Enzyme Basics, Part 2 - Great Lakes Bio Systems, Inc.
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Enzyme Basics Part 2

When it comes to making use of enzymes optimal pH and to a lesser extent, optimal temperatures come into play.  In outdoor environments, it may be difficult or impossible to control the temperature; nevertheless, enzymes will have an effect, just not at the optimal rate.  pH, however, is controllable and if necessary, it is possible to manipulate the pH of different environments to achieve the best results.

Applications for Enzymes

Enzymes have a range of industrial commercial, domestic and even medical applications.  They are particularly useful because it is possible to achieve a highly targeted effect through their use. Any enzyme will only react with a single substrate, as a result, they are much safer to use than harsh chemical products.  If it is desirable to react with a range of different substrates, then different types of enzymes can be blended together to perform a variety of tasks.  For cleaning and water quality control products, this is particularly useful, as it is possible to create potent broad spectrum blends of enzymes that can be used for a range of applications.

As Household Cleaning Supplies

In the household, enzymes are particularly useful for cleaning and deodorizing.  Enzymes can be used to break down oils, soaps, detergents and other organic matter.  In this situation, blends of enzymes that are appropriate to household cleaning are combined together.

The enzymes can be applied in a variety of ways.  For problem areas with caked on grease, a highly concentrated enzyme solution can be sprayed directly on the object that is to be cleaned.  Lower concentrations can be used for general cleaning, mopping or surface cleaning.  Products that contain only enzymes in solution are safe to use around food areas.

Enzymes can be used to eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke.>For Odor Control

Odors are molecules and in the same way that enzymes break down oils and organic matter, they will break down undesirable odors.  Enzymes can be used to deodorize dumpsters or remove smoke smells.  Many hotels treat their rooms with enzymes to remove the smell of cigarette smoke.  Enzymes can be introduced to dumpsters and trash cans to break down the odor of rotting garbage.  All that is needed to maintain an odor free environment is the regular application of enzymes.

For Water Quality Control

In cleaning swimming pools just as in cleaning the house, enzymes work by breaking down contaminants.  They are, in many ways, preferable to traditional chemical treatments as they target very specific water problems and the enzymes themselves do not become a contaminant.  Furthermore, enzymes can be used in combination with each other at the same time.  They therefore provide an easy way to treat a large number of water quality problems at once and they will not have an adverse effect on pH.

Similarly, in ponds enzymes work with bacteria to accelerate the breakdown of nutrients and other organic contaminants that contribute to algae growth and ultimately to the formation of sludge (muck).  By removing the food source, the algae find an unfriendly environment and therefore do not return.  Best of all, the natural enzyme technology does not pollute the natural environment, nor does it pose risk to fish and other wildlife when used as directed.

Why Choose Enzymes?

Enzymes make a logical choice for a wide range of applications.  They are gentle to the environment as they are completely biodegradable; they are safe to handle as they will only react with their substrate and they achieve rapid and effective results.  Enzymes are the scientific approach to a wide range of household, commercial, and industrial applications.

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