Tile and Grout: More Than Meets the Eye

  • MDG
  • February 12, 2020

We tend to describe tile and grout surfaces with words like smooth and firmly sealed. However, there’s a vast difference between what we see and the true texture of these surfaces. Tile and grout are very porous surfaces, supplying caverns, ravines and cozy homes for bacteria… all types of bacteria.

Imagine a tile at the base of a public restroom urinal. Throughout the day, pores catch any urine that splashes onto the floor. As a result, odor-causing bacteria seep into the crevices. Many of these bacteria produce the enzyme urease, which breaks down the urea in the urine; this releases ammonia and other compounds known to be the cause of the well-known bathroom stench. The cleaning crew tries to fight the odor with various chemicals, but they usually aren’t able to get rid of the ammonia found in the many crevices.

Why You Want Bacillus on Hand.

A stinky restroom is bad for business. To make sure you’re not just masking a lingering odor, you can leverage Bacillus to cozy-on-into the tile and kick out that stench.

Bacillus-based products are unique when it comes to tile and grout odor problems. When Bacillus come into contact with the surface they search for any traceable ammonia within the pores. Bacillus actively hunt ammonia so that they can convert it to glutamate and use it to build their sporecoat. When environmental conditions change Bacillus form a protective sporecoat which allows them to enter a dormant state where they remain viable but metabolically inactive. The sporecoat protects Bacillusagainst harsh environmental conditions, like extreme heat, pH levels, pressure, chemical interactions, desiccation and more. Having enough glutamate to build their sporecoat is essential to their survival under adverse conditions. As if their sporecoat wasn’t enough motivation, Bacillus also assimilate ammonia for the nitrogen. They incorporate the ammonia into many different cellular nitrogen components1 that support their everyday functions. In short, they NEED it! With their life on the line, Bacillus are eager to utilize ammonia. Good-bye smells!

To recap, Bacillus will find, utilize and reduce the ammonia and other odor-causing bacteria found within the surface pores. Bacillus ability to fight odor-causing bacteria make them an attractive solution for tile and grout.

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1 such as amino acids, proteins, enzymes, peptidoglycans, DNA, etc