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1001 Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover

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Brand: 1001 / Type: Stain Remover / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant

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      02.01.2010 10:34
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      Would not recommend

      In my house I have all cream carpets throughout. However I also have two small children between the ages of two and four so as you can imagine they get a little grubby from time to time. I had asked my friend to pick up the bottle solution but when she went to the shops she said that she could find it so she picked this up instead of coming back with nothing. So I thought id give it a go anyways.


      For those of you that have children will know just how messy they can be but when ever the children make a mess I scrub the carpet straight away. I think for that reason they aren't all that bad considering. I have had the carpets now for nearly a year and compared to some of my friends carpets that haven't got children they aren't all that different but there are just some stubborn stains that wont come out.



      How to use:
      For best results, treat stains immediately, before they dry

      1. On fresh stains- thoroughly blot with an absorbent cloth and remove any loose stain leftovers.

      2. Shake the can well before use. Point spray head in the direction of the ink dot on the top of the can. Spray 1001 SPOT SHOT onto the stain. Avoid saturating the carpet.

      3.immediately blot the treated area gently with a cloth.

      4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 until stain is gone.

      5.after full stain removal, gently blot the area with clear, cool water in all directions. Repeat and blot area dry. Do not walk over the area until it is fully dry.

      6. On old stains- let 1001 SPOT SHOT soak in for about 60 seconds to loosen the stain.



      My opinion:
      The can is a little different to the bottle but the idea of it great and so much more easier than having to use a machine but in all honestly I think that it was completely useless. The stains were still in my carpet so I had to go and get a carpet shampooer and also very unimpressed with the stain that it left of my caret, I mean come on its not meant to leave stains its meant to remove then, now I have a big dark, black mark on my carpet and the stain that I tried to remove from the carpet it still there just smudged in more.

      The product states that it is fresh smelling which it really is not. It has the smell of a not very pleasant, strong smell of fumes and chemicals if I am completely honest its not very nice at all.

      For this meant to carpet stain remover my friend paid £ 1.98 for it. I'm not sure if this was on offer or not as I have never bothered to get another one after my experience of using it.

      For these reasons I am going to rate this product a 1 out of 10 and wound seriously not recommend this product to anybody. I would actually tell everyone to stay away from it.



      Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope that it was of some use to you. Thanks again it is very much appreciated.

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        27.02.2009 01:43
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        Great product

        I thought I knew best when getting a new carpet. I didn't have children and I loved the cream look so I bought one for my new house ignoring everyone's warnings about it getting terribly dirty etc.. Now 4 years on I have 2 small children and hate to blimmin' thing. It isn't really an option to buy a new one either as I have an open plan house so it would cost way too much to re- carpet the hole of the ground floor.


        My carpet isn't too bad as I'm forever scrubbing away at marks the kids leave. I know I wouldn't have to do this if I had a darker carpet grrrrrrrr.


        The other week while I was upstairs my 4 yr old decided to draw on the carpet with biro pen.A lovely picture of a girl holding a balloon. I was horrified. I tried everything and the marks still remained. I was shopping in Wilkinsons and I can across "1001 spot stain" to tell the truth. I have used 1001 products before and never really thought much of them but as it was on offer at £1.33 (half price) for 200ml. I decided to give it a go.


        The can is the usual 1001 look. Which are always blue and yellow. It states that it dissolves stains without scrubbing.


        On the back of the can its asks you to do a test on a small patch of carpet first but I decided to just take the plunge and use it straight away as it was only a cream carpet and I didn't have anything to loose.


        How to use
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        For best results, treat stains immediately, before they dry
        1. On fresh stains- thoroughly blot with an absorbent cloth and remove any loose stain leftovers.
        2. Shake the can well before use. Point spray head in the direction of the ink dot on the top of the can. Spray 1001 SPOT SHOT onto the stain. Avoid saturating the carpet.
        3.immediately blot the treated area gently with a cloth.
        4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 until stain is gone.
        5.after full stain removal, gently blot the area with clear, cool water in all directions. Repeat and blot area dry. Do not walk over the area until it is fully dry.
        6. On old stains- let 1001 SPOT SHOT soak in for about 60 seconds to loosen the stain.


        As the satin was old I followed step 6 first. I found the product to be very strong smelling. Not very pleasant to be honest, even though it states on the can that it is fresh smelling. The liquid was very toxic and the fumes made me cough. I was glad that the kids were in bed as the fumes gases out the whole room so I would definitely recommend completing this task just before you are about to go out and then leaving it. I was really pleased with the result though as I could see the stain removing before my eyes. I noticed the liquid bubbling on the stain and then the pen uplifting straight away. I was extremely impressed. I did not need to repeat the process as the stain disappeared straight away.


