Little treasures can bring joy into our lives; they also can create wear and tear on your home. Muddy prints and bathroom accidents are the usual suspects but need not worry when you have enzymatic cleaners.
What are enzymatic cleaners?
There are cleaning products that use enzymes in their formula. Essentially, they breakdown stains. Enzymes are macromolecular biological catalysts that speed up the chemical process and the reaction. Usually, they occur inside the body, but in the case of enzymatic cleaners, the process is used for a different purpose. Different enzymes breakdown various types of stains. Lipolases works on fats or oil-based strainers, proteases break down protein-based stains and amylases tackle carbohydrates and starches.
Typical enzymes can be categorized into four main groups, based on the types of soils they react with.
- Proteases break down protein-based soils including blood, urine, food, faeces, wine and other beverages.
- Lipases break down fat molecules like oils and grease.
- Amylases break down starch molecules like eggs, sugars, sauces, ice cream, gravy.
- Cellulases are used to soften fabric and restore colour to fibres made up of cellulose material. They also remove particulate soil and reduce fabric greying and pilling.
Enzymatic cleaning products are live solutions formulated using strains of safe, natural bacteria along with specifically selected enzymes. Both bacteria and enzymes work together to clean, relying on each other to get the job done. When applied to surfaces, soils, stains, and odours are broken down by the enzymes, then consumed by the bacteria. If soil is present and surfaces are sufficiently damp, these microscopic cleaners multiply, continuing to remove traces of grime and odour for hours or even days after the initial application.
Enzymatic cleaners do have a shelf life (usually one to two years), so be mindful of expiration dates. Extreme temperatures may cause them to lose their efficacy. Also, never use disinfectants or products with a high pH on the same surface, as this can neutralize enzyme activity and reduce their cleaning power.
Supplies required to apply enzyme cleaners
Cleaning cloths: Usage instructions vary with enzymatic cleaners, but you generally need to blot, rub, or dry the area at some point in the cleaning process, so it’s wise to have some quality cloths on hand. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths come in a multipack for a reasonable price. They do not transfer their colour, and you can wash and reuse them numerous times, which is great for your wallet and for the environment.
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