By: Briana Smith | February 20, 2014
What are Microbes?
Microorganisms, or microbes, are present everywhere and in practically everything. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil we walk upon, not to mention pretty much everything in between. There are trillions of different types of microbes and they fall into six major categories: bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, algae & archaea.
Typically when microbes are referenced in the cleaning industry they’re either beneficial or harmful. Beneficial microbes include the bacteria in bioactive maintenance products that are used in the bioremediation process. Harmful microbes include the bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), illnesses like the flu, and other disease-causing pathogens.