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How does One Step work in hard water? Can I use Straight-A for other cleaning uses? Can I use One Step in my dishwasher? Did you know your products work on cat urine? We get some great questions here at LOGIC Inc. and we believe that sharing them is a great way to educate our customers. If you have a question about our products, please feel free to email them to us and we will do our best to answer them, both personally and on this page.

Q: Our tap water has high alkalinity – water hardness is 300, bicarbonate 366 ppm. Is the One Step going to be still effective as a sanitizer when mixed with my water?

A: Your water sounds pretty rough, and I can sympathize! Although I have not registered One Step as a sanitizer, it does produce hydrogen peroxide in solution at levels that have been shown to be biocidal. Still, I cannot state that One Step sanitizes. I can say that One Step has organic chelants (materials that latch on to the hardness ions) to keep them from interfering with any effect that hydrogen peroxide may have, and the higher levels of bicarb actually strengthen that bond by forcing a pH driven association. In other words, hydrogen peroxide is available, it is not going to be broken down or inactivate by the water, and it might even destroy some microorganisms that you don’t want around.

And in all seriousness, I can also say that, living in Eastern Pennsylvania, I have similar water — quite hard and very alkaline — and have had no infection problems within the past … uh … well, the last bad batch that I recall was in 2004. Hopefully, it won’t happen again.

Q: How long can One Step Cleanser be kept in a spray bottle for spot clean-ups and still maintain its effectiveness?

A: As far as maintaining active oxygen content, One Step can be kept for about a week if you are storing it in a dark, cool place in between sessions of using it. In terms of overall cleaning effects, it should be good for a few months. Just remember, you can’t sanitize a dirty surface.

Q: I use 1 step on my wine bottles, do the bottles need to be used immediately after using One Step or, once sanitized, are they okay 3 to 4 days later? I submerge the bottles in One Step and water and place them upside down on a bottle tree dryer, so they are dry at this point. Can I still use them or should I repeat the process and fill with wine while they are wet?

A: Your current method should be fine. The biggest concern for recontamination comes from the potential for airborne organisms getting into your bottles. If you have the bottles inverted on your bottle tree, nothing will be going into them.

Q: Quick question about the use of One Step: Can I store a solution of One Step in a stainless steel Corny keg for a few months at refrigerator temperatures? I am looking for an easy way to do a quick cleaning of taps on my kegerator system every couple of weeks, and I thought it would be nice to have a dedicated keg of mild cleaning or sanitizing solution on hand. I keep the keg pressurized with either CO2 or N2. If One Step is not a good option for this application, could you recommend a more appropriate chemical?

A: Good question and a good idea. I might borrow it for my own system. I wouldn’t use One Step for this application, rather I’d use Straight-A. The reason is that One Step relies heavily on the punch of oxidizer that is present as peroxide for cleaning. It will still clean after the peroxide has gradually degraded into gaseous oxygen, but even refrigerated and under pressure you will have a hard time stopping that and the solution simply won’t work as well after a few months.

(To be honest, you might not notice– if you are really good about regularly cleaning your tap lines and faucets, and it sounds like you are, it doesn’t take a lot to keep them in good shape.)

The Straight-A, on the other hand, does use the active oxygen for cleaning as well, but it also has a lot more components to keep the power up. When I’m having an active season in the brewhouse, I keep a bucket of Straight-A solution as my quick cleaner pretty much open to the air (covered, but not tightly). Even though the oxygen portion degrades there is enough redundancy in the chemical systems to continue to effectively attack the kinds of soil you will encounter (protein, lipids, settled particulates, etc.). Admittedly, you’ll have to waste some beer in rinsing, but I’d waste about half a pint with the One Step anyway simply because of the high surface-area to beer ratio in a tap system. Thanks to Straight-A being free rinsing, that’s about all that I think you’ll need to run through it.

So thanks for the tip– I’ll be making up a keg of Straight-A the next time I get down to the kegerator to give my tap lines a few flushes.