Frequently Asked Questions
A malodor is what we perceive when our noses detect certain chemicals present in the air in very small amounts, between less than 1 and 100 parts in 1 million. Aveho traps or breaks down these chemicals. As these chemicals and the Aveho particles come into contact, Aveho will capture many of them, whether they are in the air or water. Once they are captured, they will either remain bound to the Aveho particles, or they are converted into different chemicals that do not smell unpleasant.
A malodor is another way of saying “bad odor”. These are often made from molecules that contain nitrogen, oxygen, and/or sulfur. Aveho will selectively target these compounds, and will bind them, or convert them to substances that don’t smell so offensive.
Many people erroneously think antimicrobials remove all odors. Antimicrobial chemicals only remove odors caused by microbes (bacteria in particular). When microbes digest their food source, they generate malodors. However, many odors are not bacteria-based. Many odors are derived from non-bacterial sources (that antimicrobials would have no effect in eliminating). So while antimicrobials will only remove bacteria based odors, Aveho will remove far more malodors, including bacteria-based odors. In addition, Aveho can remove these malodors without destroying beneficial bacteria. The limitations of antimicrobials can be overcome by using Aveho in conjunction with (or instead of) antimicrobials.
Activated carbon absorbs a large variety of smells. In fact, activated carbon absorbs both malodors and desirable fragrances. Because carbon attracts so many different odors, its capacity is exhausted quickly, and is no longer useful. This means that a significant quantity of activated carbon would be required to eliminate a specific, pervasive malodor. Aveho is a selective odor elimination technology. Different classes of malodors, whether based in sulfur, nitrogen or oxygen, are specifically targeted by different types of Aveho. This means that Aveho won’t get used up as quickly as carbon, and has the potential to continue to eliminate malodors as they are generated. One concern with carbon odor removal products is they tend to be dusty, and the black carbon can create an unwanted mess.
Each situation is different. Depending on how much Aveho is applied and how stinky the environment, Aveho has the capacity to continue to remove malodors for significant time frames. Aveho is water soluble, and may be washed away by water.
Aveho has been shown to work in as little as a few minutes. Some applications may require the treated area to be dry. Some applications can take a few hours or a few days before the odor is eliminated. Applying the Aveho nearest the source of the odor will help to eliminate the odor most quickly. Moving the bad smelling air towards the Aveho is also helpful in reducing the time required to eliminate the malodor.
Aveho is best suited to eliminate odors caused by urine, feces, trash, rotting food and sewer-like odors. These malodors are based in sulfur and nitrogen. It also has the potential to eliminate other malodors not listed here. This new technology has not been tested with every malodor. We encourage you to try it, and would love your feedback! Please fill out our quick survey at SurveyMonkey.com/r/aveho or email us at .
Aveho can be used in a wide variety of applications. Aveho can be applied to fabric, upholstery, carpeting, absorbent materials, hard surfaces, and many other places. Due to the high capacity of Aveho to remove malodors, there is no need to over-spray or over-apply Aveho, as this may leave a residue. Aveho is water soluble, and may be washed away or vacuumed when dry.
Aveho does not have any application-specific FDA approvals. If you are interested in using Aveho in an application that requires FDA approval, please contact us.
Aveho is Latin and means “to remove” or “to carry away”
No, because Aveho targets sulfur, nitrogen and oxygen containing compounds—it is not effective in removing VOCs.
Do not ship or store Aveho where it can freeze (32°F, 0°C) as this will cause the product to no longer mix and function properly.
Aveho has a shelf life of 18-months. The product packaging has a manufacturing date stamped on it.
The particles that remove the odor are suspended in water but when they are allowed to dry they can clog the small openings in the sprayer. To unclog the nozzle, insert a thumbtack, safety pin or paper clip into the end of the nozzle.
In 2003, Kimberly-Clark initiated a research program to improve odor removal in their products. After several years of research, development, and testing, the team achieved the “impossible” by creating a new technology in odor removal. They called it Aveho, which means “to remove” in Latin. The technology lived up to its name and actually could remove the odor, without the need for any fragrance. Along the way, Kimberly-Clark amassed eleven patent families, covering numerous countries. Eventually the Aveho technology was made available for license.
UltraTech International, Inc., a global leader in environmental products, is a company dedicated to making the world cleaner and safer. Its newly created Advanced Technology Group (ATG) was created to incubate and commercialize disruptive and cutting-edge technologies. Aveho was an exciting technology that perfectly fit the ATG’s mission and scope.
A unique, exclusive licensing arrangement was worked out between the two companies in 2014. The innovative license agreement was awarded the “2015 Deal of Distinction” from the Licensing Executives Society.
In 2016, UltraTech officially launched the Aveho product line. It is now being sold industrially in many countries and is being sold for consumer use in several countries, including the United States. It is offered as a pet spray and has been shown to completely remove odors from carpets, rugs, pet bedding, kennels and other pet areas. It is also being used to remove smoke odors from cars on a consumer level as well as car washes, detailers, and dealers. In addition, hotel chains have been testing the use of Aveho in their daily cleaning routines to remove smoke, pet, urine and other odors. A new development, set for release in 2019, will have a binder added to Aveho to allow it to be applied to apparel, shoes, hunting gear, etc. Treated garments will be able to sustain twenty or more washes. Imagine socks, undergarments and clothing that permanently remove body odors.
Other developments include odor removal “bombs” to use on whole rooms, toilet and urinal cakes, smaller travel sizes, additional aerosols and more.
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- Press Release - Deal of Distinction Award given to UltraTech International, Inc. and Kimberly-Clark Corp.