Cold Weather Effervescence

QuickBlue powder packets from Safe-T-Fresh designed to dissolve in low temperatures.
Cold Weather Effervescence
Dean Carstens, left, deodorizer manager for Safe-T-Fresh, shows a QuickBlue dual-film effervescent packet to an attendee on the 2016 WWETT Show floor. The packet actually dissolves in the brine that cold-weather portable restroom operators use to keep the liquid in the waste tanks from freezing. (Photo by Craig Mandli)

Interested in Supplies?

Get Supplies articles, news and videos right in your inbox! Sign up now.

Supplies + Get Alerts

Servicing portable units during special events requires products that work quickly and effectively. Being able to service multiple units and get out before the crowd arrives is of the utmost importance. That concern is multiplied in cold weather, as freezing temperatures add challenges to restroom service. Fortunately, Safe-T-Fresh heard those concerns from its customers, and a product introduced at the 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, QuickBlue, is its answer.

QuickBlue is a dual-film effervescent packet that actually dissolves in the brine that cold-weather portable restroom operators use to keep the liquid in the waste tanks from freezing. This process combines PVA film with a paper back to produce a deodorizer specifically designed for events and cold weather.

“It’s designed to be clean and easy to handle for service techs,” says Dean Carstens, deodorizer manager for Safe-T-Fresh. “All you have to do is pull it out of the bag and drop it in the tank. It dissolves in about a minute, regardless of the temperature of the liquid inside the tank.”

Along with its increased solubility, QuickBlue’s effervescent action disperses the contents to create a deep blue odor-fighting solution. Its effectiveness in cold weather allows PROs to reduce deodorizer inventory costs and improve service, as instead of stocking an event with winter deodorizer, all units can be serviced using just one product. The premeasured packet also helps PROs provide more consistent service. QuickBlue was launched roughly 1 1/2 months prior to February’s show, and according to Carstens, his customers were excited to get their hands on the new product.

“People really love the increased solubility speed, along with the packets’ cleanliness and ease of use,” he says. “You don’t have to worry about getting chemicals or dye on your hands, or cleaning up spills.”

Carstens explains that QuickBlue is the company’s first non-liquid effervescent — and is a direct response to customer requests. “Obviously this isn’t the first non-liquid product on the market, but we believe it to be the first designed to effectively dissolve in brine,” he says. “Many of our customers, especially those in colder climates, have been asking us to come out with something like this for quite a while.”

Safe-T-Fresh, along with parent company Satellite Industries, has been a longtime exhibitor at the WWETT Show. Carstens says the 2016 show was a success, thanks in large part to the excitement caused by the new QuickBlue product.

“We’ve sold several cases right on the show floor,” he says. “Being in Indianapolis is a great market for this product. A lot of PROs from cold weather climates come here, and this product is made especially for them.”

Carstens says Safe-T-Fresh plans to come back to the show in 2017 with not only its line of popular portable restroom products, but also some new innovations.
“We get the best bang for our buck at this show,” he says. “It puts us in front of more operators than anywhere else.” 877/764-7297;


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.