It has been a while since I have bought this and I still have the first can that I bought so a little must go a long way!!
The original reason I purchased this is because I stupidly fell in love with a cream and black fabric suite for the living room, try as he might my hubby never managed to talk me out of it and we bought it!
1001 Mousse comes in an aerosol type can, it is mainly yellow with blue writing. The top however is not a push button/spray nozzle type can but it has a brush for a head which is covered by a large blue opaque cap.
To use this you simply have to push the brush part down on the surface you want to clean, let the mousse come out, leave for a little while and then use the brush to massage the mousse in and the dirt out, when dry you need to vacuum it.
My thoughts ~
After buying the already mentioned cream and black suite which consisted of two rather large sofas and a pouffe, I wanted to keep it looking lovely. The back scatter cushions and seat covers were removable and washable unfortunately the rest was not.
At the time I only had three of my four children and the youngest at the times was about 14 months old. He was quite a sickly baby, constantly picking up colds and bugs that the other 2 would bring home from school and he loved to snuggle up on the sofa with his blankie for a cwtch. This didn't cause any problems when he was young but as he got older he would rest his bottle/beaker on the arm of the sofa which inevitably caused marks to form. My elder two boys would also rest biscuits/chocolate etc on the arms and after a while they started to look a little grubby.
I picked up a bottle of this 1001 Carpet and Upholstery Mousse in Asda for about £2 - £3 to give it a try.
I tested it first on the inside of the pouffe as this was the same material as the sofa and when that was fine and no harm was caused I was happy to try it on the arms of the sofa.
I did as directed and at first I didn't think it had made much difference but when it was dry I was pleased that the marks had almost completely vanished, the odd few that were still visible went after another go!
I must say through that I wasn't overly keen on the scent of this mousse, it's a strange sort of scent, like a powdery chemical smell but that does disappear over the following days.
Having also used it on my cream landing carpet after my son couldn't quite make the loo when he was sick I am pleased to say that it works well there too. At that time I was even glad of the strange scent!
So overall I am pleased with this as it does remove marks and stains, and it is easy enough to use.
Thanks for reading :o) x
1001 CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY MOUSSE WITH A BRUSH
After I decided to VAX my bedroom carpet (using 1001 shampoo for 3in1 machines) I checked for any stains and such detective work ended up me finding a hideous orange juice stain by the bed! My bedroom carpet is blue you see and that hideous orange juice stain stood out because it was way over a year old and it turned the nice blue carpet to an brown/black stain!
Looking for a new stain remover in town I came across 1001 carpet and upholstery mousse with a bonus, an added brush! Which makes things a lot easier so no need for separate products and loads of separate cloths.scrubbing brushes etc.
PRICE, APPEARANCE AND HOW TO USE
The price from Wilkinsons was £1.69 for a 300ml can.
The can is thin and long with 1001 down the left side, 'mousse' is displayed across the top in red, a womans half arm and hand is displayed with the mousse can on its side with the brush against the carpet moussing away a stain. Underneath that picture a caption states "Mousse for CARPETS AND UPHOLSTERY" and a further caption states "attacks wet spills and stain."
TO USE THIS MOUSSE YOU NEED TO...
LIQUID SPILLS: BLOT stain with kitchen towel or dry cloth to soak up excess
SOLID RESIDUES: SCRAPE UP excess with a blunt knife
DRY STAINS: VACUUM the affected area
Note: Break seal before use
1) SHAKE can well before use
2) HOLD can 6-12 inches from area and spray evenly.
3) MASSAGE into the area, (larger areas will need a bigger application, tougher stains, need a second application)
4) RINSE the mousse brush
5) VACUUM the area again when dry.
I used this after I vacuumed my room (using the VAX) and used this mousse to clean the stain off. I hoped it worked, and it did!
After I vacuumed I took the lid off the can and sprayed the mousse over the effected area and beagn to rub it in, the smell is a strong one bbut dies off after a minute or so. When I was finished I rinsed the brush and VAXed it over.
The results were incredible, after I shampooed it over and let it dry and after I vacuumed it you could'nt tell I had a stain there in the first place!
In my opinion this product is worth keeping in the cupboard for any small stains or spills that might occur. Their is also no need for any extras like cloths etc. (unless you have a liquid spill where you have to use a cloth to soak up excess) but yeah it is definately worth investing in.
