Now that we are in the final, dreary dog days of winter, most of us are starting to plan for the year ahead.
Very soon stables will be vacated and the annual clean take place. This year we have not only the reliable, and recently enhanced, Green Gloop cleaner, but a new and most useful mat moving product called ‘The Gripper’ that is due very soon.
In 2016 the EU imposed new regulations and restrictions on chemicals used around or with animals. There were also directives on the levels of packaging to make them more ‘child proof’. Green Gloop fell into this category and it had to submit to stringent safety tests. Primarily because it is water based the cleaning fluid passed with not only flying colours but with a commendation that it was safe to use by Veterinary establishments on hard surfaces.
Every silver lining has a cloud, of course, and we were not immune, for the level of concentration of the fluid (why pay to ship water) meant that we had to re-label incorporating vast levels of frightening and unnecessary warnings. This could have been avoided if we had agreed to dilute the product before bottling. However, it would also mean that shipping costs would escalate, so we bit the bullet and stayed with the current high concentrate and terrifying warnings.
Because the formula was so well inside the set parameters it gave us the opportunity to slightly change it and beef up some of the constituents, with the result that Green Gloop has become even more effective at what it does, which is neutralise the ammonia in equine urine, clean and sterilise mat surfaces, and fumigate stables. Basically, we are now offering a far better product, as concentrated as previously, that represents even better value for money as it didn’t incur any additional production costs.
The downsides being these unnecessary and scary enjoiners to how to use the product safely. To exceed the EU Directive EN14349 for Veterinary surface disinfectants we also had to double the dilution rate, although this is totally unnecessary, as it is the same product as previously, only better. So, when you read the rate of dilution on the bottle being 2 or 4 cups per 16 litres of water just continue with the old and more economic rate of 1 or 2 cups.
The other downside is new, ‘secure cap’ bottles that are virtually impossible to open for the first time. We suspect this is temporary as there has been such an outcry throughout the EU that the restrictions on caps have recently been substantially modified – back to what they were previously.
There is a knack, as this mini video illustrates.