        I have stocked up on 1001 SPOT SHOT as I think it is a great product. It does warn you on the can that the product is extremely flammable. Without adequate ventilation formation of explosive mixtures may be possible.


        IMPORTANT
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        Avoid contact with painted or varnished wooden surfaces.

        For professional advice on the entire 101 carpet care range. Please call 08000 27 33 40 0r visit their website www.wd40.co.uk

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          28.04.2008 18:07
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          Ideal product to keep handy in case of emergency spillage.

          1001 Spot Shot for carpets is a fairly new addition to the 1001 carpet cleaner range. I bought some because I had black marks on a light coloured carpet. The truth is that I threw a rubber mallet on the floor in frustration and it skidded and bounced along, leaving black skid marks. Nothing would remove it.

          This product comes in an aerosol can (CFC free for those who are interested). It is yellow and blue with a green spot on the front. The packaging does look kind of familiar as it is the same yellow as all the other 1001 products. There is a little plastic spout on the can to help direct the cleaner where you want it.

          First of all you need to give the can a good shake or the liquid just dribbles out when you press the button on the top. Direct the spray which is slightly frothy at the offending mark. Blot up the excess with an absorbent cloth. The instructions tell you to continue to do this until the mark has gone (or you run out of cleaner.)

          I found that two application almost removed the marks but I still had to rub with a damp cloth to remove the rest.

          This product is designed to remove grease, coffee, cola, wine, makeup, and blood. It will also clean up after pet accidents and leave your carpet stain free. It does have a nice fragrance.

          Old stains can also be treated with this and you need to leave it for a minute before blotting up the stain. I didn't find it very successful on an old stain from where I spilled red wine some months ago. There was still a faint mark on the carpet and this stuff wouldn't move it.

          However, it was effective on the scuff marks from the mallet and I have also used it to clean up mud and beer from my carpet.

          The downside of this stain treatment is that you need to use quite a lot of it and at £3.49 for a 200ml can it is quite expensive.

          It is also inflammable which means that you can't use it in a room where the fire is on. Gas and electric fires need to be switched off. If you are asthmatic you need to make sure there is ventilation in the room as it made me wheeze a bit.

          There is more information on this product and stain treatments for different types of carpet at:

          http://www.wd40.co.uk

          This is interesting in itself because I thought that WD40 was a degreaser for engines, rusty metal, etc. This product is made by the same people, perhaps that's why it has such strong fumes.

          This is worth buying and keeping for emergencies as stains are much easier
          to remove if you tackle them right away.

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            16.11.2007 16:02
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            A stain remover that actually works!

            When I get tired, I get clumsy, very clumsy. I drop things, knock things and walk into things as I misjudge how close they are. Sorting out some things that required floor space, I used our study/office for ease of use. Having made my cup of tea I had placed it on the desk but being lazy picked it up and placed it on the floor next to me. 2 minutes later and not realising it was as close as it was, the tea was all over the floor! Now we don't cups….we have MUGS…BIG MUGS.

            Needless to say there was lots of running to and fro with paper towel and damp cloths, trying to clean up as much as possible…you get the picture. The result was that I was left with a nice brown tea stain on a beige/mushroom coloured carpet. Having tried 1001's Carpet Cleaner over the next couple of days it didn't shift it at all, just sort of moved the stain round a bit and the mix of damp carpet and the small amount of milk in the tea also started to make it rather whiffy. So 4 days later, the earliest chance I had, I headed to our local ironmongers to see what was on offer (they tend to have a bigger selection that the supermarket). 15 minutes later, with some help from the staff and £5.25 lighter I walked out with 1001 Spot Shot for Carpets.

            Now initially, I was reluctant to buy another 1001 product when the one I had hadn't worked so I looked at all the different variants of Vanish along with other makes. However, Spot Shot claims "..with it's fresh scent formula it provides immediate help in removing even the toughest stains without scrubbing. Just a quick blast and stains disappear before your eyes. Odours disappear too, eliminated by specially formulated neutralisers. Even old stains from greasy foods, coffee, cola, wine, make-up, blood, oily dirt and pets (including urine) are no match for 1001 Spot Shot's outstanding cleaning power"…With NO other product actually stating what it could treat and the fact that this mentioned coffee (even though mine was tea), and was made by the WD40 Company, I was swayed to make the decision.