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HAVE FUN WITH YOUR STAIN(S)/SPILL(S)
I've had this in my cupboard for emergency use for a couple of years now as I have cream carpets and upholstery - not the most practical of colours admittedly. Since having a baby in the house, I seem to have used this more and more and now feel that I have tested it enough to be able to share my thoughts!
I purchased the cleaner for £1.99 in my local The Range store (this was, as I say, some years ago and it seems to be retailing at around the £3 mark now). The mousse comes in a aerosol can as displayed above, with a brush fitting on top to ease application.
The mousse is said to have a 'unique rapid drying formula' that gets deep-down into the fibres to remove stains really quickly. It contains no bleach and is supposed to coat the area to prevent re-soiling too. It is said to be safe on all fabrics but, as with all such products, recommends that you patch test in a discreet area before applying.
The mousse is easy to apply, you simply direct the spray nozzle at the stained area and compress the button. The liquid comes shooting out and covers the stain and quickly forms a mousse. You can then rub this into the area using the brush and allow to dry. Once dry you can then vacuum the area and the stain should be fully removed. The process is simple, or was until thie button broke on my nozzle. This meant that no foam was being created when I compressed the button and I now have to remove the brush head and manually push down on the aerosol to apply the product - a bit messy and generally a pain! However, with over half a can left I do not wish to waste the product by simply throwing it out, especially if this turns out to be a common problem.
The liquid does smell quite strong so I would recommend keeping your distance when applying as it is quite a chemical smell. This soon goes after application though. So, most importantly, the results - I have not had a stain yet that hasn't been removed - tea, coffee, mud, baby sick.... This really seems to work effectively with very little effort. Also, the area is not any different afterwards - there is no sticky residue or any evidence that the area has been scrubbed or cleaned. I have also had no problems with discolouration of the fabric. I would definitely recommed every house has a bottle of this 'just in case'!
Last month I had some work done on my flat. It was very messy and involved a rewire, new kitchen, new radiators and part of the bathroom replaced amongst other things. As you can imagine that meant a lot of workmen traipsing in and out over the course of the four or five weeks it took to complete. I actually moved out for most of it and was told my carpets would be covered. Annoyingly, these builders didn't have the common sense to cover the rug in my hall as well (partly my fault for not checking I suppose), so when I came home it was filthy. A good vacuum managed to get rid of most of the dirt, but there was a stain (cause unknown!) which wouldn't shift.
I decided to try the 1001 carpet mousse on it, as this was a product I had bought a while ago to remove a stain from the living room rug and been shoved in the back of the cupboard ever since, just waiting for the next carpet cleaning emergency!
The product is a mousse foam and is suitable for carpets and upholstery. It says on the back that it is a 'speedy solution for treating wet spills, stains and for removing dried in dirt.' It also advises that it is good for removing red wine, tea juice and mud. I didn't actually know what this stain was, but I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!
The mousse comes in a yellow and blue metal can, which has a rubber bristled brush built in at the top. I think it was probably this unique packaging which first attracted me to purchasing the product, the idea of it being that you can really work the product into your carpet.
Before using this, you must prepare the surface depending on the stain. If it's a liquid spill you need to blot any excess up, if it's something solid, you should use a blunt knife to scrape the worst of it off, and for a dry stain like mine, you should vacuum the surface.
So rug vacuumed, I shook the can well and sprayed the product onto the stain. It comes out like a white foamy mousse and has a mild fruity scent. You don't need to leave it on, you simply use the brush to rub the stain in. The bristles of the brush are flexible yet stiff and rubbing the mousse in is a simple process which takes 30 seconds at the most (although obviously it may be more depending on the size of the stain). The mousse soaks into the carpet quickly, but doesn't leave it particularly wet feeling.
Immediately I could see that the stain had disappeared, leaving me feeling very impressed. Of course I have used this product before and it has always worked, but I am so sceptical about these sorts of products there is always a feeling with me that I just got lucky!
Once the area is dry you should vacuum again and give the bristles of the brush a rinse with cold water.
A 300ml can of this costs £3 from ASDA and I have also seen it in Wilkinson's.
Overall I am very pleased with this product. It works well and is incredibly quick to use. I'm yet to find a stain it can't remove - that's not to say there aren't some - but so far it's always worked for me and I will definitely purchase another can once this one has run out!
