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Old 07-19-2009, 03:36 AM   #1
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Well lets get a little personal

I own a dog daycare
I have been having trouble with sanitation
I soak the bowls and wash the toys and tennis balls in bleach every other day.
I bought special kennel cleaner to spray on the floor and the tools we use, garbgage cans, fencing, etc.

The kennel cleaner is very expensive.

Despite the intense amount of cleaning we do here, we still occasionally have problems with dogs getting ill, coughs, diarrehea, etc. Nothing serious, but I wonder if there is a better cheaper way to keep things clean.

Bleach and the kennel cleaner require extra rinsing and the kennel cleaner specifically require me to take all the dogs outside while it drys, as the vapors are dangerous.

Star San? Is it possible that it is as strong as the kennel cleaner and being no rinse, that is is completly harmless?

*main ingredient kennel cleaner: Didecyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride

*main ingredient Star San: Dodecylebenzenesulfonic Acid, Phosphoric Acid

I certainly understand this is maybe a question best ansewred by Star San themselves, but I know many of you on this site are engineers and lab assistants, etc. Is it possible someone knows what those diff main ingredients do and can tell me if Star San is strong enough to be a safe, no rinse cleanser on the concrete floor and brick walls and dog bowls and toys, etc? Star San is muuuuuuch cheaper than the kennel cleaner...

Thanks if anyone knows anything.



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Old 07-19-2009, 03:49 AM   #2
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I certainly would not rely on anyone but the manufacturer to answer this question. God forbid, something happened. You would be liable and I am sure your conscience would torment you.



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Old 07-19-2009, 03:55 AM   #3
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tell me if Star San is strong enough to be a safe, no rinse cleanser on the concrete floor and brick walls and dog bowls and toys, etc?
I'm not sure if this help you out or much but I remember from the Brewstrong podcast on sanitation the Five-Star representative saying something about how star-san isn't very effective on porous surfaces (i.e. the concrete and brick you mention).

I hear your pain on this, I work in the animal care field (Zookeeper) and sanitation and cleanliness is paramount. We pretty much use bleach on everything. Other products which you can look into that we use on various things, including concrete floors, and which are also animal safe in the proper dilutions, are 'Rival' and 'One-Stroke'.

Hope this helps you out a bit.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:18 AM   #4
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Other products which you can look into that we use on various things, including concrete floors, and which are also animal safe in the proper dilutions, are 'Rival' and 'One-Stroke'.

Hope this helps you out a bit.

Cool, thanks. I have been using a product called '256'. I buy it from Petedge.com. Its Lemon 256 or Spearmint 256 or Orange 256, whatever the smell of it may be. But i know it is super strong stuff, but it burns my nostrils when properly diluted until it has dried.. Bleach smells clean, but kind of nasty too. I will look into the Rival and One Stroke. Thanks...

Wouldnt your co workers be happy to know that Star San is just as effective as the others and probably much cheaper? I have a feeling its a stretch, but its possible that it works just as good as industrial sanitizers, eh?
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:41 AM   #5
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I am a graduate student in organic chemistry, but let me say that this is certainly not my area of expertise.

The ingredients you list for the kennel cleaner are quaternary ammonium salts, which are the active ingredients commonly found in disinfectants such as Lysol and other similar products.

Star San, however, is a sanitizer, not a disinfectant. Sanitizers are designed to reduce the population of microorganisms to a level that is considered safe from a public health standpoint. According to Five Star's tech sheet, Star San is intended for sanitizing non-porous surfaces in dairy and food-use applications, and would be ineffective on porous surfaces such as concrete and brick.

Also, from a legal standpoint, Five Star cannot endorse the use of Star San for anything other than the uses that appear on the label. IMO, you should stick with products intended for kennel cleaning, if for no other reason than to protect yourself from legal action.

I found a website that has some information you might find helpful:
http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/BRM/disinfectants.htm

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IIRC when I worked at a vet clinic (kennel help 10 years ago...) we used bleach for some surfaces, nolvasan for others. The scent I remember wasn't unpleasant. Keep in mind that my face was VERY close to many of the surfaces I was cleaning and we dealt with some very sick (parvo, etc) dogs.

Nolvasan Disinfectant, 1 Gallon

Stated dilution (I remember gallons lasting forever) is 1-3 oz per gallon, it's $60 for a gallon so it'd end up cheaper than star san.

Good luck!

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Do not use Star San for cleaning anything in your facility. Your concerns are far different than what the makers of Star San made the product for. You should be concerned with preventing the spread of viruses (Parvo, Distemper, Corona, and Parainfluenza), bacteria (Bordetella, Campylobacter, Klebsiella, etc.), and parasites (Giardia, round worms, hook worms, and whip worms). I highly doubt that Star San has been tested against any of those organisms. You need a cleaner that has good efficacy against viruses and Bordetella since these things are typically the bane of any boarding/daycare facility. You should really be looking at using Rocal or Parvosol at the correct dilution (on the bottle) and use it DAILY. You need the be cleaning everything DAILY!!!!! Every other day is not good enough. You also have to make sure that all the surfaces are SCRUBBED DAILY to get rid of any organic matter that will prevent a cleaner/disinfectant from working properly. I have been practicing veterinary medicine for some time now and I have dealt with these problems at my own facilities as well as others. All it takes is one outbreak of kennel cough to get people pissed off at you and not return...or...show up with veterinary bills for you to pay because the pet got sick at your facility. (Do you make sure everyone is current on vaccines and isolate any suspect animals?) God forbid you get a dog with distemper (yes it still happens) because that is tough to clear with any certainty from a kennel. Lastly as a safety issue (you probably know this, but I will say it anyways), do not mix the quaternary ammonium cleaners with bleach (this includes rinsing with bleach after the cleaner) as you will liberate chlorine gas...bad for your health. I know it sucks, but spend the money on GOOD cleaners and disinfectants and you won't go wrong. Being cheap WILL cost you in the long run. I hope this helps.

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Thank you and yes everything is legit. I am a licensed animal care facility by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, I get inspected by both agencies twice a year and have had suprise inspections by the City as well. Pass every time. I was mostly intrested in using the Star San on the stainless steel water bowls. I had a feeling it wouldnt be good enuff on the floor. i hate using the bleach on the bowls. But we soak them everyday in it and soak the tennis balls too. I just hate using the bleach. The kennel cleaner is very strong and was recommended to me by the vet in town that I deal with. i use that everyother day, it stinks.

I have had bordatella go around although i require vaccinations for it be presented first. I do not pay vet bills, its not my fault. if your kid goes to grade school and comes home with a cough, you do not bring the doctor bill to the grade school and look to get reimbursed. sucks but it happens. people get pissed but good for them.

just was hoping that the Star San in a spray bottle might work on dog bowls and tennis balls but too good to be true i guess

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I assume you're requiring dogs be vaccinated for kennel cough, distemper, etc before they stay with you?

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Jackson, I never meant to imply that you were not a legitimate business or didn't operate a good facility. All I wanted to do was let you know what I had found to work after years of practicing in the field.
As far as the bleach fumes, what dilution are you using? Typically if you use a dilution in the neighborhood of 1:32 you will still get excellent bacteriocidal and virucidal activity if you soak the balls and bowls for any length of time. The easy formula is 1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water. Even at 1 cup bleach per gallon of water, the fumes shouldn't be too bad.



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