Does Stream Clean Really Work?

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Does Stream Clean work?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 Claim
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.

The Hype
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.

The Cost
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.

The Commitment
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.

Our Recommendation
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.

If you want to get rid of your pet stains we suggest going with a highly recommended brand like Out! Stain & Odor Remover or Nature’s Miracle.

What do you think? Does Stream Clean work or not?

40 Customer Reviews on “Does Stream Clean Really Work?

  1. I use stream clean all the time. My dog occasionally makes mistakes ( when it is raining or terrible outside). You have to use common sense. Catch it early. Towel up as much as possible. Use the stream clean. ( I like no hands and knees). I saturate the spot, let it sit for a few minutes, then drop a shop towel on the spot and apply circular pressure with my foot. I leave the towel in place for a couple hours then lift it off. Most of the liquid and stain lift off with it. I cactus the next day and use my shark or Bissell once a week to clean my whole carpet. I have kids and pets. My carpet has no smell with this regimen and stream clean has been effective as a spot remover even on red koolaid. So I use this as part of a carpet cleaning regimen. It has been effective on stains from all bodily fluids. I have not used this on cat urine. The only product I have ever used semisuccessfully on cat urine came from Urine Planet. I think you will be satisfied with this product if you do not expect miracles. It is not going to replace serve – pro at a crime scene but I have gone back again and again. If you don’t want your 2 cans I’ll gladly give you 10 dollars. Definitely hands down beats wool it and resolve for stains

  2. I work with people with special needs. I tried it on a fresh stain from a liquid poop diaper leak. I was very impressed with the odor control. It went from nauseating to breathe through your nose in seconds. Ten minutes after completing clean up a guest came in and couldn’t detect the smell after being asked if they could smell anything. The stain left on the carpet is another matter. Where it worked it worked really well and the carpet is lighter than the surrounding carpet that wasn’t affected however the central stain keeps coming back. I left work soon after the accident. The next morning when I returned the stain looked almost new. I reapplied Stream Clean and blotted the new application. More mess came up on the clean surface. I kept spraying and blotting until the stain was barely visible. I sprayed again and left it to soak while I took my client out for a while. When I returned it was dark and terrible looking again!!! This time I sprayed and scrubbed. It’s now Monday morning and guess what I see when I walked into work!!?! Yep. It’s back like Jaws 3. I’ll try something else to see if I can get the stain out today. I’ll use this to kill odors but not so much on stains. Luckily I only have $5 into it since I picked up up locally on clearance.

  3. Save your money. While the TV ad looks great it fails to show that you have to get down on your hands and knees to blot the crap up, which by the way does nothing for old stains at all. It does have a clean smell but that’s all you get for your buck and not worth the time to send it back because you have to pay return postage on it and they only pay you what you paid for the cans not their overpriced shipping charges

  4. Zep Pet and Odor Remover is the absolute best. Get it from Home Depot. 32oz spray bottle. The easiest product to use with the best results for under $5 !!!!!!!!!! I have tried so many products over the years and no one can match this one. It even gets rid of cat spray smell!!!

  5. I found this site and all the reviews AFTER I had purchased the product, and after a few choice words and self directed lecture to myself on buying off an infomercial, I accepted the realization that I just threw about $35 out the window. Once my three cans of worthlessness arrived, I was reminded of what a schmuck I had been, and I came very close to just throwing them all away… and I’m so glad I didn’t!
    I have two miniature dachshunds, so to say I’m given plenty opportunities to test an array of products is a huge understatement, and up until now, the winners have been vinegar and SCOE10X. Yes, vinegar neutralizes urine and blah blah blah… it STINKS! And SCOE10X works wonders on ANY odor… but you have to be precise with the mixing, wait 20 minutes, treat the area, then wait another 20 minutes before you can clean the area with detergent. This product not only worked PERFECTLY as a pretreat for the urine spots, but it also removed an old, dark stain that resurfaced soon after we moved into our house from the previous resident (we live in military housing, so we’re ultimately responsible for any damages to the house and/or carpets so we waste no time on products that can’t live up to military standards). My method was simple… I sprayed the area, let it set in for a little bit (probably 15-20 minutes), then used a carpet cleaner on the area. Did I still have to use the cleaner… yes, of course… BUT when I was finished, the area didn’t smell like cleaning solution covered urine… it smelled FRESH!! And THAT makes this a winner in my book… and, more importantly, no cleaning fees when we move on to our next location!