*Review originally posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne
Since using a 1001 carpet product almost 2 years ago for the first time, I have been using many more since and have to admit I've liked every one I have used.
One of my favourite carpet products from 1001 has been the Mousse for Carpets and Upholstery.
Having 3 year old twin boys you can only imagine half of the stuff they tip or grind into my floor sometimes so it's always handy for me to have something convenient to use to rid any stains off my carpet and something which actually works.
The mousse for me has been ideal, it works, it's very convenient and easy to use, especially as I am a single parent to the twins and have a 3 floor house full of carpet to keep, well sort of, clean.
The mousse comes in 300ml bright yellow and blue tin, the yellow and blue colour theme is the same as the rest of the 1001 products, very easy to recognise and notice on a shop shelf. It's like a polish tin, however it clearly tells you it's for carpets and upholstery, and the design of the top of the tin is very different. It does have a long blue cap on it, but when that's taken off you are met by a blue plastic brush/nozzle with a textured 'button' on one side and a squirty hole and bristles on an angle on the other.
The reason behind the shape and design of this angled, bristled, mousse tin is so you have a quick, convenient and effective way of cleaning up stains without the need of bowls, water, sponges, buckets and most importantly a lot of time to use up.
Once I notice a stain, which is more often than not tomato ketchup or mud I reach for my trusted 1001 mousse. After shaking the tin I hold it 6-8 inches away from my stained carpet and I spray pressing down the textured button I mentioned, this then sprays out a white foam onto the stained area of carpet which then mousses and froths up even more once it lands on the dirty target. Without having to do anything else then I simply change the angle of my wrist to lower the tin slightly and use the bristles on the tin to clean the carpet which I have just sprayed with the mousse. The bristles are not flimsy brush bristles, they are flexible yet hard meaning they can really get into the fibres of the carpet, move the mousse about to help loosen any stubborn stains and really cleans the carpet thoroughly. I should mention though if it is a stain which has been there for quite a while, I'm talking a lot longer than a day then this mousse doesn't get rid of that stain, it makes it fade slightly but doesn't rid it completely. However if it is a fresh stain, being on the carpet at most a few hours, then I find it has no problems in lifting any marks out of the carpet and the brush has no trouble in cleaning it either. Once I've cleaned up a stain with the mousse all I need to do is hoover it when it's dry and the carpet is just the same as before, nice and clean!
The tin does say not to get the carpet too wet, which spraying too much of the mousse will do. Not much of the mousse is needed, depending on the size of the stain of course, but when it first sprays out it appears quite thin, so you do need to be careful not to spray too much but the white, frothy mousse does thicken and appear once it has hit your carpet so you can see how much you've used.
I've used this on different coloured carpets in my home including a navy blue, bright red, beige and an extremely dangerous cream lol. It doesn't stain or mark any of my carpets or discolour them in anyway. Instead it does exactly what I need and want it to do and thats remove any marks or stains from my carpet when need be, or when the twins have attacked lol! I have also used it on many sorts of stains, from tomato ketchup, mud and coffee, to sick and blackcurrant squash - and it has no problems lifting any of these. The mousse does have a slight scent to it, but nothing to chemically or bleachy nor too overpowering or strong, it's just a gentle 'clean' smell which is rather pleasing.
I'd certainly reccomend using this if like me you need something quick and convenient to clean up the odd stains on your carpets. You can buy it in most supermarkets including Asda and Tesco and even shops such as Wilkinsons.
1001 Mousse Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner was something that I discovered a fair few years ago now and I have found it an absolute revelation! I would never have considered myself to be a messy person that mucks up carpets, but every household has its fair share of accidents - whether it be from food and drink spillages, an accident at a party, kids etc etc.
I actually discovered 1001 cleaner at my brothers house. He had spilled something onto his cream carpet in the living area (curry sauce if I can recall correctly!) and ran downstairs in a frenzy to grab this stuff. He sprayed it onto the carpet and proceeded to gently rub it into the carpet for a period of around 5 minutes. He then repeated this again at a later point in the evening. When I was next around at his house I was amazed at how the stain had disappeared! I decided I would try and lay my hands on it next time I went shopping.
