A good enzymatic cleaner can remove even the toughest stains, but how can you be sure you’re using the right one? It’s important to know what you’re looking for before you make a purchase.
Enzymatic Cleaner Compounds
Most of the enzymatic cleaners have a polymer known as the cyanoacrylate polymer. This is a chemical compound that, when applied to a surface, contains the property of chemical bonding.
The polymer bonds with the metal alloy base and enables it to do its job. It will bond to even the most stubborn stains. If it doesn’t bond, then there may be an issue with the formula used.
Any product that claims that it removes 99% of a stain should be taken with a grain of salt. In other words, it may not be capable of removing that stain at all. If you were to drink a gallon of it and then try to clean the floor below, the floor would still appear the same.
Downsides of Enzymatic Cleaners
High-quality cyanoacrylate polymer can remove the toughest stains, but it also has some downsides. It can be hard to get off hardwood floors, and the result will not be quite as good as if you tried to use a solvent-based product.
Another issue is that the agent may also react with the water in your environment. When you try to clean with it, you might find that you end up with brown or green slime on the floor. It’s also not easy to remove the slime from other surfaces, so you will need to reapply the agent to remove it.
A right cyanoacrylate polymer should also be able to remove grease, paint, and even drywall. All you need to do is reapply the agent to a dirty surface. If you do your homework before buying, you can usually find a good one at a reasonable price.
The best thing about the right product is that it will remove the dirt, but it will also remove the scent. That means the product will keep your home smelling fresh. Of course, the smell will also fade over time, but this is something you can live with.
Chemicals Of Enzymatic Cleaner
There are certain chemicals that you need to avoid when choosing an enzymatic cleaner. These include iodine, potassium hydroxide, ammonium percarbonate, triethanolamine, methyl alcohol, and mineral spirits. Each of these chemicals has specific uses, but they will damage your floors and could cause a fire. Stick with an organic stain remover. Organic cleaners will also remove odors and sometimes even leave behind a residue that must be cleaned up later. I’ve found that a little goes a long way with these products, but they do take time. If you don’t have the time, you may want to consider just getting an organic stain remover. Your floors will thank you!