How Enzymatic Detergents Work

How Enzymatic Detergents Work

How do enzymatic detergents work? Enzymes are natural catalysts acting like chemical scissors to cut up proteins, fats and starches. Enzymes are organic so while they add cleaning power, they are also gentle and neutral pH, making this detergent component more compatible for devices. Organic enzymes are also environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Certol International has several combinations of enzyme specialists to meet your cleaning challenges.

Each enzyme targets specific soils like a lock and key. Protease enzymes break up long protein strands through proteolytic action. Surgical soils and blood are mostly protein, so protease is a utility player in enzyme detergents.

ProEZ 1™ Single Enzymatic Detergent uses protease to enhance passive cleaning power during soaking and inside channels. This reduces hand scrubbing at the sink and makes ultrasonic devices work more effectively.

ProEZ 2™ Dual Enzymatic Detergent goes a step further, combining protease and amylase enzymes. While protease and detergent surfactants work on general protein soil, amylase enzymes target tough sticky starches found on endoscopes and other devices.

ProEZ AW Quad™ Multi-enzymatic Detergent delivers the ultimate combination of biochemical cleaning power with protease, amylase, lipase and cellulase enzymes. Lipase is an enzyme specialist targeting lipids or fats, a challenging soil to emulsify and remove. Cellulase completes the enzyme hit squad to help dissolve fiber soils. Detergents with amylase and cellulase are a good cleaning team for intestinal soils and gastroscopes.

Enzymatic detergents are not regulated in the U.S. Some dual enzymatic detergents only contain two types of protease.  Some “multi-tier” enzymatic detergents have minimal enzyme content. Certol encourages clinicians to use cleaning and enzyme verification tests to compare and verify enzymatic detergent action. In conclusion, there are a vast variety of enzymes with different specific job functions and they all play an important role on how enzymatic detergents work.