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I have been watching Russia Today TV, and their indecent coverage of the MH17 flight. No need to say that I was scandalised. But I also got shocked to see that some of your brands (such as Finish, Vanish, Harpic, etc.) are announced on this channel which is ethically so questionable. Just to let you know, that from now on, I will be carefully checking my shopping to avoid Reckitt Benckiser products. And I will try as many people as possible to learn about your media policy.
Disappointed with this product after all the reviews I'd read. Left my carpet exactly as it found it, just smelling very strongly of chemicals, which as I'm 6 months pregnant, is not desirable. Didn't make a dent in any of the grey treadmark stains on the beige stair carpet so now I'm back to square one.
I like a clean house now I don't just mean housework done once a week I mean proper OCD clean! One of my pet hates are dirty carpets and fortunately when I moved into my house as it was bought off plan I got to choose what colour carpets I wanted and I sensibly chose a light mocha throughout (except a few rooms, kitchen, hallway and utility) as having had cream/beige carpets before is just a complete no no especially with dogs, cats and of course a child! However, my carpet has been looking a bit drab since the wet weather and I wanted to freshen it up in between having it cleaned.
There are quite a few products out there which claim to help freshen up a carpet or to clean it and I must admit I have probably tried most of them as I am so obsessed with keeping my carpets clean! However, in my local Wilkinsons I browsed their cleaning products aisle and noticed they had quite a few products on offer, one being the Vanish High Traffic Powerfoam which had been priced at just £2 from its usual £4+ which to me was a good buy especially when it is from a brand which is known for its stain removing powers and at £2 it was hardly breaking the bank.
Vanish is a brand as stated above known for its stain removing properties more notably with regard to clothes, the large white bar of Vanish is still hiding in my cupboard somewhere along with a spray on stain remover which acts as a pre-wash. I can't say I think all of their products are 110% successful but I was willing to give it a go. The Vanish High Traffic Area Powerfoam has been specifically formulated for use on those high traffic areas in your house such as staircases, hallways and it is intended that once used they will stay fresh and clean.
The Vanish foam comes in the very typical bright pink packaging which is obviously very distinctive when on the shelf as you don't to even read the label as you already know it's a Vanish product! The foam itself comes in a slim, tall aerosol type canister complete with a pink plastic lid. On the front is the large Vanish font logo together with the product name and an image of a mop. On the back are the complete usage instructions, the warnings which include what to do and what no to do together with the ingredients and contact information for Vanish.
The instructions are clearly printed on the back of the aerosol and are pretty straight forward to understand. You simply spray on the required area around 80cm away from the carpet and simply spray the foam on. You then either scrub the area with a brush, cloth or mop to get it to lather and then leave for 2 hours or until it's dry and then you simply vacuum the chosen area. I did think when reading the instructions before I used it that it was a bit too simple but these products are designed to be easy and quick to use to save all the mess and fuss in getting your carpets cleaned professionally.
I found that spraying the foam (which is white in colour) onto the carpet was a bit hit and miss. It either came out as a trickle of foam which left white spots of foam on the carpet or it would spray out in more of a wide spray and when it settled on the carpet you couldn't see where the foam had landed so it took quite a while to cover the chosen area and no doubt probably wasting more of the foam than anything. This was quite frustrating to say the least! I had opted to use my mop rather than a brush or cloth as I thought it would be easier and despite 'mopping' the carpet as instructed the foam didn't lather up as the instructions said and after putting in a lot more elbow grease it still didn't lather up so in the end I left it to dry!
I wasn't going to sit and wait for the 2 hours and this I guess can be an inconvenience especially if you have a busy house as you don't want anyone walking on the areas where you have treated so I had to make sure all the animals were out the way and my other half for at least the minimum 2 hours which can be a slight pain. However, after mucking out a few stables I returned to find my treated carpet completely dry and there was quite a floral aroma which was quite pleasant. I vacuumed the area as instructed (I had already vacuumed it prior to spraying the foam) and although my carpet smelt fresher it didn't look any different!
Now my carpet doesn't have any stains at all just the usual wear which is standard with carpets in those high traffic areas but I was expecting this supposed wonderful foam from Vanish to make the carpets look at least a little cleaner than they did but instead they just smelt fresher which although that is definitely a good thing I would have liked them to look a little newer as Vanish do promise it helps clean the carpet but I think from my use it just masks the carpet with a pleasant aroma. Apart from using on the carpets I did also use it on from indoor door mats and again the same thing happened, just a fresher smell - for that I could have just put them in the washing machine!
