“ Brand: 1001 / Type: Carpet Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
All the interior designers that we watch on the television home makeover programmes advise us that the pale coloured wool carpets are the way forward.
I have to agree with them, the pale carpets look beautiful, but functional they are not!
When we last redecorated our lounge we had a wool Berber carpet laid in a darker shade of beige.The carpet isn't really animal friendly and it certainly doesn't allow for the grandchildren visiting!
But in its defence I will say that it cleans up a treat. The first time it was shampooed I hired the machine from the dry cleaners, it was expensive and the end result wasn't exactly what I had imagined. I was shopping in Morrison's supermarket one day and noticed the 1001 carpet shampoo so decided to try it out.
The shampoo has been especially formulated to clean large areas of carpet and you can also use it on upholstery.
I had to double check the instructions to make sure that it could be used on wool carpets, but its fine, even to the point of being `Wool Approved`. If it had contained any bleaching agents then I wouldn't have attempted to clean my carpet using it
I left it until late evening to shampoo the carpet, then it would dry overnight. First of all you need to give the carpet a good vacuuming.
When you mix the shampoo use the ratio of 1 part shampoo to 6 parts of warm water and whisk the liquid until it has a foam on top. I mixed my 1001 in a washing up bowl so it gave me room to build up a good foam.
Apply the foam using a clean cloth or a sponge and then start to massage the foam into the carpet fibres. If you work from the corner of the room that is the furthest away form the door it means that you don't have to walk back onto the wet carpet.
As you shampoo a square metre or so take a clean cloth and wipe away the dirt and foam as you go along.
My carpet had a few stubborn stains where the grandchildren had spilt fruit squash, but a little extra pressure lifted the majority of the stain.
I would think that it took me over an hour on my hands and knees cleaning the carpet.
When I had completely finished I left it to dry out overnight.
The next morning it when the carpet was dry I gave it a good vacuum over, the carpet looked brighter and the `pile` had lifted where it had been scrubbed. It had a nice clean smell too.
The odd few places where I had scrubbed a little harder to remove stains were noticeable, but I thought that they would blend back in again with time.
The 1001 has a fibreshield polymer ingredient which helps carpets and upholstery stay cleaner for longer.
The overall end result was good and it was an affordable and effective way of freshening my carpet.
If you are tempted to try cleaning your carpet or three piece suite using 1001 make sure to do a tiny `test square` first to check that the carpet/fabric is colourfast.
Remember not to use too much water when you are cleaning.
This type of 1001 cant be used in cleaning machines, it is not suitable.
1001 carpet cleaner can be found in most leading supermarkets and hardware stores.
I have mainly hard flooring in my house apart from the bedroom and hallways. I originally bought a bottle of 1001 carpet and upholstery cleaner to remove a stain on my bedroom carpet, but I ended up re-arranging the furniture, so the stain was covered anyway- problem solved! I do have a rug in my living room though, and it was looking a little bit scruffy, so I decided to shampoo it with this stuff.
~About the product~
This is a shampoo for carpets and upholstery which it states is especially for large areas. It contains Fibre Shield protection, although it doesn't really explain anywhere on the bottle what that actually is, but I assume it means that it protects the fibres of your carpet as it cleans.
This comes in a yellow bottle with a dark blue screw top cap. It is similar to the picture above, but the colours are in reverse.
To use, you must first thoroughly vacuum the carpet. I would stress that you do need to make sure you have thoroughly vacuumed it, as although I did go over it with the hoover, I realised as I applied the shampoo the sponge was picking up loose hair and fluff which the vacuum cleaner obviously hadn't picked up.
Once this is done you then need to mix one part shampoo with six parts warm water, and whisk to make a foam. On the diagram on the back of the bottle, they are actually using a balloon whisk to mix the cleaner, but I wasn't keen on using my kitchen utensils on a chemical cleaner, so I put on rubber gloves, and just stirred it with my hand. That seemed fine and made a good amount of foam.
You then need to apply the foam to the area you wish to clean using a colourfast sponge or cloth, massaging into the area, but making sure it doesn't get too wet. If nothing else, this gives your arms a good workout!
Once this is done, you need to use a damp colourfast cloth to soak up the dirt and foam from the treated area. I thought I would actually see dirt on the cloth, but I couldn't, it was still white, so I was a bit sceptical as to whether or not it was working.
Also, at this point in the process I took off my gloves, but I still must have managed to get some on my hands, and it did make them feel really dry, so if possible I would recommend using rubber gloves throughout the whole cleaning process.
The final step is to wait until the carpet is dry and then vacuum the area. I found that it took quite a while to dry - about fiver or six hours, and bear in mind I had the heating on for some of this time too.
