The Science of Clean
What Causes Urine Odors?
Urine odor comes from naturally occurring bacteria and uric acid crystals (crystalized urine residue). Uric acid crystals often remain trapped in porous damp surfaces and release a strong ammonia-like odor as bacteria feeds on the urine. Humid conditions or wetting the surface can also reactivate the odor.
Clorox® Urine Remover Tackles Both Stains and Odors
The hydrogen peroxide in Clorox® Urine Remover breaks down the odor at its source through oxidization and removes uric acid crystals. Surfactants, solvent and a low pH work together to clean urine stains from porous grout and other difficult surfaces. The product can be used before or after other cleaning products, with no additional training needed. Very low surface-safety concerns. Does not contain bleach.
Enzymatic Cleaners Perform Poorly on Stains
The bacteria formulated in enzymatic cleaners are living microorganisms that generate enzymes to “eat” uric acid crystals. Because enzyme-based cleaners are typically formulated at a neutral pH to be compatible with the living bacteria, they do not clean urine stains as effectively from difficult surfaces such as porous grout. And using an antibacterial or high/low pH product before or after using an enzyme-based cleaner on the same surface may neutralize the enzymes and bacteria.
Dilutable General Bathroom Cleaners Don’t Eliminate Long-Term Odors
Dilutable General Bathroom Cleaners (GBCs) typically contain less than 0.5 % of their active ingredient after dilution, and may not completely remove stubborn uric acid crystals from porous surfaces such as grout. Remaining uric acid crystals will later release a strong ammonia-like odor. And they’re not designed for use on soft surfaces like carpet or mattresses.