The product comes in a mousse and spray form (Possibly more variations but these are the only two that I am familiar with) The mousse is by far the most effective in my opinion and the product that I have in my flat! It is a mousse spray and the product also has a brush attached to the can that you can use to rub the mousse into the stain. It can be used on a wide range of wet spills.....I have used it on Irn Bru, coffee, curry sauce, coca-cola and red wine stains with excellent results on all. It also says on the packaging that it can be used on dry stains such as dirt or mud. It really is a wonder how it works!
The best of these examples was the Irn Bru incident. I had a few mates around to the flat for Pizza and to watch the footy. We had bought one of those 2 Litre bottles of Irn Bru from the supermarket to go with the Pizza. As I came into the flat, I dropped the bottle onto the floor so that when I opened it.......it went everywhere. I then proceeded to get down on my hands and knees and scrub (and scrub and scrub!) After about twenty minutes of scrubbing I left it to dry, hoovered it the next day and bingo! The stains had essentially gone. There is a couple of little spots where the distinctive orange colour of Irn Bru could be seen, but these can be eliminated by second and third applications where necessary.
However, don't be under any illusions. That Irn Bru incident was the most high profile of my spillages and it took plenty of effort to get the carpet clean. It has its uses, which are extemely varied, as described above, but if you spill large quantities of anything over a very large section of carpet, then a professional cleaning company is the way to go. I would also seriously doubt its effectiveness on heavy-duty, hard to clean spillages, such as vomit.
One of the drawbacks of this stuff is the smell. I don't particularly like it, especially the whiff from the carpet as you hoover over the stain. Not great. I can, however, put up with it if the stain disappears!
Overall, this is a great little stain remover and it should definitely be kept in with your bleach and kitchen cleaner as a must have product for household upkeep. Recommend!!
A product that I tend to use from time to time is 1001 Mousse as it is extremely effective for removing spills and stains from carpets. I initially bought this product when I decided to reuse a pouffe that I had stored in the attic for many years. Consequently, it was in desperate need of a clean.
My can is slightly different from that of the picture shown as the mousse is contained within a 300ml aerosol can, where on the upper blue section we find a large sturdy brush. The lower part of the can is yellow where we can see an image of a woman's hand using the product on her cream carpet. We are informed that the product is suitable for attacking both wet spills and stains. Until I read the rear of the can, I did not realise that this product is manufactured by the same company that produces WD40.
To use the product, you need to break the safety seal and shake the can well, then remove the large lid to reveal the sturdy brush. You need to hold the can approximately 6 - 12 inches from the affected area and press down firmly to release the pleasant smelling cream, which rapidly turns into a white fluffy mousse.
You simply use the brush to work the mousse into the stain and leave to dry, which took approximately one hour in respect of my pouffe. However, for badly stained areas you may find that you need to use several applications. Once the area is dry, you can vacuum as normal. In order to preserve the brush, you should wash with cold water after each use.
My pouffe was considerably dusty after being dumped in the attic as dirt and grime had ingrained itself into the material. However, I found I needed only two applications to restore it to its' former glory. I was really impressed at how effective this product was, as I really did not think that anything could clean my grubby and rather neglected pouffe.
I have also used the mousse on my fawn coloured carpet where a small area had been caked in mud and I simply removed the excess with some kitchen towels before applying the mousse. I had expected the newly cleaned area to be evident, but after it had dried I could not see any difference whatsoever.
We are informed that the product contains a unique formula that gets deep into the fibres to remove the most stubborn of stains, such as red wine and tea.
It is advisable to carry out a test prior to using this product, particularly on carpets and you should not proceed if the colour is affected. The mousse should not be used on velvet type materials.
As this product is contained within a pressurised can, it is extremely flammable and should not be used when smoking or placed in direct sunlight.
I was surprised to discover that 1001 Mousse is not a product that is sold in Tesco. However, you will find it in stores such as Asda, B & Q and Wilkinsons for around £3.00. In my opinion, this is an extremely good investment, particularly as you are restoring your expensive carpets and furniture to their former glory.
Such a great product receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Having two small kids, the wife and I decided to stay well clear of light coloured carpets in the house but decided we could get away with one in our room, I mean we are grown responsible adults after all.
One night with a bit too much to drink I set off to bed with a glass of Coke and yes you know what is coming next a fumble in the night for the glass, catching the side of it and spilling the lot all over the cream carpet.
