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All you need to know about enzyme cleaners
by Jessica Britt
As a pet owner, you probably heard about enzymes by now. I bet that after your kitty or doggo wet the carpet several times and nothing worked to get rid of the nasty smell & stains for good, you went for help to Mighty Google and after some quick searches you discovered that enzymes seem to be the answer to all of your pet related problems.
But what exactly are enzymes and why should you buy an enzymatic cleaner if your pet is rather naughty?
I’m gonna do an imaginary Q&A with you, where I’ll try to both ask and answer all the questions you might have as a pet owner (basically the questions I asked myself when my cat started to act like a princess and wet the sofa when the litter box wasn’t clean right away).
1. What are enzymes?
Science Nerd Alert!! Enzymes are basically macro-molecular biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions. They can be found in all living things and their most important function is to transform food into energy. They are a natural, safe way to break down stains and odors.
2. Why should I choose an enzymatic cleaner?
As all of us pet owners know by now (and discovered the hard way!), dealing with pee stains and smells can be especially tricky. Enzyme cleaners are good for different kind of stains like mud, blood, vomit (any kind of organic stains or smells really), but where they simply do wonders is in pee related stains and odors.
3. How does an enzymatic cleaner work against cat/dog urine?
There’s a reason why your pet’s pee is so difficult to get rid of. Traditional household cleaning solutions only do half a job, removing some components from the urine. That is why they appear to work for a couple of hours or days, and then the smell returns with a vengeance! Only an enzymatic cleaner like Angry Orange Enzyme Stain remover can actually break the uric acid bonds.
4. Wait, what? What’s the deal with this uric acid?
All urine contains uric acid, that isn’t water soluble and bonds tightly to any surface it gets on.In contact with humidity, the uric acid crystals left behind reform and the bad smell is released again. That’s why a cat’s pee, for example, can have a half-life of up to six years (that means the nasty smell could return time and time again for six freaking years!).
Speaking of cats, their pee also contains different types of bacteria, especially if they are marking their territory, that contribute to the pungent smell. Basically, cat pee is like a Molotov cocktail of nasty ingredients and you need an enzyme cleaner to fight against it.
5. If I use an enzymatic cleaner, will my pet return to the crime scene for round two?
People think animals are creatures of habit and that’s why they always pee in the same spot.
In reality, it’s because of the uric acid. If they wet the carpet once, or any kind of surface, their sensitive noses will catch a whiff of that smell, even if sometimes we don’t.
It’s like a light beacon calling them home in the darkness of the night, or in this case a stinky beacon telling them that’s the spot where they can relieve the bladder.
Enzymes eliminate the “beacon” completely, so no residual smell means no returning to the crime scene. But you should be aware that doesn’t mean they won’t find a new place to pee. Enzyme cleaners address the problem of nasty smells and stubborn stains, but you should also look into why your doggo or cat are displaying this behavior. It could be a number of things, from stress and anxiety to underlying health issues or changes in their environment.
Have you used an enzyme cleaner before? Let us know how your life changed after using enzyme cleaners for your pet stains or foul odors.
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