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Made by WD-40, they are not the first person that you think of when it comes to cleaning products are they?
I have heard some good reports back from this product and my wife found it on offer the other month so we got it. Our problem is that we have an old cat that likes to be eat grass and then be sick on the carpet.
Instructions on the back of the bottle say:
1) Spray onto the stain and allow a few minutes to settle in
2) Use a sponge to work the product into the stain
3) Blot any excess spray/water from the area
4) How to dry and then vacuum
To be honest, all products pretty much say the same thing.
So whats the verdict? I mean there is not that much you can say about a product, apart from the finished article. Well, I am disappointed. First of all, the liquid does not appear to come out as a mouse or a thick consistency. Its very wet compared the likes of Vanish shampoo. Wet means that it dampens the area quickly and soaks into the carpet, leaving a wet stain. I have then rubbed the product in but it does not produce that much suds, it still stays wet. Up and down and left and right, make sure that it covers everything. But honestly, it just leaves a stained patch. Thinking that maybe because it is wet, but once dried, the stain looks lighter but still sticks out like a sore thumb.
I have tried this a number of times but it still comes up with the same result. Have worked more of the product in a couple of days later but still, no difference.
Another product was needed and a week later, that was applied and the stains have now gone. I shall review this at a later date.
Overall, I am very disappointed and will not be purchasing it again. Despite being one of the cheaper shampoos, it does not have the cleaning power of high quality, high price products.
When I moved into my new house I was a little disappointed in the carpets being cream throughout as I have a three year old (and I am also quite clumsy) but I couldn't afford to replace them. Soon after moving in we had our first spillage in the living room which was bright red paint on that pale cream carpet!! (How do children manage to miss the protective cover on the floor and still get the carpet?!) I was horrified and immediately thought the carpet was ruined. My mum came to the rescue clutching a bottle of 1001 carpet shampoo but to be honest I didn't hold out much hope at all.
1001 carpet shampoo comes in a very bright yellow plastic bottle so instantly jumps out at you from the supermarket shelves. The bottle is slightly rounded, almost oval shape and has a blue plastic lid. On the front of the bottle there is a large sticker which has the name 1001 up the side along with a picture of a hand cleaning a cream carpet. It states on the label that the product a large area cleaner for carpets and upholstery.
I had already given the carpet a really good scrub and the paint had faded a little but it was still clearly visible and it really wasn't looking very good. There are instructions on the back of the bottle which tell you to hoover the carpet before use. Mix one part shampoo with two parts water and it will become frothy, it ended up looking a little like bubble bath in the bucket! Using the shampoo was simple, I used a sponge and after plunging it into the water I applied to the affected area. I possibly used a little too much as it was really too wet. As I started scrubbing the carpet it frothed up more and it became one large white bubbly area! As it was red paint I did scrub for quite some time and soon enough I couldn't see the paint, just white suds so I left it to dry and just prayed it would come up clean. After it dried I hoovered over the area again and was impressed that the stain had faded but it hadn't disappeared altogether so I gave it another go and this time it worked really well and the stain had gone altogether.
You are advised to do a colour test on your carpet before use but I have to admit I didn't do this as I was just desperate to try and rid my poor cream carpet of the red!
I am so impressed with 1001 carpet shampoo as it managed to get rid of the paint stain and I have since used it on cat sick (nice), mud and juice stains and I am happy to say it has come up a treat every time. I also quite liked the fresh scent that comes with the shampoo as others can smell a little chemically!
It is important to keep this product away from children and in some cases you are unable to even buy this product if you are under the age of 21!! I asked my mum where she bought the 1001 carpet shampoo from and she told me it was the local pound shop where obviously it was priced at a pound, but you can find it in all supermarkets and seems to cost around £2.20 or so. I would happily recommend this product to everyone, it has worked wonders on my carpets and for a pound I can't ask for any more!!
When viewed my current house with my son when my husband and I split up I was quite impressed with the magnolia walls and cream coloured carpet throughout the house.....then I moved in and realised that with a six year old, a dog and other visitors it wasn't exactly practical!
