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As we are having a new suite soon I thought it was time to move the existing one to give it a clean before putting it on Ebay. I do admit to being a 'kippers and curtain's person. When people come to my house they always remark how clean it is, however if they were to look under the settee, on top of cupboards, behind chairs etc they wouldn't be saying this.
When I moved the large settee I discovered a splattered red wine stain behind the foot. I do vaguely remember my hubby spilling a glass of red a few months ago and us mopping the areas which were on show and thinking that I would do a proper job the next day. Obviously that day never came!
I remembered I had a bottle of this in the cupboard under the sink which I hadn't used much so thought it would be good for this purpose. The bottle is a bright yellow with a blue and yellow spray nozzle at the top. It has a safety function where you have to turn the end of the nozzle a certain way before it allows you to spray. It is 500ml and the particular bottle I have has a citrus fragrance.
It sprays out as a white foam which I rubbed into the area with a washing up sponge. The foam disappears into the carpet fairly quickly. The instructions tell you to massage into the stained area from the outside to the centre but I just rubbed randomly until I had covered all the stain. You then blot any excess liquid and then rub with a cloth and clean water. I did this but could still see a slight stain which I'm not surprised due to the amount of time it had been there, so I repeated the process and this time when I rinsed it with clean water it seemed to have done the job. I couldn't smell much of a citrus smell but it did smell nice and fresh.
I left it to dry for a few hours, obviously the hotter the weather the quicker it will dry and then vacuumed the area. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the stain had completely gone and the pile on the carpet had come right back up and looked really healthy!
It is currently on sale for £3.50 at Tesco and £2.50 at Wilkinsons
I give this product 5 out of 5 if it can get rid of a red wine stain it can probably get rid of anything.
My dog Hunny (the one in my picture!!) has recently had two little puppies called Oscar and Buttercup. As exciting as we found their arrival, it unfortunately happened only a short time after we had just had a new cream carpet laid. Obviously, the new little arrivals aren't toilet trained being only two weeks old and so we had to buy something to try and stop the new carpet from appearing old before its time. This is why I bought the 1001 Trouble Shooter.
What does the product do?
The product is essentially a stain remover for carpets and upholstery and it promises to attack stains and dirt fast. It claims that it will remove stubborn and dried in stains which includes red wine and mud in a quick and easy way.
How do you use the product?
The nozzle of the bottle needs to be switched to the on position and then you need spray the foamy solution over the stain until it has been completely covered. After waiting a few minutes, you then need to rub the stain in a circular motion and then blot away the excess with some kitchen roll. You then have to vacuum the treated area.
The product will cost you around £3 for 500ml bottle of the cleaner. It can be bought from department stores, supermarkets and online websites.
The product is easy and quick to use as promised. The bottle is easy to use and the trigger releases a substantial amount of product with each spray so three sprays is enough to cover most stains. I was sceptical about this product the first time I used this but it is actually is every bit as good as it promises to be. It has lifted every stain off the carpet that the little puppies have made completely and totally, leaving the carpet looking as good as new again. It not only works on puppy stains but I recently spilled a large amount of red wine on the stairs because I didn't realise the lid wasn't tightly on the bottle. Again, I didn't that the product would be able to completely get rid of the stain but it did!! It has also worked muddy paw prints when Hunny has come in from the garden.
I am on my second bottle of this stuff already and it has removed every stain that I have used it on, leaving my carpets looking clean and as good as new. It doesn't really have a smell, other than a slightly fresh and clean one. I would recommend this product to everyone as it's cheap and gets the job done.
++ My experience ++
I moved house and my new flat had carpets and furnishings already in but the first thing I thought of with having a toddler and it all being creams and biege is stain remover. Id tried afew of the cheaper brands before and they didnt really work so I thought Id try a brand recommended to me by my friend. When I was in wilkinsons I brought it for around £2.75 for 500ml spray, the exact price has slipped my mind but I know its around that mark.
It seemed no sooner had I brought the stain remover I needed it there was pink stain on the carpet where my daughters ribena left its mark so I applied it as it stated it worked on dried in stains. I found as my carpet was quite a long pile i had to do a second application which removed the stain very well. I found the spray easy to use and it didnt have a harmful affect on your skin as it got on my hands as I massaged the foam into the carpet. It left my carpet smelling fresh with a lemon flowery smell and has lasted me a long time since I purchased it and I have a toddler so thats saying some thing for how long it lasts.
