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Of course, many people unfamiliar with the problem of cleaning cat urine stains simply try to clean up cat pee as they would any other stain, only to find out later it didn’t work. This makes the stain even more difficult to remove with proper enzyme cleaners. There is a strong, legitimate, and chemically important reason to use an enzyme cleaner to clean cat urine stains. Home-made mixtures or typical household cleaners simply do not contain the required ingredients to remove ALL the components of cat urine. But cat urine is composed of things that REQUIRE enzymes to break down the chemical bonds. When cat urine dries, the urea is broken down by the bacteria. This is what makes it smell like ammonia.
As it decomposes further, it releases thiols that make the odor worse. But the problem has not been solved! Uric acid and its salts have been left behind. Uric acid is not water soluble and bonds tightly to whatever surface it touches. Due to the uric acid component of cat urine, cat pee has a half-life of six years. This is why it is absolutely essential to use a cleaner that can break down the uric acid.
These cleaners and deodorizers only temporarily make the smell go away and appear to work because they do clean up the other components of the cat urine. But when exposed to humidity, the uric acid salts cause the uric acid crystals to reform. And the scent of their urine outside of the litter box encourages many cats to continue urinating outside of the box, often with their families left scratching their heads wondering why. The enzymes break down uric acid into carbon dioxide and ammonia, both gasses that then easily evaporate. This is why it is also essential to allow the enzyme cleaner to air dry. Not all enzyme cleaners are equally effective. Good enzyme cleaners are typically a bit more expensive.
Most enzyme cleaners come in a spray bottle. This is deceptive, because just spraying a light layer of enzyme cleaner over a urine stain will not result in complete cleaning of that spot. Cat pee wicks, and unless the enzyme cleaner completely envelopes all of the cat pee, even it won’t work. Blot up as much of the urine as you can before applying anything. Soak the affected area with the enzyme cleaner. Let the enzyme cleaner sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Blot up as much of the enzyme cleaner as possible. Leave the enzyme cleaner to air dry. Covering the area loosely with something is always a good idea.