Stream Clean might be the answer to your pet’s accidents, and claims that you don’t have to bend down or get on your hands and knees to clean up their mess. It definitely ranks up there for ease of use, just point and shoot is the promise, but let’s see if it really lives up to the infomercial.
Potty training your dog can be a real pain, and even if they’re trying really hard they still don’t make it outside every time. The problem worsens because once a stain has soaked into the carpeting they can smell it with their keen senses and will opt to go again and again in their favorite spot. To take care of the problem you need something that penetrates through the carpeting and vanquishes the odor in the padding as well.
Rather than becoming complacent about your pet peeing inside, you’re helping them by removing the odor that is making them want to go inside rather than outside. At least that’s the idea.
The makers of Stream Clean claim that all you have to do is point it at the mess and give it a squeeze. It causes its own stream and lands right on the urine, neutralizing the odor and the stain. They say you don’t have to scrub, and that the enzymes do all the work. They also say that you can spot unseen messes with the included black light so you can go around your home and make sure that you get it all from everywhere.
They also say that it is safe to use around your pets, so that you don’t have to worry about them sniffing or licking at the spots where you’ve used it. They also say it doesn’t leave behind any sort of stickiness or residue once its done its job.
They’ve got pitch man Marc Gill on this one, and he seems to be taking the reins from Billy Mays as a guy who can basically yell at you and get you to want to buy something. He does a good job of demonstrating how easy it would be to use this, and they show a blacklit stain disappear once the product is sprayed on it. But we’re all familiar with how these infomercials make a product look amazing, and then something is lost in translation when you get it home.
Your total comes to $26, which gets you two cans of Stream Clean and a bonus black light that’s supposed to allow you to spot stains and messes that you can’t see under normal lighting. The black light that comes with Urine Gone, a similar product sold by the same company, was a piece of junk, FYI.
This is supposed to represent less time and effort on your part, and after an initial scan of the house you should be potty free and back to normal, with only regular maintenance necessary as you go forward. Of course if it doesn’t work you’re back at square one, and out a minimum of $16.
The premise for Stream Clean is a strong one, and they make a very believable pitch for the product. It shouldn’t be that hard to come up with an enzyme or other all-natural way to neutralize pet odors. However, you also have to question how “clean” this product really gets it. Even if it stops the odor and the stain, is it really cleaning it up? You’re still left with a mix of cleaner plus urine with some enzymes added to it.
What’s most interesting is that they say that your pet won’t mark the same spot again because the enzymes completely break up the odor civet smell and eliminate it. Excellent the biggest problems pet owners have when they are trying to housebreak their dog. The dog would rather remark their territory then go outside, it then becomes a struggle to get them to choose an outdoor location to do their business.
A call to customer service during regular business hours resulted in the system hanging up on us saying that they were too busy. After several attempts we were able to confirm that you have to send the bottles back if you take them up on their money back guarantee, meaning that you’re going to incur the added expense of return shipping just to get your $10 back. They did say that you could use up the entire product, so at least you wouldn’t have to ship back full bottles.
Final Stream Clean Review
The Stream Clean is getting our Risky Try rating, as it attempts to solve most of the problems associated with your pet having accidents inside the home. Not having to get up close and personal and using a lot of elbow grease is a real draw, and worth trying out if you can brave the possibility of losing out on some money. The reason that it’s risky is that if it doesn’t provide the results you want you’re out $16, as their guarantee is only good on the product price of $10.
We tried out a similar product from the same company, Urine Gone, and it didn’t get the results we were hoping for. In all likelihood this is a similar formula, or the same formula, repackaged so that you can use it while standing. This doesn’t bode well for the product, and the fact that we were unable to reach a live human on the phone after multiple attempts leads us to recommending against trying this.