++ The product ++
The 1001 trouble shooter spray comes in a yellow and blue container and clearly has '1001' in yellow with a blue background. It clearly states Stain remover for carpets and upholstery attacks stains and dirt fast.
On the back there is a description on what the product is used for and the ease in how the product works with out the need to vacuum.
++ How to use ++
Always test a hidden area for colour fastness before use. The spray is easy to use and the instructions are clearly laid out. It states you simply: Turn the nozzle to 'On', spray the foam directly on the area and avoid making the stained area too wet. Then massage the foam into the stained area from the outside working inwards with a damp colourfast cloth or sponge. Then blot any excess liquid with a dry cloth or kitchen towel and vacuum the treated area again when it has dried.
When using the spray for liquid spills simply blot the area with a kitchen towel or dry cloth to soak up any excess then use the above steps. Solid residues you need to scrape up any excess with a blunt knife then proceed with the stain remover and dry stains vacuum the affected area in order to remove any flakes before using the spray.
++ What its not for ++
The trouble shooter spray can be used for all sorts of fabrics and carpet but if the carpet colour has been affected then its not to be used along with on velvet type materials, brocade, rayon and any that are unsuitable for wet cleaning.
++ Would I recommend this product ++
Yes I would, I have found the product lasts a long time and leaves the carpet or fabric conditioned and clean. In my opinion because the spray turns to a foam that is massaged in it lasts longer as not too much spray is needed to perform the job as it expands to foam. For the cost and the quality of the product it gives fantastic results, leaves your carpet smelling fresh and doesnt break the bank which is what you need in a stain remover.
The carpet I have in my house is a light beige colour and shows every mark. I recently borrowed a carpet cleaner and was really pleased with how the carpet came up. Unfortunately barely 24 hours later my husband knocked over a cup of coffee! I cleaned up the worst of it while Mark made a dash to Tesco for some carpet cleaner.
I have in the past used a Tesco own label one but Mark bought back 1001 Trouble-shooter Ultra. It cost £3.51 for a 500ml trigger spray bottle. The bottle is bright yellow plastic with a blue and yellow trigger. This has a little safety control on the end of it that needs to be twisted before you use it. The label on the front informs the customer that the product has a 4 in 1 action and not only eliminates stains on carpet and upholstery it will also neutralise odours, prevent re soiling, and has a built in fabric conditioner. The back of the label to some degree repeats the information on the front and also gives the ingredients and instructions for using the carpet cleaner.
Following the instructions I sprayed the stain lightly not making the carpet too wet. The spray comes out as a foam but is in no way soapy. I then worked the liquid in, which has quite a pleasant lemon smell, using a colour fast cloth. A sponge could also be used, the foam all but disappeared whilst doing this. I then blotted the excess liquid up using a clean cloth. You could also use kitchen roll for this part. The instructions then state that you need to flush the area with clean water and blot dry again. Once dry it is recommended that you vacuum the area to bring the pile up again.
After following the instructions, apart from vacuuming , I was pleased to see that the stain looked as if it had gone. That little patch of carpet felt clean and smelt fresh. The lemon fragrance doesn't linger in the room at all.
The next morning I vacuumed over the area and the stain was gone, there was no matted pile on the carpet where I had cleaned it looked lovely. I was very impressed. I have since used this on a stain on my mums carpet that she hadn't been able to shift and although it took 2 goes with the 1001 Ultra the stain disappeared.
I am very impressed with this product, it cant be used for large areas it is just a spot cleaner but it is very effective. It does involve a bit of messing about with the blotting and going over the area with clean water etc whilst the Tesco version of this is simple you just spray wipe and leave, however in my opinion the 1001 Trouble-shooter Ultra is a far better cleaner and worth the extra 50p or so.
I will definitely be keeping this in the house in the future. it's a very good carpet cleaner.
1001 Trouble Shooter Stain Remover is another great carpet stain remover I can highly recommend. I bought this in Poundland about one year ago for the first time and it comes in a yellow plastic container with 500ml of cleaning fluid inside. I have since bought more as it does work very well in my opinion.