I could see a difference even when the rug was still wet. It looked brighter and just generally cleaner. Once it was dry it still looked good, but the real difference was apparent when I vacuumed it. I think it could have been because the vacuum brought the pile up and made the rug look fluffier, but there was a real difference in it's appearance. The rug looked a lot brighter and fresher, and apart from one little mark which I noticed was still there, it actually looked like it was brand new. I have to say, I was really impressed.
This costs £1.95 for a 450ml bottle from Wilkinsons.
I thought that the process for using this looked quite long, as there are several steps you need to go through, but in reality mixing the shampoo and applying it didn't take very long, even though the rug I was cleaning was fairly big.
The results were amazing, the rug looked absolutely fantastic, and as good as new. If you want to get your carpets clean, and looking fresh, I would definitely recommend this.
I hate mess and I am a reletively tidy person and like to make sure that my house is spick and span, but at the end of the day who can keep a house perfect 24/7. Within my house majority of my carpet is dark or I have laminate floor in certain areas of the house, however I have got one or two rooms that do have very light rugs and do tend to get dirty a little.
Its a typical scenario, having a few mates around, having a couple of glasses of wine (red wine) and if any is going to get spilled it goes on my cream rug instead of my brown carpet, how can people be so inconsiderate. Its same with the dog, I will take him for a walk or he will go into the garden and instead of waiting to have his paws wiped, he looks at me as to say, not yet and runs into my lounge and gets mud or dirty patches all over my lounge rug. I am to blame in my bedroom though unfortunately. I have a very light carpet in my smaller bedroom and that room is what I consider to be my girlie room, where I always get ready and do my make up. Whenever I leave myself alone with bronzing pearls, we do not get on together and they just try to get away from me, or should I say I dop them all over the carpet and they get trod in by the dog turning my carpet to a slightly pinky colour in places.
I have tried many different carpet cleaners over the years, however I have 1001 carpet cleaner with fibre shield protection one of the best that I have ever used and always have one in my shopping trolley every so often just in case I need it.
It works different on various types of stains to be honest. Its very simple ti use, just add it to luke warm water, 1 part shampoo and 6 parts water and mix it together, this will create a foam like effect on the top like washing up liquid does. Using only the foam apply this and rub into the stain, gradually as you rub, you will see the stain to start to disappear. Don't get the area too wet, thats why it is advisable that you only use the foam as opposed to the water with the liquid in it. Dab over with a dry cloth and its done. After the carpet is dry, then vacuum it over.
The 1001 carpet cleaner get bronzing pearls out absolutely fantastic and you wouldn't realise that there had been a stain there at all and with the red wine, I was extrememly surprised at how well it got that out. I still have the carpet now and you wouldn't know that there had been a red wine stain there either. One stain that it does battle with however is the mud. Ground in stains are really hard to get out especially if they have been there a while, but give them a harder scrub and they will come out.
One problem I do have is when I am treated a certain area, it is really good and leaves me to have the treat the whole carpet as you can tell where you have cleaned and where you haven't so doing a small task could create you a lot more work, if it didn't really need to be done in the first place.
1001 carpet cleaner is made by the WD40 Company. There are several of products within this range, all equally as good as each other. They are not expensive either and normally cost a couple of pounds within the supermarket. Its always worth putting one in your trolley, you never know when you might need it.
Now, i am not a believer in these adverts which show a red wine stain being miraculously and instantly wiped out with a carpet cleaning spray. in reality, you're looking at needed a burgandy carpet at being the only repellant against the dreaed wine spillage. But it could just be that, by accident, i have discovered a cleaner that works. We moved into our new flat last year, with the horror of a beige carpet in the lounge. I say beige, it is now move of a grotty grey. Anyway, the lovely people who had lived there before left us some cleanig products, including the fabulous 1001 carpet cleaner. So when the man from Telewest came to install out system and leaked a black biro on the carpet, it had a quick call up. The instructions are very particular - mix the cleaner with water and DAB, don't scrub. So, the usual wave of 'this will never work' swept us but we give it a go. We dabbed and it faded slightly so we dabbed some more and it faded more, and about 7 dabs later, low and behold, the potentially very costly biro legacy had vanished. A miracle. I have never been able to get anything out of carpet before ever. The stuff is fantastic. It takes perseverance to get heavy stains out - we have since trid it with tea (a tea bag fell out of the bin), spaghetti and mud, and we still have a stainless carpet. The instructions on the bottle are daunting - dab, don't rub, be gentle, use a specific cloth, but when you see hte results you'll be glad they were. I thank the kind predecessor to our flat for their generosity in leaving such a wondrous product. 1001, i shall never worry about carpet stains again!!!
The cleaning agents in 1001 Shampoo loosen and lift dirt from the carpet fibres whilst the unique FibreShieldTM protection system provides an invisible defence against dirt, keeping your carpets cleaner for longer.