Proteases for tough protein stains

From sweat to chocolate and dairy products to blood, consumers are battling protein in every laundry load. With proteases in your laundry detergents, you can help them win the battle.

Protein stains stand in the way of clean 

No matter where they live and what they do, consumers want to look their best. That’s because appearance matters, especially in the world’s increasing number of white-collar jobs. Clean clothes play a big role in making that happen. From our recent global study of more than 10,000 people across ten markets, we know that performance on stain removal is a top consideration for consumers when buying detergent, and protein stands in the way of that.  

Proteins – a common stain ingredient

Protein stains are often caused by animal products or secretions, which means they’re found in a very wide variety of stains. That may be why proteases that break down protein stains were the first type of enzyme to be added to detergents.

Common protein stains

Blood stains

Whether from scraped knees or periods, blood stains are common and tough to remove.

Sweat stains

Overheated offices and stressful days lead to unsightly sweat stains on work wear.

Milky beverages

From chai in India to latte in California, the whole world loves milky drinks.

Proteases at work – see a protein stain disappear

Protein consists of long chains of amino acids that are linked together, which is why they’re so tough for detergents to remove. Protease enzymes attack protein stains by breaking protein molecules down into shorter chains of amino acids that can be more easily lifted from the fabric during washing.

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Which solution is right for you?

Find the right solution for you in our global portfolio, shown below. To find out more about products available in your region, get in touch with your local Novozymes representative.

Suited for cold wash
Strong chelators compatibility
Stable in water rich formulations
High pH formulations
High compatibility with other enzymes
Boron free stabilizer
Tough temperature conditions
Performs well in cold washes
Stable in presence of strong chelators
Stable in water-rich formulations
Stable in high pH formulations
Stability for multi-enzyme detergents
Built-in boron-free stabilizer
Designed for tough conditions

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