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What is an Enzyme Cleaner, and How is it Used?

  • The Hate Stains Co.
  • 6 min read

Have you noticed that organic stains are inevitable in your house, especially when you have kids or keep pets? Organic stains affect virtually any household. The worst thing about it is that some stains are not only stubborn but also smelly. Although there are hundreds of cleaners that claim to deal with the stains, some only discolor your garments or mask the odor for a while. If you are tired of trying cleaners that do not work, then it might be time to consider enzyme cleaners.

An enzyme cleaner, such as Emergency Stain Rescue, can help you deal with stubborn and odor emitting stains like cat urine on your carpet. Besides the ability to deal with stubborn stains, enzyme cleaners preserve your carpet's original colors. They are also safe and environmentally friendly, which makes them a great option for anyone who cares about the safety of their family and future generations. Here, you will learn what is an enzyme cleaner, and how to use it for the best results.

What Is An Enzyme Cleaner, And What Does It Do?

An enzyme cleaner is any cleaning agent that uses biological methods to digest organic waste, stains, molds, or odor. Enzyme cleaners use non-pathogenic bacteria to speed up the natural process of breaking down organic waste by acting as a catalyst. They not only accelerate the breakdown of organic compounds that stain your laundry or washroom, but also eliminate the odor that accompanies decomposition.

The use of non-pathogenic bacteria in cleaning agents mimics the natural process of dealing with biological waste. If nature did not have a way of dealing with animal carcasses, they would also cause landfills. However, nature uses bacteria to decompose organic waste and avoid landfills. 

Although the enzyme cleaners use the same process, the cleaning compounds are well selected and controlled to eliminate odor. Cleaning agents like odor eliminator spray are a good example of how nature can be used to speed up decomposition and eliminate any odor that may emanate from the byproducts.

Enzyme detergents and sprays are friendly to the environment and are one of the sustainable cleaning methods that can be adopted at the household and industrial level. The next time you think of going green in your cleaning routine, think of an enzymatic cleaner.

What Can You Use Enzyme Cleaners For?

Enzyme cleaning agents are safe for use in most of your household washing activities. They are safe to use in your kitchen and on your food preparation surfaces. The cleaning agents in cleaners, like Miss Mouth's Messy Eater Stain Treater, continue to work each time they are activated with water. That means your surfaces remain clean and odor-free for a long time. All you require is to splash some water, and the surface remains fresh until the next cleaning time.

Here are more specific uses of enzymatic cleaners:

Cleaning Pet Stains

Most pet lovers have to deal with stubborn and smelly stains like cat urine on a new carpet, a splash of mud on the wall, or pet feces in a corner of the bedroom. While conventional detergents can help you clean the stains, they often discolor your carpet or irritate your pet. The same cannot be said of enzymatic cleaners.

Biodegradable cleaners act on the staining and odor-producing compounds in cat urine or any other pet stain and break them to leave you with a stainless and fresh surface. Unlike conventional detergents, enzymatic cleaners do not mask the smell; they deal with the root cause to create a lasting solution.

Stained Carpets

You can stain your carpet with tough stains from red wine, beverages, or coffee or tea. Carpets can also be stained by an odor-producing mess such as vomit, cat urine, or feces. Conventional detergents only clean the stain but leave you to deal with the odor. However, a detergent such as Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover cleans red wine stains that leaves your carpet fresh as though nothing had happened.

Organic cleaners are the best cleaning agents when it comes to getting rid of stubborn organic stains on your carpet. They are gentle on your hands and do not pollute the air with fluorocarbons. In addition, organic cleaners do not discolor your carpet.

Cleaning Restrooms

Restrooms are prone to stubborn stains and odors. Enzyme cleaners are the best restroom odor eliminators, thanks to their superior formulation which allows them to remove stubborn stains and eliminate odors. Restroom stains and odor are all biodegradable, making an enzymatic cleaner the perfect option for household or public restrooms.

However, if you are using a bio-enzymatic cleaner, you may have to change the way you clean the restrooms.

