Green Cleaning: Understanding
Although not new, many cleaning
professionals and facility managers are giving bio-enzymatic cleaners a closer
"This is because they [can]
complement a Green cleaning program," says Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions and Charlotte Products,
both leading chemical manufacturers "In fact, some of these cleaners have
been certified and proven Green."
However, many have questions about
bio-enzymatic cleaners and how they work. The following addresses some of these
1 Bio-enzymatic cleaners contain
specific quantities and qualities of bacteria along with enzymes and microbial
nutrients that essentially digest chemical and organic waste (soils).
2 An enzyme is a type of protein
that can break up complex molecules into smaller pieces Contrary to popular
belief, enzymes are not living things.
3 Odor-causing bacteria are
"food" for these microorganisms
4 In many cases, bio-enzymatic
cleaners can provide immediate odor relief.
5 The bacteria consumed by the
bio-enzymatic cleaners are converted into two basic compounds: carbon dioxide
Some bio-enzymatic cleaners are designed to work up to 80 hours after they are
7 Overall, bio-enzymatic cleaners may be safer for users and the environment
compared to traditional cleaning chemicals, especially if they have been Green
8 Other than odor control, some popular uses of bio-enzymatic cleaners are for
washroom cleaning, food prep/kitchen area cleaning, and to remove spots and
stains in carpets.
Sawchuk adds that bio-enzymatic cleaners
should never be used with bleach or disinfectants because they can reduce or
eliminate the effectiveness of the bio-enzymatic cleaner, as well as the
microbial efficacy of the bleach or disinfectant.
"Bio-enzymatic cleaners are not going to replace Green cleaning
products," says Sawchuk. "But, because many newer
bio-enzymatic cleaners perform well, are environmentally preferable, and cost
effective, we can expect them to play an even greater role in Green cleaning in
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