Overall, slightly disappointing with this and I am very pleased that I didn't pay the full price of £4+ as I would definitely have been disappointed but as it was less than half price I can't grumble too much. I think to freshen the carpet and give it an aroma (which by the way lasts for a few hours at most) then it just about does the job but definitely not worth the RRP. I know there isn't a substitute for getting carpets cleaned either professionally or with your own personal carpet cleaner but I was hoping that this may actually help but sadly this didn't do much and I won't be buying it again. Recommended? No, not really - save your money and get them professionally cleaned!
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With three young children under five my carpets often get mistreated with juice cake and other sticky objects that even after I scrub leave a stain so I was looking for something to freshen them up a little when I came across this in Tesco for £4 for a 600ml canister.
It comes in a spray bottle and you simply press down the nozzle and the foam sprays out you do need to give it a shake before use and then it comes out fairly evenly. Then the instructions say to work in to the carpet and allow drying before vacuuming which can take anything up to two hours so I decided to wait until my children to go to sleep to try it.
The foam came out nicely and it was easy to work in to the carpet you could see which areas you had applied the product too as of course there was a damp patch then it was a case of waiting. The nozzle does need cleaned afterwards as although it sprays out rather well some of the product is left behind after use and it could cause it to block up but this is easy to do with a wipe down with a cloth.
There is a slight smell to it is very chemically but at the same time really sweet it is not over bearing and the tin does say it helps eliminate odours but to be honest after I vacuumed there was nothing standing out scent wise.
It says that it removes 5 x more dirt than vacuuming alone and it does help a little smaller dirt but it takes a lot of elbow grease and I felt more like I was scrubbing the dirt away rather than the foam working. Large stains this had no effect on at all I did not expect much as the tin says it helps remove dirt not particularly for stains but it actually had no visible effect at all which was a shame.
I did repeat as the tin is big enough for a few uses even on large areas of carpet and thought I would leave it a little longer this time and again it had a small effect but nothing amazing so we opted to hire a carpet doctor instead. I also tried applying a little more product this time just in case I had been scrimping with it but then it seemed like my carpets were over flowing with foam and still had no major visible difference although they did smell a little fresher.
It is designed for high traffic areas to help remove dirt and eliminate odours so not especially for stains but the carpet it I was using it on was a high traffic area and there is just every day dirt from people walking round with shoes on etc and although it may be brought the carpet up a little cleaner I could have got the same effect with just hovering a few times.
The can covers a large area of floor we managed our front room twice not the whole of it but large areas between the doorway and sofa and also in the dining room once as well so you are getting a lot of product for your money.
As you can probably tell I was a little disappointed with this product at £4-5 a tin and available at most supermarkets I would suggest giving it a go as some people swear that it is fantastic but unfortunately for me I will not be using it again.
The first home that my partner and I shared together was a rented flat. Unfortunately to us, not only did we chose the most immaculate flat that we could find when we were looking but also the most finicky of letting agents through whom we would rent the property and a man who clearly did not understand the lease concept of the flat being in a 'lived in' condition when we left. This would not have been such a problem had it not been for the fact that the flat had cream carpets throughout every room which, although looked lovely, had a tendency to pick up dirt in the most infuriating of ways. Throughout our 18 months at the flat we had a number of mini carpet disasters and one remedy to our problems was 'Vanish Powerfoam High Traffic'.
This 'Vanish Powerfoam High Traffic' comes packaged in a 600ml bottle which is presented in a way that blends in with the other Vanish products being mainly pink in colour with the large 'Vanish' logo printed across the front. Upon popping off the bright pink cap there is a white plastic nozzle with which the foam can be activated. Having squirting out a dollop of foam you will find that it is white in colour and has quite a thick consistency rather similar to hair mousse and I do not find that it had a strong odour simply a light and clean scent.
Vanish claim that this foam can be used to remove stains and dirt from high traffic areas such as hallways, stairs and doors. They also claim that this product cleans carpets up to five times more than simply vacuuming whilst it can be used to treat a number of stains including mud, deep dirt, makeup, tea and coffee and chocolate. This foam is supposed to be respectful of carpet fibres making it suitable for the most delicate of carpet materials including wool.
