Because of their effective cleaning and long-lasting properties, bio-enzymatic cleaners work well in removing stubborn stains, such as grease, and attacking odors.

But one bacterial/enzymatic mixture doesn’t fit all. Each attacks specific types of soil, and it behooves building service contractors to ask their suppliers which one will work best for specific odors. One enzyme may be better suited for urine and feces, while another attacks oils and greases.

“There are several strains of enzymes that are used in these products depending on the type of odor, grease or problem the enzyme-based product is trying to solve,” says Cadell.

Distributors will need to know the specific odor and its location.

“This information helps the supplier recommend the correct product for the problem,” says Glen Huizenga, sales leader for Nichols of Norton Shores, Michigan. “I’ll ask what the smell is, and if they say urine, I’ll recommend a product based on that. Though the label will tell you, it’s always best to ask some specific questions to get the right product for the job.”

While bio-enzymatics work effectively when used as directed, they can’t tackle all stains and soil. For instance, a bio-enzymatic product will not take care of hard water deposits. A bio-enzymatic product also will not degrease as quickly as a degreaser, but for subsurface grease and as a daily maintenance product in drains and grease traps, manufacturers say these products perform better than traditional ones.

Knowing the product’s shelf life both in the bottle and after it is mixed is important as well. Manufacturers note that the good bacteria in a product can become a food source for bad bacteria in hard water if left in a diluted form for too long.

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