Replacing traditional technologies with biotechnological alternatives requires extensive research and innovation to achieve superior performance whilst lowering hazards and improving user safety. Historically, switching out individual traditional ingredients does not generally provide effective performance when adding potentially weaker substitutes or even by adding several “greener” alternatives. Only by developing a successful synergistic blend can improved product performance, improved safety to health, lower cost in use, lower impacts on the environment, eradication of odours at the source and a residual cleaning effect offering a deeper, longer-term clean be achieved as in the case of our microbe-based cleaners.
Partnerships with suppliers who are at the forefront of developments in cleaning biotechnology have enabled certain products within the Enviroplus brand to be built upon a portfolio of proprietary microbe strains and multi-strain microbe packages with specific capabilities for each, including e-Washroom X, e-Surface X, e-Zyme Crystals, e-Kube, e-Flush, e-Rig, e-Gel P&N and e-Portaloo.
Microbe-based products fully break down organic soiling, reduce odours at the source, and reach areas not easily reached by traditional cleaners, ultimately providing a residual long-term cleaning effect that better preserves the freshly cleaned condition for longer. This provides our customers with a differentiated solution from their competitors and potentially greater financial savings due to quicker maintenance cleans.
How do they work?
The microbes contained within the cleaning products are present as spores which germinate when the product is used in its intended cleaning environments. The bacteria begin to multiply by dividing itself allowing the bacteria to colonise the area of application at an exponential rate. The bacteria secrete enzymes that are not alive but function to speed up biological reactions required for the bacteria to break down organic matter.
As the enzymes help to break down complex molecules into simpler, smaller molecules, the bacteria are more easily able to take these up into their cells and use them for energy and growth which is crudely how they “feed.” Different types of enzymes are responsible for helping to break down different types of organic matter and can be selected to target specific types of soiling. Examples include:
• Amylase – breaks down starch
• Cellulase – degrades cellulose such as vegetable matter
• Lipase – breaks down fats, oils and greases
• Protease – breaks down protein-based matter
• Uricase – breaks down uric acid
By careful formulation of microbe strains and combinations of strains specifically designed to target soiling in the intended cleaning environment, Enviroplus microbial-based products provide a superior long-lasting clean which is better for health and the environment.