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I bought this stain remover from Home Bargains a couple of weeks ago, after an incident involving a cream carpet and a poorly cat. Without grossing anyone out, lets just say I had a rather dark stain which was reasonably widespread, and no amount of scrubbing with the contents of my cleaning cupboard would get rid of it.
Cue a trip to Home Bargains, where I was confronted with a fairly poor choice on the stain remover front, unless I was willing to rip up my carpet and put it in the washing machine. Most of the stain removers were aimed at clothing, and were to be sprayed prior to washing the garment. I was looking for some kind of carpet cleaner, but the closest I found was this Dr Beckmann stain slayer spray, which claimed to be suitable for clothing, carpets, and upholstery.
The product comes in a 100ml spray, so it isn't the biggest of products but is reasonably priced. I paid around £2 for this in Home Bargains, but I would expect to find it in most supermarkets and discount stores such as Wilkinsons or B&M.
The directions on the can are fairly straightforward, but also a bit vague to be honest. It simply says to spray the affected area, leave for a few moments, then scrub with damp cloth to remove the stain. This did leave me questioning how long I should leave it for, how much of the product I should use, how far away the can should be from the stain when I sprayed it, and whether it should produce a lather when scrubbed or if the stain would lift straight off. I bit the bullet and went for it, spraying the area evenly and for as long as I thought was necessary to make it damp enough to lift the stain off.
The first thing that hit me was the smell. It smells very distinctly of oranges. Not just a subtle, background smell, but more of a "Who's been eating oranges?" kind of smell. I do like citrus based smells, and although this was pleasant it was quite overwhelming. However, the good thing about it was that even if it wasn't entirely successful in removing the entire stain, it did make the carpet smell a lot better. Asking the question "Who's been eating oranges?" is much preferable to "Has someone been sick in here?".
As for the stain, well after much scrubbing to the point where the fibres of the carpet were running the risk of being damaged, the stain did get a shade or two lighter, although it didn't disappear entirely. The spray doesn't produce any kind of soapy lather which made me question its effectiveness, but I could definitely tell it was having some kind of effect judging by the colour of the cloth I was using to scrub with. It started off white and ended up....cat sick coloured.
After attempting to remove this stain a few times on consecutive days (my arms can only take so much scrubbing at one time!), it is now much less noticeable, although still there. I have since used this stain remover on isolated stains, for example, on a bit of ground-in mud, or where a bronzing pearl had been dropped and squashed into the carpet, and it's actually very effective on smaller, isolated areas. On widespread areas it will make the stain look better, but won't get rid of it completely. I would question its ability to deal with biro, red wine, and many of the things it claims to remove, although I haven't tried this for myself so can't really pass comment.
Overall, I would recommend this spray for improving the look of stains, but wouldn't pin all your hopes on it. We had already decided to remove the cream carpet (too impractical), and replace with wooden flooring sometime soon, so until that day arrives we have a strategically placed rug to hide the evidence of my cat's indiscretion.
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This is a product I bought to get rid of tea stains all over my chairs, I picked it up for around a pound at home bargains with a complete list of what it removes and on what, tar, wax, fat and pen and even red wine so I assumed it would work on tea.
The bottle is fairly small and only gives 100ml of stain removal liquid. The bottle is around the size of a deodorant bottle
You just spray an amount on the stained around wait a bit and then use a damp warm cloth to wash off, the smell is amazing and really fruity and sweet.
The reason I comment on the size of the bottle not being much is because of the results It gave, the tea, wine and various didn't budge, but I found another great use for it, I noticed the white colour of my sofa was very clean and the colour results were really crisp after, I didn't feel like I had wasted any money because when it failed on one part, It succeeded on another part and I used it to clean the sides of my sofa and various other furniture around my house.
I would buy this to clean up some fabric around the house, but for stain removal its not the best.
I was rather dismayed the other day when I discovered that my five year old daughter had been drawing in bed with a purple felt tip pen. Not only had she created a rather stunning creation on paper but it had also spread onto all her gorgeous pink and white bedding! Although obviously admiring her artistic talent it was all I could do to stop myself from shouting very loudly!
After I had calmed down a little I set about trying to repair the damage. Obviously a normal wash on its own was unlikely to have much impact so I needed to find a strong stain remover and if possible something that was particularly targeted at ink.
Unfortunately Sainsburys did not have a great selection and nothing specifically for ink. I did however spot this promising little spray called Dr Beckmann's Stain Slayer. It's quite a small little can containing 100 ml of spray. It claims to be suitable for clothing, carpets and upholstery which I thought would be useful as we are always getting spills and stains in our living room. It says that this multi purpose formula removes a plethora of stains including chewing gum, candle wax, gravy, butter, tar and even FELT PEN!!
It also displays a rather persuasive statement on the can - it works because we care about cleaning. Well with that and the very convincing name, I was sold and I soon parted with £1.99 and set off home with hope in my heart!
The instructions for use are really quite simple. Spray on the offending stain, leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly under warm water while brubbing gently. The spray does have a really strong citrus smell which you can't fail to notice. It's reasonably pleasant but very overpowering.
The first stains I tried removing were some of those horrible greasy stains that you get sometimes when cooking. After following the instructions I put the clothes in a normal wash and when this was complete I was quite impressed to see that the stain had virtually disappeared. In fact the stain slayer seems to work pretty well on all food stains.
Of course the big test was whether the stain slayer would work on the felt pen stains. I dutifully followed the instructions and used the stain remover on the duvet cover, the pillow case and the sheet (oh yes - she managed to get the full set!). Unfortunately, after the wash and although they have faded slightly, the felt pen stains are still there. I was really disappointed because I really had hopes it would work, especially after all its claims. I think that if I continue to use it, the stains might fade a little more over time but it was definitely not the resounding success I had hoped for.
I will still use the stain slayer though, especially on messy food stains but at the same time I will continue with my quest to discover the ultimate stain remover for ink - any suggestions gratefully received!
As I said I bought it in Sainsburys for £1.99 which was not too bad a price. However, I notice at the moment that it is on offer at £1.32.