The bottle is a trigger spray action with on / off top and is easy to use and apply to the area desired. It releases a thick foam which you just work into the carpet that is stained, working from the outside into the inside. Instructions recommend you use a damp cloth but I have also just used my fingers and it works just as well.
The carpet is then left to dry and the foam works by actively lifting the dirt and grime out of the carpet. Once dried, just hoover over the top and the results are fantasic. Stain gone in an instant. It is actually a very impressive product and has worked on all sorts of stains with perfect results every time.
It smells reasonably pleasant too, and there is no need to have to open windows for added venilation. It is kind to the skin and I have never experienced any adverse reactions when using this product.
The bottle is eye catching and easy to spot on the shelf, being a bright yellow.
It will last for ages as only a little bit is needed to obtain maximum results.
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I don't have too much call to use stain removers, luckily there are no little ones in our household so things like food going on the floor or crayons getting squished into the carpet doesn't really happen but of course, adults have accidents too. I accidentally spilled Superglue on my cream carpet which now sits in a hard lump and I don't think there's anyway of dealing with that (if anyone does know, please tell me).
But in this case my brother had a terrible nose bleed and whilst runing to the bathroom, got it on his carpet, and the loo carpet and the bathroom carpet so I needed a strong product as blood is a tricky one to get out.
The bottle is quite distinctive, bright yellow and blue, mine was an old bottle that my parents had found somewhere but it is £2 from Sainsburys.
It's designed for carpets and upholstery so perfect for what I needed. Basically, it's a bottle with a trigger spray, you turn the nozzle to the on positoin and pull the trigger and cover the stain with the foam. Then, you are supposed to let it work its magic for a while, then use a damp sponge or cloth to get any of the colour out and also beware that if you leave too much foam in, you may end up with an unnaturally white area at the end. Then you vacuum it. So it's very easy to use.
So in terms of the results, I was quite impressed, some of the marks my brother had used water and tissue on previously, these marks were about 12 hours old so they had time to set in. However, on all the marks after about 5/10 minutes, the marks were almost gone. They have not completely disappeared, I can still see where they were but that's only because I know and am looking for it. I don't thin someone would see it enough to say 'what's that on your carpet?' and that's what is important.
So on the basis of this, and if I recall correctly it was positively reviewed by Which magazine which I find a reliable source of information, I would say this is an effective product and definitely a good product to have at the back of the cupboard on standby.
I have literally just bought and used a bottle of 1001 Troubleshooter this afternoon and have been very pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. With several pets, there are inevitable "accidents" from time to time and cleaning up thoroughly is essential. Unfortunately, most carpet cleaning products have, in my experience, not been up to the job and require a lot of elbow grease. 1001 Troubleshooter however, cleaned up the stain with just a couple of minutes work and you'd now never know it had been there at all. Simply spray, leave for a few seconds to sink in, then blot and wipe with kitchen paper, working inwards until everything's absorbed. The stain lifted immediately and best of all, this product left no tell tale tidemark as so many other cleaners do. As an added bonus, the spray leaves behind a fresh and clean smelling lemon fragrance. Admittedly, it cost around 60 to 70p more than a similar supermarket own brand product but I am more than happy to pay a little bit extra for something which really works.
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I had occassion to use Troubleshooter 1001 last night and this morning when my daughter vomited on her bedroom carpet. At 1.30 in the morning it's difficult to remember what cleaning products you have hidden under your kitchen sink, but this one came to hand so off I went, bleary eyed, armed also with a bucket of hot water and a cloth.
I sprayed the offending stain, as recommended on the bottle and left it to soak for a moment. That's all it needs. It really is very efficient. There is a nice citrus and partly floral smell that illiminates any other odours that may be created by whatever it is you are trying to mop up, and this lingers for sometime afterwards. Very little scrubbing was needed to do a good job of turning the brown patch of carpet back to its original pale pink.
This morning I discovered a few remaining patches of brown vomit that I had missed in my half asleep state and went back in to do battle. These stains were naturally more dried in, but again, a quick spray, wait a moment and everything cleaned up no problem at all.
So I would say this product has been well and truly tested and I do not find it wanting at all. The 500ml cost £3 at Sainsburys and I would say would last you quite a while.
