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The Ultimate Guide to Biological Cleaning and Antibacterials

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion in the cleaning industry regarding cleaning methods, and eco-friendly solutions for maintaining a hygienic, safe, and sparkling environment.

Ultimate Guide to Biological Cleaning

While traditional antibacterial cleaning products remain as popular and reliable as ever, biological cleaning products are growing in demand thanks to their environmentally-friendly natural ingredients, and unique sanitising properties that offer many benefits – including separating dangerous, and friendly bacteria.

But what exactly are biological cleaning products, and how are they different to traditional antibacterials? Read on for our ultimate guide to biological cleaning products so you can decide which types of cleaning products are best for your business.

Understanding biological cleaning products


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Biological cleaning products are simple enough to understand, yet are rather fascinating. Also known as ‘microbial’ or ‘bacterial’ cleaning products, they contain one or more species of ‘useful’ bacteria that are able to secrete enzymes to break down a soil, and then consume it. As there are so many different types of bacteria, the bacteria included in the product must be correct for the intended purpose, and they will multiply as long as there is food for them to consume and the conditions are right.

When they are applied to a surface, the bacteria in biological cleaning products begin a process called ‘biological decomposition’ to degrade fats, oils, grease and organic grime, turning it into oxygen and other useful substances whilst cleaning, deodorising and sanitising, even long after their application.

How do biological cleaning products sanitise a surface?

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The bacteria in biological cleaning products begin to reproduce as they digest the organic waste and soon out-perform any pathogenic, or ‘bad’ bacteria that are present. This process is called ‘competitive exclusion’, as the ‘good’ bacteria halt the growth and spreading of the bad bacteria until they fully take over, and the surface is not only clean and odour-free, but also completely hygienic.

This differs from traditional antibacterial cleaning products in that these products instantly eliminate all types of bacteria. In some environments, this rapid action may be necessary, but with the growing concern around the future implications of antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial resistance, you may believe that it’s important to preserve the good bacteria in your particular environment.

The many key benefits of biological cleaning products


The benefits and advantages of biological cleaning products go beyond their cleaning, deodorising and sanitising properties. Many of the key benefits are in the specific ways in which biological cleaning products clean, and their impact upon the wider environment.

Here are some of the key benefits of biological cleaning products that you should know about:

  1. They have a long-lasting cleaning effect

As the bacteria in biological cleaning products will continue to work for as long as there is ‘food’ (the dirt, or bad bacteria) for them to consume, they have a long-lasting effect. This differs from traditional antibacterial cleaning products in that these products have an immediate effect, but they do not continue to work for much longer after their application, so a more frequent clean may be required to guarantee a sanitary environment.

  1. They can penetrate deeper into surfaces

The particle size of the microbes in biological cleaning products is much smaller than those in traditional antibacterial cleaning products. This allows them to penetrate deeper into the microscopic pores of surfaces and clean, sanitise and deodorise where other cleaning products may not be able to, as they work only at a surface level.

  1. They are environmentally responsible

As we’ve previously covered in our article on ‘Should You Consider Using Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Products?’, there is growing pressure on businesses in the UK to show consideration for the wider environment and sustainability in the day-to-day running of their business, including when choosing cleaning and hygiene products. Biological cleaning products are often referred to as ‘green cleaning products’, as they use natural ingredients, have been manufactured to have a reduced impact upon the environment, and do not contaminate the water supply when they are washed away.

  1. They may be safer for human use

As well as the wider environment, biological cleaning products may also be considered to be safer for humans too. Biological cleaning products do not contain corrosive ingredients unlike many conventional cleaning products, and brands such as Cleantec Innovation have ensured that all of their biological cleaning products meet strict standards regarding inhalation toxicity, combustibility, and skin absorption. You may consider this to be very important especially in busy environments, and in many commercial settings, highly powerful and corrosive cleaning products are simply not necessary.

  1. They are specialised to particular cleaning tasks

As we’ve briefly mentioned, the bacteria found in different biological cleaning products are chosen to be fit for purpose, so you’ll often find that biological cleaning products are very specialised. This includes biological toilet cleaners, which may be highly useful in places where the use of bleach is not permitted, as well as limescale remover, odour treatments, biological degreasers, and even biological graffiti removers. Highly effective biological multi-purpose cleaners are available too, but when you have a particularly tricky cleaning task at hand, you’re likely to find a biological cleaning product designed to help you tackle it.

Will you find it logical to go biological?

We hope that this article has helped you to understand biological cleaning products further, as well as the particular ways in which biological cleaning products work. With this information you can make the decision as to whether biological cleaning products are best for your business – take a look at our fantastic range of biological cleaning products from InnuScience and Cleantec Innovation to discover more.

Adam Trew, Sales Director at InnuScience UK, explained to us in greater detail the benefits of biological cleaning, and what makes InnuScience biological cleaning products among the leaders in the market:

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“InnuScience specialises in biological cleaning with an aim to shape green cleaning. With over 23 years of state of the art research and unique biotech formulations, we have engineered products that offer superior results than that of conventional cleaning products. 


By combining innovation, technology and efficiency, InnuScience surpass the highest global standards and are approved by Eco-Schools, Keep Britain Tidy, Cruelty-Free (Leaping Bunny), conform to the DEFRA Government Buying Standards and are certified by Ecologo or Ecolabel. Our products also carry lower health & safety hazards; making them safe to use in all environments, whilst still being planet conscious.”

We’d like to thank InnuScience and Cleantec Innovation for their help with compiling this article. Have you made the switch to commercial biological cleaning products? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave us a comment below.

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