Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of different soaps and detergents on the market, as one product cannot necessarily deal with all laundry needs. Here is an easy guide to the different types and formats of detergents available, and what they are best used for.
Detergents With Enzymes or Without Enzymes
Enzymes are a protein material used in detergents to help break down difficult stains like grass and blood. Detergent enzymes are especially effective when used in warm water temperatures (e.g. 30-40°C). Products without enzymes are less effective at dealing with certain types of stains.
What are enzymated detergents?
Enzymated detergents are detergents containing specific enzymes, which are designed to remove specific stains. Surf excel Quickwash, Surf excel Matic and Surf excel Blue are enzymatic detergent powders designed to remove tough stains.
Top Loader or Front Loader and High Efficiency Washers
Top Loader detergents like Surf excel Matic Top Load produce high foam levels. They are ideal for top loading and twin tub machines and for hand washing but should not be used in front loading or high efficiency machines. Front Loading and High Efficiency machines can be damaged by high levels of foam and require a specially formulated low suds detergent such as Surf excel Matic Front Load which produces only an adequate amount of foam.
Detergent Formulas for Delicate Fabrics
Garments made from delicate fabrics, such as wool and silk, should not be washed using a detergent that contains bleach or enzymes. Specialist detergents like Surf excel Gentle Wash are available which are designed to give good results with washable silks, woollens and other delicates, in or out of the machine as specified on the garment care label. This type of detergent contains no enzymes, is pH-neutral and does not contain bleach or brightening agents and therefore cleans delicate clothes with care.