  6. This product works. I got rid of a really old red wine stain that had been shampooed. It’s not meant to clean your entire carpet. Read the instructions on the can, not hard. I suggest shampooing your carpet first and then find the residual stains. For deeply stained areas you will have to treat more than once, again follow the instructions. No scrubbing, you will need to “blot” the area sprayed but there is absolutely no scrubbing involved. I actually wanted to create more stains just to watch them disappear. Quick fix for area rugs too.

  7. I have tried Steam Clean and I am truly impressed!!!! I have four dogs and it has removed every dog stain I have tried it on. I used it on an old large stain of unknown origin that I have tried to shampoo out several times with no success, it took it out like magic.

  8. Rarely do I buy from infomercial gimmicks, this one though had me thinking. Thankfully I read the reviews. My concern is, it doesn’t say if its a liquid being soaked in and through to the padding. That is a red flag to leave moisture run thru the padding and onto the under laying flooring. (mildew). Just had new carpet installed and the under flooring was a concern when laying it. Pre treated the wood and layed padding. Lo and behold the under flooring is stained and the staining has seeped thru to the light colored beige carpet. Its embarrassing since my pets are accused of making this stain! Yet the Black light does not show it as a urine stain. Even the floor guy said that a stain buster may work but I am out 900$ for a carpet due to the underling flooring. Tried the baking soda, vinegar and even borax diluted to remove this stain. Even Heloise is no help on this ….

  9. You`re out $16 if you return the 2 bottles. You get the $10 credit.
    It`s going to cost you about $6 in shipping cost to return.
    You`re back to about $26. Don`t buy it!

  10. I just saw this add and decided to see if the claims were true. As i suspected a resounding NO. What I noticed when the add was playing and he was spraying the stain the urine was being shot all over by the product. How can that be good. And to just leave the whole mess to soak into the carpet and pad is insane. If you are just plain lazy this product is for you. But if you care about your possessions then you will need to work at keeping them clean and get on your hands and knees if you have pets. For better results use vinegar and a wet/dry vac to extract as much of the urine as possible.

  11. I haven’t tried this, but I can tell you that a rug cleaner called Carbona is a miracle product — will clean anything and everything out, including pet stains, with no odor or stain residue. Works like magic, even on old stains. Comes with a little brush attached to the bottle. I swear by it.

  12. Had a problem with a puppy slingin’ rancid dukes in my house, causing it to smell like death warmed over. Unfortunately, I also tracked in some dog feces after squishing through a big meaty chud in the front yard. While staying up late one night watching some late night fare on Lifetime and after watching the dog drop a big fudge dragon in the foyer, I happened to catch a commercial for this product and, desperate, I decided to buy a can and try it.

    It worked ok, I guess, but her place still reeks of the brown dragon and the dog still sniffs out the same spot to drop a chocolate hot dog. By “worked ok”, I mean that it did a decent job of removing the stain of the big mud monkey Ol’ Blue pinched in that foyer.

    Oh well. I guess I can live with the smell of dog deuce as long as I don’t have to look at it.

    1. We’ve been looking into getting a can of this stuff, and your review helped so much. My wife is in tears after reading your review…hilarious. Bravo!

  13. I have to agree with Christine and Vanessa on this one. How is it going to work effectively if it doesn’t require scrubbing? Sure, deodorizing the carpet is a great idea but even that will only get you so far. This includes if you have young pets who need training or older pets who are unfortunately unable to hold it in as easily anymore. I’m sure it could be a good accompaniment to cleaning up the mess but I seriously doubt it works as a stand alone product.

  14. The Stream Clean really does work, but you have to add some elbow power behind it. You canโ€™t expect to spray it on the stain and it come completely clean as no product can do this for you. The best part is it gets down deep and takes away all odors at the same time. I had to use a bristle brush after I left the cleaner on the stains for a while. Once you do this, then the stains will come up. The price is high for the cleaner that other pet cleaning products can do cheaper. Depending on how bad your stain is it can work

  15. I wanted to find out about this product from those who bought it. What I found when searching Google For “StreamClean Reviews” was at least 25 sites to fake consumer review links that take you to a blurb about the product, link to the sales pitch video, and a link to BUY it.

    So they are stacking the internet with fake sites to push aside real review sites. I made 10 different efforts to finally find THIS site.

    For that alone, I would never buy the product. I have a large bottle of Natures Miracle already in the cupboard…. just will make sure a spray bottle is kept with it, in case of an emergency.

    Man does that guy HOLLAR in the ads…. I guess LOUDER tries to make it more true.