A few weeks ago my sister brought her house rabbit down to my house because we were all having tea at my house and she thought the rabbit would like to accompany us! He was quite good for the most part but then he decided to have a wee on the carpet and of course we cleaned it up straight away but the morning after there was a big brown coloured stain in the area he had weed which is what seems to happen randomly! Anyway, I knew I needed some kind of carpet shampoo to clear it up and so I looked in poundland and spotted 1001 foaming carpet shampoo which was obviously on sale for just a pound and so I thought I would give it a go.
The product stands out on the shelves in the shop because it comes in a bright yellow plastic bottle with a dark blue lid. It features a label with the product name and a picture of a hand cleaning an already very clean looking cream carpet (!) and tells us that it is suitable for large areas of carpets and upholstery and will attack ground in dirt and stains.
I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle and firstly vacuumed all of my carpet and then I mixed one part shampoo with two parts water before mixing it up so that it became frothy. I then took a sponge pan cleaner and dipped it in to the water taking care not to over wet it and then rubbed it in to the soiled area. As I rubbed lots of white coloured suds came up on the floor and so I couldn't really see the stain any more but I made sure I scrubbed for a little while in the hope that I was removing the stain from the carpet. I left the area to dry and then vacuumed my carpet again.
I have to say that I was very impressed with how this product took the stain away from my carpet in my lounge. Since I have also used the product to remove a nice orange stain on my bedroom carpet where my dog decided to treat me to some vomit (what is it with everything being orange coloured?!) and it worked well there too. The stains were removed off the carpet and this is all that I can expect from this product. I do have some other dirty marks on the floor which have been there since I moved in but to be honest I do struggle to get down on my knees at the moment after my injury and so I cannot get down to give it a proper scrubbing so for now I will leave them there.
Of course with this kind of product you do need to make sure that you keep it well out of the reach of children and you are also advised to do a colour test on a small area before use...now I didn't do this but only because I was cleaning cream coloured carpets. I think had I been cleaning something dark coloured I would have definitely tested it somewhere inconspicuous as it would have been more noticeable if it had lightened the carpet.
As this product only cost one pound I have to say it is a very good quality and reasonably priced carpet shampoo and one which I recommend.
Thank you for reading my review!
We use to live in a little two bed house that was so small downstairs that the stairs were in the front room and the front door had about a metre gap between it and the front room, the kitchen adjoined the front room and we had an extremely boggy back garden. Add to the lay out of the house the two dogs who liked to run round in circles in the mud and you end up with one very dirty front room carpet especially as it was cream.
I tried numerous different carpet cleaners and this one was one of the better ones, it sells at most supermarkets and costs around £2 for 450mls although I am pretty sure it used to be 500mls just another way they are squeezing more pennies from us.
The bottle is bright yellow in colour so stands out from the shelf against the rest although it does have to fight against the bright pink that vanish use for their carpet cleaner. The top is a screw cap and is blue in colour and the name of the product is on the front in bright yellow on a blue background and a picture of a carpet being cleaned. This product is supposed to be for cleaning large areas of carpet and upholstery, it is claimed on the bottle "It gently works its magic deep-down into the fibres to leave treated areas clean, fresh and revitalised" the main ingredients are 5-15% Polycarboxylates , <5% Anionic Surfactants, Phosphates, Citronellol, Limonene, Linaloon , Citral , Methyl , Dimethyl , Octen and Octadien.
To use the product you need to mix 1 part shampoos to 6 parts of warm water, you shouldn't use hot water incase it shrinks your carpets, you have to hoover the carpet before you use any of the shampoo to remove all loose bits of dirt. When you mix the shampoo with the water it gives a good amount of foam, you simply them apply the product with a clean sponge, I found that the solution works into the carpet easily with litle fuss and not too much of a soaking, you then soak it all back up again with a clean cloth. I found it was easiest to put a towel down over the area and walk on it to ensure the maximum amount of water is soaked back up, it is amazing how much dirt and grime ended up on the towel.