**Price and Availability**
A bottle of this cleaning foam will usually set you back between £4 - £7 and I have found it selling in both Tesco and Ocado for £4.60. However, I prefer to pick up mine in Wilkinson as you can usually get it for around the £2 - £3 mark. This foam sells in any number of shops including supermarkets and convenience stores therefore it is not difficult to track down.
Whilst if bought for £7 this product can seem a bit of an investment, you will find that a bottle lasts for a long time being that only small patches area treated at a time making it a worth while spend in my opinion and a good backup cleaner to have sitting at the back of your cleaning cupboard.
**Application to Carpets**
To use this foam it is recommended that you do a patch test before treating the area in question to check that it does not stain or lighten the carpet fibres. In our first flat we had mainly manmade carpets and so I tested a small corner of the carpet before applying onto the stain. Once sure that it is fine, it is recommended that you spray a dollop of the foam at a height of around 80cm above the area that needs treating. Vanish say, at this point, that you should always spray downwards and not upwards. Once the foam is sitting in a nice pile on your carpet you should rub it into the stained area with a damp cloth or sponge then simply leave to work its magic for a couple of hours and vacuum the area once dry. The good thing about the whole application process, is that the carpets never get saturated but simply remain damp meaning that the areas dry out much quicker.
I bought my first bottle of Vanish foam as a complete novice, this being my first 'own' home and all I planned to use it on a number of areas throughout our flat including the hallway, lounge and bedroom. Each carpet had its own variety of small stains those being; trodden in dirt to the hallway, tea stains in the lounge and makeup stains in the bedroom, (not such a great look with black smudges in the nearly white carpet). I should add that whilst some of these stains were relatively recent i.e. in the last couple of days, a few had been sat there for a couple of months. For each area I tested the carpet first before following correct procedure and leaving the foam to sit in the carpets fibres for two hours before vacuuming.
It is worth mentioning that I found the entire application process incredibly easy to do as I simply carried my bottle of foam around the flat with a small bowl of water and a sponge to ensure that I throughout rubbed the product in. Upon vacuuming the treated area the results were good if not great. I found that the foam was able to visibly lighten patches of dirt in the hallway, which although 'trodden in' looked much cleaner after use. The tea and coffee stains in the kitchen were not an issue and these cleaned out of the carpet without a problem, however I must add that each stain had been blotted to within an inch of its life at the time it happened so that they had originally only left a light stain. The makeup stains were where this product failed to impress by not making a mark on them. I hasten to add that these two marks were only about the size of a pea each; however they did not lighten at all after treatment.
Before leaving the flat we did clean the carpets with a professional carpet cleaner, and did find that the makeup stains in particular would not shift, so ladies be warned! Therefore upon reflection, I was not too surprised that the Vanish did not provide a 'quick fix' to the problem.
Since leaving our rented flat and buying our own property I have continued to use my Vanish Powerfoam. We had a lovely looped pile 100% wool carpet laid in our lounge which, despite our best efforts, has had a couple of tea spills. To treat, I have simply blotted the damp spot, applied the foam and vacuumed. The foam has not only cleaned the carpet making it look as good as new but has also been kind to the wool and has not bleached it. As a result this foam is now part of my 'spillage' kit as soon as an accident occurs.
Despite my initial scepticism, I have to admit to being impressed with this product. Although I have not used this foam for other stains such as grass stains or chocolate I can testify to its usefulness from the point of view of treating light stains such as drink spills and dirt. Whilst it is not a miracle cure, prevention being the best method of illuminating stains, it has certainly proven its worth in removing minor stains from my carpet. The product cleanses the carpet fibre without any harsh chemical smells and is a quick and easy treatment to do yourself. As a result I would therefore recommend this Powerfoam to anybody who suffers as I do with the daily chore of trying to keep their carpets spotless.
This product scores a good four stars out of five from me.
I hope this review has been of use and thanks for reading! x
Vanish High Traffic Area Powerfoam is a great product in my opinion, which is designed to get rid of marks and stains from arapets on high traffic areas in the home.
This 600ml can cost only £1 from Home Bargains and I have had it for months and used it loads of times and I think I must still have about half of the can left.
It is a great product for removing all sorts of household stains, from red wine, curries, tomato based foodstuffs and trodden in mud and dirt.
