“Nature’s Way of Cleaning”
What’s the big deal about enzymes?
When you hear the word enzymes, it sounds like some sort of miracle chemical developed in a lab. In fact, enzymes are a natural part of our world and play an important role in everyday life. They are found in every living organism and life is not possible without enzymes. Enzymes are catalysts—not living organisms. They cause natural reactions to occur faster. Enzymes either start a process or accelerate an existing process. Whenever a substance needs to be removed or transformed into another substance, enzymes are the answer. They even play an important role in our own bodies. Enzymes we produce in our body, for instance, help digest food, which is then converted into the energy we need. We have harnessed this natural phenomenon, and manufacture enzymes on a large scale.
Are enzymes safe to use?
Enzymes come from nature and are present in all living things. One of the unique things about enzymes is how they speed up natural processes to return organic matter back to basic elements like carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Enzymes are not just biodegradable, they accelerate biodegradability. Enzymes are not just part of an existing environment, they actually create one. For an enzyme to work, the organic material it works upon must be present. If no such material is available to the enzyme, the enzyme performs no function. Enzymes are all-natural and effective at accomplishing specific tasks. Enzymes are environmentally friendly and, in certain cases, actually help the task of cleaning up the waste and toxic byproducts of manufacturing and everyday life. In contrast, chemicals are not limited to the task intended and often cause harm to the environment. SpectraSan’s entire enzyme product line is non-toxic, non-caustic, does not contain acids and is hypoallergenic. All products are free of harsh fumes and vapors, phosphates, chlorine, and petroleum based solvents. And naturally, we do not test our products on animals. The public has welcomed these products as safe and powerful cleaning agents that are also cost effective. By using enzymes instead of chemicals, we can maintain the living standards we have today and at the same time preserve the environment for our children. We are proud to provide an all-natural solution to today’s cleaning problems.
What is the EPA’s DfE seal of approval?
Each year, formulators blend billions of pounds of chemical ingredients to create a wide variety of products used by businesses, institutions, households, and others. Through manufacture and use, virtually everyone comes in contact with the chemicals in these products, which are ultimately released to the environment—as effluents to water, off-gases to air, and solid wastes to land. By forming partnerships with the DfE Program, formulators can take part in an important national effort to improve the human health and environmental profile of chemical-based products, which will benefit the quality of aquatic life and the environment, the biodegradability of waste streams, and human health and safety. During the past few years, an assortment of so called “green” cleaning products have been introduced to the market by hundreds of companies. Unfortunately, most of these products do not actually contain environmentally-safe ingredients nor are they “green” in nature. A myriad of “Green Seal of Approvals” have also become prominent. Organizations that promote their evaluation protocols have the right to display their seal on product information and labels. Subsequently, the authorization process and standards used by these organizations to measure the environmental safety of the products is often times merely tied to a simple application fee. That being said, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has emerged as the ultimate source in determining which products are truly safe for people to use and safe for the environment. There is no higher authority for granting environmentally-safe cleaners than the EPA. They call their program – “Designed for the Environment” certification (DfE). Each product submitted to the EPA for evaluation is scrutinized by the strictest standards and measurements; it is not an approval that is easily obtained. Our multi-enzymatic cleaners have been granted the DRE Seal of Approval by the US – EPA and have been given permission to display it on product literature, websites, marketing brochures and product labels and it represents the highest measure of “green” cleaning technology available in the industry.
Are enzyme cleaners new?
No. Enzyme cleaning has been around for a long time. Besides the medical industry, the institutional and industrial specialty chemical industries have used enzyme cleaners for a variety of applications for many years. Furthermore, we only use hospital grade enzymes that are purified of all bacteria. This means you can trust our truly “green” product line to be safe around children, pets, vegetation, marine life and the environment, without introducing live bacteria.
Are enzymes expensive?
No. They used to be very expensive. However, our company has found a way to make them extremely economical. Interestingly, there are few true enzyme manufacturers in the world. Nearly everyone that sells enzyme cleaning products must buy their enzymes from a true enzyme manufacturer and more than 80% of the true enzyme manufacturers are located in the United Kingdom. When enzymes are manufactured, the fermentation process lasts for 4-6 days before the enzymes are ready to be shipped. Enzymes are naturally a liquid form. In an effort to reduce shipping costs, the enzymes are evaporated (freeze dried), packed as a powder, and shipped by freighter to the US. This adds manufacturing time and cost. Large chemical manufacturers receive the powdered enzymes and resell them to chemical brokers who turn around and resell them to chemical distributors. Finally, the chemical distributors resell the enzymes to various specialty chemical companies who then reconstitute the powder back into a liquid before they become finished goods. During the reconstitution process, the enzymes can lose up to 30% of their efficacy. SpectraSan’s “Hungry Enzymes” are different. As previously stated, approximately 80% of the world’s enzymes are manufactured in the UK. However, we manufacture our enzymes right here in the United States. Not only are SpectraSan products 100% American made, but since we have eliminated a number of middlemen, we can economically provide the most efficacious, all-natural, truly “green” cleaning solutions on the market today. More importantly though, we pass the savings directly onto our customers.
Are all enzymes the same?