1001 Troubleshooter Spot Stain Remover is one of the more effective products of this type that we've used. It's not too expensive at just under £3 for a 500ml bottle from Tesco. Note that this product has recently been upgraded to 1001 Troubleshoot Ultra, because they've improved on their formula, but it remains essentially the same product.
To use this, you just turn the nozzle to the 'on' position and squirt away at the stain you're hoping to remove. Let it soak in for a minute and then work it into the stain using a scrubbing brush or a slightly damp sponge (personal preference I think). Once you've done that, you need to leave it for five minutes, though personally I like to leave it on for more like fifteen minutes just to be sure, but that isn't what the instructions suggest! After you've let it soak in, you just need to blot off any excess damp and then vacuum over the area to remove the residue.
We've used this product lots of times over the years, and have found it quite effective on a few big stains. This has especially been the case where the stains have been treated immediately, and so far we've not had any joy removing stains that might have been overlooked for a week or more. New stains come out a treat with this though, and the stains we've used it on include coffee, cola and mud amonst other things.
We've tried other products over the years, including Vanish and supermarket own brands. But none of them have been as effective as this stuff has been. The new Ultra release really is slightly improved on the original formula too, as I managed to get out week-old mud stains from the door mat with it, which I doubt I would have managed with the original formula that's recently been replaced by this Ultra formula.
This is great product for a very reasonable price. A 500ml bottle will easily last you for a year or more if you're not using too regularly, and I would estimate that I only need to use about 1/20 of the bottle every time I use it. That's pretty cheap compared to having to replace a stained carpet every six or twelve months!
After moving into my house, and having new carpets throughout I was hell bent on keeping them looking clean and fresh (they cost a lot of money!). Al was going well until it came to the time when my son was trying to feed himself. Even though he sat in his highchair having his food, we all know that the food goes everywhere!
I ended up with all kinds of stains on my carpet that stain removers couldn't get rid of. I tried so many products and was starting to get fed-up that they didn't do what they said on the label. Then my sister recommended this product.
As you can see from the picture, its a bright yellow bottle with a blue lid, so is easily identifiable in the cleaning section of the supermarket. Its also made out of plastic so can be recycled, every bit helps with the environment! As with most other household cleaners, this also has spray action and to get started you only need to turn the nozzle to 'on'.
~How to use~
1. Hoover the area of the carpet you need to clean in order to ensure that apart from the stain, it is clean.
2. Turn the nozzle to 'on'! I know this is an obvious step, but theres been so many times that I have tried to spray something and wondering if its blocked, to find that I haven't changed the nozzle!
3. Spray the affected area of the carpet about 15cms away from the floor. Make sure that you don't spray in excess otherwise it till be too wet.
4. Wait for a few minutes for the product to seep into the carpet.
5. Gently rub in the product starting on the outside of the stain and working your way in. I would recommend a sponge to do this so that it soaks up excess fluid.
6. When you are happy with the removal of the stain, wait for it to dry and then hoover.
7. Voila! Your carpet should be stain free!
I think I had run out of stain removers when I tried this one, so I wasn't really expecting much, but to my amazement the stains on my carpet have gone. However, as I had tried so many products before, and the stain had seeped into the carpet, I had to use this product a few times until the stain had gone, this is probably my fault though as the stain had a chance to dry onto the carpet.
I know, this is a weird subtitle for a stain removal product but it does fit in, I promise! After having my friends round for a few drinks on my 21st birthday (only 5 months after moving into the house) my brother in law, was a bit tipsy and decided to go and check his hair in the mirror in the bathroom. So he stumbles up my stairs, with a glass of Lambrini Cherry, and spills it on my stairs! This product has not been able to get that stain out of my carpet, so everytime I walk up the stairs and see the stain, I think 'Thanks Steve!!' All other food and drink stains though have been able to be removed with 1001, just not Lambrini Cherry!!
For best results, I would use this product within minutes of your carpet being stained to get the maximum benefit of the stain removal.
My son is now 3, but still sometimes drops some food (as does my partner!) so I always keep a bottle handy for any mishaps and to try and save my carpets from any more ruin!
Having recently bought a house with brand new cream carpets everywhere, we resolved to be extra careful when it comes to drops and spills.
