Learn how you can protect surfaces from contamination for 5 days or more. Here are 26 Q&A’s about this disruptive biotechnology destined to revolutionize and improve the way we clean.
1. What are probiotics?
Myriads of microorganisms are everywhere, in all matter and within every organism. They are the fabric supporting the constant balance of all things. Probiotics are certain microorganisms that have the unique ability to better both human and animal health. But what kind of probiotics are in cleaning detergents? Meet surface probiotics.
2. What are surface probiotics?
Surface probiotics are helpful micro-organisms, a.k.a. “good bacteria.”
When surface probiotics are applied, they colonize on the surface and protect it from being contaminated with harmful bacteria.
3. What are PROBIOWAY®probiotic cleaners?
PROBIOWAY® cleaners are a range of novel cleaning products; they capitalize on the ability of surface probiotics to protect surfaces from being contaminated by harmful bacteria. Furthermore, PROBIOWAY® products guarantee a microscopic level clean thanks to their formula made with biosurfactants.
4. Why call them immuno-cleaners?
Immuno-detergents / immuno-cleaners are cleaning products that can be used alongside biocidal products. They clean and protect surfaces from harmful bacteria after biocidal treatments;
5. Surface probiotics, probiotic cleaners, immuno-cleaners: Are these the same things?
Yes, these terms represent the same technology, i.e. the application of probiotic bacteria to clean and protect surfaces.
These safe and naturally occurring bacteria will colonize over the target surface, leaving no room for harmful bacteria to form.
6. What’s immuno-cleaning?
Immuno-cleaning is using probiotics to gain biocontrol of surfaces. It’s a technology that is complementary to disinfection: first we kill the bacteria with biocides, then we protect the surface from re-contamination with probiotics.
7. How do PROBIOWAY®surface probiotics work?
Classic biocides (disinfectants) destroy all micro-organisms, both the bad and the good alike. PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics work by colonizing a surface with “good bacteria”. The probiotics cover every inch of the surface as a result, there is literally no room for bad bacteria to grow.
8. What do PROBIOWAY®surface probiotics actually do?
They benefit from triple-action cleaning technology:
- PROBIOWAY®surface probiotics guarantee a deep clean thanks to biosurfactants.
- They protect surfaces from harmful bacterial formations.
- They put a stop to unpleasant smells.
9. How long do the effects of PROBIOWAY®last?
Once applied, PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics feed on the existing organic material and colonize on the entire surface.
The protective layer made by these good bacteria lasts several days.
10. What’s biocontrol?
On a golf course the blades of grass grow so tightly together that weeds literally cannot squeeze through. Biocontrol is the same thing! When select microorganisms are used to populate a surface, you are controlling the surface contamination. These good bacteria develop and colonize the entire surface.
11. What are class 1 bacteria?
The bacteria in PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics are non-hazardous to people, plants, animals, and the environment.
They are classified as harmless microorganisms (EFB Class 1) under the European directive 2000/54/CE (micro-organisms that have never been identified as causative agents of disease in man and that offer no threat to the environment).
These bacteria are already used in all kinds of probiotics.
12. Are surface probiotics hazardous to my health?
Absolutely not. Our hand-picked class 1 microorganisms are proven safe for people and the planet.
Using them is completely risk-free.
You don’t even need protective equipment without gloves, masks or goggles to apply them.
13. Do surface probiotics really clean?
Yes. The surface probiotics in PROBIOWAY® are paired with our biotech biosurfactants for a professional, deep clean. Our detergent formula is both eco-friendly and effective.
14. Can surface probiotics be put in disinfectants?
No, this is a complementary technology to disinfection.
Rather than killing microorganisms, surface probiotics prevent harmful bacteria from forming on treated surfaces.
15. What’s the problem with disinfectants?
Even if they are highly effective, on certain molecules, biocides can stop working immediately after use. The cleaned surface is then unprotected from recontamination. What’s worse is that biocides often contain toxic substances for humans and/or the environment (chlorine, quaternary ammonium, etc.)
PROBIOWAY® prevents harmful bacteria formations on treated surfaces by introducing good bacteria that colonize over the entire surface.
16. Do the effects of surface probiotics last longer than disinfectants?
Yes: after a treatment with PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics, harmful bacterial do not form on the surface for at least 5 days. That’s long-lasting action.
Conventional disinfectants immediately kill any and all life forms but are ineffective in the long term.
17. Do we need to continue disinfecting our surfaces and also use surface probiotics?
When there is no legitimate reason to disinfect a surface, but a deep cleaning is in order, choose immuno-cleaning over disinfection.
And even then, surface probiotics may be employed as a complement to disinfection.
Bear in mind, that in certain sensitive environments such as hospitals, disinfection remains the norm.
18. Are surface probiotics better for the environment?
100% yes. Biocidal products are often really toxic for the environment. PROBIOWAY® probiotic cleaners contain natural and easily biodegradable active ingredients, select microorganisms and biosurfactants from biotechnologies.
19. How do I use PROBIOWAY®?
PROBIOWAY® probiotic cleaners are easy to use. Simply apply them in exactly the same way as traditional cleaning products. No PPE required.
20. Are PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics made for everyone?
Yes, they are safe for use by everyone, so safe they do not require hazard labelling or risk phrases and are not risk-classified.
The detergents require no hazard labelling.
21. Do PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics need to be kept cool or cold?
No, store them at room temperature away from frost or heat. You can keep them with your other cleaning products.
22. Are PROBIOWAY®surface probiotics made in France?
Yes, the formulas are developed in France. and the active principles produced in our laboratory by our in-house R&D team. All PROBIOWAY® products are manufactured entirely on our site.
23. How does HTS BIO fit into to the world of surface probiotics?
Since 1988, HTS BIO Laboratories have been developing innovative products and solutions from biotechnology. We select and produce microorganisms and biosurfactants on an industrial scale and our biotechnological active principles are then incorporated into our formulas.
24. Are PROBIOWAY® surface probiotics scientifically backed??
Yes, HTS BIO Laboratories developed immuno-cleaners in partnership with CNRS and INSERM. When working in such a specialized context, it’s clear that we need partnerships.
25. Have surface probiotics been proven effective through testing?
Both the CNRS and l’INSERM have conducted tests that show performance of probiotic cleaners compared to conventional detergents. The tests also demonstrate the effectiveness of immuno-detergents against the formation of toxic bacteria.
26. Can I use probiotic cleaners with hot water?
Yes, our probiotic cleaners work with normal cleaning procedures, including hot water.
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