It is simple and easy to use in my view and presents no problems. Just simply shake the can to disperse the contents beforehand, and then spray the thick foam direrctly onto the stain you want to be removed. Work the foam into the stain with either your fingerrs or a dry cloth and allow it to do its work in lifting and removing the stain from between the fibres of the carpet.
Once dried just hoover it up and the stain will have vanished. For more deeply imbedded stains we have had to apply more than once but I have never had to use more than two applications, even for red wine stains on my beige carpet.
It dries quickly and does not leave a mark or any sticky residue where it has been applied. It is kind and gentle to the hands and does not irritate the skin. The smell is more pleasant than some other stain removers I have used and this one is fine.
Great product, nice smell and recommended.
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The carpets in our hallway and on the stairs have been looking a little bit shabby in recent weeks. Despite having a mat outside the front door and requesting that people remove their shoes, particularly when it's been raining, the carpet was covered in dirt patches. It doesn't help that it is quite a light-green colour so shows up any dirt and grime quite clearly. I normally get the Vax machine out to give the carpets a good clean but this is a big job and not one that I would want to do to regularly! I spotted a new Vanish powerfoam carpet cleaner whilst shopping a few weeks ago, which seemed to be an ideal solution to the problem. This was priced at £4.09 in Tesco's.
The spray is designed to be used to clean carpets in 'high traffic areas' of the house and my hallway is certainly that! I've used quite a few different carpet cleaners in the past but they have all been liquid based ones, which you dilute in water. These do the job well but are a bit of a pain to use, even on small areas, as they have to be diluted, scrubbed into the carpet, rinsed out and then left to dry. That's too much effort for me! I was therefore intrigued by the fact that this was a ready to used foam that could simply be squirted on the affected area and wiped away.
The spray comes in a hot-pink coloured can, which is generously sized, containing 600ml of the product. According to the back of the can the foam works by penetrating deep into the carpet fibres to loosen any dirt without over-wetting your carpet. The powerfoam is gentle enough to prevent colour loss or fading and is suitable for wool carpets. The user is advised though to do a patch test prior to using on a large area.
To use I gave the can a good shake and then sprayed the foam from a height of around a metre on the area to be treated. The nozzle is easy to use and doesn't require too much pressing to get the product out. The spray itself is a white foam that reminded me of shaving foam and has no smell associated with it. When a thin layer of spray had covered the area I took a damp cloth and worked the spray into the carpet. The spray at this point appeared to just dissolve into the carpet but already I could see that it had started to work as the carpet started to change colour from a dull green to a lighter one. Once the foam has been worked into the carpet it must be left for 2 hours or until it is dry before being vacuumed away. I found the spray to be quite gentle. I used it without gloves (I know -not good!) but it did not cause any irritation.
Once the two hours were up I brought out the hoover and gave the carpets the once over. I was really pleased to see that the stains, dirt and grime had disappeared leaving my carpets looking like new and for a lot less fuss and effort than if I'd brought out my Vax! I have since used it on minor spillages and it has worked a treat. It's even managed to remove more tougher in-grained stains, for example ketchup stains from the rug in my sisters room where she'd taken food upstairs to eat. Overall I am really pleased with this. It's quick, easy to use and effective and comes highly recommended!
After moving into a new house with my two flatmates, the logical thing for us to do was to host a flat warming party. Really, it was just an excuse for a party the week before fresher's week at University started. The carpets in the house are a medium blue colour so we thought that spillage of drinks wouldn't be too much of a bother. Oh how wrong we were...
On inspection the next morning there were several marks on the carpet as well as on the rug under the coffee table. Not a good sign as we had only moved in 2 days before and the carpets were pristine!
I ran down to the nearest shop, a Tesco express, to look for some form of carpet cleaning product. The only one that they had in stock was the Vanish Power Foam carpet cleaner. I remember it being quite expensive but since it was the only one I bought it. I assumed it couldn't be too bad as it was made by Vanish which is quite a trusted brand. I can't remember exactly how much is was that I paid at the time, but a quick search on mysupermarket reveals that Asda is currently the cheapest at £3.50, with the product costing £4.09 at most other retailers. This price is for the 600ml can which is quite large.
The packaging is nice, it has the usual pink colour that Vanish use in their packaging for other products too. The can says that it is for "fast and effective cleaning of high traffic areas". It does say on the can that for tough stains you should use Vanish Powershot, or Vanish Oxi Action Carpet and Upholstery. I have never used either of these products as I found the Carpet Foam to work well.
