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This is a fabulous product that does what is says it will do if used correctly. I originally bought De-Solv-it Universal which is a pre-wash stain remover, when I had a grease stain on a pair of expensive cream trousers that despite having washed them several times and rubbing with a bar of vanish refused to budge.
I picked De-Solv-It up from my local supermarket after reading the tin. The product claims to remove a whole host of stains, some of which are tar, chewing gum, and grease, red wine, shoe polish, blood, grass and a whole lot more, a full list is on the tin.
Instructions for use are simple, stains should be dealt with as soon as possible and excess staining removed at this point by blotting if you are lucky enough to have caught them in time. Then spray either side of the fabric and leave for 5 minutes, 10 if badly stained, blot area with absorbent cloth, re-spray the affected area and leave for 1 minute then wash in accordance with manufactures instructions.
I couldn't follow the first steps with the cream trousers as they had been stained for some months, but started at the spraying bit and after washing the stain had disappeared completely.
I have used it to get all the fruit stains off Mr. Benn's T shirts (he is a greengrocer) which would not come by normal washing. I have removed chewing gum, wine off various things and black eye pencil off the carpet. My son dropped his spoon containing curry on my carpet which sent blobs of curry flying everywhere which after following the instructions on the tin came off with ease.
This product can be used on furnishing with some exceptions, must not be used on leather and suede or silk. It can also be used on carpets, again with some exceptions must not be used on foam or rubber backed carpets. Full instructions on how to use on carpets and upholstery are on the tin.
There are some warnings as would be expected with a product of this kind such as that it is highly flammable, must not be breathed in and to keep away from children, so do read all instructions thoroughly before use.
For what it does this product is reasonably priced I picked mine up from Tesco at £1.99 for 100ml tin.
Until recently I had a range of those little yellow bottles which profess to rid various stains. You know the ones, one removes grease and oil, another curry sauce, another ball pen and so on. Well my utility room was getting a little cluttered and as the bottles started to run out, I thought about checking out alternatives. While shopping in Sainsbury's, I came across De-Solv-it. The aerosol can is about 17 centimetres high and cost £1.45. It says on the can that it "virtually removes anything" and included a list from grease, tar and paint to blood, grass and chewing gum. Now I've been paying around £2.00 each for those little bottles and so I decided to give De-Solv-It a try.
~~~ Putting it to the test ~~~
The first time I used it I tried it on my husband's shirts. He wears a double cuff and the folds always attract dirt that I have never been able to fully remove despite using "Vanish" block soap as pre wash. He has a habit of getting ink stains on them too, usually by placing pens in his shirt pocket. Applying the solution was easy. Keeping the can as upright as possible, I sprayed on to the cuffs and shirt pockets and placed straight into the washing machine. I have to say, the results were amazing and both pen and dirt were completely removed.
Although the stain remover works best on new stains and is best applied as soon as possible, I decided to root out some of my clothes that I hadn't worn because I couldn't get the stains out. A favourite top with a stubborn curry stain and a white skirt with a grass mark (no comments please!) were my next task. After applying the solution both were as good as new. I also had a couple of white towels, one stained with waterproof mascara and the other with blood from a nosebleed I had while in the shower. I had grabbed the first thing available and made a right mess of it. Despite soaking immediately in crystal white powder, the remnants of the blood remained and the mascara virtually untouched. Although I had to use De-Solv-It a little more liberally, the results were incredible.
As well as machine washing, I have tried this in a hand wash. A silk top with make up stains is now back for use in my wardrobe.
~~~ Value for money ~~~
The canister, which contains 100 ml, lasts for ages. The first one I bought I used on a backlog of clothes. For most of the time, I have only given one small squirt on the area concerned. So far I have used it effectively on stains caused by: -
Ink (both biro and felt tip)
It also says that it works on: -
Tar and glue
Bearing in mind that before I would have bought those little yellow bottles at around £2.00 each, I've already saved quite a bit of money by the change over. De-Solv-It is cheaper and definitely more effective, clearing most stains in one go. One little canister has replaced several little bottles.
~~~ Overall ~~~
I will most certainly carry on with this product which I refer to as "my magic wand". I recently took it on holiday with me. It's handy size and light weight makes it ideal for travelling. It's great for getting out pasta sauce and olive oil marks. I have been able to wear clothes destined for an early life on the tip and refreshed and rejuvenated towels and bedding that were looking a little sad.
I have tried numerous stain removers over the years, but have found none as effective as this.