  16. I just bought it. I have relativity new carpet. I also have a new puppy. I’m a clean freak and it took a lot for me to have an inside dog, but i did it for my wife for Christmas. So yeah, we have urine stains everywhere. I don’t think this stuff is meant as a carpet clean for large areas. And I also don’t think it’s meant for really old, really dirty carpet. I had new carpet, and about 5 months worth of pet stains. Now, when you clean urine… you should soak all the urine up with toilet paper before clean. Don’t just clean the urine stay in the carpet and expect ANY cleaner to remove the stain plus all the liquid. Stream clean is a stain remover. Now, did it work? Yes. Every little urine spot on my carpet that has been sitting for a few months is gone. All of the “stain rings” are gone, odors are gone, all of it. However, all the heavily traffic areas were people walk is still a little darker in the carpet. But like I was saying, this stuff is for spot and stain remover. Don’t expect for it to replace having Stanley Steamer come over. This worked on my carpet. I have lighter carpet, and new carpet that wasn’t already dirty and stained, so I can easily see a difference. If your carpet is 10 years old, already filthy, you don’t soak up the urine out of the carpet when your pet pees, or just put some water and soap on the urine and spread the urine deeper into the carpet, then don’t expect this stuff to fix your problem. You probably just need new carpet. Stream clean is a very effective spot remover. Oh, and I’m a 28 year old guy. So this isn’t even my thing to talk about. But I’m also a business owner and don’t like seeing a good product driven into the ground.

    1. I used it last night before steam cleaning my carpet and I am very please with the results. I would buy it again.

  17. Just wanted to say thank you to Marvin Millman for leaving his review of “Stream Clean” – I almost purchased this tonight after seeing the commercial on TV, but thought I should check around for reviews since it just seemed to good to be true. I appreciate the time Marvin took to let people know what a joke this product was – He has saved me and probably a lot of others from wasting their $$ on yet another televised scheme… – Unfortunately, I’m the type who always falls for these stupid schemes and have wasted a lot of money on them in the past!! BUT Not this time Stream Scheme Clean! (Thanks Marvin!)

  18. The product is useless. It does not take away the stains. The commercial is totally dishonest. The black light gadget is a joke. After you use the cleaner the black light still shows dirt. In fact it shows dirt on surfaces that have been washed and disinfected several times. The only thing that this product cleans out is your wallet.

  19. I kind of got a bit suspicious at the claim that you don’t even have to scrub. I mean, we’re talking about carpeting here. I don’t see how you can neutralize pee entirely to the point that you can just leave it sitting with stream clean and everything cleans by itself. I haven’t tried, so I can’t say for sure, but I agree that this is a very risky buy. I’m a little tempted, only because my stupid dog doesn’t stop peeing around the house, but 26 bucks is no chump change in this economy.

    1. I agree. You would think you should at least have to get some paper towels and soak up the neutralized pee/Stream Clean combo. I’m a clean freak when it comes to these sort of things, so I certainly couldn’t leave it at just spraying. I’d have to clean up the stain with soap and water first, then spray, then sop up the cleaning solution. I don’t currently have a pet, but I could’ve used something like Stream Clean (if it really worked) for my cat who liked to “mark his territory” (a.k.a. pee) around my house every once in a while. :-/

      1. I don’t own any pets, except for a few goldfish that swim in the pond and fend for themselves when looking for food. Two of my friends have dogs who are getting up there in age and tend to have frequent accidents. When they saw a commercial for Stream Clean they were super excited and purchased a few cans. Even though the company claims that there is no need for scrubbing, I disagree! Each time I enter either of their homes I can smell dog mess mixed with a cleaning scent. Stream Clean might break up the mess, but it doesn’t totally disappear.

    2. You can clean pet stains & odors with regular vinegar. You do have to scrub if the stain has been there for a while; but, it’s worth it to do it with NO toxins & NO rinsing. Vinegar kills & prevents mold & mildew. Using water only promotes those. After it’s dry, the vinegar smell dissipates. I’ve gotten out male cat pee (which is the worst!) in an apartment where they didn’t know I had pets & when I left after a year, they NEVER knew! I even had male cat pee on a brand new futon & poured vinegar straight through it (with plastic under & towels on that to soak up excess) & used towels to soak up excess on the top. After I lifted the affected end & let a fan hit it while using a hair dryer pointed at the other side, it was TOTALLY ODOR-FREE! That happened 2 more times (cat was doing this because of an illness), & each time I had the same results.

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