Enzyme Optimal Cleaning Temperatures
The temperatures for optimal enzyme detergent cleaning performance peaks at 137 degrees Fahrenheit (137 degree Fahrenheit = 58.33 degree Celsius). The cleaning activity of the enzyme detergents at temperatures below and above this point is less but does offer cleaning value. The cleaning activity of the enzyme detergents does not stop at this temperature but is does lessen as the temperature increases.
Enzyme Detergent Cleaners and Dosage Rates
It is feasible to manufacture an enzymatic detergent that is truly highly concentrated, as the most prominent ingredient, of even the most concentrated enzyme detergent, is water. The optimal dosage rate (ounces diluted per diluent solution, usually neutral pH water) is a function of the types of enzymes and the concentration level of enzymes. Some manufacturers suggest that a significantly smaller dosage of their enzymatic detergent is needed but do not specifically state how effective their enzymatic enzyme detergent is at that dosage level.
A key factor affecting the efficacy of any enzyme detergent is the concentration level of the enzymatic detergent as it is packaged prior to dilution. Also, it is important that the enzyme detergent must deliver each of the four enzymes that are necessary for removing all forms of surgical bioburden. Claims that an enzyme detergent is "multi enzymatic" is void of fact as these enzymatic detergents are usually lacking of the four enzymes that are necessary, as well as the surface cleaning detergents that remove the soil from the medical device.
Enzymes Alone Do Not Clean
It is commonly stated that enzymes “clean”. Enzymes alone do not “clean”. The primary function of enzymes is to break down soil, usually proteinaceous bioburden. For a cleaning product to “clean”, surfactant detergents are necessary that will remove the soil from the surface. A combination of enzymes and detergents is necessary for optimal “cleaning”. Enzyme and Detergent combination products are referred to as “Enzymatic Enzyme Detergents” or "all-in-one enzymatic enzyme detergents".
Enzymatic Enzyme Detergents should be “free rinsing” to render a residue free surface. Enzymatic Enzyme Detergents should be designed to condition the source water to counter the potential pitting and staining effects of hard water. The primary goal of Enzymatic Enzyme Detergent cleaning is to remove soil (proteinaceous bioburden), which includes proteins, starches and lipids. To accomplish this, the Enzymatic Enzyme Detergents must contain four enzyme cleaning detergents.
Four Enzymatic Cleaners
Lipase Enzyme Cleaners (break down fat) to cleave fatty acid residue from the glycerol residue in a neutral fat or a phospholipid.
Amylase Enzyme Cleaners (break down starch) to catalyze the hydrolysis of starch to sugar to produce carbohydrate derivatives.
Carbohydrase Enzyme Cleaners (break down starch to a lower level) to catalyze the hydrolysis of higher carbohydrates to lower forms.
Protease Enzyme Cleaners (break down blood) including the proteinases and peptidases, to catalyze the hydrolytic break down of proteins.
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