As it goes though, sooner or later this becomes too good to be true and you have your first 'accident'. In our case this was a piece of pasta covered in a tomato based sauce. I got straight on the case with other non-bleach cleaners I had in the cupboard however nothing seemed to bring it up, there was still a slightly orangy stain which caught the eye whenever you walked past it.
So on my weekly shopping trip I hunted up and down the shelves for something that might do the trick and this caught my eye as it is advertised as a spot stain remover which is exactly what we had. This cost me just over £2 from Asda for a 500ml bottle.
It is dispensed from a spray bottle and advises that you patch test a hidden part of carpet to test colour fastness before going ahead on your stain that is in full view! The back of the bottle advises you to lightly spray the stained area without soaking it and waiting a few moments for the spray to absorb into the carpet.
You then massage the stained area with a colourfast cloth, working from the oustide in so as not to spread the stain. Using a dry cloth you then blot the area dry, rinse the patch over with water taking care not to make it too wet and blot again to ensure that all the cleaner is out of the carpet.
Once dry you should hoover the area to get rid of any carpet fibres that are looking a bit fluffy due to the treatment.
The reason I bought this product (the pasta stain!) required two treatments which considering that it was a tomato based sauce I am not too concerned with, the second application of this worked a treat.
Since this I have used it on various other spills and spots of the carpet which were looking a bit grubby. One application which particularly impress me was a stained patch where the hinge on one of our internal doors was squeaking, and over the months it built up a strange looking patch of grey grease particles on the carpet just under the hinge. Yuck! This worked brilliantly after just one application, big thumbs up for this particular stain!
This is not meant to be a large area cleaning fluid, 1001 make another product called carpet shampoo for these jobs.
After all this, I still have 3/4 of the bottle left, so as I see it, this was well worth the money and I can now relax a little at the thought that my carpets are safe from stains!
The 1001 Troubleshooter stain remover spray makes life much easier.
Do not get me wrong, I like the 1001 products full stop but having a ready made stain removal solution in a very easy to handle spray bottle does simplify matters.
If you are going in search of a bottle of 1001 Troubleshooter stain remover then just keep an eye out for the very familiar colours that the WD-40 Company use to market this carpet and upholstery cleaner.
1001 liquid comes in a vibrant yellow bottle with a royal blue cap and those colours do make the product stand apart from other cleaners.
I paid £1.80 for my 1001 Troubleshooter , the bottle has a spray top that has a nozzle which can be turned to twist it on or off.
If you want to tackle smaller stubborn stains then this spray bottle of 1001 solution is ideal.
I am always using it on my stair carpet, time after time we traipse up the stairs and leave some dirt that has clung to the soles of our shoes on the plain green carpet.
The bottle can be aimed directly at the stain which makes the cleaner highly efficient, press the spray nozzle and a light coating of white foam covers the mark.
Take a soft cloth and work the foam into the stain, then leave the area to dry and vacuum it over thoroughly afterwards.
The light foam is only semi-wet and it dries in no time at all, once it has completely dried then you have a job to notice where you have been cleaning.
The foam leaves no trace behind it and it is very easy to vacuum up afterwards.
Usually one application will be plenty, I find that I rarely have to apply the foam for a second time.
They do say that long pile or heavily soiled carpet may need a second going over though.
It can be used on most carpets, though they do recommend that you do a test patch before you begin. The 1001 cleaner is wool safe approved.
If you have lots of sticky little fingers roaming around then I am sure that you would bless this cleaner, I have safely removed chocolate and the odd food stains from the fabric on my sofa's after the family have been to visit.
They do say that you should not use the 1001 cleaner on velvet or brocade materials though.
The light foam does have a slight smell attached to it but it is not an unpleasant one.
If you were going to clean an entire carpet then you would need to look at the other options available. The 1001 Troubleshooter spray is really only for removing the odd marks and spots.
This cleaning product like any other needs to be kept out of the reach of children.
1001 have a host of products to offer, I have bought the mousse cleaner but I personally prefer the Troubleshooter, it seems to offer better value.
As well as providing us with the carpet cleaners they have a laminate and wood cleaner and a shampoo that can be used in machines.
There is a special Pet stain remover and a selection of carpet and upholstery fresheners too.
I feel that this product is invaluable, it is useful, economical and it works well.