As it had been my stupid fault it got spilled I decided that hangover or no hangover I should deal with the stain, which I had of course left all night to dry in because I could not be bothered getting out my bed in the middle of the night.
I took my wife's advice on what would do the job best and she pointed me to the 1001 mousse carpet cleaner which comes in a bright yellow tin with blue writing and a big blue lid. Inside the lid you have a brush and within the brush is the outlet for the mousse.
The instructions were very simple to follow and as it was a dried in stain I left the mousse on for the longest recommended time then agitated the stain with the brush and you could see the brown Coke stain lifting in front of your eyes.
A wipe clean with a damp cloth later and my ass was saved, the stain had gone and this 1001 mousse cleaner had become a life saver. I would recommend this stuff to anyone it worked wonders on that mark and I have since witnessed my wife remove other marks from our darker carpets throughout the house with little or no effort.
My wife tells me that the tin she bought came from Asda and cost £2.89, you only need a tiny bit of it at any one time so it lasts well and for me is well worth its price tag.
I live in a house where the carpets are bothered by a lot of activity, not only by humans but by several assorted pets! As well as mud marks left by wet shoes and paws my carpets are also often caught up with sticky food residue dropped by inattentive kids which has been trampled underfoot. I'd used liquid carpet cleaners as a quick fix solution - the kind you add to water and have to froth up before applying the foam to the stain. It was always a little time consuming and messy though and I always managed to get the carpet much too wet.
When I saw this 1001 Mousse advertised I was eager to try it. It seemed to offer a much easier way to clean small stains on carpets. The product was a quick dry mousse which meant no sloppy concoctions of cleaning fluid and there was even a hard bristle brush attached to the cannister which meant no need for extra dish cloths.
The 1001 Mousse is available to buy at most supermarkets with mine costing close to the £5 mark at Asda. It comes in a 300ml size sturdy metal can. It has a tall lid and a angled bristle brush head attached to the can. The brush is made of thin, hard but flexible strands of plastic of various lengths and looks a little like a porcupine skin. It is shaped like a teardrop and is approximately 3 inches by 2 inches in size. At the back of the brush head there is a large ridged flap style button. When pressed it ejects the foam from the dispnser hole which is directly below the slanted brush head.
The directions for use printed on the can deal with how to handle liquid and dry stains as well as solid residues. Basic instructions state that you should shake can before use, hold 6-12 inches from the stain and push the button. Massage the foam into the stain from the outside to the centre. Vacuum area when dry.
I have used the 1001 mousse on all types of stains and I must say that there is little the mousse can't tackle. On dry and powdery stains like mud or powder make-up it does most well. On fresh liquid stains it is also very effective and there is never any marks left behind after use. On sticky marks I often find that I need to repeat the process but that eventually the hard brush helps to remove all traces of the residue. On very old stains this mousse does quite well, improving the overall cleanliness of the area but has not always totally erased stubborn stains. Overall though, I would say that most stains or spills that I apply this to are removed and the area is left looking clean and bright.
I find the product easy to use. The button needs very little pressure before the mousse is ejected. I have occaisonally had the whole plastic brush end snap away from the can and in this case it is very difficult to re-attach so that the dispenser holes are aligned. I also find that over time the plastic hairs on the brush tend to become warped and slightly bent but this does not adversely affect it's usefulness.
The mousse is very thick and creamy in consistency. It has a very sharp smell that is similar to other products in the 1001 carpet cleaner range. The fragrance can actually be overpowering and does catch my throat if I get too close. It has an aroma of household cleaning products, not particularly pleasant but very fresh and chemical heavy. The mousse is easily brushed into the carpet and turns into a fluffy white paste. It absorbs rapidly leaving a slightly damp area.
The brush head should be rinsed after each use. I do find that due to excess debris and loose carpet fibres that the brush can become clogged up with hairs and grit which needs to be picked out by hand.
This is overall an excellent product. I often use it after vacuuming like a magic zapper to brush away any little marks left behind and it cleans up the room in an instant, with little waiting time before the treated area is dry. A must have for homes with pets, kids or a lot of mess!
I've always relied on the 1001 range of carpet cleaning products to get out the odd spill from the carpet but when we got a puppy, the odd spill became a far more common occurence (as, although we have 80% tile floors in our house, the puppy seemed to prefer the carpet for making his puddles).
