“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Upholstery Cleaner / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Our carpets always are in need of a good clean and I didn't want to keep paying to hire a carpet cleaning machine so thought I'd try one of these cleaning products you can just buy off the shelf.
This one cost £2 and was one of the cheapest and so I wasn't expecting great things from it.
I chose it because it was cheap really. The bottle is bright purple so stands out. It is comfortable enough to hold although at times when squeezing the lever I found that my hand that was holding the bottle would get a bit irritated- when the lever moved down it would catch the top of my hand a little which was irritating and so I had to keep repositioning where i held it.
I sprayed the carpet where it was stained and then followed the directions to give it a good scrub.
EVentually when it dried I hoovered over the area and the carpet did look a little better but it hadn't removed the mark completely and I do know that a more expensive carpet cleaning machine would have done a much better job.
The smell was nice and fresh which left my house smelling clean but not too strong so that it would smell as though I was masking something.
All in all it worked a little bit but not as much as I would have liked. I think for £2 I can't really complain so at least it worked a little but in future I will be more likely to just hire out a machine, for the odd little stain though it will suffice. Available from sainsbury's in the cleaning aisle.
Anyone who owns a pet will know that they always choose the most inconvenient places to sit, lie and to throw up. We have a rather ancient cat, Poppy, who's just celebrated her 20th birthday, which I guess puts her at roughly 100 years old in human terms. Unfortunately, in Poppy's case, with age has comes disability and that seems to involved her throwing up far more than usual all over the house! We havemainly wood floors downstairs with scatter rugs and upstairs is covered in a light beige Berber carpet. When Poppy decides to throw up, does she do it on the wooden part of the floor? Does she heck: she finds it much more satisfying to do it on one of the rugs or to go and deposit the contents of her stomach on the stair or landing carpet! As a consequence, there are areas which need cleaning quickly to prevent becoming badly stained.
Finding an effective cleaner has been quite difficult as it seems bile has the ability to stain almost immediately but eventually I've hit on a carpet and upholstery cleaner from Sainsbury's which seems to deal reasonably well with anything the cat can throw at it.
Sainsbury's Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner normally retails for £2.55 for a 500 ml bottle but is currently on special offer at £1.91.
The fuchsia pink plastic bottle has a turquoise spray head with a square nozzle which is simply turned to open or close. The container is made from HDPE (high density poly-ethylene) which is completely recylclable. The bottle is a slightly flattened, irregular shape with the central portion forming an off-centre teardrop shaped area for the label. This label merely shows the product name plus a sticker stating "with active oxygen". I'm not quite sure what that means, as I've never come across inactive oxygen and when I Googled it, the explanation made my brain hurt!
This cleaner contains anionic and ionic surfactants (which is science-speak for dirt removers), bleaching agent, perfume, Methylisothiazoline and Methylchloroisothiazolinone. These latter two ingredients are preservatives with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. As with all chemical agents, there is a risk of allergic reaction so it's best to use some kind of protection such as rubber gloves when applying this.
The perfume mentioned in the ingredients list is, I suspect, more to cover up the smell of the chemicals and neutralise the odour of whatever has been spilled on the carpet rather than to create a pleasing aroma. The liquid cleaner smells very similar to washing up liquid and treated stains don't leave any odour at all once the area has dried.
Treating the stain is very straightforward. After removing any solids, blot the stained area with an absorbant and colour-fast cloth or paper towels. I should add that, in the case of cat sick or other solids, always clean these up going from the outside edge towards the centre, otherwise you'll spread the stain further. Once you've blotted up as much as is possible, spray the stained area with the cleaner. The liquid spray turns to foam so it's easy to see exactly what area has been treated. Once all the stain has been covered in foam, leave for about 5 minutes to allow the product to sink into the pile of the carpet or upholstery and get to work on the stain. After leaving for the allotted time, blot the stained area once more with a dry cloth or sponge to soak up any excess moisture and allow to dry out naturally.
If you catch any spillage quickly, one application should be enough to completely remove the stain. However, I have found that when a stain has been left for some time and has begun to dry out, although application of this cleaner removes most of it, there will be a slight discolouring of the carpet fibres. This is only noticeable on our lighter carpets and on the darker colours of the rugs, once dried out, it's impossible to see where the stain once was. When I've had my carpets professionally cleaned, any of these darker patches are removed.
This product definitely works far better on darker coloured carpets than on the lighter ones, although it's important when using on darker colours not to leave the product on for too long, otherwise you run the risk of leaving a lighter patch as the product does contain bleaching agents.
I can't say this product is 100% effective because it isn't but overall I've found this cleaner to be a reasonably effective interim measure for cleaning up carpet and upholstery stains. It certainly gets rid of the worst of a stain, especially if used immediately after the spillage occurs but to completely remove stubborn stains or residual patches of darkened fibres, you will need to follow up by using something like Rug Doctor to completely eradicate all signs of the stain.