1001 products are available in most leading supermarkets and hardware stores.
This comes in a bright yellow bottle with a bright blue squirty nozzle that you twist to turn on or off, the label screams 1001 at you too. It cost me just under £3.00 (£2.89 to be specific) for the 500ml bottle.
I bought this as a standby, I have a 2 year old, a mucky husband and I do have a penchant for red wine- a disaster with a paler rug! It stayed in the cupboard for a few months until little one decided to decorate mummys rug with chocolate handprints! So out I whipped this bottle thinking it had better work and praying hard that it did, you do need a damp cloth too. I squirted it on and worked it in (it does say test and inconspicuous area but I didn't bother- naughty I know). I squirted it on worked it on, rinsed and left it to dry then hoovered it and lo and behold it worked- I was amazed to be fair as it is quite a cheap product.
The ultimate test came a few weeks later when I noticed a stain on the carpet upstairs which we figured out was blackcurrant and had been in a room we don't often go in so could have been there for days. Again I followed the instructions although in all fairness I did have to do it twice but its not like you use a lot to begin with so it didn't bother me. And again it worked- one very happy,very impressed customer and now it can always be found in my cupboard.
Being a bit clumsy and also prone to enjoying the odd glass or three of red wine it is no surprise that I have need of a good stain remover and one of the best that I have come across is the 1001 Troubleshooter Spot Stain Remover, it comesin a bright yellow bottle with a blue trigger nozzle spray the end of which can be twisted in the lock position to prevent accidental firing. Itcomes in a 500ml size and will set upi back £2.89 and upwards.
Ths is an excellent product for removing red wine stains from carpet and is my go to product when I have a spillage, it will also work on other stains as well and is good for removing dirt as well.
There is no need to wet the area first, just spray directly onto the stain and then rub with a cloth from the outside in towards the centre, you should then use a clean cloth or kitchen towel to blot dry before using a damp sponge or clean cloth to again rub to remove the stain again blotting dry when you have finished. Then it is advised to get the vacuum out to remove and residue.
This is a really effective product that delivers on what it claims, it has a reasonably nice lemon smell that is not at all over powering. Only on a couple of occasions have I had to repeat the process more than nce and this has been a good investment in the cleaning department for me.
After managing to drop a large glass of red wine on the beige border of my lounge rug, I realised I had no stain remover. A quick trip to tesco and I grabbed this in the hope it might do the job.
The one I bought was the "ultra" one which currently costs £3.00 for 500ml and comes in a bright yellow plastic bottle with a nozzle that you twist to turn on and off. The words 1001 are in large yellow lettering over a blue background.
*** the claims***
Eliminates stains on carpets & upholstery
prevents re staining
built in fabric conditioner
***how to use***
- As with all cleaning products of this type it is adviced that you patch test a small area first.
- Turn the nozzle to the on position and spray lightly over the stain - it is not neccessary to spray too much, just cover the stain.
- Using a plain cloth or sponge gently massage in working from the outside of the stain to the inside.
- Using either a dry cloth or white kitchen roll blot the stain to remove any excess liquid
- Having rinsed out thoroughly your first cloth, wet the area with clean water and blot dry again.
-When the area is dry, hoover
***Does it work though??***
The only claim I am not sure is 100% accurate, is that it prevents re-staining. I have definately had to re-use this over the same area when a cup of tea was knocked over (we are a clumsy lot!) To be fair tho I ended up cleaning the whole border to my rug the first time I used it as it did so well and I would say it is not looking as grubby as it usually would after a few weeks.
The smell is not as overpowering as some, there is a definate smell of lemons mixed with the detergant aroma. It does neutralise the smell of what you have dropped from what I have tested and as the area feels soft after using it the built in fabric conditioner certainly works.
This product really works extremely well - red wine on a beige rug is quite a tough stain to remove but it was gone after using this once. It does not require any vigorous effort, you don't need to scrub madly - just follow the instructions literally and the stain is gone.
So far I can safely say this works on red wine, ash, coffee, tea, cola, mud, ketchup and mustard. With non liquid stains such as dirt I would remove as much as possible before starting to make it easier. If you have sensitive skin it advices using gloves and I did find it dried my hands quite a lot the first time so I do put my marigolds on now!