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    [post_content] => Many of us know what happens when you mistakenly under-preserve a biological product: the bottles start to bulge or suck-in (the latter can also be caused by fragrance issues), fungal growth starts to appear or it starts to have an unpleasant odor. But do you know what signs to look for if your product is over-preserved?

There is usually one noticeable sign of an over-preserved product: the customers who were consistently using your product haven’t placed an order in a while.

Understanding Preservatives

The preservation system in your biological product is a double-edged sword. If you under-preserve, you get the problems mentioned above. But if you over-preserve, your product won’t work, or it will have a significant delayed reaction. This can lead some of your repeat customers to think that the product no longer works. Over-preservation occurs when too high of a concentration of preservatives is present in a product. The preservatives are meant to be diluted to a predetermined point as indicated by the number in front of the X on the label (i.e. a 10X product would be 1 part product, 9 parts water). Diluting to the proper point allows the product to activate and begin working. If over-preserved, the product isn’t diluted enough to allow activation.

Effects on Application

The below graph (Figure 1) shows an example of an over-preserved product. As you can see, the properly preserved product began to grow 16 hours sooner than the over-preserved product. Depending on the application and holding time, a delayed start like that of the over-preserved product can kill your treatment success. Grease traps, multi-story drain treatments and septic piping are a few examples of systems that have narrow activation windows where over-preservation can limit your repeat business. At MDG, we’re dedicated to honoring the brand and reputation of our partners. Proven success is our measure of a job well done and is our promise. As one of our partners, we’ll show you how to properly dilute products so that you can avoid getting over- or under- preserved products. If you suspect issues with your current supplier, reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do to help. If you’d like to learn more about our products and support services, send us a message and one of our representatives will reach out to you. [caption id="attachment_5827" align="alignnone" width="300"] Figure 1 – This graph illustrates how an over-preserved product can have a negative impact on product application. If over-preserved, the product may have a delayed response as seen here or not work at all, having a negative impact on treatment.[/caption] [post_title] => Are you over-preserving? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => are-you-over-preserving [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-24 14:22:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-24 19:22:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.mdgbio.com/?p=5828 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
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  • June 24, 2020
Many of us know what happens when you mistakenly under-preserve a biological product: the bottles start to bulge or suck-in (the latter can also be caused by fragrance issues), fungal growth starts to appear or it starts to have an unpleasant odor. But do you know what signs to look for if your product is over-preserved? There is usually one noticeable sign of an over-preserved product: the customers who were consistently using your product
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X marks the spot…of some purchasing confusion. A common misconception when comparing the pricing of three different 10X concentrate products is that the “X” in the product name represents the microbial concentration. The X actually represents the level of preservation – i.e. the level of dilution required to make a 1X product. To ensure you choose the optimal product for your business and compare "apples to apples", read on to learn
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Clearing Up Fats, Oils & Grease

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  • May 18, 2020
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that originate from restaurants, residential homes, and food processing facilities are commonly discharged into sewer systems. Picture things like vegetable oil and solid fats, such as lard. They eventually accumulate and can cause blockages in drainage systems, grease traps, and lift stations. Luckily for us (and our customers), FOG and other solids can be effectively broken down, digested and removed with the
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Getting Rid of Pet Carpet Odor

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Nobody wants to wake up in the morning to the smell of their pet’s mess. But lucky you, you’re the one who gets to clean it up. Before you run to the cabinet to grab that foaming cleaner with a strong fragranced deodorizer, perhaps it’s best to take a few minutes to understand why your pet’s mess smells the way it does. Knowing this may encourage you to grab a different cleaning option that will do more than mask the odor, it will remove
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Bioaugmentation 101

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What is a Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner?

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As cleaning continues to trend upwards, it’s important to understand all the terminology and options in the Industrial and Institutional industry. The term “bio-enzymatic cleaner” is one you’ll come across often, but depending on which customer is requesting it, they may be requiring something different than the next. Here at MDG, we describe bio-enzymatic cleaners as cleaners that use some form of biology to aid in the cleaning
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Microbial Discovery Group Announces New Industrial and Institutional Account Manager

  • MDG
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MDG continues to expand their Industrial and Institutional team into the Southeast region. Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Blake Scott as Southeast Industrial and Institutional (I&I) Account Manager. Blake will focus on servicing new Janitorial and Sanitation partners with our SporActiv™ product line. Blake brings a combination of technical and sales experience with a
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This message is for all of you cleaning at home and all the industrial and institutional (Jan-San) professionals; those of you who are cleaning our critical infrastructure facilities during this unique time. Thank you for your efforts and service. As a microbiologist who formerly worked for a chemical company who sold chlorine and bromine oxidizer products (similar to bleach), I suggest everyone take note of the CDC Recommendations to Clean AND
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