The instructions on the can say that you should shake the can and spray from a height of 80cm over the carpet. It then says you should work the foam into the carpet using a clean sponge or cloth, leave for 2 hours and vacuum the area.
I followed these instructions on the drink spillage marks on our carpet and found the foam really easy to use. The Foam comes out very thick and white so it is very easy to see where you have already sprayed. Working the foam into the carpet I prefer to use a sponge as I find it easier and quicker than a cloth. The carpet does not become overly wet, which is useful as I always forget that I've put the foam down and stand in it! When you vacuum the foam off, the carpet appears much cleaner. I found that this product does work well to remove drink spillage stains so I did not need to purchase a stronger product. I have been using the same can throughout the rest of this year to deal with small stains and to freshen up the hallway. It still feels like there is a considerable amount of product left in the can too!
As with most cleaning products, there are several cautions on the can which I see as common sense. These include not breathing in the spray, keeping out of reach of children, do not get product in your eyes and do not swallow. I have quite sensitive skin and was worried that it would affect my skin badly but even without gloves it seems to be ok.
In summary, this product may seem expensive at first but it lasts a long time, it works well and is a good carpet cleaner for everyday spills. For tougher stains you might need a different product. When this can runs out I will be running out to buy another one soon, especially if we have another party!
I am moving house over the next week or so and have to have my carpets professionally cleaned as stipulated by the Estate Agents who were quite prepared to rob me for anything they could. One of the warnings the carpet cleaning service I contacted advised was that hard stains may not come out, even on a professional clean.
Now my carpets are cream. Why landlords insist on cream carpets I don't know, but they do and they are. I also have some stains on the carpet, lilac from when I dropped my Yankee Candle and other which I think may have come from coffee or coke dripping on the bottom of a mug, because they are all by my sofa in the same place.
Worried that these wouldn't come out I thought I would give myself a head start and purchase Vanish Power Foam. Having never seen this before, but it being the only option in the local Tesco Express, it cost me near on £5 for this 600ml canister which proclaims to offer 5x more dirt removal than vacuuming only. The Vanish trademark pink adorns the canister and the words Vanish Power Foam swish across the front. It advertises itself as a high traffic carpet cleaner.
The instructions say to shake well and spray on the affected areas. Work into the carpet using a damp sponge or cleaning cloth and then leave for 2 hours or until dry before vacuuming. These instructions are demonstrated with easy to understand pictures and also recommend testing the product on a small hidden area to ensure that the colour remains rather than being disrupted.
Upon moving the pink cap is a white nozzle which the foam easily sprays from. I will say that despite spraying well there is some excess which stays on the nozzle and will need wiping away before putting the lid back on.
The images on the can suggest that the product will keep all carpets looking amazing and they indicate they have used it on large areas. I think in order to do this you would need more than one can but you may just want to think about using a carpet cleaner if you have larger areas as I expect this would be more cost effective.
After leaving this for 2 hours as recommended I got my trusty Vax out and vacuumed. Was it amazing? To put it bluntly, no! I could see no difference in my carpets whatsoever and the stains I used it on really weren't as bad as they could have been.
I will try and use this product again at the weekend to give it a second chance, but I definitely would not purchase another can of the stuff and it is just as well I am forking out for the carpet cleaners. I just hope that they do a good job.
Prices seem to vary from £4 -£9 online and the can has the Vanish website written on it which you can view all products in the range. The instructions of use are also detailed on the website.
we were having new settees in the living room, and they were coming this afternoon. the day i have been waiting for brilliant. but we had a lot to do. The old suit had to be taken out, and that was no easy job. it was so big, the front window had to be taken out to get it in, so the front window had to be taken out, to get it out. after a lot of hard work, huffing and puffing,and the occasional swear word. out they went. everything was ready, not quite, under where the settee was there was a great big dirty mark. somthing had been spilt, oh god, how long has that been there, there was no time to waste. we only had about an hour before the other suite came. and to make it worse, it was going in a different place, that mark would stick out like a sore thumb. Grabbed my car keys and went down my local supermarket, good job it is only five mins away. looking on the shelf decided on the vanish. it sort of stood out from the rest, being bright pink it would, didnt have much time, starting to panic, nothing ever goes right for me. Arrived home got about forty mins, read tin, spray on, work in with sponge or cloth, vaccumn off in two hours, No time shook can, sprayed on, left to soak in for five mins, got clean damp cloth, rubbed foam into stain, thinking please work, got clean damp cloth, rubbed over carpet, i dont believe it. brilliant, stain gone. did need to vacumn later, because as it dries leaves a sort of powdery mark on the carpet. used it since especially on stains, worth every penny.
