap water contains heavy metals that such as copper that you don’t want in your pond. Increase the aeration of your pond when doing a water change.

However, the most likely cause for a spike in Nitrate levels is due to a lack of, or underdeveloped aerobic bacteria in your pond. Nitrate Klear will boost these bacteria levels to help digest the Nitrates

Effects of Nitrates in Water?

High Nitrate, Nitrite or Ammonia levels in your pond can lead to fatal consequences to your fish. Brown Blood Disease is the most common problem linked to high Nitrate levels. The Nitrates combine with the Haemoglobin, (the protein molecule in red blood cells that transports oxygen) and make the red blood cells incapable of transporting oxygen. This then starves the fish of oxygen, you may see them gasping for air at the surface of the water.

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How To Clean Boxing Gloves

Boxing gloves can be an expensive piece of sports equipment when being used for a hobby and with some fetching over £300, if gloves are not maintained properly they can quickly deteriorate and will lead to you needing to spend more money. However, with very minimal effort you can maintain your boxing gloves appearance and prolong their lifespan.

In this article we are going to discuss the various methods for cleaning and preserving your boxing gloves to ensure you are not ‘that guy’ who’s gloves could clear the gym with their smell.

Why Do Boxing Gloves Smell?

Before we give you the best methods for cleaning your gloves, it is important to understand why they need cleaning and why they might smell.

Sweat!

Boxing is a very high intensity, fast paced, physical sport that will result in high levels of sweat being produced. It is not the sweat itself that smells but the protein, salts and lipids found in sweat being broken down by bacteria. When the bacteria breakdown the sweat they produce a by-product that has a very distinctive smell, BO or body odour! Whilst body odour is not dangerous and does not cause any health problems, it can be very embarrassing for some people and can lower self esteem.

Fresh sweat is odourless, stale sweat is not. By taking preventative measures, your gloves can remain sweat free forevermore.

Anti-Bacterial Spray

There are a large number of anti-bacterial products on the market that are easy to use and will eliminate the bad bacteria that cause the bad smell. Simply spray your gloves after using to eliminate bacteria before it has chance to break sweat down.
However, by using an anti-bacterial cleaner on your gloves, you will only be killing the bacteria that is currently there, not protecting them from new bacteria.

Freezer Method

One method that is mentioned a lot online is the freezer method. Depending on the strain of bacteria in your gloves, they are usually only active above temperatures of 5°C, a couple of degrees below this they will enter a state of dormancy and a couple of degrees lower again will result in the bacteria being killed. By putting your gloves in a plastic bag and then putting them in the freezer overnight, the cold temperature will kill the bad bacteria in your gloves before they can produce any bad smells.
However, depending on the material of your boxing gloves, this can be very detrimental to the gloves. The cold temperatures can cause leather and plastic to crack overtime. These cracks then provide the perfect home for bacteria to live in, not to mention they ruin the appearance of your gloves!

Saltwater Method

The saltwater method is another well-known way to clean things and kill bacteria. The saltwater acts as a saline solution to kill any bacteria in your gloves.
However as with the freezer method, this method can cause more damage as you will have submerged your gloves in water for a few hours. Non- only can this result in the cracking of materials, but if not dried properly, this method will have simply made the problem worse.

Activated Charcoal & Cedar Chips

There are products available on the market containing either activated charcoal or cedar chips that are designed to deodorise boxing gloves. The idea behind these products is to absorb any moisture from the gloves so that there is nothing for the bacteria to feed on. These products can work on new gloves when and on gloves that only have a small amount of sweat after each use. However, they can only absorb so much sweat before they are full and once they are full, they will start to give off the stale sweat smell. These deodorising pouches can only be used on new gloves as they have no effect on stale sweat smells.

Probiotic Deodoriser

Envii Kit Fresh uses anaerobic bacteria and enzymes to eliminate the bad bacteria that breakdown sweat. By eliminating the bad bacteria, there is nothing to break down the sweat smell and it can simply be wiped away. Kit Fresh can be used on old or new gloves to prevent new smells or eliminate old. Give the gives a light misting inside and out after use and leave them to sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the bacteria to start working. After this time, gives the gloves a wipe to clean away any sweat. Finally, spray the gloves inside and leave the Kit Fresh to dry naturally.

