The Top Five Uses For Enzyme Cleaners in the Home

Top Five Uses for Enzyme Cleaners
An enzyme hard at work!

Enzymes are the tools of nature. They are present in all living things, where they perform the essential function of converting food to energy and creating new cell material. As catalysts, they speed up natural processes and create natural reactions that otherwise would not materialize or take a long time to complete.

There are thousands of enzymes, each with its unique target. When enzymes are blended together, as is the case with EnzyMagic™, optimum performance results—cleaners that are better at removing mold, protecting your food preparation surfaces, and removing the stains on your floor. You should definitely store it under the sink for those little and big accidents we are all known to produce.

The difference between the enzyme and more acidic or alkaline disinfectants is the difference between a surgeon’s scalpel and an atom bomb. With enzymes there is no collateral damage or unintended consequence because the enzyme targets a specific contaminant. Enzymes are very specific in comparison to inorganic catalysts such as acids, alkalines, and petrochemicals found in traditional cleaners. They work exclusively on their target, therefore no unwanted side effects and no significant warning labels.

Uses might include a wide range of applications but you can always be sure that the final cleaned surface is food contact safe. Enzymes continue to work each time water is applied to the surface as any residue is reactivated.

Here are are top five uses for enzyme based cleaning products in the home:

Clogged Drains

Follow label for correct mixing instructions, and then pour into clogged drains. Always start, of course, by working on lower levels of the plumbing systems and work toward the higher levels. This enables the enzymes to clean the pipes and be flushed out rather than being stopped by down-stream debris. Enzymes are not fast-acting like acid-type drain openers and they require a few hours to work properly. However, they are much safer for workers and the plumbing. It is best to use these over night or over a weekend to give the enzyme several hours to do its job.

Stained Carpets

Enzymes work well for blood stain removal and they are very effective in reducing (or in most cases eliminating) odors caused by urine, vomit and other organic-related odors. When odors are in carpet backing, use a carpet syringe and inject 1 ounce of undiluted enzymes through the backing onto the subfloor. Several injections are required to cover a large area. Enzymes can be used on all other water-safe fabrics that contain odor or stains caused by the same organic matter that also stain carpeting. Using the best odor eliminator, can help get rid of multiple odors.

Restrooms

When mopping, mix enzymes with warm water to the correct dilution ratio and mop floors. Do not rinse floors, but air dry, allowing the enzymes time to react with bacterial matter. Enzymes will be absorbed into the floor mortar joints, allowing deep odor removal. Remember that you cannot use an enzyme at the same time that a disinfectant cleaner is applied. The residue of the disinfectant will kill the live organisms of the enzymes. Use one of the other—never both at the same time. If you want to use the disinfectant (like bleach) for staining, allow it to completely dry before applying the enzyme cleaner. Remember to avoid extreme acid or alkaline cleaners and this can be determined by checking the pH on the MSDS.

Laundry

Enzymes are especially effective in laundry and can be used to supplement and enhance the cleaning processes of equipment like the Laundry Pure, Pure Wash, or other “detergent-free” laundry equipment.

Cat Urine

Cat Urine is an especially difficult odor because it is full of several different types of bacteria, the specific types depending on whether the cat was
simply urinating or marking its territory. These, in addition to the uric acid, make for the awful odor that just keeps coming back. Cats also don’t drink much making their urine concentrated. Regular cleaners are not designed to get a these highly concentrated bacteria but enzymes can do the job effectively. The enzymes immediately start to react with the urine, and eventually destroy the odor at its source. Once the odor in an area has been removed, the cat is not prompted to urinate there again…they also have short memories.

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