            This Spot Shot comes in an aerosol can and looks just like the picture above so no need for a description. However the spray nozzle has a extra piece jutting out from it allow you to have a concentrated jet of Stain Remover.
            As with all stain removers it advises you to test a small area first. I didn't simply because I was impatient and wanted to try it out but then our study carpet was only a cheap one with a very short pile and nothing could be worse than a smelly tea stain!

            Basically after shaking the can, you point and spray the liquid onto the carpet, without saturating it. Blot with a clean white absorbent cloth. Repeat these steps until the treatment is finished then blot with cold clean water with and against the pile and leave to dry…no need for any scrubbing. Don't walk on it either whilst it's drying obviously.
            You can use Spot Shot on old stains too according to the can, just keep spraying, leave for 60 seconds and then blot and repeat until the stain is gone then use the water etc.

            So that's what THEY say, what was it like to use?

            Having shaken the can I aim and fire, it certainly comes out like a strong jet and made me jump the first time! Being such a small jet if you were treating a small stain spot you'd just have to give a quick blast to see where the liquid ended up and adjust your position accordingly. This is surprisingly easy to do despite me thinking I would waste loads trying to hit the target area if it was a small stain. No where on the can does it say 'hold at arms length' or 'x amount of inches away' so I just held it about 6" away and although it comes out very fast, you don't saturate the carpet as it's an automatic reaction to either stop or move the spray to another area. Once the liquid Spot Shot hits the carpet, for a millisecond it turns white and bubbles up and then sinks in. As my stain hadn't actually dried out fully and had been there for a few days I was undecided how to treat it so opted for the 'leave for 60 seconds '. I started to blot but this seemed pointless as with such a short pile I wasn't really making any difference so ended up gently rubbing the carpet in small circular motions with an old tea towel to ensure I attacked the stain from all angles. A couple of minutes later when I was satisfied I'd done to whole area, I stood back to see. No one was more surprised than me to see that the stain had completely vanished!!

            To say I was astounded would be an understatement, so many times have I read the claims of a product only to find it's no where near as good as they say and for once Spot Shot actually did all it claimed. Even though the carpet was a darker colour being damp, the brown had definitely gone.

            I finished off by using another tea towel to blot with water although the blotting turned into the small circular motions again! I couldn't see the point of this and can only assume it's to neutralise the chemicals in the product as the blotting didn't seem to 'lift' the tea into the tea towel.. Which brings me to the point that whilst the can is good in telling me what it does do, there is no list of what Spot Shot contains, not even just one of the ingredients which I find rather odd. I must point out it contains the usual safety instructions, keep away from naked flame, use in a ventilated area, keep away from children etc. It does not mention pets apart from do not use near birds (the feathered variety!) We have a dog and I think the smell got up her nose as she sneezed a lot but that was all. Please always read the can fully before use anyway to check it's suitability.

            I would also agree with the 'fresh scent'. Whilst this does have a chemically smell, it's not as bad as others and as my PC is in the same room, I've smelt this for a few hours (it was just too chilly to open a window) and it's not set off a migraine or made me feel ill like some similar stain removers. The closest I can get to describing the smell is it's like that of a spray window cleaner. I used this 2 days ago and the chemically smell has gone and the whiffy one has not returned…thank goodness.

            So all in all I was over the moon that for a tad over a fiver I had got rid of the stain completely, the nasty whiff had gone and the carpet was back to it's normal colour, something I didn't expect to happen. I used about half a can on the stain which was about 12" x 10" by the time I'd made it worse with the carpet cleaner. I will certainly make sure I always have a can indoors as I know I will have another 'accident', it's just a case of when!

            I would thoroughly recommend 1001 Spot Shot, it is easy to use and provides excellent results, and I am usually very sceptical of products like this. The 'no scrubbing' claim is also true as I gently rubbed and it worked just fine, neither did it leave the carpet feeling 'stiff'. The 'fresh scent' isn't too overpowering and doesn't take too long to disperse either. The carpet took just over 24 hours to dry out completely during which time I kept waiting for the stain to re-appear but it didn't. I'd say it's good value for money (though I could have happily spent the fiver in the Lush shop!) as I still have half a can left and it actually did what it claimed. I also tried Spot Shot on a small oil stain (that was left by the swivel chair) and even though this mark was months old it managed to remove that too after about 4 treatments, still without any scrubbing.
            The only problem I can see is availability as I know it's not stocked in my Tesco which is huge so check out the local ironmongers, you may stand more of a chance of finding it.


            Info : www.wd40.co.uk. Tele 0800 027 3340.
            WD40 Company Ltd,
            P.O. Box 440,
            Kiln Farm,
            Milton Keynes,
            MK11 3LF

            Thanks for making it to the end!

            HotBabes
            © Nov 2007

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