How dirty is dirty

As a service to our clients and followers on our various blogs we believe it is imperative to fist understand the basics of dirt – be informed and then you can make an informed decision on the type of cleaning material that needs to be used – Chemical or Green Products that do the job CLEANER, GREENER, SMARTER

How dirty is dirty and how clean can you clean it?

As a service to our clients and followers on our various blogs we believe it is imperative to fist understand the basics of dirt – be informed and then you can make an informed decision on the type of cleaning material that needs to be used – Chemical or Green Products that do the job CLEANER, GREENER, SMARTER

To understand how any cleaning product works we must understand what dirt is or rather what it is comprised of.

Dirt is a actually layer of fine films made up of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), bacteria, fungi, dust mites, non-organic material and other organic micro-organisms. These films are bonded to each other and to the surface by amino and fatty acids.

FOG is a combination of plant and animal fats known as lipids as well as mineral oil products which are all organic in origin. The method used in most cleaning solutions is to emulsify FOG, which is to put it into an emulsion or solution such that it can be relocated elsewhere through rinsing.

The primary function of cleaning is to reduce dirt, dust, bacteria and moulds from surfaces.

Unfortunately modern societies have developed a cleanliness and ‘germ hating’ obsession which has lead to the development of ever more powerful cleaning agents. Millions of kilograms of general purpose cleaners are consumed worldwide each year. The average household and workplace now has a collection of synthetic chemicals that would only have been found in a laboratory 50 years ago.

Health and environmental hazards of synthetic cleaning products

Synthetic Cleaning Products use chemicals that are not just toxic if we accidentally eat or drink them. The volatile organic chemicals (VOC’s) contained in the products enter our indoor air and lungs as we use them, and many other ingredients are easily absorbed by the skin. They also indirectly affect our long-term health when they pollute our water ways. Increasingly these chemical compounds are being associated with allergies and other common diseases that are growing in society.

The increased use of chemical cleaning products has placed a significant burden on the environment in terms of wastewater loading and subsequent treatment, the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), resource consumption and disposal of packaging materials.

The major active components in general purpose cleaners are:

• surfactants

• builders

• solvents

• chlorine, bleaches and compounds

• synthetic fragrances

• phosphates

• ammonia

These components contribute too many environmental and health effects.

For example:

• They are heavily polluting in their production

• They can cause allergic reactions and worsen asthma

• They can irritate skin, lungs, sinuses, eyes and throats (they may even damage them)

• They biodegrade slowly and incompletely

• They can cause brain damage at high doses and be addictive

• They have been linked to infertility and miscarriages

• They contribute to air pollution and smog

One of the emerging technologies for the cleaning industry that we find very exciting is bio-enzyme technology. Also known as “biological” cleaning products, they provide clear win-win benefits for both cleaning businesses and the environment.

Bio-technology cleaning products are based on enzymes and certain types of friendly bacteria, which are found in every living organism. They are nature’s tools — they are biodegradable proteins that speed up vital biological processes. For example, enzymes in our stomach cut food into smaller pieces so it can be transformed into energy. When enzymes are finished with their work, they are absorbed back into nature’s cycle.

Enzyme-based cleaners are increasingly being used instead of synthetic chemicals throughout the cleaning industry: in food service, hospitality health care, factories, schools, jails, sporting venues and other large public facilities.

They are used to clean and deodorize carpets, kitchens and bathrooms, eliminate grease from cracks, grout, and hard floors, and even to keep urinals smelling fresh. They remove deposits on pipes, and clear drains and keep pipe lines free-running and odour-free. They do all this while being environmental benign.

Many people aren’t aware that these ingredients already comprise almost 4 percent of the chemicals used by janitorial suppliers. Why would building service contractors use bio-enzymes to clean floors instead of synthetic chemicals? Bio-enzymes can perform better. They are completely biodegradable, which reduces your waste stream and the need for undesirable chemicals.

Among the many benefits of using bio-enzymes are their safety, long-lasting cleaning ability and cost-effectiveness. They go beyond cleaning well — the microbes continue to eliminate residual organics after the job is done and the cleaner has left. And, using them can reduce the risk, regulatory headaches and potential liability associated with using more hazardous chemicals.

Managed Care Economical Solutions, based in Johannesburg South Africa, is a leader in industrial cleaning enzymes and microorganisms. They source bacteria and enzymes by aliening themselves with world leaders in the field that cultivate microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. This is where biotechnology comes in — since the perfect microorganism is so hard to find these world class scientists combine the best traits of more than one organism. These scientists can adjust DNA sequences to make new enzymes.

GREEN WORX’s enzymes are not only used in the cleaning industry. The company’s enzymes can be found maintaining septic tanks, industrial treatment and wastewater plants.

In fact, enzymes are a wonderful example of how much we can gain by modelling our products on nature. We believe these and other products that use nature as the formulation guide will become the core ingredients for industry going forward.

Please visit our website should you wish to learn more about the wonderful products we have – you may even wish to associate yourself with us and start your own CLEANER, GREENER, SMARTER business. We can help you help the environment.