It’s no secret that at this point almost anyone looking to cleanup pet stains or odors has probably heard about “enzyme or enzymatic” cleaners. But what are enzymes even? How do they work? And most importantly, are they worth your hard earned cash? To start from the beginning: An enzyme is a complex protein that contains amino acids which aim to breakdown organic matter (pee, poo). Fair enough, but do they really work and are there any downfalls?
Enzymes leave behind ammonia A major shortfall of enzyme based cleaners are their lack of ability to actually completely get rid of the stain & smell… which is the whole goal here right? Enzymes are able to breakdown some of the organic matter into smaller sections, which then require additional scrubbing to remove. Unfortunately, this leaves behind one major piece of the accident - the ammonia which your pet’s urine contains. And guess what causes that dreaded smell you are trying to rid your home from is? Ammonia!
Enzyme cleaners mask odors with artificial fragrances With the inability of enzyme cleaners to rid the stained area of ammonia, they almost all have to contain an artificial fragrance which is intended to “freshen your home”. To the human nose, everything now smells fresh with the artificial fragrance. But little known fact - the original smell is now just masked. And since your dog’s or cat’s nose is up to 10,000x stronger than ours, they still know right where it’s at! If you ever “cleaned up” a stain only to have your fur baby mark the same spot over again, now you know why!
What’s even worse is that when a new smell (aka that artificial fragrance) enters their world they are actually attracted to “mark their spot” over that smell.
This would be like skipping a few too many showers and just spraying yourself with perfume or cologne before a date night. Your nose might think you smell fresh with that the artificial scent masking the odor, but everyone around you won’t be so impressed! Not to mention just how harsh that artificial scent in enzyme cleaners can be on your pet’s super powered nose!
Take your favorite scent, multiply it by 10,000x in strength and see if it is still your favorite scent ;)
Enzymes leave behind ammonia which is the original “odor” you are trying to eliminate
Most enzyme cleaners require some level of artificial or masking scent which isn’t pet friendly
Foreign artificial fragrances & left behind ammonia cause your pet to mark the same spot over and over again
Enzyme Cleaners = Empty Promises