Biofilm forms when different types of bacteria are bound together to form a thick substance that acts as a glue to both hold the bacteria together and adhere it to a surface. We think of bacteria as individual organisms that live independently from each other, when in fact most bacteria live in diverse, dynamic colonies surrounded by an adhesive cell matrix the bacteria make themselves. This allows the bacteria to form mutually beneficial relationships with each other, for gathering food and even communicate information about their environment.
Bacteria doubles in size every 20 minutes enabling Biofilm to easily spread and contaminate other areas, which increases the opportunity to spread illness.
When cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, we need to break through and remove Biofilm, otherwise these colonies will be resistant to disinfectants.
The best weapon against unwanted Biofilm is prevention. Regular cleaning along with applying a bacteria-static finish to all surfaces will provide a long lasting protection against bacteria and it’s growth.