The 30 Day Release version
The OdorXit AQM
CLO2 30 Day Release versions are available in 10, and 25 gram packages. They produce small amounts of chlorine dioxide for 20 to 30 days (depending on the relative humidity in the area of treatment). The release rate can be accelerated by adding a very small amount (a few drops) to the mounting pouch or laying the Tyvek packet on a wet paper towel. Adding water can reduce the maximum release time to as little as 1 days.
Even at very low dose levels as produced by the extended release versions of the product when used in the appropriate sized area (.01 PPM (parts per million of air)) oxidizes mold fungus and spores found in our homes, cars, and work places.
The 1 Day Release version
The OdorXit AQM CLO2 1 Day Release versions are available only in 25 gram packages. It produces the same amounts of chlorine dioxide in 20 to 30 hours as the 30 Day Release product does in 20 to 30 days (again depending on the relative humidity in the area of treatment). The 1 Day Release version can produce concentrations as high a 10 PPM in small tightly closed areas like a cabinet, closet, small room, car or truck for several hours.
The concentration drops quickly as the CLO2 does its job of oxidizing the odor sources in the area. However, it is not safe to breathe CLO2 at this level of concentration. Therefore, the treated area must be flushed with fresh air for 5 to 30 minutes before the area is occupied for more than a few seconds. IE open the exterior doors on a house or a window on a single closed room, or open the doors on a car or truck.
The OdorXit AQM CLO2 1 Day Release version of the product is capable of treating enclosed areas like a car in as little as an hour and a room or house sized area in less than one day. The release rate can be accelerated by adding a very small amount (a few drops) to the mounting pouch or laying the Tyvek packet on a wet paper towel. Adding water can reduce the maximum release time to as little as 10 to 12 hours and produce toxic levels of CLO2 in tightly closed and confined spaces as big as a house.
This neatly packaged product is not a toy, and should be given considerable respect. It is truly the big gun of odor control. It should be used with caution!
Appropriate sizing of OdorXit Air Quality Manager (AQM) CLO2 for the job
OdorXit AQM CLO2 products use a contact chemistry method of removing odors at their source. This means that the chlorine dioxide gas produced by the powder in the reactor packets must come in direct contact with the material causing the odor and the material causing the odor must be able to be oxidized. Odor sources that readily respond or oxidize include smoke, mold, fungus, spores, animal scent spray, dog body odor, human body odor to name a few. Odor sources that do not respond include urine (urea) salt, many solvents, and odor coming from inside walls, boxes, and other places where the gas can not penetrate.
Odor sources that can be washed away like fungus and thick smoke residue should be washed away before using OdorXit AQM CLO2 to reduce the amount of material to be oxidized.
What square feet in this context really means.
Finally, quoting the number of square feet of floor space a packet will work on is convenient but very inaccurate. Though it does work OK for an empty room the real measurement is the amount of surface area in the area being treated. As an example, carpet has 4 to10 time the surface area of wood flooring, draperies and blinds have 2 to 5 time the surface area of the windows and wall space they cover, furniture has 3 to 8 times the surface area of the floor space it occupies, floor joists in an open ceiling basement have 3 to 5 times the surface area of the floor space they cover. The point is; a furnished 100 square foot room that normally has about 440 square feet of surface area including the walls and ceiling could have as much as 2 to 10 times the surface area when the furnishings are included.
How does this affect you?
Most rooms with a musty (moldy) odor will respond to treatment with OdorXit® AQM CLO2 in a few days using the highly inaccurate floor space measurement to determine packet size. Because CLO2 is roughly 2.5 heaver than air, it tends to accumulate on the floor. Using a ceiling fan or small personal fan placed on the floor blowing upward to stir the CLO2 into the air will improve it performance substantially. If the room is furnished with lots of stuff, it may take up to 10 or 20 days to complete the job. Since the Slow Release version of the product produces effective amounts of CLO2 for 20 to 30 days, this is not a problem. However, using the Fast Release version, even though it produces 20 to 30 times as much CLO2 per hour, it does so for just 1 day and you have just 1 day to get sufficient quantities of CLO2 to all the places that need treatment.
The 10 gram AQM 30 Day Release
version has an effective usage area of up to about 1000 square feet of surface area in the area being treated, and is intended to be used for mold infestations, tobacco smoke fire smoke, burned food odor, removing skunk odors and body or shoe odor in areas as small as a gym locker or bag, roll top desk, chest of drawers, clothing storage bin, tool bag/box, or as big as a car, truck, closet or bathroom room . The area can be inhabited by both pets or humans during use. If a prominent bleach smell develops, treatment should be discontinued by removing the packet.
The 25 gram AQM 30 Day Release
version has an effective usage area is 1000 to 2000 square feet of surface area in the area being treated, and is intended to remove the odor tobacco and fire smoke, and to oxidize mold fungus and mold spores. It is safe as long as there is not a prominent bleach smell present. Though a normal basement under a average sized house is 500 to 2000 square feet, this size packet is almost always big enough to do the job in 2 to 10 days if the basement is empty of trash, wet clothes and wet boxes of stuff.
The 25 gram AQM 1 Day Release version has an effective usage area is 1000 to 2000 square feet of surface area in the area being treated and is intended to be use removing skunk odors, very heavy mold infestations, tobacco smoke fire smoke, and for very heavily contaminated vehicles. The area being treated must not be inhabited by pets or humans during the first 24 hours of use.
Use a small fan. The effectiveness of any sized ClO2 packet can be materially improved by using a small fan (relative to the size of the area being treated) or ceiling fan to slowly stir the air in the area being treated. Larger areas require the use of a larger fan to effectively treat the area. As an example, a 4 inch electric or battery operated fan works well in a car or bathroom. A 7 inch oscillating fan works well in a bed room or family room. A 12 to 24 inch fan (on low) works well in a basement or crawl space. Ceiling fans, if available, work very will when set on the slowest speed.
- Chlorine dioxide can bleach the material the packet is laying on. Use the clear plastic pouch provided to prevent bleaching.
- Using the 30 Day release packet in the one day mode (by sitting the Tyvek packet in a cup with 1/4" of water) that is too big for an area can cause respiratory distress in humans and pets in as little as 10 minutes of exposure. If you experience difficulty breathing, avoid the area being treated or remove the CLO2 packet and ventilate the area being treated.
- Do not put the reactor packet in a closed container or zip lock bag
- Do not open the Tyvek® reactor packet, the material inside (sodium chlorite) can cause chemical burns or skin irritation. NEVER OPEN THE WHITE TYVEC® PACKET!
- Carefully read and follow the instructions! It is really important. These small packets unopened are very safe and easy to use, but they are in fact the big guns of odor control and dis serve considerable respect.