Reduce Biofilms in Drains with the Vikan One-Piece Pipe Brush

April 04, 2022 2 min read

Reduce Biofilms in Drains with the Vikan One-Piece Pipe Brush.

What is a Biofilm?

A biofilm is defined as a community of bacteria enclosed in a self-produced exopolysaccharide matrix that attaches to a biotic (living) or abiotic (non-living) surface. Biofilm formation is an important adaptation and survival strategy commonly employed by bacteria, enabling the bacteria to be protected against adverse environmental factors.

Biofilms in the Food & Beverage Industry

Although many bacteria species are able to form biofilms in the food industry, one of the most important species in relation to food safety is Listeria monocytogenes, this hardy pathogen has an ability to proliferate in cold wet environments that are ideal for biofilm formation, such as drains. Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacteria that causes the infection listeriosis, a foodborne illness which can be fatal to certain people in the community. Managing Listeria is of paramount importance in a food production facility. 

Removal of Biofilms

Any Biofilm poses a hazard to the food industry because they are difficult to remove and highly resistant to conventional cleaning and sanitizing agents. In order to remove the Biofilms a combination of a proven biocidal agent and good cleaning tools are necessary to provide chemical action and importantly physical agitation to remove the biofilm.

Fight biofilms with the Vikan One-Piece Pipe Brush.

The Vikan One-Piece brush works well on drains thanks to its durability and hygienic design. Its bristles are stiffer at the front for extra cleaning action which aids agitation and the removal of biofilms. Additionally, its hygienic design means it’s easy to clean to help avoid spreading contaminants. Drain brushes are most often black, but the one-piece pipe brush comes in eight colours to fit any colour-coded zoning plan. 

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