About Enzymatic/Microbe Cleaners:
TriNova’s formula is a highly rated 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. 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!
TriNova Put To The Test:
For our test, we used TriNova 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 an older stain present.*
We know that cat urine can be more potent and pungent due to how concentrated it is, but the process is the same for removing cat urine as dog urine.
Trinova’s ingredients are:
Water, High Count Bacteria Culture ( Probiotic Proxel CXL), Surfactant (Alcohol C12-12, poly (1-6) ethoxylate), Fragrance (Extracts and essential oils of geranium, eucalyptus, orange valencia, rosemary, spearmint, bamboo, mentha aquatica), Enzyme preparation (Protease, Cellulase, Lipase, and Pectate Lyase)
The instructions indicate to shake well before use, spray on the affected area, wait 3-5 minutes for enzymes and bacteria to consume staining agents, and then blot.
We did two applications of Trinova, 15 minutes apart, and observed under a black light.
The first application under the black light showed the urine (shows up bright yellow/greenish under the black light) disappearing almost immediately as the enzymes went to work. We blotted with a paper towel to help the material penetrate, returned 10 minutes later, and reapplied Trinova. After 5 minutes, we blotted again and began wiping it up with a clean rag.
Trinova did not penetrate as well as we’d hoped to the base of the carpet. When we flipped it over, there was still traces of urine stain glowing under the light that had not been eliminated by the enzymatic cleaning action.
Due to the amount of cleaner that is needed to penetrate and do the job, we recommend blotting and extracting the cleaner from the area with a wet rag and clean water once you’ve removed the stain. If you have an item you are concerned may not be colorfast, this step should be done anyway. The surfactant in this product may attract dirt if it’s not removed from the carpet.
We chuckled a little at the Trinova video showing a happy pet owner quickly misting a dense fur-covered dog bed. If our dog had peed on that, it would take much more than a few casual squirts while the dog looked on approvingly. Unless it was a quick marking territory spray, most dog urine will penetrate textiles, dog beds, and carpets and require a little more work.
Additionally, the straw that feeds the spray nozzle does not reach the bottom of the bottle (about 3/4″ off) and this would make it hard to use the last of the product. The spray nozzle itself was hard to use and was difficult to use for an extended period of time.
This has a fairly strong smell, but it did dissipate a day or so after use. There are a lot of essential oils that make up the fragrance so be sure you are not allergic to any of them.
We rate Trinova at 8 out of 10.
When compared to the other top 3 enzymatic cleaners, we found:
Trinova smells a little less intense than Rocco and Roxie or Pawstruck, but it still does have a fragrance to it. This was pretty much gone within 72 hours after being blotted up with a damp cloth.
Trinova works fast on the surface and new urine stains but takes a little longer to penetrate an older urine stain.
- Have lots of paper towels and rags on hand.
- Plan ahead- TriNova or another enzymatic cleaner 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 pretreat a rug or carpet with an enzymatic cleaner before using a carpet machine on it 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 the purposes of this review.