The first generation of bio-based cleaners utilized enzymes such as protease to improve laundry detergent performance. As enzyme production technology improved, detergent formulators began to add amylase, lipase, and other more specialized enzymes to their formulations. In the cleaner market, enzymes help boost surfactant performance by enhancing the water solubility of target compounds. With improved solubility, the compounds are efficiently washed away in the water.
While enzymes are effective in laundry detergents and even dish washing cleaners, institutional floor cleaners and heavy-duty concrete cleaners benefit from the addition of microbes in addition to the standard enzyme package. In the case of restaurant floors, we have evaluated a highly biodegradable surfactant package blended with biosurfactants, enzymes and preserved microbes. The benefits from this package over the surfactant only cleaner was:
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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