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Chemistry makes our lives cleaner

The COVID-19 pandemic has been posing great challenges for the world recently and changing the world as we know it. All industries have been trying their best to keep up with the current situation and to stop the spread of the virus, but there is one industry that has a vital role: the chemical industry.

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Chemistry supplies medical industry with essential substances such as: pharmaceutical ingredients, disinfectant raw materials, washing and cleaning ingredients, as well as ingredients for production of medical equipment, personal protective gear for health workers, and many more.

Disinfectants are chemical agents designed to inactivate or destroy microorganisms on inert surfaces. Without disinfectants, viruses and bacteria would be everywhere. Chemistry makes our lives cleaner.

Institutional Cleaning and Sanitation

Just think of cleaning in institutions and wide open spaces: mile after mile of hospital corridors, the floorspace in a shopping center, or vast entrance halls - all glass and tiling have to be glossy and spotless. Detergents must leave floors spotlessly clean, but also safely dry.

Yet all these facilities – hospitals in particular – have another big request. Detergents not only have to remove dirt, debris, grease and spillages but also have to leave surfaces hygienically clean, ideally delivering long-lasting antimicrobial protection.

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Easy to clean in a convenient way

At home, it is frustrating when worktops are no sooner cleaned than they need doing again. Scale this up to a factor of thousands – to the acres of floors and surfaces in hospitals, schools and offices – and cleaning is essentially a continuous operation.

Agents that can make surfaces easy to clean again next time round are a genuine help to contractors struggling to meet cleaning schedules and deliver results. BASF solutions are designed to keep surfaces glossy and plastics shiny through smart modification of the surface itself (without harmful impact). The outcome: surfaces take less effort to clean, and remain cleaner for longer.

Consistent hygiene

Health and safety rules have turned the spotlight on cleaning quality. Locations that experience high footfall such as schools, hospitals and shops are full of surfaces that are touched by hundreds or thousands of people every day. Professional cleaners for these locations are therefore keen to demonstrate that their cleaning can provide effective disinfection, keeping surfaces not just clean but ideally also giving them long-lasting antimicrobial protection. Cleaning agents are expected to disinfect material, including plastics, without degrading them.

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