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Microbiology 101

How Bacteria Help Clean and Deodorize

Bacteria are single-celled or simple organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Many bacteria exist both inside and outside living organisms, including humans. Bacteria are found on surfaces and in materials such as water, soil, and food and play an essential role in the Earth's ecosystems. Some bacteria are harmful to humans and can cause infections, but most are harmless. In fact, your body needs certain types of bacteria to function, such as those that live in your digestive system. Bacteria use enzymes, proteins produced by the bacteria, to digest or decompose organic waste. The enzymes that bacteria produce can break down specific types of substances. By selecting certain bacteria in its formulations, Hillyard can create an array of cleaners designed to break down particular soils.

  • Protease enzymes break down protein
  • Amylase enzymes break down carbohydrates
  • Lipase enzymes break down fat and grease
  • Urease enzymes break down urea
  • Xylanase enzymes break down plant-based materials

Hillyard biological cleaners use naturally occurring, non-pathogenic bacteria to provide effective and environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional cleaning chemicals for various cleaning tasks. The enzymes produced by these bacteria work to break down soil molecules into smaller pieces that the bacteria can consume. Once the bacteria digest the soil, all that remains are two basic compounds, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The bacteria keep multiplying and eating soils as long as there’s a food source and sufficient moisture.

Biological cleaners are a powerful addition to cleaning systems for certain types of surfaces and stains. Let these little creatures do the dirty work in your facility to keep your floors, drains, and surfaces clean and odor-free. For more information and to get in touch with a local expert on this subject, click on I'm Interested and fill out the contact form.

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