My husband came home from work last Friday and noticed that I had something stuck to the back of my skirt - upon inspection we discovered that it was a stone covered in tar, it must have been flicked onto the pavement as a result of resurfacing work near my sons school. My son had obviously picked it up on the bottom of his shoe and as he got into the car he clambered over my seat to get to his own, in the process he must have dropped it onto my seat, it then stuck itself to my skirt. The skirt I was wearing was pale lilac and pink, it was a chiffon material and I was very anxious to remove the tar as quickly as possible in order to save my skirt. I took the skirt off and immediately immersed it into a bowl of cold water - the stain didn't even begin to budge - next I tried an Asda's own make spray on stain remover, still the stain would not budge so I tried another stain remover I had called Astonish, yet again it didn't even begin to lift the stain. Finally I tried nail polish remover and an antibacterial kitchen cleaner, still no joy with them either. Eventually I decided as a last resort to save the skirt I would have to visit the supermarket and look for a stain remover that removed tar - if indeed there was such a thing. I drove round a couple of supermarkets including Safeway and The Co-op, neither shops had a stain remover that claimed to remove tar. The last shop I tried was Asda - I visited the laundry aisle and there it was. The words REMOVES TAR written on the front of the can leapt out at me - aha I thought if anything is going to shift the tar it will be this. The product I found was called DE.SOLV.IT Universal. **WHAT IS DE.SOLV.IT UNIVERSAL** DE.SOLV.IT Universal is stain remover that is sold in an aerosol spray can. It claims to remove various stubborn stains including all of the following:- Grease, Tar and Gum, Wet Paint, Crayon, Coffee, Make-Up, Wine, Sauces, Oil and Ink and Grass
It can be used on virtually everything including skin and hair. **HOW DO I USE IT** There are clear instructions printed on the reverse on the can. How you use it depends on where the stain is - eg carpet or garment. It is very easy to use, in the instance of my skirt I just had to remove the cap, shake the can and then spray directly on to the fabric, it suggests that you spray the stain from behind and that you choose an inconspicuous area first - as my skirt would be ruined if it didn't work I just went for it and sprayed the stain remover directly onto the stain, I also sprayed the stain from behind. I then had to leave it to work for about 5/10 minutes. When I returned to the skirt the stain looked better but there was still a very noticeable mark left on it. The next step is to wash the item using your usual washing powder etc and wash the garment on the same programme you would usually select to wash it. As I put the skirt into the washing machine I did not hold out much hope. **THE RESULT** I gingerly opened the washing machine door and slowly removed the skirt - I was still expecting to see the mark but was surprised to see that it had completely disappeared - I was delighted and so impressed that this product worked, especially having tried two other stain removers - neither of which even began to lift the stain. My husband cut himself shaving this morning and bled onto the collar of his t-shirt, we sprayed it with DE.SOLV.IT and treated it the same way that I treated my skirt - the blood came out and left no trace of a stain. **THE COST** I purchased a 100ml can from my local Asda store and I paid £1.98. Considering this saved me from having to throw away what was otherwise a perfectly good skirt I was delighted with the results and would thoroughly recommend DE.SOLV.IT Universal. **OTHER INFORMATION** The product is extremely flammable.
DE.SOLV.IT has quite a strong odour and if anything is off-putting about this product it would be the smell - even after washing the garments twice I could still smell the rather overpowering odour. For Free advice on safe stain removal you can visit the DE.SOLV.IT website at www.desolvit.com. Thank you for reading. Julie
Intro ----- If you are like me, then you are probably fed up of good clothes going into the bin way before they should do. No not through wear and tear but through every parent's nightmare, stains!! Oh yes, stains and being a parent of 4 children ranging from the ages of nearly 1 years to 7 years old, I can tell you that I have come across quite a few in my time. * Butter: This normally finds its way into our children's hair, but what is most annoying are the greasy marks it leaves on their clothes. * Food: Here's the deal, our baby loves her food, and she can't get enough of the stuff but she tends to get a little fussy if she can't show here independence and feed herself, normally by grabbing a hand full of her grub, squashing hand firmly against mouth and dropping what bits didn't reach her mouth before she closed her lips. Lets just say, she has many clothes but a good selection of them have gone from white, pink, lilac etc to having orange, brown, yellow etc stains embedded in them, normally around the neck line but she has been know to christen other parts. * Chewing gum: There doesn't seem to be many places where you can sit with out finding the contents of someone's gob stuck to your backside and having children in school, I find especially in the summer months they are prone to getting gum stuck to their backsides too, normally from parking their bottoms on the playground. * Grass: A real pain this can be, I have almost got to the point where I considered buying a whole wardrobe of green clothes, much to the dis-taste of our children. * Crayon: Kids being kids, love showing their creative side, even our toddler John loves to join in, but unfortunately he has not quite figured out that Mummy wants his creative side on some paper and not on the doors, walls, floor, sofa or his clothes. * Paint: It's not very often that my kids are let loose with some paint
