My answer:

You might be searching for one answer to multiple questions here.

Try breaking your big questions into smaller ones like

What’s best for cleaning ?

What’s best for pet treatment?

Simple questions. Simple answers.

What’s best for cleaning ?

Obviously heat & cleaning agents clean. Simple answer.

What’s best for pet treatment?

Doesn’t pet treatment include stains & odors?

Break it down …

What’s best for cleaning pet stains?

Simple. Heat & cleaning agents clean. Simple answer.

What’s best for pet odors?

Not so easy.

Ask a dozen pros this simple question and most go blank.

It’s not just one odor is it? It’s multiple odors.

So ask that question…

What are the multiple odors coming from urine?

Isolate these odors then ask how to eliminate each.


Isn’t one of the main odors ammonia?

So how do you eliminate the smell of ammonia?

Simple question.  Simple answer.  It involves a little chemistry but when you learn the answer you may not think chemistry is such a mystery.

I’ll leave this for you to answer because it’s one of those chemistry ahhhaa moments we all need to experience.


So what’s the other odors coming from urine?

Maybe it’s the uric acid, urea, minerals?

I didn’t know either so I Googled it.  Do that and the word ‘waste’ keeps coming up.  So what’s the question?

How do we get rid of waste?

Well that’s easy. You take out the trash, as in ‘extract’ or extraction something all pro cleaners are pros at.  Simple.


So the only question left to answer is how do we get rid of the bacteria chomping on the urine and waste?


Can you clean away bacteria? Not hardly. Pathogenic types form biofilm that normal cleaning agents can’t penetrate. So cleaning is not the answer.


How about enzymes? Nope. They don’t even have an effect for several hours, oftentimes days before they reach completion; if at all. Come day 2 and 3, the customer is still smelling the urine. Why did I pay that company $350?  Never again!

How about oxidizers?

How about quats?

Answer these last two simple questions and you will know how to solve the mystery of pet treatment.

So let’s summarize the answers:

Clean it to remove the stains and waste. Your average prespray will do this for you.

If you clean with surfactants, especially plant based surfactants, you will solve the pet dander & body oil odors.


If you add in  oxidizers that contain hydrogen peroxide, you will be fighting  stains and hydrogen sulfide (waste) odors.


If you add in acidified sodium chlorite, you will be fighting  stains and odors (ammonic & sulfides waste ) and you will be breaking through the biofilm associated with pathogenic bacteria and you will be breaking through the cell wall of these bad bacteria, disabling them permanently from every causing odor again.  Wow. All that? YES!


So do you need enzymes? Nope.

So do you need quats? Nope.

So do you need heat? Nope. Heat helps in cleaning but it’s not necessary.


So all pet treatment involves these two simple steps:

  1. Neutralize the ammonia odor.  Any acid will do that. NH3 (ammonia, strong pungent odor) + H+ (acid)àNH4+ (ammonium ion, odorless).
  2. Clean away the stains, odors, waste, bacteria and biofilm.

Do both of these with one product. (You knew this was all leading to a sales pitch right?)


That Product is called Instant Odor Remover or ‘IOR’.

Available in two forms:


  1. Powder Form IOR: Most economical, make your own by misting part 1, an organic food grade acid to neutralize the acid and Part 2, biofilm breaker formula added to your cleaning agent or rinse agent. Simple, effective pet treatment any pro can master in a couple of jobs.


  1. Liquid Form IOR: Highly concentrated cleaning agent containing nano micelle plant based surfactants plus dual oxidizer

Add in a lasting fragrance* to help make for a more pleasant smelling place for you and your occupants as you work.

*Use a long lasting fragrance like Joedorcide, Tropical or Nectar for a lingering effect – just be careful. Occupieds don’t necessarily like lingering fragrances.  These are strong malodor deodorizers on their own!  Property managers love them because they give them time to get the place rented or sold, but residential owners and tenants typically don’t like lingering fragrances.  They want you in & out quick taking the pet odors with you.


Call me for the answers to this or any odor problem you can’t figure out. 253 653-7209.  – Joe.


I wish all you would take a small sample of the water in your recovery tank after a pet job and put it in a glass and set it aside for a few days. Check the odor each day. Use this as the test to whether you actually solved the pet odor part of the problem. I’m talking where you do a thorough subsurface flush as part of your process. This way you are applying at least a 1:1 ratio of volumes of liquid pet treatment to liquid pet urine & waste.

… today the steam was making the odor stronger so I think I’ll stick to low heat. – Brandon.