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Recommendations for urine removal

  • 1.  Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-15-2019 14:09
    Does anyone have a product that helps remove urine and other heavy smells from orders?

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  • 2.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-15-2019 21:58
    Dave:  I don't do WDF, but there is a discussion under "urine removal" in the search function that might help.

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  • 3.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-15-2019 22:11
    I'll check it out Les. Thanks!

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  • 4.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-15-2019 22:23
    Edited by Paulie B 05-15-2019 22:27
    Dave,

    White vinegar, oxyclean and a good detergent that has enzymes in it such as Tide.
    If it's cat pee, then Nature's Miracle is the only thing I know that helps. Again, mix it with Oxyclean & Tide.
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  • 5.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 00:40
    I agree with all above but take out the "and".
    White vinegar = acid
    Tide = basic
    Oxi clean = alkalyn
    In the end if you mix all three they will cancel each other out to become around a 7 to 8 PH level which is neutral to basic. Keep in mind the water is probably a neutral to basic also.
    So soak in a industrial strength oxi clean like the one I have recommended on this board many times. Use about an ounce to a gallon of hot water 130 - 160 degrees F and add tide if you wish but I feel it is not 100% necessary. Then rinse in clean water. Then soak in white vinegar and lemon juice about a cup of vinegar and a half cup of lemon juice to a gallon of water. They will both further remove orders and also bring the PH of the clothing back down. Then wash as normal. Not as time consuming or difficult as it sounds if you have a machine set up with a lockout on the drain valve, then all this can be done in a machine and not a barrel/bucket. But that would be a whole other discussion thread. Have fun with chemistry as long as you be careful at the same time.

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  • 6.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 07:59
    Paulie and D L,

       Those are the products that we currently use for treating urine. It works ok but is not 100% effective. I'll play around with things some more and try the process DL suggests. I was thinking that someone had mentioned an actual urine removal product that's available but I can't find it. Thanks guys!

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  • 7.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 12:36
    Dave, I'm sure you already tried this, but have you ever washed a urine load twice?

    Or better yet, put it in a top loader, lift the lid to stop the timer, and let it soak for an extra 1/2 hour ( or longer) to give the chemicals some time to digest the bacteria that causes the smell?

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  • 8.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 13:25
    Paulie,

         To this point we really haven't focused on this too much. We've used vinegar, tide and oxiclean in a front loader which works ok on light urine stains. We have tried rewashing with limited success too. I bought baking soda today and we are going to do just that in a toploader with commercial Oxi and Tide tonight. We'll see how it goes. We also plan to try ammonia which was recommended by several people.   We've realized with an aging baby boomer generation we're getting more and more of this so we need to drill down and get better at this. Our motto is better tomorrow than we were today, so this is just another opportunity for  our team to improve. Thanks for all the tips!

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  • 9.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 19:40
    Dave,

    Yes, Ammonia is an excellent cleaning chemical for ALL body stains....Blood, urine, feces, sweat, etc.
    And it's dirt cheap!

    I didn't mention it because the smell is so strong that it's a bit of a turnoff for employees.

    Also, be aware that Ammonia and Bleach should NEVER be mixed together. They produce a toxic gas when mixed.

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  • 10.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 13:14
    Dave:  You might also try your local janitorial supply company.  We used to buy urine and smoke removal products from them when we operated residential housing to clean walls and carpets.

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  • 11.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 11:15
    My employees swear by draft

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  • 12.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-16-2019 15:59
    I'd add odoban it helps alot for any smells just add it to normal was for light oder and soak for heavy. I'm also going to try what was suggested here too as we learn everyday. Might even try a 20oz bottle of coke it helps with smells and gets oil and grease out. Used it alot for oil and gas field workers and also on horse blankets. Let us know what you find that works for you. Good luck!

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  • 13.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-17-2019 00:02
    Dave,
    You can skip the baking soda the oxi is stronger. Oxi is
    -sodium carbonate (water softener) think arm and hammer washing soda
    And
    -sodium percarbonate (dried peroxide)
    To get sodium percarbonate you would bake -baking soda- at 400 degrees and let cool and crystallize and you would have the active ingredient of oxi
    So basically save your money and skip the baking soda.
    Have you ever worked with alkylin, sours, or straight enzyme products?
    If you are going to do this work regularly you will need to learn how and when to use theese products in order to make this a great outcome for both you and the customer. If it is just once in a while do like I've described and repeat if necessary and everyone should be happy.
    Keep us posted on your results.


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  • 14.  RE: Recommendations for urine removal

    Posted 05-17-2019 10:05
    Thanks again everyone. I welcome all the information that I can get. I've learned with nearly every post. Thanks so much!

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