De.Solv.It® was first developed as a citrus based solution owned and patented by the American company Orange-Sol Group of Companies Ltd. It was discovered in the 1930's when a Californian dentist noticed that the oil from the skin of an orange he was eating removed previously impervious resin stains from his hands.
De.Solv.It® went on to be used within the medical profession for removing sticky plaster from skin and cleaning contaminated wounds for over 60 years. De.Solv.It® was then selected by both the US Coastguard and UK Authorities to help in the clean-up operation after the Exxon Valdez and Sea Empress oil spills. Over 500,000 gallons of product was used to clean shoreline, personnel and equipment.
In the mid 80's, Orange Sol's President and son-in-law to the founder of De.Solv.It® came over to the UK and met with Mykal's (then Chairman) the late Mike Dent. A strategic alliance was formed between the two companies and Mykal acquired exclusive European rights to manufacture and distribute the De.Solv.It® product range. Mykal have used their knowledge of the original De.Solv.it® technology to further develop and manufacture a definitive range of products by utilising special blends of natural and synthetic ingredients that are safe to both the user and the environment.
In 1993, Mykal introduced De.Solv.It® Universal Stain Remover and Pre-Wash to the Retail sector. Over the ensuing years this has gone on to become one of the top selling stain remover brands in the UK,. De-Solv-it® is now available in a variety of formats including liquids, aerosols, wipes and gels.
The brand continues to make ground in both decorating sundries and 'Hi-Tech' cleaning chemicals with more and more key products, brand names and trade marks being added to the group; the main ones being DIY award winner De.Solv.It® Sticky Stuff Remover.