Additional Tips

  • Allow your gloves to dry completely before putting them back in your kit bag. Avoid drying them in direct sunlight or near a radiator as this can cause them to crack.
  • Wear hands wraps to reduce the amount of sweat left on your gloves but be sure to wash hand wraps after every use.
  • Clean them as soon as possible. Keep some wipes and some Kit Fresh in your gym bag so that you can prevent smells straight away.
  • Never put your gloves in the washing machine or tumble dryer as this will destroy them.

Featured Product – Septic Klear

What Is Septic Klear?

This weeks featured product is Septic Klear.
Septic Klear septic tank tablets are a unique mixture of fast-acting, task-specific bacteria with added nutrients for septic tank treatment and cleaning. Septic Klear is an effective, efficient way of maintaining a septic tanks performance whilst reducing the need to have your septic tank emptied. When used correctly and regularly, Septic Klear can eliminate the need to ever have your septic tank emptied again.

How Does Septic Klear Work?

Each Septic Klear tablet contains 75 billion task-specific bacteria that have been chosen specifically to digest and break down the organic matter that builds up in septic tanks between pump outs. Once the tablet has been flushed down the toilet, the bacteria come out of their “dormant” phase and begin to break down any organic matter in the septic tank. Once the bacteria have broken down the matter, the enzymes found in the tablets digest it completely to lower the amount of solids in your tank. If used regularly, Septic Klear will reduce smells coming from the septic tank, improve septic tank performance and reduce the need to have the septic tank emptied.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Alan West – Worked a treat within hours!!!

Linda B – These are very effective and easy to use

Janet – Bought these as the septic tank was being a bit whiffy from time to time. Haven’t detected any odours since using these and they are simple to use.

What Is a Septic Tank?

Septic tanks are part of a septic sewage system that is usually used in either isolated areas that are not connected to sewage lines or in areas that have soil that is suitable to absorb the drainage. Houses that have septic tanks tend to have them located at the bottom of the garden so that the waste drains away from the house. It is estimated that around 513,000 homes in the UK have Septic Tanks, that’s just over 2% of all UK homes. Read our blog on Septic Tanks for more information.

How Does a Septic Tank Work?

Usually located underground, a septic tank is a large plastic or concrete tank that is connected to your drainage system and collects the waste. When the waste enters the tank, it is held long enough for the solids to sink and to the bottom and form sludge, whilst the oils and grease float to the top to form scum. The wastewater that has now been separated from the solids and oils exits the tank into the drain field. One the water is in the drain field it percolates through the soil and rocks which act as a filter to remove any harmful bacteria, nutrients or viruses.

Why Is My Septic Tank Backing Up?

There are a few reasons why your septic tank could be backing up. Check your drain field, if the grass around there looks soaked or boggy, it could be a sign that your drain field is too shallow and is being overloaded. If this is dry, it could be that your septic tank is full and needs emptying, this can be costly. Use Septic Klear as a tank treatment throughout the year, this will keep the aerobic bacteria levels high and enable them to digest the organic matter found in the tank which will reduce the amount your tank needs emptying.

Cost of Emptying a Septic Tank?

It is recommended that your septic tank is emptied every twelve months. However, with the use of Septic Klear you can extend this much further, as it helps to digest the organic matter and reduce the level in your tank. If you do need to empty your septic tank it usually costs around £100-£200 depending on your area and the size of your tank.

Why Does My Septic Tank Smell?

Smells coming back up from your septic tank can not only be a nuisance but sometimes dangerous. The anaerobic digestion process that takes place in your tank creates methane, hydrogen sulfide and other gases, this is what you can smell. Septic tanks should be well ventilated so if you can smell your septic tank inside your home, it could be a sign that something is wrong. The most common cause for these smells is the lack of bacteria. If you use bleach, toilet blocks or cleaners in your toilet they kill off the good bacteria in your septic tank which leads to the organic waste building up and increasing smells. Using Septic Klear will increase the number of bacteria inside your tank and reduce the amount of organic waste which in turn will reduce the smells. If your tank continues to smell it may be because it needs emptying.