I bought this item for my main room with a beige carpet it is right next to my kitchen and the back door, I didn't want to use an industrial cleaner as it can be a bit harsh on the carpet just for a bit of ground in dirt. I can safely say that this is the best item I discovered in 2010 we followed the instructions to the word and the carpet came up fresh and a lot cleaner than before I would recommend this item to anybody with children and/or pets . I now just spray the carpet once a week just to freshen and keep the carpet cleaner so I don't have to use water on the carpet which can flatten the pile where as Vanish doesn't do that it keep the carpet looking better I won't say like new because that would be extreme but I do think that all household cleaning cupboards she have vanish carpet foam in it.
I love my dog to pieces and wouldn't be without her for the world, but sometimes - just occasionally - she's firmly in the doghouse so to speak. Take last week for instance - she went out digging a massive hole in the rainy garden, then was kind enough to decorate our cream bedroom carpet with muddy black paw prints!!
In the past I have hired a rug doctor to spruce up the carpets and planned to do so again after the latest incident, but spotted a possible alternative solution on Tesco's shelves.
The product is called "Vanish High Traffic Area Powerfoam" and is designed to cover large 'high traffic' areas such as hallways / stairs etc - keeping them clean and fresh.
The packaging is the hot pink colour by which Vanish has become distinguishable, and cost me £4.10 for a 600ml aerosol. I think this is quite a hefty initial layout but the can is huge and I can see it would last a while. Also it's a lot less hassle than hiring a rug doctor, and although the two don't quite do the same thing, I hoped the foam would still clean the carpet nicely and at least delay the need for the rug doc.
The way it works is this: its foam penetrates deep into the carpet fibres to loosen and lift dirt effectively without over-wetting your carpet. It is also suitable for use on wool carpets. You are supposed to spray on and hoover it off - sounds simple enough!
~~ Directions for use ~~
Despite the claims that it's suitable to use on all colours, it still says it's essential to test it for colourfastness, but admittedly I couldn't be bothered with this step. If my carpets were darker though I would definitely recommend doing a test patch, I just figured that as it was cream I would be fine (don't take my word for this if you are worried though as I would hate to be responsible for any ruined carpets out there!)
I shook the can and sprayed all over my bedroom carpet holding the can about 80cm away as directed. As it's quite a large carpet, I did this in sections, working the foam into the carpet with a damp sponge as I went along, as per the instructions.
There was a very slight, not unpleasant smell to the foam but that cleared very quickly - this was probably helped along by both windows being wide open. You are supposed to keep the room ventilated and I would definitely recommend this.
Then I left it for the recommended 2 hours drying time before going over it with the Hoover. Although it doesn't specifically say so, the picture on the side shows the nozzle attachment of the Hoover being used rather than using it upright, so that's what I did.
~~ The results ~~
I have read quite a few reviews of this foam and all of them have been good, so I had high expectations that this would deliver - and it did! The carpet came up beautifully with all traces of paw prints gone.
The carpet was ever so slightly damp after hoovering but dried out in a short space of time - the fact that it doesn't overly wet the carpet means that there is no shrinkage too.
All in all, I would say this is one product that does live up to the hype. I trust the Vanish brand as a whole having got great results from other products in their range, and this one doesn't disappoint either.
Highly recommended for hassle free use and top results - another winner from vanish and a full 5 stars from me!
~~ Thanks for reading - also published on ciao as ciaomiaow ~~
I live in a rented house, that means beige everything, walls, carpets, the lot. Add my 2 year old, my 11 month old, my fisherman partner and the 4 cats and that spells disaster!
Having battled with carpet washers for the last 4 years in a bid to keep the carpets clean, I was fasinated by this new product and its ease of use. Seeing the TV ad, a quick spray leave and hoover, I thought WOW! So off I toodle down to the shops and spend £5.97 on a large can and come home beaming, at last the days of endless back aching scrubbing are coming to an end!
