Chemist’s Corner: Digesting Agents What They Are And How They Work

Chemist’s Corner: Digesting Agents What They Are And How They Work

First, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Bill Scheuneman, President and Chairman of the Board of CleanCraft Products, Inc. I have been in the cleaning and chemical industry for over 30 years. I was asked to write a small article about enzymes. Without getting too technical, I’ll do my best to explain the importance of enzymes.

Enzymes are protein and bio-catalysts. They consist of amino acids held together by peptide bonds. Enzymes take part in the breakdown of food materials into simpler compounds. The presence of these bio-catalysts speed up chemical processes that would otherwise run very slowly. Scientific discoveries have shown some enzymes can increase a chemical process over 100 times faster.

Enzymes are biochemical catalysts that affect the rate at which specific reactions occur. Each enzyme usually catalyzes one particular kind of reaction. For example: Enzymes that are scientifically adapted to digest grease or oil will be used for that specific food source. The enzymes break down the waste so the bacteria can utilize the food source. The bacteria then digests the waste producing CO2 and H2O. Enzymes are not living, reproducing organisms.

Enzymes are produced by living, reproducing organisms called bacteria. Bacteria produce the specific enzymes needed to breakdown compounds so they can digest them. All organic compounds are a protein food source to bacteria. The different strains of bacteria will produce the right kind of enzymes to breakdown the waste for the them. The bacteria then utilize the broken down waste as food in its work.

Today, enzymes are playing an important role in developing environmentally safe chemical products. Every week, new types of enzymes are being discovered and produced. Many of these new enzymes can adapt to higher heat and PH factors.

The secret to any high quality chemical product using enzymes is formulation! A product must be formulated with a variety of different enzymes, because each enzyme has its own characteristic to perform for its intended use. By using the proper variety of enzymes in a cleaning agent, a faster working product that digests its food sources is produced. In turn, you have cleaner results!

All in all, enzymes are making a very important difference in cleaning products. It eliminates the use of harsh chemicals for a safer, cleaner environment. It eliminates the need of other costly products to digest spots, stains, and odors. Most important, enzymes deliver the professional cleaner quicker, cleaner results!

Bill Scheuneman