cleaning

Continuous cleaning! Sounds great, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want a product that kept on cleaning for seven days after you first used it! But isn’t that impossible? How does it work?

It goes back to our probiotic products being live cultures. We have to be clear about our products using a “living consortium”, and there’s a reason for that. You see, the claims that “probiotic” manufacturers can put on their products are not very well regulated.

Probiotics have two basic modes, alive, like in our products, or as dormant spores. Probiotics go into a dormant state for a variety of reasons, but they all come down to a change in environment that a live cell could not survive. The microbe morphs into an inactive form often called spores. When the spores are put into an environment that is suited for growth and reproduction, they reactivate.

While these re-animated cells are real probiotics, they have to be freeze-dried to preserve them and drying them too much severely reduces their cell-count when they reactivate. Most products that use spores have only one species of probiotic, not ten or more like ours. They are also initially present in far smaller quantities than a liquid product full of living microbes.

Product labeling, however, does not distinguish between the different forms that probiotics can assume. If your product has even traces of dormant spores in it, you are allowed to call it “probiotic”. That’s like tossing a cupful of whisky into a barrel of corn liquor and calling it “Scotch”.

But what’s that got to do with continuous cleaning? It has a lot to do with it, because the probiotics populate cleaned surfaces and continue to live and grow on them for as long as seven days. They keep on making the same postbiotics that cleaned the surface in the first place—biosurfactants, hydrogen peroxide (oxygen bleach) and organic acids. These continue to do what they do, which is loosen dirt and biofilm while making it hard for unwanted microbes to grow and spread.

Did I mention that they do that for seven days? Because they do!

What does this mean to you? It means that instead of cleaning a surface every day or every other day, you can wait three, four days or more and still have a shine on your countertop. Heavy-use surfaces will need to be cleaned more often than that, but even they will be easier to clean each time as there is still action going on at the microscopic level. Low-use surfaces that were cleaned every few days can drop down to once a week, and time is money. You can save both by starting probiotic cleaning with SCD right here!