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Bio-Enzyme Cleaners and Deodorizers

Bio-Enzyme products are an emerging category of green cleaning products that harness the power of cleaning chemistry with naturally occurring microbes that consume waste. This green chemistry is capable of doing more than just cleaning surfaces.

What are Bio-Enzyme Cleaning Products and how do they work?
Bio-Enzyme products contain effective detergents combined with specially cultivated microbes. These natural microbes seek food sources (they love urine residues, food waste, feces, fats, oils, etc). To consume the food source, the microbes release enzymes that are capable of breaking down complex compounds into simpler compounds that the microbes readily consume. When the food source is fully consumed, they essentially die off. This process of consumption is a natural process. In fact, the biodegradation process of all living things (plant and animal) proceeds by this decomposition process.

Are these cleaning microbes considered Pro-Biotic?

No, probiotics are a specific class of bacteria (microbes) that are said to provide health benefits when consumed, generally by restoring the gut flora and thereby aiding the digestive process.   They are quite different than the types of microbes for use in cleaning.  So be wary if someone is trying to sell you a “probiotic” cleaner, they are using (or misusing) the marketing hype around probiotics, but incorrectly.

Bio-Enzymatic Products…. Solving difficult problems

We know that more than 50% of complaints about facility cleanliness are related to odors.  More than ever, businesses cannot afford to have customers equate the cleanliness of their facilities to the quality of their product or service.  Odors like human wastes/bodily fluids, rotting food, sour dairy products, decomposing plants or animals are part of the normal decomposition process.  This process is caused by “odor causing bacteria” that consume the waste but emit foul smelling by products.



The smell of Pee…
Our bodies manufacture urine and when it is expelled it is sterile. While it may have an odor, the smell we most often associate with urine is really the by-product of odor causing bacteria feeding off the urine residue. These odor causing bacteria not only emit foul smelling by-products, they are incredibly inefficient at consuming the residue.
The right bio-enzyme product contains carefully cultivated bacteria that are efficient at consuming a variety of organic wastes while not emitting foul smelling by-products. The result, consumption of odor sources with no smell!
Whether human or animal urine, bio-enzymatics can solve challenging urine odor problems on carpet, fabrics, and porous hard surfaces like grout.

Odors that hide from our eyes but not our nose
Our nose can often detect foul odors where the odor source isn’t obvious. Do you know where that urine odor is coming from? We can use peroxide based cleaners or disinfectants to try to kill the odor causing bacteria.  But these require direct line of sight contact with the offending odor source.  The source of bad smells can often be inaccessible or missed by the cleaning process.  Bio-Enzyme cleaners can mitigate odors even when they don’t come in direct contact with the offending odor source.


Got a Trash Chute:  Stinky Garbage…
Anywhere there is trash containing food waste there can be foul odors. Dumpsters, trash bins, compactors, trash chutes and garbage collection areas all present challenges with the odor of rotting food. This is especially a problematic in the summer months, where warmer temperatures help accelerate the rotting process.
Bio-Enzymatic products can be regularly sprayed into and around trash containers, chutes, and compactors to mitigate foul odors.

We love our pets, but…

Bio-Power Urine Stain and Odor Remover

As more facilities become pet friendly, we now find pets are welcomed in hotels, restaurants, craft breweries, retail stores, airports, malls and more.  With pets come odors that create additional cleaning challenges in facilities where pets are welcome.  The growth of pet clinic/hospitals/daycare facilities is a market where bio-enzyme products can really shine.

Drain Maintainer, keeps drains & grease traps free flowing, cuts down odors and drain flies.

Those putrid, clogged drains..
Grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, cafeterias, virtually any place where food waste and grease are going down the drain presents problems. The food waste builds up in pipes causing slower draining and foul odors. Any food preparation operation can’t afford to have foul smells emanating from drains that might be detected by customers.

Multi-Clean Bio-Power Plus Drain Maintainer, get info click here

Many restaurants serving fried food have grease traps that help separate grease from water that goes down the drain. These grease traps must be regularly pumped, which is costly.
Bio-Enzymatic products can used to maintain drains and grease traps. Regular dosing helps prevent build up and prevents foul odors. For this type of dosing to be successful, the bio-enzymatic products must be put into the drain/trap at the time of least activity. Using a programmable pump that can dose specific quantities of bio-enzymatic products into drains at time of low usage are available and easy to use.


Those greasy, slippery floors…
Kitchen floors in restaurants and food service operations can become dangerously slippery as grease and oil build up. Tracking this into the public part of the restaurant creates further slip / fall liability.
The traditional method of removing grease and oil from floors was to use a caustic degreaser to remove the oil. While this can be effective, grease can quickly build up between cleanings.
New products that utilize regular detergent compounds that are fortified with cultured enzymes can effectively remove grease and oils from floors and continue to break down grease and oil after the cleaning is done.

Using nature to fight biological odors:

ZYME-X Bio-Enzymatic, Anti-Slip, Cleaner-Degreaser

Zyme-X is an all purpose cleaner used to clean and deodorize just about any surface.

It is classified by UL as to slip resistance.


Click Here to get a Technical Data Sheet on ZYME-X









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  1. nuzymes Reply

    useful information and posts

  2. Trish Blassingame Reply

    Great article and the images are spot on. My family and I have turned around and walked out of businesses due to bad odors especially when it comes to restaurants. If it smells not clean it probably isn’t. Thanks!

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