Developing a bio-sanitation program can expand your service menu and build your business. So what is it, anyway?
Most commercial operations have a cleaning program, but there’s “people clean” and then there’s “insect clean”! Bio-sanitation goes the extra mile when a regular sanitation program is not enough. In fact, bio-sanitation is a part of an advanced IPM strategy and can work exceptionally well when combined with an integrated pesticide application protocol. Bio-sanitation products are not pesticides but are specialized cleaners that eliminate organic debris and the slimy biofilm that forms on surfaces in wet environments that contribute to pest development and the spread of disease.
In commercial kitchens, the buildup of FOG (fats, oils, and grease) is an on-going battle. Uncontrolled FOG can result in a lot of problems including foul odors, clogged floor drains, sewage backups, fire threats, and even dangerous slippery floor issues. And it’s not only inside the kitchen that lack of sanitation poses a problem; it’s outside as well – in the dumpsters and recycling containers or areas where there could be dead animals, feces and urine, for example.
Bio-sanitation products such as Foam Fresh and Bac-Azap address such sanitation issues, both preventing and eliminating these kinds of problems with regular use.
How can bio-sanitation improve upon an already existing sanitation program? Regular cleaning alone is usually not enough, and it’s frequently shortchanged. Bio cleaners and bio-sanitation products contain beneficial microbes that are living organisms in a dormant form. When used in an environment such as a moist area containing organic debris, they are activated, multiply rapidly, and produce protein enzymes that bind to and break down the unwanted organic matter – actually digesting and consuming it – thus eliminating the source of the problem and preventing odors. Simply mopping floors can result in a build-up on the feet of stainless-steel equipment, corners, and cracks in the grout. Many facilities have moved to pressure washing or rinsing with a hose a targeted sprayer which can drive food particles deeper into cracks and crevices. This creates a difficult situation for effective sanitation. The microbes, however, penetrate deeply into drains, cracks, and crevices – often in places where regular cleaning can’t reach.
Furthermore, these microbes keep working long after the product has been applied, which protects against future sanitation issues. As long as conditions remain favorable, the microbes will continue to reproduce and create the necessary enzymes to the job. Once conditions change, they revert into dormant spores but will germinate and produce new active cells to start the process again if conducive conditions return. This provides your client with a much longer-term solution which only requires follow-up treatments to spike the number of active colonies.
Bio-sanitation has other advantages, too. As a natural process, it’s more environmentally responsible than traditional chemicals, reducing risk to employees. Chemical cleaners provide short-term effectiveness, whereas bio-sanitation products don’t need to be applied as often, reducing the long-term cost of sanitation.
There is lots of opportunities to expand your business by adding bio-sanitation. Many kinds of businesses have commercial or semi-commercial kitchens. We typically think of restaurants and bars having kitchen facilities, but so do nursing homes, grocery stores, athletic stadiums, daycares, coffee shops, schools, shelters – basically anywhere with frequent food service and people. Remember, organic debris isn’t necessarily “food” debris; it can come from any source. Certainly, residential customers often have a need for bio-sanitation with slow-running drains, biofilm buildup in floor drains, smelly washing machines or dishwashers, septic tank issues, and so on. Consider adding bio-sanitation services to your company’s line-up.
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