Author: Rafael Cobos

Any surface exposed to the environment will, initially be coated with the surrounding environmental constituents (e.g. water, electrolytes and various organic and non-organic substances). It is likely that the presence of water, electrolytes and other substances could provide the stimulus for microbial growth and its further colonisation onto the material surfaces in vitro. Subsequently, any surface or material will likely to be affected in whatever its role or function. If the surface or material is used in a hospital or a food preparation environment, then it is essential that surface be free from any bio-contamination.

Sustainability and green cleaning are terms that are growing in importance in the wider world, coupled with demand from tighter environmental regulations and pressure from an informed public (and uninformed public), cleaning chemicals are evolving. The impact of certain cleaning chemical ingredients to the environment and to our own health has focused the attention of manufacturers to provide safer options. Some of these chemical ingredients include: Alkylphenol ethoxylates (now banned), phosphate builders in laundry detergents and even the green-solvent alternative, d-limonene (Citrus oil), which is known to be very toxic to fish and a powerful skin irritant.

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