So I browsed the supermarket aisles when I ran out of my current spray bottle to see if there was something better on the market. There were a few other brands but, as I've always been more satisfied with the performance of 1001, I focused on this one. The mousse bottle really caught my eye with the integrated brush as I thought this would be really useful. Armed with a canister of it, I returned home and it wasn't long before I got the chance to use it.
Removing the worst of the puddle with kitchen towel, I removed the lid and gave the can a shake. The spray comes out from underneath the brush, which is of a tough plastic construction. So you just spray and scrub - the scent is pleasant and the brush really allows you to work the foam into the pile of the carpet. This is really handy when you are hurrying as you don't have to cast about for a scrubbing brush. Plus, the canister top is an easily rinsable plastic so you can just run it under the tap and leave it to dry.
All in all, I'd say it was excellent and I wouldn't go back to the spray formula now.
One word for this cleaner.... "FABULOUS"
1001 Mousse is an easy to use quick drying cleaning mousse perfect for treating heavy use areas and with it's built-in brush, 1001 Mousse is the speedy solution for treating wet spills and stains and for removing dried-in-dirt.
The most effective cleaner I have ever used.The brush on the end helps scrub out the affected area,underneath is a button which releases the moose onto the targeted area. Once spraying,you then scrub the area and wolla,the mess has gone.
The spray works deep-down into the fibres to remove stains like red wine, tea, juice or mud really quickly.Infact I used it on what looked like Tar on my carpet,which came off the bottom of a stand.I had small round blobs all over the carpet.I thought that there was no way I would be able to remove this stuff.But 1001 shifted it like it was just some ground in dirt.
The main tip for this mousse though is not to over scrub the carpet in one area and do not overwet.
For Liquid Spills - Blot stain with kitchen towel or clean dry cloth to soak up excess
For Solid Residues - Scrape up excess with a blunt knife
Dry Stains - Vacuum the affected area.
1001 mousse is safe on all carpet types including wool the product contains no bleaching agents or aggressive solvents.Safe on upholstery too.Most normal supermarkets sells this product and it costs £4.00 for a 300ml bottle.
Here is a description of 1001.
Quick drying cleaning cousse for treating heavy use areas.
Unique built-in brush effectively removes dried-in dirt.
Penetrates deep into the fibres.
Prevents re-soiling and leaves no sticky residue.
Contains no bleaching agents or aggressive solvents.
Safe on all carpets including wool.
Supplied complete with usage instructions.
We have our carpets cleaned about once a year by a company that comes in and does them all in a day. Inevitably over the next 12 months we will get the odd small stain caused by; dirty shoes (forever reminding my son to take them off at the front door), food spillages (eating front of the telly) and drink spillages.
For these small stains we use 1001 mousse.
It comes in a 300ml aerosol tin (as shown in the picture). What the picture does not show is, as you take off the lid there is a handy plastic 'scrubbing' brush attached to the tin, just above the apeture where the foamy mousse is released.
I am not a fan of chemical cleaners at all, so it is just as well there is a not a long list of ingredients, though the tin does state that there are leass than 5% anionic surfactants and 5-15% polycarboxylates. I thought i had better look these up as I was writing about them.
Anionic surfactants are basically negatively charged ions that make a detergent work.....actually the explanations I found were much more lengthy than that, but the point is they are relatively harmless.
Polycarboxylates disperse dirt and are chemicals, which is not good, but they are deemed to be safe to use.
~~~~~How to use~~~~~
Just a small squirt on the stained area, this is important; as a mousse the product swells dramatically on release from the tin, so really, you only need a small amount, which you should spray from about 12 inches.
Once it is on the affected area and being absorbed use the attached brush to gently (again important) rub the mousse in and work gently away at the stain. If you brush too hard you will be left with a patch of carpet that is artificially lighter than the sorrounding area.
Wait. When it is dry, simply vacuum over it. Sometimes you need more than one go at a stain, especially if you do not get to it fairly soon after it occurs.
~~~~~Does it work~~~~~
In the main yes. What I have found is, the quicker you get to a stain the better this stuff works. I have also found that good old damp cloths applied before using this help a lot, for instance, a wine stain will only get bigger if you use this without trying to 'mop up' a bit first.
I have also found, as alluded to earlier, less is more. Try a little of this first, you can always use more, use too much and you could end up with an artificially bright patch on the carpet as well as a great pile of foaming mousse that you don't know what to do with.