Well, reading the back of the can, it states spray a coating on the carpet and scrub with a dry mop, ok, so maybe thinking I could avoid the hard part was a bit niave, so I will forgive them that. I started simple, with the hallway. Spraying a thin coat all over the carpet and scrubbing with the mop as I went. I wouldn't say the hallway is particularly large, bigger than most, but not large, and somehow, with my thin coat, I managed to all but empty a can. Maybe it really is just meant for small areas and not a general once over. Maybe this is my fault?
Anyway, 2 hours passed, just like it said on the back of the can and out comes the hoover. Off comes the foam and my carpets are............exactly the same, all the same stains that I know would come off with a damp cloth, still there. What a waste of time and a fiver. As if the fact that I had wasted money wasn't enough to put me off trying again, my carpets are now sticky, crusty and generally horrible. I guess the only thing I can liken the texture to is that of the pillowcases after the other half wakes up having NOT washed the wax out of his hair the night before.
In conclusion; don't bother, stick to the good old fashioned carpet cleaners, they work, after the initial outlay, they cost you less and you are not left with one hell of a state to clean up afterwrads.
At twelve thirty this morning I was awoken by my cat, Mew, who was being sick on the bedroom carpet - nice eh? He had caught and eaten something quite late last night so I should have had more sense than to let him sleep in the bedroom but there you go - I spoil him and so I have to accept the occasional consequences. Anyway I cleared up the mess, washed my hands and went back to bed.
This morning there is a slight stain on the carpet so out came the Vanish Power Foam.
I bought this product from Tesco's at a cost of £4.10 for 600ml of foam and it has been worth every penny!
The Vanish Power Foam comes in an aerosol can with a bright pink lid. The information on the can tells us that it is especially effective for 'high traffic areas' and contains 'stain and dirt lifting technology'.
The foam is really easy to use as well all you do is:
Shake the can well.
Spray the foam onto the area to be cleaned from a distance of about 80cm.
Work the foam into the carpet using a colourfast cloth or sponge.
Leave to dry for about two hours.
Vacuum the carpet.
I have used this foam on general grubby areas of carpet and also on individual stains when I have spilt things and it works every time!
When sprayed the foam is exactly that a thick, creamy foam and it is easy to work it into the stain with a cloth. It is also surprisingly non messy too - obviously you will need to wash your hands well afterwards but it was nowhere near as messy as I had expected it to be. I then just left it alone as directed until it was dry and then just vacuumed the stain away. It really was that simple!
In the room where Mew's things are there is a rug which was beginning to look a bit scruffy and I was considering changing it. Mew has a large area of fields and bushes in which to roam and hunt and so I often get 'presents' from him of half eaten rabbits, mouse bowels (the only bit he doesn't eat) and even a jackdaw the other day! Each time I clear away the offending mess and wipe the rug with a disinfectant wipe. It looks clean but over time the rug had started to look very grubby.
I got the Vanish Power Foam and covered the carpet working it in well - I actually used my scrubbing brush this time - left it for a couple of hours and then vacuumed the rug. I was amazed! It looked like a new rug! This was about four months ago and it is still looking really good.
On the back of the can there are the usual warnings both about the product - don't swallow, use only in ventilated areas etc. - and the can itself - don't pierce or incinerate.
In conclusion I would recommend this product without hesitation. To borrow the advert from another product - it does what it says on the tin!!
And yes, my bedroom carpet looks as good as new again!
Vanish powerfoam does not really live upto its name. Unfortunately I was not too pleased with this product. I tried it on one area of the carpet onto which I'd just spilled something, and found I had to use atleast 3 or 4 applications a day for three days until it faded, and even so the stain has not completely disappeared. However it worked a little better on a tea stain. In order for the product to work it is important that you first clear the stained area with a damp cloth to remove the excess, and even beyond that before you use the foam.
However while the foam is not great for stain removal, it does lighten tired and worn carpets, but again it would be something that you would have to spray over an entire carpeted room, otherwise you will be left with patches of light and dark carpet. So this process can be somewhat tiresome and you would not be able to go into the room as the carpet will be wet. Overall the product is not worth it.
Its gentle foam penetrates deep into the carpet fibres to loosen and lift dirt effectively without over-wetting your carpet / Vanish Powerfoam does not damage fibres and colours and is suitable for use on wool carpets / New Vanish High Traffic Area Powerfoam is perfect to ensure that the high traffic areas of your carpets, such as hallways, staircases and doormats, are always clean and fresh / Apply directly to your carpet and vacuum when dry.