The bio-enzymatic cleaners are dormant but are activated immediately when they come into contact with water. Experts advise cleaners not to dry the surfaces after cleaning them using enzymatic detergents. Instead, they should give the enzymes time to act on the stain and odor before drying the surface.

Bio-enzymatic cleaning sprays are the best for washrooms. You can spray them on all tough spots, toilet bowls, and urinals. However, you are advised to refrain from using them together with disinfectants. The disinfectant could kill the non-pathogenic bacteria or prevent them from acting on the stains.

Unclogging Drains

Although enzymatic cleaners take longer to unclog your sink, they are still a great option since they cannot harm you or the environment. Many people also prefer bio-enzymatic cleaners since they are good at eliminating the odor from your drains. Since they take longer than conventional cleaners, it is good to schedule your cleaning during your free time. You can unclog the sink during the weekend or leave it overnight to give the enzymes time to act on the organic waste.

Laundry

Bio-enzymatic cleaners are the best armpit stain removers. You can spray organic cleaners on your shirt to get rid of yellow stains. You can also use bio-enzymatic cleaners on your laundry as a way of treating them before the normal washing. Add the enzymatic cleaner to a basin of water and submerge your laundry in the solution. Allow the stained laundry to soak in the solution for at least an hour, or leave it overnight. After soaking the laundry in the enzymatic solution, you can proceed to wash it in the normal way.

Industrial Use

Enzymatic cleaners are slowly gaining traction in the food processing industry. Food industries are turning to reinforced enzymatic cleaning and routine enzymatic cleaning to deal with biofilms, which, if not checked, could cause food contamination. The enzymatic cleaner can be sprayed on open surfaces or used to flush enclosed channels.

Tips on Enzymatic Cleaners

All enzymatic cleaners are not the same. Some might clean both organic and inorganic stains, while others might only work on inorganic stains. When purchasing an enzymatic cleaner, always check the label to learn the type of stains that it can act on.

Here is what you need to know about enzymes for the best results:

Do You Rinse Enzyme Cleaner?

The only difference between enzyme cleaners and conventional detergents, is the mode of removing the stain. To clean tough stains or remove odors, use enzyme-based detergents the same way you use conventional ones. That means you need water to activate the cleaner, squeeze or rub the stain in the normal way, then rinse with clean water.

How Long Does it Take for an Enzyme Cleaner to Work?

Enzymatic cleaners do not produce instant results. Most enzymatic cleaners will work within 15 minutes, although you may have to wait for up to eight hours for the best results. If you want to remove emergency stains quickly and easily, consider using Emergency Stain Rescue (25 pack of wipes). 

Are All Enzyme Cleaners the Same?

No, all enzymes are not the same. There are four main enzymes used in the manufacture of cleaners, each having a special property that helps it deal with specific stains.

  • Amylase acts on starches and glycogen stains by breaking them down into simple sugars.
  • Cellulases help you deal with cellulose stains by converting them into glucose.
  • Lipases hydrolyze fats into fatty acids and alcohol.
  • Proteases break down proteins and peptide stains.

Do Enzyme Cleaners Kill Bacteria?

No. Enzyme cleaners are made from non-pathogenic bacteria that may not survive in a disinfectant solution. The cleaners can help you remove stains and odor from your laundry, washroom, or other surfaces, but not kill bacteria. To kill bacteria, you may have to use disinfectants on the surface or the laundry.

Why Choose Enzymatic Cleaners

Enzymatic cleaners are made from non-pathogenic bacteria, which help them fight stain and odor through a natural process. The cleaners accelerate the natural decomposition of organic waste without producing the byproducts that emit odors. Bio-enzymatic cleaners are non-corrosive and do not harm the environment.

You can use enzyme-based cleaners on any surface or laundry. However, you may have to wait longer for the cleaner to act the stains. Besides the waiting period, enzymatic cleaners are the best option for household laundry as they eliminate stains and order, without discoloring your carpets or garments. They are also the best for pet lovers due to their odor-fighting properties.

At Hate Stains, we have correctly formulated our products to not only act on the most stubborn stains, but do so in the shortest time possible.

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