~~~~~Value for money~~~~~
At around a fiver it is not the cheapest product on the market, but as we use less than a tin per year, to me, that makes it very cost effective. Some of the cheaper carpet cleaners out there are frankly inferior and risk damaging your carpets.
As I have said, I am no fan of chemical cleaners, yet the amount of this used makes it okay in my eyes. It works, it is cost effective and it has never irritated my skin, eyes nos or throat, and that makes it a good product.
There is a useful 'Carpet Care Advice Line' telephone number lsited on the can which is a fre 0800 number.
There is also a website which is not listed on the can, this is an error in my opinion: http://www.1001carpetcare.co.uk/product-range/spot-stain-removal/mousse.html
The website is actually quite useful and includes saftey information.
I have been using the 1001 brand of cleaning products for many years now, the notion that they are the only answer to removing tough stains being passed onto me via my own mother. Since living on my own and then getting married that notion has stayed with me. Whenever I have a tough stain that I cannot get rid of I look for a product within the 1001 range to help me solve that problem.
The 1001 range has been designed to deal and effectively tackle stains and spills on upholstery and carpets and their products come in three different areas. Firstly we have carpet and upholstery fresheners which are carpet fresheners designed to tackle many issues, mainly if your carpet possess an odd smell or if you have a pet and you want to rid the house of the smell they leave behind. Next we have wide area cleaners and here you will find products such as spruce n clean which are designed to treat wood and lamented flooring and many other types of flooring and finally we have the spot and stain removal products which is the category I am most likely to be looking for a product in. Here in this category there will be a product designed to tackle most problems.
The carpet in my lounge is a light beige colour and when you have two small cats who think it is funny to roll around in the mud outside and then trail it inside the house and roll around on the carpet in front of me attempting to look cute (and usually succeeding) my carpet doesnt look clean for long. Running the Hoover over the carpet isnt always the best solution; it might appear to give removed most of the dirt but not all of it. So when I recently spotted a mark on my carpet in the middle of the lounge it began to annoy me, I tried using soap and water to clean it but the stain wouldnt shift and having no idea what had caused it, it was time for me to go and purchase a product from the 1001 range.
I decided to go for the 1001 Mousse for carpets and upholstery which attacks wet spills and stains. This Mousse is slightly different to other carpet cleaners that I have used in that it is in the form of a mousse and it is sold in a bright yellow can with a royal blue lid with the 1001 logo clearly displayed upon the front of the can itself. It retails for £2.95 in Asda and for this money you get a 300ml can of product which I think is extremely cheap for a well known brand and in comparison the Vanish product which is similar in size although not a mousse and that retails for just over £5. This mousse can be found in most supermarkets and high street stores such as Wilkinsons.
Armed with my trusty can of 1001 mousse the first thing I did was to read the actual instructions on how to use it. It is worth noting at this point that when you remove the lid to the mousse the first thing you will see is a brush which is place on the top of the can and is not removable, below the brush is the hole where the mousse is released from and at the back of the brush is the push down button release the mousse.
When using this mousse for the first time you will need to break the seal on the can to release the mousse but before doing so ensure that you shake the can really well before using and then find the stain you want to eradicate and hold the can itself about 12 inches from the actual stain and press down on the blue button firmly, as you do this you will hear the seal break and immediately and then use the right amount of foam to cover the stain but dont wet the area too much, the one thing you will notice is that the foam is not a thick foam and that it is absorbed into the carpet quite easily leaving behind what can be described as a wet patch. Once the foam is on the carpet you use the brush to massage the foam into the carpet, whatever you do, do not scrub the carpet. Once you have massaged all of the foam into the carpet allow that particular area to dry completely and this can sometimes take, depending on the size of the area between 10 minutes and 30 minutes and total, however once it is fully dried you can then vacuum over the area when dry and you should see your carpet looking clean and the horrid stain vanished. If you have a long pile carpet you may need to repeat the application again to fully remove the stain.
This product does have a slight lemon smell which becomes evident as soon as the mousse is released and the smell although isnt strong does linger on the carpet, so not only does it remove nasty stains it also removes any potential nasty smells.
