What is an enzyme?

 

Enzymes speed up chemical reactions. Most of them are proteins and can be found within living organisms, inside cells. They can make chemical reactions that would normally take millions of years, occur in just milliseconds.

 

 

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Typical enzymes can be categorized into four main groups:

Proteases: break down protein-based soils including blood, urine, food, faeces, wine and other beverages. Lipases: break down fat molecules like oils and grease. Amylases: break down starch molecules like eggs, sugars, sauces, ice cream, gravy. Cellulases: are used to soften fabric and restore color to fibers made up of cellulose material. They also remove particulate soil and reduce fabric graying and pilling.

Their applications in living organisms have been applied to industries such as the biofuel industry, biological detergents, brewing industry, culinary uses, dairy industry, food processing, molecular biology, paper industry. personal care, starch industry and of course in the animal Biosecurity  industry, our own.

Our Enzymatic Odour Killer

 

Our odour killer, which is an enzymatic formula including different enzymes is the ideal product for odour removal. We originally designed it for faeces and urine as these are particularly problematic in the animal industry and are very hard to remove using conventional odour removers. Urine is composed of 95% water, and other matter such as urea, uric acid, sodium, potassium, creatinine and other waste. Uric acid is the main problem when using a conventional cleaner. Due to Uric acid being made up of nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms it isn’t soluble in water. It will biodegrade very slowly into ammonia and carbon dioxide. In the animal industry, new urine can appear multiple times a day and this odour problem needs to be dealt with quickly.  Our enzymatic odour killer speeds up this biodegradation in seconds removing the uric acid and the smell, the same happens with faeces.

 

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It is widely used across Zoos in the UK particularly in primate areas as these areas have a significant problem with odour. Why is it so important to use an enzyme odour killer? Well, for those of you familiar with taking care of mammals from cats to primates and many others, they like to mark their territory by spraying urine or dropping faeces and this marking of their territory is an activity that is seen as a challenging behaviour within their species and enclosure. Other members are likely to contest this behaviour with their own marking of territory.  This begins a chain reaction in which fairly soon, what was an odour free living environment for mammals will become a territory marking competition that not only makes for a foul environment for the animals in it but also for the humans taking care of them. If you remove the odour of territory marking right away this stops the chain reaction because other mammals in the enclosure will not be able to identify the smells that irritate them and instinctively make them want to mark their own territory. This is true in kennels, catteries and other types of areas that include mammals.

 

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In the home and garden

 

When pets mark their territory, the urine has the tendency to penetrate carpet fibers, carpet padding, sub-floor, wood floor or whatever porous flooring you may have in outside areas such as plants, grass soil or even artificial grass the urine will penetrate the different levels of soil and stick to the artificial grass, thereby introducing uric acid salt crystals which tend to bind tightly to whatever surface they come into contact with. This smell can invite other territorial mammals to compete for the territory and being the chain territory marking behaviour.

The uric acid crystals are invisible to the naked eye, due to their low solubility in water, traditional household products are only able to produce at best, a temporary solution. This temporary solution simply masks the offensive smell with another smell and is a poor solution. Uric acid’s easy tendency to recrystallize upon exposure to moisture or humidity, just when you think you have conquered the smell, it re-surfaces and the cycle repeats itself again.

We also have to consider that with a traditional household odour remover it will not remove the smell it will just mask it to the human nose. It’s important to explain what this means, if you take for example dogs, their ability to smell is between 1,000-10,000 times stronger than a human’s. They explore the world through their noses. You can make spaghetti bolognese and the after product will just smell like bolognese. Your dog will be able to smell every ingredient in it, the olive oil, the tomatoes, the onion, the garlic etc. So if you use a household product that you believe gets rid of the smell of urine, if it isn’t breaking down the molecules that cause the smell, your dog can still smell the urine.

Traditional household or carpet cleaners will ‘deal with’ most the water soluble components and aspects of pet urine.

  • This is why hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and/or baking soda initially appear to be effective at eliminating the problem.

But the reality is that the problem was never really solved because the uric acid crystals were never eliminated to begin with! Our odour killer will solve the problem entirely by getting rid of the molecules that cause the smell and it will also leave an after use pleasant cherry fragrance.

 

Odour Killer group

Our odour killer is Non Toxic, Non Staining, Non-tainting, Non-corrosive, Non-irritant, Biodegradable, Does NOT contain Phenols, Aldehydes or alcohol. All of the above means that you can use it on carpets, all types of flooring, in your garden and on flowers even if you have artificial grass or even artificial flowers.

How to use

 

It is available as a ready to use trigger and as a concentrate. The ready to use trigger comes a pre-made solution diluted at a 1-10 ratio in a 500ml trigger spray. This means that there’s 50ml of odour killer concentrate and 450ml of regular tap water. All you need to do is spray into the direction of where the offensive odour is emanating from and once the odour killer solution has come into contact with the matter causing the smell the enzymes and essential oils that make up the solution will come into contact with that matter, speed up the chemical reaction of decomposition, breaking down the molecules causing the smell and eliminating them. With the concentrate product which is available in 900ml and 5L you can dilute the product with tap water at any dilution you would like but the dilution we recommend is 1 part odour killer 50 parts tap water.

If you’re taking care of animals, including mammals like dogs, cats, primates and others it is important to take care of their behaviour as well. Marking their territory is an insticintive and natural behaviour within most mammals and can make taking care of them unpleasant when the chain reaction of competition to mark territory begins within them. Stop the chain reaction of territory marking right away with our Enzymatic Odour Killer formula that is safe for the environment, the animals in your care and the staff of humans using the product.

 

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