Although not new, a lot of cleaning specialists and facility managers are taking a closer look at bio-enzymatic cleansers.

According to Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions and Charlotte Products, two major chemical producers, “this is because they [can] complement a Green cleaning program.” In fact, a few of these cleaners have been recognized as Green and certified.

However, many are unclear about the operation of bio-enzymatic cleaners. Some of these difficulties are addressed in the following:

  1. Bio-enzymatic cleansers essentially breakdown chemical and organic waste by containing specific volumes and types of bacteria, enzymes, and microbial nutrients (soils).
  2. A protein with the ability to disassemble complicated compounds into simpler ones is called an enzyme. Enzymes are not living organisms, unlike what many people think.
  3. These microbes “eat” bacteria that produce odors.
  4. Bio-enzymatic cleansers frequently offer quick odor alleviation.
  5. Water and carbon dioxide are produced from the microorganisms that the bio-enzymatic cleansers devour.
  6. A few bio-enzymatic cleansers are made to function for up to 80 hours after application.
  7. Overall, compared to conventional cleaning chemicals, bio-enzymatic cleaners may be safer for people and the environment, especially if they have been Green Certified
  8. In addition to odor control, bio-enzymatic cleansers are frequently used for kitchen and food prep area cleaning, restroom cleaning, and carpet spot and stain removal.

The effectiveness of the bio-enzymatic cleaner as well as the antimicrobial efficacy of the bleach or disinfectant may be diminished or eliminated when using bio-enzymatic cleaners with them, says Sawchuk.

According to Sawchuk, “Bio-enzymatic cleansers won’t replace Green cleaning solutions.” “However, we can expect them to play an even greater part in Green cleaning in the future because many newer bio-enzymatic cleaners function well, are environmentally preferred, and cost effective.”