No. Enzymes are categorized by the type of organic matter (soil) that is consumed in the catalytic (accelerated cleaning) process. There are three primary types of enzymes used in the cleaning process; protease, amylase, and lipase. Since enzymes act as catalysts for chemical reactions of biological processes, their catalytic behavior is organic matter specific. The table below outlines which substrates are the most effective for particular types of organic matter.
|Protease||Helps break down and digest protein.||Dissolves blood, feces, urine, vomit and other protein material for removal from surfaces. Also deodorizes bad odor caused by protein sources.|
|Amylase||Helps breaks down starches and sugars.||Dissolves starch and sugar proteins for removal from surfaces. Also used in food industry to convert starches to sugars.|
|Lipase||Helps break down fats and oils.||Dissolves fats and oils (FOGs) from surfaces.|
As an example, a protease enzyme is so named because it converts proteins to other substances by attacking the peptide linkages of the protein. As stated previously, the catalytic behavior of enzymes is target specific. A protease enzyme will not work on anything but protein. The same is true for amylase and lipase enzymes. Consequently, the addition of a non-protease enzyme to a commercial cleaning product for the purpose of cleaning blood, fecal matter, urine or pet stains from carpeting is most likely contributing very little to the cleaning efficacy of the product. Just because a product says it has “Enzyme Power” does not necessarily mean that the most effective substrate has been added to the solution. It could be that a manufacturer obtained a good deal on a shipment of amylase so that is what they added to the product. That might be terrific if you are cleaning organic residues created by candy, pasta or bread, but amylase will not assist in removing pet stains from carpeting. Subsequently, the words “Enzyme Power” marked on a bottle of cleaning solution can be misleading. Furthermore, SpectraSan has the ability to combine all three enzyme substrates in our products. That is why we refer to them as “multi-enzymatic” cleaners. Since SpectraSan has control over the fermentation process, we have the ability to combine one, two, or all three types of substrates in a formulation. In essence, we can create a product that will clean a broader variety of organic matter, yet remain focused on the customer’s specific needs. Since a majority of chemical suppliers and distributors do not manufacture their own products, combining more than one substrate can increase the cost of the product substantially. We have the unique ability to provide an entire family of proprietary enzyme cleaners that are not only economical to use, but are versatile in their application and effectiveness in cleaning many different soils.
How do we know SpectraSan “Hungry Enzyme” products are 100% natural?
SpectraSan provides a complete list of all the ingredients on each product label. Our products contain water, natural plant-derived enzyme blends, coconut oil surfactant, and essential lemon oil fragrance. That’s it! No dangerous chemicals, solvents, acids, chlorine bleach, or caustic soda. Even though our enzyme fermentation processes are proprietary, the ingredients are all natural. If you cannot pronounce the name of the ingredients on another so-called “green” cleaner’s label, chances are it really isn’t “green”, let alone truly “all-natural.” In fact, if you read the fine print on some product labels there will be a statement like “97% All Natural.” Unfortunately, it’s that 3% that can harm humans, pets, and the environment.
Do environmentally-safe cleaning products work as well as other cleaners?
Absolutely. In fact, they work better and are safer than specialty cleaners that contain caustic soda, various types of acids, bleach, solvents, and other harsh chemicals. There seems to be a popular misconception that environmentally-safe and all-natural cleaners will not work as well as other cleaners on the market. However, naturally produced enzymes are more effective on specific soils and they are safe to use.
Are enzyme cleaners safe to use at home?
Indeed they are! How do you protect your family today? Technical experts agree that toxic elements in our environment are largely responsible for the increased occurrence of cancer, serious health issues, allergies, and pollution. In fact, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “traditional cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants used in the home are a primary cause for asthma, COPD, and other chronic respiratory ailments.” Our multi-enzymatic cleaning products are all-natural, and safe around people, pets, plants, marine life and the environment. SpectraSan’s multi-enzymatic cleaners do not release harmful gases or vapors of any kind. They do not burn your skin nor equire the user to wear rubber gloves, a rubber apron, boots, a respirator, or eye protection. Look at the warning labels on the products currently being used in your home. Most of the products in your home contain more warnings, cautions, and special instructions than directions on how to best use the product. You will not find “signal words” like Danger, Warning, Caution, or Hazardous to Human and Domestic Animals on our products. Enzymes are nature’s way of cleaning. The same enzymes that are found in your stomach or in plant life are used in our proprietary formulated products. Furthermore, our enzyme products are non-toxic, non-caustic, hypoallergenic, and safe to use around children, pets, plants, and marine life. Look at the labels of your current products … and then be the judge. Which product would you rather use?
Will SpectraSan add other “Hungry Enzyme” products to the line?
Yes! Future SpectraSan “Hungry Enzyme” products will include:
• SpectraSan Tub & Tile Spray
• SpectraSan Laundry Spotter & Presoak
• SpectraSan Carpet Shampoo
• SpectraSan Grease & Waste Digester
• SpectraSan Septic System Cleaner
• SpectraSan Graffiti Remover
• SpectraSan Bed Bug Digester
• SpectraSan PEB
• SpectraSan Magical Stain Removing Wipes