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In today’s business environment we have more environmental concerns than ever before. The cost to deal with these concerns at times can be astronomical.  It can be challenging at best to clean petroleum products and their by-products from the environment that we work in.

Eco friendly products are becoming a huge part of our world although many are not what they claim. In the petroleum case by virtue of what it is, any product with petroleum in it is not eco friendly. With that said, most cleaners used to break down petroleum products are not eco friendly either.

Most of us have heard that there are naturally existing organisms that feed on petroleum. We refer to these as “microbes”. There is a new cleaning product that has “microbes” in it. This cleaning product also has natural bacteria and enzymes that break down the petroleum so the “microbes” can digest them more efficiently. The best part about this product is that anyone can buy it and use it at a very affordable price.

The product is called “Micro-50” the 50 stands for 50 billion microbes per 4 litre jug. It is certified by Environment Canada and approved to display their “Ecologo” on the bottle. This is hard to do and it is the only product of its kind to have this kind of approval in Canada. Read about the Ecologo program

This product can be used in the following applications:  1) Remove furnace oil and subsequent stains from driveways, basements, parking lots, soil, etc. 2)    Remove petroleum based grease from vehicles, fuel pumps, equipment without affecting paint colours 3)    Remove petroleum based stains from fabrics like carpets, clothing etc, without effecting the colour or fabric 4) Remediation of petroleum spills in the ground and the water  –  (this is just a short list and it cleans a lot more)

As a first response to a home oil tank springing a leak, you can pour this product on the spill as soon as it happens to reduce the impact of fuel in the environment and the insurance claim after.

There are some huge shifts happening with the various environment authorities around the country. They are phasing out the “dig and dump” part of remediation in many areas and wanting on site cleanup now. In other words soils polluted with hydrocarbons from petroleum must not be transported to other sites and they must be treated where they originate. Contractors will require products like Micro-50 to remediate the soil.

Micro-50 is concentrated and needs water added to it. When water is added it rehydrates the microbes and they change from being dormant to an active state. Once hydrated the microbes start looking for hydrocarbons to eat immediately. The byproduct left behind after Micro-50 breaks down is water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. All of which are acceptable to the environment.

The distributor of Micro-50 is The Sarjeant Company and has been around since 1889. They have been a member of COHA since inception. The Sarjeant Company delivers furnace oil, gas and diesel as well as operating several commercial cardlock locations. They have also been in the HVAC business for over 35 years servicing oil furnaces. Bill Fligg, their petroleum manager said “we have had all the same problems to deal with regarding the environment that the rest of our fuel and HVAC associates have experienced and understand what the issues are. Micro-50 is a result of our needing a solution for the day to day environmental issues that we have dealt with and now we are bringing the product to the marketplace.”
If you have any interest in this product or would like to know more, contact Bill Fligg from theSarjeant Company for more details @ 1-800461-8475 or go to