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How to Use Enzyme-Based Cleaners: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 25, 2019

How to Use Enzyme-Based Cleaners: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Lisa Truesdale. Reviewed by cleaning expert Sean Busch.


Here at Puracy, we believe that once you try an enzyme-based cleaner, you’ll never go back to your previous cleaner. These types of cleaning products contain plant-based enzymes, each of which treats a specific category of stain. These enzymes cause a natural chemical reaction that quickly gets right down into the tightest spaces between the fabric’s fibers, breaking the stain down into smaller and smaller particles until there are no particles (and no stain or odor) remaining.

You can learn more about this fascinating process, and about the different types of plant-based enzymes, in Enzyme Cleaners 101: How to Quickly Eliminate Odors & Stains. Below, we’ll show you how to use our enzyme-based stain remover to clean carpets, washable fabrics, and non-washable fabrics.

List of Best-Selling Enzyme Cleaners

At Puracy, we truly believe in the power of enzymes to tackle the toughest stains and to leave fabrics cleaner and fresher than ever before. That’s why we harness that unsurpassed cleaning power in several of our best-selling products:

Puracy Natural Stain Remover (read more below)

Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent

Puracy Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs

Puracy Natural Baby Stain Remover

Puracy Natural Baby Laundry Detergent

Coming Soon! Puracy Pet Stain & Odor Remover

The Best-Performing Enzyme Cleaner

Puracy Natural Stain Remover is the only natural stain remover on the market that contains ALL SIX plant-based enzymes:

  • Mannanase removes FOOD stains from things like coffee, soup, and ice cream
  • Amylase removes STARCH stains like from tomato sauce, chocolate syrup, and baby food
  • Protease removes PROTEIN stains like from grass, blood, meat, baby formula, and urine
  • Pectinase removes FRUIT stains such as those from red wine, watermelon, juice, and berries
  • Lipase removes OIL stains like from sweat, grease, lipstick, and salad dressing
  • Cellulase removes GENERAL stains like from mud and dust. It also brightens and freshens fabrics.

If you’re using an enzyme-based product from another company, simply check the ingredients listed on the label. Find the names of the plant-based enzymes it contains, then check the list above to see which types of stains it will remove.

5 Steps to Remove Stains and Odors from Carpet

Thanks to a little thing called gravity, pretty much everything you touch, eat, drink, drop, or track in from outside on any given day is going to end up on your carpet. If you have kids and/or pets, the chances are even greater that you’re going to see carpet stains. And where there’s a stain, there’s usually an odor. Follow these easy step-by-step directions for tackling those stains and odors with the help of an enzyme-based cleaner.

Step #1 -- Remove as much as you can. Use a spatula or spoon to pick up anything you can, like big chunks. Be careful not to rub the excess into the carpet or it will make the stain worse.

Step #2 -- Dilute the stain. If the stain is fresh, then dilute it with warm water.

Step #3 -- Blot the stain. Using a clean microfiber cloth, blot the stain to remove as much of it as you can. Do not scrub or rub.

Step #4 -- Spray the stain. Spray with Puracy Natural Stain Remover, which contains all six plant-based enzymes to remove any type of stain. Wait at least 15 minutes to allow the enzymes to get to work at breaking up the particles. The longer you wait, the better it will work.

Step #5 -- Blot again. Fill a bowl with warm water. Saturate a clean microfiber cloth with the water, gently wring it out, then press it into the stain with a gentle back-and-forth motion. Rinse and wring your cloth as often as necessary, and switch to a clean cloth if needed. Keep using the wet cloth to pull the stain and stain remover from the carpet.

For more details, read The Best Way to Clean Carpet to Remove Stains, Odors, and Other Stubborn Messes; it includes info on how to vacuum thoroughly and the benefits of using a natural carpet cleaner. For pet-specific stains and odors, stay tuned for our upcoming article, An Expert’s Guide on How to Clean & Remove Pet Stains, which we’ll publish in the coming weeks.

4 Steps to Eliminate Stains and Odors from Washable Fabrics

Smudged some makeup onto your favorite white blouse? Spilled spaghetti sauce on your tablecloth? Not to worry, Puracy Natural Stain Remover is formulated to remove those stains -- and hundreds more -- from all of your washable fabrics. Just follow these easy steps.

Step #1 -- Spray the stain. Fully saturate the stain with Puracy Natural Stain Remover.

Step #2 -- Wait. To allow the enzymes in the stain remover to really do their work, wait at least 15 minutes before laundering. For tougher stains, you can use a soft brush to work the stain remover into the fabric, and you can let it sit for at least 8 hours. The longer you let it sit, the more time it has to do its work. But there’s one caveat -- if you’re dealing with an item made of wool or linen, then don’t allow the stain remover to sit on the surface for longer than one hour.

Expert tip: Our resident cleaning expert, Puracy Co-Founder Sean Busch, recommends using a detailing brush made of natural boar’s hair. Don’t worry -- sourcing the hair from a boar doesn’t harm the animal. A boar’s hair brush will be gentle enough to use on fabrics without damaging them, yet stiff enough to get the job done properly. Sean recommends a detailing brush like this one, or this alternate style brush from GranNaturals, both of which you’ll find on Amazon.

Step #3 -- Launder. Wash the item in your machine according to its fabric care instructions using Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent. Use the extra rinse setting for tougher stains.

Step #4 -- Let the item air-dry. Don’t use your clothes dryer until you’re sure the stain is completely gone. If it’s not, simply repeat the steps above.

3 Steps to Remove Stains and Odors from Non-Washable Fabrics

Some fabrics -- like those attached to your couch -- can’t simply be tossed into the washing machine when you’re ready to rinse out the stain remover. Try these easy steps for removing stains from non-washable fabrics:

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Step #1 -- Spray the stain. Saturate the stain with Puracy Natural Stain Remover.

Step #2 -- Wait. Wait at least 15 minutes before laundering. For tougher stains, use a soft boar’s hair brush to work the stain remover into the fabric, then let it sit for at least 8 hours. The longer you wait, the better your results will be. If you don’t have a brush handy, then agitate the affected area by rubbing the fabric together.  

Step #3 -- Blot. Fill a bowl with warm water. Saturate a clean microfiber cloth with the water, gently wring it out, then press it into the stain with light pressure. Rinse and wring your cloth as often as necessary, and switch to a clean cloth if needed. Keep using the wet cloth until you’ve rinsed both the stain and all of the stain remover from the fabric.


Once you try the above stain-removal methods, we know you’ll agree -- enzyme-based cleaners really do work! But don’t just take our word for it; here’s what a few of our satisfied customers had to say recently:

“I was skeptical about trying a plant-based stain remover. Boy was I wrong! I have yet to find a stain that Puracy cannot remove. I am so thrilled!”

I have been using this product for about 2 years now and it gets tough stains out, even things that have been washed and dried multiple times. There’s almost nothing it won’t remove... from dirt to food anything u can think of with little kids.”