Pawstruck’s formula is relatively new to the market, and the company is well known for its natural dog chews, toys, and bones. We were excited when they introduced us to their natural odor remover/eliminator. It falls into our enzymatic/microbe cleaner category, utilizing enzymes to break down the odor-causing compounds in pet urine. This eliminates the problem, instead of concealing or attempting to remove it.
About Enzymatic/Microbe Cleaners:
It is important to understand the difference between eliminating the substances that create the odor and stains versus cleaning them.
Pet urine contains uric acid, which crystallizes and is highly insoluble in water. Most cleaners do not remove uric acid, which breaks down over time into odor-causing substances. Cat urine, especially, as it can get oily and even more concentrated as it dries! Additionally, it may be more difficult to manually remove protein and amino acid components of urine, which your pet may smell (and be tempted to re-mark), even if you can’t. We think it’s best to attack the problem at the very root of the source- the chemical composition of the stench!
Pawstruck Put To The Test:
For our test, we used Pawstruck on medium-pile carpet to tackle dog urine. We wanted to simulate the most realistic conditions. The dog urine was applied twice to the carpet, so there is a fresh and also an older stain present.* We know that cat urine can be more potent and pungent due to its concentration, but the process is the same for removing cat urine as dog urine.
Pawstruck’s ingredients are Water, Enzyme Proprietary Blend, Natural Fragrance Blend, Phenoxyethanol.
The instructions indicate to shake well before use, apply liberally and scrub with cloth or brush, wiping clean with a damp rag or sponge.
We did three applications of Pawstruck, first using the spray stream function, letting it sit for a few minutes to absorb and then blotting with paper towels, finishing with a damp rag we could mop the excess up with.
Under the blacklight, the urine stains (shows up bright yellow/greenish under the black light) disappeared fast on contact with Pawstruck. We reapplied, left it to sit and penetrate, and returned to blot and extract with the damp rag.
The next day when the carpet had dried, the spot where we had treated the stain was thoroughly vacuumed.
Pawstruck penetrated well at the top of the stain but took a little while to work its way to the base of the carpet fibers. We would follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but on a medium to higher pile carpet like this test, give it longer to soak in and work it into the carpet with a sponge with several applications if necessary.
We flipped over the carpet to look at the other side and saw that after our third application and more scrubbing, it did reach to the base of the carpet fibers and quickly neutralized the traces of urine left on the underside of the carpet.
The second test we did we laid an unused garbage bag over the spot on the carpet and weighed it down, this minimized the number of reapplications needed to remove the urine altogether.
After vacuuming, there was still a little odor remaining, but we were able to remove it with just a damp rag and cold water. Dab at it, and blot up moisture and any residue with the rag, rinse in the bucket and repeat.
We like that Pawstruck is transparent about their ingredients and process with an exceptional guarantee with their products. Their bottle is sturdy with a good quality spray pump on it.
When compared to the other enzymatic cleaners, we found:
- Pawstruck has the mildest fragrance of all of the products we tested in-depth for this review. You can put this down liberally knowing the smell will dissipate and what doesn’t can be wiped up with a damp cloth and water.
- Pawstruck eliminated the surface stains on contact just as well as Rocco and Roxie did.
- Pawstruck had the least amount of “foaming” while we were scrubbing the carpet.
Due to its price, ease of use, and outstanding performance, we rated Pawstruck 10 out of 10.
- Have lots of paper towels and rags on hand.
- Plan ahead- Pawstruck or another enzymatic cleaner of your choice can be part of your “Oops” kit assembled ahead of time with everything you need ahead of time to effectively and quickly attack any stains or problem areas.
- After you’ve treated the urine stain with an enzymatic cleaner, let it sit overnight, and come back and blot up any residue with clean water and a rag.
- If you are satisfied with the removal of the stain, go over the area thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner after it has dried to remove any residue left.
- Enzymatic cleaners can be augmented with baking soda sprinkled on carpets and furniture to absorb odors. Leave it at least 24 hours and then vacuum thoroughly.
- Always pre-treat a rug or carpet with an enzymatic cleaner before using a carpet machine or having it professionally cleaned.
- Never use hot water to try and extract a urine or poop stain.
*No dogs were mistreated or bad habits reinforced for this review.