You then have to leave the carpet to dry and of course don't walk on the area you have cleaned otherwise the cleaning would be a little pointless and then hoover again to clean up all the dirt you have loosened. The carpet came up really well and I found that it removed even the tough stains although one bad stain took two attempts and it smelled nice and clean which is an added bonus, I only ever used this product on a cream carpet but of course cream is one of the worst colours of carpet to have so I can only imagine it would work on all colours. The whole process of cleaning the carpet doesn't take too long at all but of course you do have to be patient waiting for it to dry.
I would recommend this shampoo to anyone and used it to keep on top of the carpet even when it didn't look particularly dirty, you would be really surprised just how much dirt there is that you don't see. The only reason I no longer use this is that I finally purchased a Vax to do the work for me but I still have a bottle tucked under the sink for when a smaller area needs work.
As soon as I moved into my new house last November there were a few cleaning products I stocked up on, especially as I was moving into a three floor house filled with carpets, with twin toddlers. I bought a few carpet cleaning products for them needy moments, and believe me in that short space of time there have been a few.
Having used one or two of 1001 Carpet products before I opted for 1001's Carpet Shampoo also.
1001 Carpet Shampoo comes in a 450ml, sort of tear shaped, bright yellow bottle with a blue screw off cap at the top. The sticker on the front proudly boasts the blue and yellow 1001 logo and next to this is a picture of someone's hand cleaning carpet. Above this on a pink background it clearly says SHAMPOO in a large, white font so no mistaking it with any other products, which do actually come in a very similar bottle sometimes. The front of the bottle informs us that this is a Large area cleaner for carpets and upholstery and it attacks ground in dirt and stains.
The back of the bottle gives us a little insight into how this shampoo works, I won't go into it but it does state that it is able to lift stubborn stains and dirt from deep within the fibres of your carpet, so all in all it promises to actually 'clean' it.
It not only provides us with this interesting info but it also gives us some clear, numbered instructions on how to use the carpet shampoo.
Before using the shampoo you do need to hoover your carpet that you are about to clean, would be totally useless trying to clean a carpet which was covered in bits of god knows what right?
You then need to mix 1 part Shampoo with 6 parts warm water and whisk it to a foam. I actually used the sponge I was going to use to whisk it to a foam. You whisk, or mix the way you would with a cake mix, it begins a discoloured, soapy scented water but gradually turns into a bubbly foam.
You then apply this light and airy bubbly foam, with a CLEAN sponge or cloth to your chosen carpet or upholstery - ensuring that that particular area doesn't get too wet.
After doing this you need to use a damp clean cloth or sponge to soak up the dirt and the foam from the shampooed area.
Last but not least you hoover the area that you have cleaned with the shampoo - but you only do this when it's dry.
Now I have used this shampoo on plenty of ground in stains so far, from various coloured carpets including beige, red and navy.
Mixing up the shampoo takes just minutes, and you can see the transformation from soapy liquid to bubbly foam take place before your eyes, which does seem a little strange at first how all this liquid can just disapear. I have been heavy handed with the foam though and believe me it can drench your carpet if you use to much so do take note of the instructions on the bottle. Using just a little bit though I can really scrub into the dirty area of my carpet, I can see the carpet becoming slightly wet, and as I rub it in the stubborn, ground in dirt which tends to be mud or tomato sauce, gradually lightens and lifts until there is absolutely none left at all apart from a damp patch of carpet. It doesn't take a lot of effort to clean up the dirt as the shampoo itself seems to be strong enough to lift the dirt without you having to do too much rubbing with your sponge or cloth.
The shampoo has a gentle fragrance to it, quite simply a clean and soapy scent, but only a mild one. Unless sticking your nose to your carpet though you can't smell it once you've used it. Despite the lack of 'clean smell' though it definitely does 'clean' carpet, especially carpet which has ground in muck from twin toddlers lol!
I have mentioned I have used it on different coloured carpets, even different styles and it doesn't affect their colouring or matieral one bit either which is brilliant.
I swear by this shampoo for cleaning dirt off carpets, with minimal effort you can have carpets looking like new again, well clean at least, just from a few quick rubs of this soapy foam!