So the question now on everyones lips is does it work? Well surprise surprise, yes it does. The first thing I noticed after I had fully massaged the mousse into my carpet was that the stain looked as though it had been fully removed and this became more apparent as the carpet began to dry. The surface area that I was treating was approximately 12 inches by 12 inches and then not to far away was a smaller stain spot which I treated at the same time and once they had both dried I vacuumed the entire carpet area and the stains had totally vanished. Now those stains had been there for a good few weeks before I treated them with the 1001 Carpet mousse so I was extremely impressed with it.
I recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a stain remover for their carper or upholstery, it is easy to use, relatively cheap to buy and it does what it promises to do.
*** Further Information ***
This product is highly flammable and remains so until it has completley dried, so take extra care when using it. Also keep the can out of direct sunlight and out of the reach of small children.
Website: http://www.1001carpetcare.co.uk/ it is worth taking a look at the website itself because there is a lot of advice on how to remove particular stains. For example if you have candle wax on your carpet the advice is place some ice cubes in a plastic bag and rub over the area until brittle, then cover the area with a towel and then using a rolling pin or the heel of a shoe, shatter the wax and vacuum up.
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1001 mousse for carpets and upholstery comes in a large blue and yellow can with a plastic brush directly above the spray outlet thingy. The mousse claims to "attack wet spills and stains", and I have found it reasonable effective after using it on occassion for the last year or so. On carpets that are patterned it seems to lighten the lighter part of the design, so that patch might show up amidst the rest of the floor, which is a normal, worn and torn shade! :) But it usually gets about 90% of the marks out. Sometimes a second application is needed, and it doesn't fair so well on old stains, or soil-based marks. Someone left a load of muddy footprints on my green carpet, and unfortunately the stains dried in. The mousse will not shift it at all, even though I've tried 3 times, and dampened the stain first. No joy at all with that. Extra stubborn stains have to be wetted and treated 2 to 3 times. The full method of application is as follows: 1. mop up what you can of the (fresh) stain, or dampen an old dried one. 2. apply mousse at a distance of about 12 inches, then work it into the carpet with the brush, working toward the centre of the marks so as not to spread all the mess around to new places! The can recommends a side-to-side motion of spraying. 3. when it is completely dried, vacuum the area, and reapply if needed. The can does last me quite a while, as it is just for emergency spills and stains. I have found it works very well on upholstery, and it leaves a fresh fragrance behind. For a 300ml can it is £1.99, but bare in mind that you only need to use it occasionally. Effective most of the time, so I recommend that you try it for yourself. Although, bare in mind that if you have a cheap carpet with very worn pile, then it may be more of a challenge to clean, as the mousse is harder to work into the fibres. AT least that's what I've found
Firstly some advice if you're thinking of buying a new carpet and have kids/pets/visitors. DON'T buy a lilac carpet - no matter how sexy you think it will look when it's in place. I made this mistake - and now my lilac carpet is only sexy around the edges and under the sofa. Having toddlers invariably puts your carpet, whatever colour, under strain. I've lost count of the number of times that the carpet has been covered with cola, sick, wee, baked beans, curry, ashtray contents, coffee, etc etc. Despite having a Kirby, try as I might I cannot get the stains out of my carpet. Let's face it, there's only so much strategic moving of the furniture that you can do to cover up some of the stains. I've tried a lot of various carpet cleaning shamppos on the market, and this is the best of a bad bunch, but then maybe I'm expecting far too much for 1.99 a tin. The 1001 carpet & upholstery cleaner comes with a brush on the end, so that after spraying liberal amounts on the affected area (after removing any stubborn baked beans that don't want to move and wiping up any excess) you can then give it a good seeing to with the brush. You then leave it to dry and then hoover (or Kirby as the case may be) over said spot and it SHOULD have gone. I say should, because although it does get the worst of it out, there always seem to be a mark left, and try as I might I cannot get rid of it. The mouse doesn't smell too bad - neither totally overpowering nor non-existent. It's actually a lot better on the sofa and chairs than it is on the carpet. Very handy for when drinks get spilt on the sofa during tigger bouncing sessions or when beloved child throws up everywhere. TOP TIP Instead of buying a carpet if you've got toddlers, simply rip it up and stick to concrete. Ok, so it's not such a soft landing for doing tigger impressions on the sofa, but I'm sur
e it'd be easier to clean. You could always wrap the kids in michelin-like suits to protect them - drastic I know but it's something I'm seriously considering at the moment.