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Understanding the Urine Odor Problem

Whether it is from a leaky diaper or a little boys missing the toilet or a cat/dog wetting the carpet or anything else for that matter, urine odor can be very difficult to control and eliminate. The piece of the problem that is widely misunderstood is why urine odor is so hard to remove. It turns out that if you wipe and rinse the urine while it is still fresh and liquid, there is a very good chance that there will be absolutely no residual smell, but once it dries, it is a very different story.

The simple truth is; that as urine dries and decomposes, it goes through several transformations.

  1. In the first stage of decomposition of the uric acid (which is in all urine) produces ammonia gas and urea salt (urea salt that has no odor when it is dry). Once all the water has evaporated, any living organisms die for lack of a hospitable environment in which to live
  2. In the second stage, further decomposition occurs when the urea salt is exposed to water (or water vapor or sweat) and materials containing hydrogen and sulfur, (dust mite bodies, dirt, etc.). This combination produces mercaptan gas (the same basic stuff they put in propane and natural gas to alert you to a gas leak) that smells really bad. The difference is that the versions of mercaptan gas produced by urea salt are much worse smelling than the ethyl mercaptan used as an orderant in natural gas.

As the water is evaporating from the urine and the uric acid decomposes into ammonia gas and urea salt. As the urea salt becomes more concentrated it starts to precipitate on what ever is in the area. If there is no urea salt already there, it will chemically bond to what ever is available. This bond is permanent. Subsequent urea salt that precipitates will crystallize on the bonded or other crystallized salt already there. The bonded salt is no longer water soluble and can not be washed away, however the crystallized salt is still water soluble and can be washed away or spread around by failed attempts to remove or neutralize it.

When the dried urine residue (urea salt) is re-hydrated with sweat or water or just humidity over 50%, the odor we recognize as urine is produced. The odor that is produced by pet urine on hot dry days is scent marking spray odor and it is chemically very different from urea salt and needs to be treated differently.

Common knowledge says that bacteria is causing the odor problem. And treating it with strong bleach, ammonia, detergents or enzyme products will eliminate the problem. Sorry, it simply is not true and in fact, treating urine contamination with house hold products generally makes the problem worse by spreading the contamination over a larger area.

Insodentally, if the source (cat, dog, child, adult, neutere or not) of the urine was not sick, the urine is sterile.

OdorXit Concentrate works on both stages of urine and on scent marking spray to * block the production of the undesirable gasses provided that OdorXit comes in direct contact with all the offending materials. Concentrate can be added to detergent, spray on cleaning product and even disinfectants to eliminate the odors as you clean your baby's toys, potty seat, clothes, bedding, play and sleeping areas as well as flooring, walls, carpet and many other surfaces and materials.

OdorXit Magic, on the other hand, is very easy to use, very fast acting and has a very long residual action measured in days and weeks at which point, more Magic should be applied. This works really well in cases where you can't get to the contaninated area like the inside of a wall that has a dead mouse or rat stinking to high heaven.

To remove most odors from washable clothing, simply add teaspoons of OdorXit Concentrate to the load of urine contaminated wash and the normal amount of detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle. Allow the first wash cycle to complete but delay the first spin cycle for 10 to 60 minutes (This can easily be accomplished with most top loading washers by leaving the door open). After the wash/soak time, close the lid and let the machine finish its normal cycles. In some cases if you use too much OdorXit Concentrate, it may be necessary to run the final rinse twice.

Dry the wash normally and regale in the fact that the urine odor is really gone.

Using OdorXit Products to remove malodors from a wide variety of materials are described elsewhere on this web site in greater detail. Use the Odor Wizard on the home page to access them.

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Using Detergents and Bleach With OdorXit

OdorXit is not effected by detergent residue or even by mixing OdorXit with detergent or other non-oxydizing cleaning products. Chlorine and oxygen bleaches while in their liquid form will neutralize OdorXit and cause it to not eliminate urine odors. If you have used bleach before it will not effect OdorXit's action if the bleach has been rinsed out and allowed to dry completely before using OdorXit.

OdorXit's compatibility with detergent makes it very affective at neutralizing urine odor after other methods have been tried and failed on fabric and clothing, and bedding.

Call our toll free help line 1-877-odorxit (1-877-636-7948). We really can help you.

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Treating Severe and Long Term Contamination of Mattresses

In cases where very deep penetration has occurred in a mattress over a long period time and repeated contamination, a more aggressive treatment (occasionally including replacement) is required. Mixing OdorXit with carpet cleaning products containing surfactants will accelerate OdorXit's penetration into the padding of the mattress. Because of the large amount of urine normally involved and the fact that the interior of most mattress is hollow (except for the springs) the padding on both the top and bottom can be contaminated. Both will very often need to be treated.

The key is that OdorXit Concentrate mixed with water must come in contact with all the urine residue in order to neutralize it.

Liquid urine has a low surface tension, which helps it soak into porous materials and cracks quickly and deeply. Mixing carpet cleaning products containing surfactants with OdorXit will accelerate its penetration significantly. Care needs to be taken when treating a mattress and box springs with surfactants because the boards may warp if too much liquid is applied too quickly.

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