but on occasions they have dabbled in a splash of colour or two, just a shame that most often than not, they haven't bothered to protect their clothes. * Make-up: Yes, guilty as charged, but I'm not going down quietly, no I'm taking our oldest daughter with me too. You see, I tend to apply my make-up with my fingers (I can see you all having visions of me putting on my war paint and doing a dance and chanting 'must get ready! I'm in another rush, got ten minutes left before we go out and get sloshed'), which ends out getting rubbed into the nearest fabric near me, the reason for the finger painting is because I no longer have any brushes left, they have some how all disappeared into oblivion. My daughter on the other hand, likes to apply her make-up to any part of her body, and anything else she happens to be near; I call it an extension of her creativity that she likes to share, just not with your clothes and bedding please. * Vomit: Ewww, not the nicest of substances to clean up at the best of times and even less appealing when you've just come in from a night out, so you leave the stubborn bits to later and just do your best with soapy water to clean up the masses. One problem with vomit if it isn't cleared up as soon as possible, it tends to cling to what ever it has been sprayed over, making it very difficult for warm soapy water to tackle. What is DE.SOLV.IT Universal? ----------------------------- DE.SOLV.IT is a stain remover of all known stains, which can be used on most types of surfaces and even as a stain remover to fabrics before pre-washing, which has been tested and validated by FCRA (Fabric Care Research Association). What types of stains can it remove? ---------------------------------- According to the can, it removes grease, tar, gum, paint, crayon, coffee, make-up, wine, sauces, oil, ink and grass. As to whether it work
s on all these types of stains, I have yet to find out, but what I can say is yes it does work on the ones I have tried, which include: tomato sauce (removed from the sofa, clothes, and carpet), butter (removed from clothes and wallpaper), ink (removed from clothes, usually school shirts), paints i.e. emulsion paints, glass paints, and paints used in schools (removed from clothes, again usually from school shirts), make-up (removed from carpet *yes, I'm a messy sod, t-towels, towels, clothes and in my daughters case, the bedding) and last but not least crayon (removed from every place imaginable, the floor laminate, and tiled, wallpaper, windows, doors both painted and bare wood, clothing and the sofa. All attempts have been pretty effective but what I have found is when there is a stain on some fabrics, for example clothes or carpet, I have usually needed to use a 2nd application, not that I am complaining, it did the trick. What surfaces it can be used of safely: -------------------------------------- DE.SOLV.IT can be used on all hard surfaces, i.e. glass, wood, walls, floors, tiles, on carpets, with the exception of rubber or foam backed and on most fabric and garments, with the exception of leather, suede and silk. What surfaces it can't be used on: --------------------------------- It is not recommend for use on leather, suede, silk, but then these types of materials are a little delicate at the best of times, so I would there for recommend a specialist cleaner who deals in the likes of the materials. Nor it is to be used on rubber or foam backed carpets, I suppose that it has undesirable effects, when mixed with rubber or foam. Applying DE.SOLV.IT to stains: ----------------------------- 1st what you need to do as with all applications and surfaces, is test a small area to make sure that it is compatible with the solution. Application is reall
y easy and straight forward, say for example you have a stain on your carpet that is quite fresh, so still damp, blot the stain (avoid rubbing as it can cause the stain to spread) with kitchen paper, or anything else that is similar, removing as much of the stain as you can, then spray some DE.SOLV.IT to a tissue or cloth, then repeat blotting the area until any residue is removed, then rinse the area off with warm soap water. For dried in stains, or stains that have been there for a while, you may find that the 1st application is not enough, so it may be necessary to repeat the above. The same type of application procedure applies to hard surfaces and other fabrics too. Applying DE.SOLV.IT to chewing gum: ------------------------------------ We all know what a pain chewing gum is, but with any luck this will do the job. To use this on chewing gum you 1st need to pierce the gum with a fork, this allows the solution to work into the gum more effectively. Then spray some solution on to a tissue or cloth, then blot, like you would for carpets etc, until all residues is removed, then rinse with warm soapy water, if you find that you are then left with a mark, just repeat as you would for fabrics until satisfied. Using as a pre-wash: -------------------- If you have a stain on clothes that are safe to be washed in the washing machine, then just spray DE.SOLV.IT to the back of the effected area, leave for 5-10 minutes to allow the solution to work into the area, and then wash as you would normally. Other bits you may like to know: ------------------------------- As far as I am aware it only comes in a 100ml spray can, I purchased our from Tesco's and it cost us £1.98, so not bad when you think of what gets thrown away because of stains. Overall ------- I have tested it out on a number of stains accumulated in the past months, mainly wi
th thanks to the younger children and have found it pretty effective, but have on more than one occasion have needed to repeat application, the same for pre-wash too. But because you only need to use it sparingly and not in vast quantities, I don't mind repeating when it has been necessary. Let's put it this way, it has brought new life to our carpet, which once had traces of muddy feet (not guilty) and make-up (guilty), and has saved us from ditching perfectly good clothes, saving us money in the long run. For just £1.98 it is worth giving it a try, you never know it could even save you from ditching good clothes etc, and if your nice new carpet only has a small area of it stained then also try it but has for a large area of carpet try a carpet shampoo 1st.
A stain remover/pre-wash that tackles all know stains, from most surfaces safely / /