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      13.02.2013 18:11
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      Strongly recommend that you at least try it out once and see what results it returns to you!

      Vanish have now designed and produced another stain removal product for us to use!
      Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover offers you an easy reliable solution to your carpet and upholstery stains.

      Are you having a tough time taking out a stain you've found on your carpet or upholstery? Well, There is no need to worry because Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Powerspray produces mindblowing stain removal results first time every time! Vanish Powerspray can completely remove even the toughest stains from your carpet or upholstery.

      Stain Removal Tips:

      1. Always test on a hidden area of carpet to check colour fastness.
      2. Allow the test patch to completely dry first.
      3. If the carpet colour is affected, do not use this product on the rest of your carpet.
      4. Do not use on any materials that are unsuitable for wet cleaning or marked as dry clean only.


      Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Powerspray is the best product for removing everyday stains from your carpets.

      How to use Vanish:

      1. Spray Vanish Oxi Action Spray directly onto the stained area and rub gently.
      2. Leave the spray on between 1-5 minutes before washing as normal.
      3. Heavy stains may require a second application.

      Important: Always follow the usage instructions on the Vanish packaging. Do not use on wool, silk or leather - for example wood, metals etc.


      Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover also known as Powerspray is a brilliant product and works wonders on carpets and upholstery items. I use it occasionally on some of my carpets if they have been stained. It's better than using Fairy Liquid to clean your carpet because at least you know that you can trust Vanish.

      Now, as far as I know, ASDA don't sell this Vanish product so I get mine from Tesco's for £4.60 which I personally think is a bit much. I pretty sure Waitrose sell it for the same price.

      I definitely recommend that you buy this wonderful product and see the amazing results for yourself!

      I hope you have enjoyed reading my review and Thank you for taking your time to raead it too.

      Many Thanks,
      Marie.

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        19.09.2012 22:39
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        I won't be buying this again!

        In my passage of our small 2 bedroom flat, we have cream/beige carpet. Of course, as we enter through the front door you are immediately in the passage and so this carries a lot of traffic and about 8 months ago I noticed dark-black almost "paths" which of course are where we walk mainly in the middle of the passage to each room (most predominantly this dirt from foot traffic to the living room!) and I absolutely hate it! Hoping to solve this with some home remedy, when in Sainsburys doing a weekly shop I bought this for an astonishing £4.60 (I have now seen it cheaper in Tesco!) for a 500ml spray bottle.

        It comes in bright pink packaging, with a lever-spray combo whereby adding pressure to the lever releases the foam liquid which is to clean my carpet. It has promising claims such as removing red wine stains, juice, grass stains etc. with "deep carpet cleaning". On the basis of this I thought it would work miracles so when I got home I happily and liberally applied this all over my carpet, concentrating on the darker areas in the passage, and followed the instructions which was to "Work the foam into the carpet using a clean, damp colourfast sponge-mop or cloth." I used an old (but clean!) cloth I had under my sink and was rubbing the "foam" in like no man's business! The spray makes the formula come out like a foam, and it smells quite odd, unfortunately not in a pleasant way. I found that it fizzes and slowly the foam decreases down leaving the carpet just looking slightly damp. Nevertheless I had high hopes it would perform a miracle!

        After spraying, the instructions are to leave the foam for approximately 2 hours (or until dry) and then vacuum. I then followed this, probably for more than 2 hours so as to make sure it worked, and got my henry hoover out to see the difference. Well I have to say disappointingly there was none! My carpet looked the same, and if anything just smelt a bit funny! I thought maybe I wouldn't see a difference as I had done it myself, so when my partner came home I asked him if he saw a difference and he said none too!

        With this disappointment, I returned to the packaging which did say it may need more than one treatment. Not to be let down by the product, I repeated this the following week on my day off and hoped for the best but again, absolutely no improvement whatsoever! So £9.60 out of pocket and no improvement I gave up with this, and since have just paid a professional carpet cleaner to come and give the halls a go!

        So unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed with this and have not, and will not be buying it again. I think it is perhaps more suited to stains such as drink spillages the instant after they have occurred but for carpet traffic I wouldn't recommend it!

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        07.12.2011 21:59
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        Despite the expense it's a quality product

        I have used many different types of stain removers over the years and Vanish is one of the better ones, I personally think. This 500ml bright pink plastic bottle is very easy to spot on the supermarket shelves. I paid quite a lot for this one - around £3.40 from Tesco. It promised great things so I was expecting good results.

        I tried it first on a tomato stain on our living room carpet. The idea is that you have to blot the stain beforehand with this but the stain had already dried on so I wasn't able to do that.

        The container is in a trigger format and is easy to hold even with wet hands. There is a handy on / off button on the top and the liquid comes out in a good thick spurt. I gently worked the solution into the carpet and left it for five minutes. It had not completely gone when I went back so I used a second appliaction and this time it had worked just fine.

        I have also used on my cloth sofa in the conservatory and it brings out chocolate stains great on my cushions. There is no need to rub hard as the solution just seems to work its way into the fibres.
        It is a bit drying on hands I find so be careful to wear protecive gloves when using this.

        The smell is quite pleasant too I find though my other half says she finds it unpleasant.

        Highly recommended.

        Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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        01.06.2011 21:43
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        It's pricey but it works

        In our house we have got 2 dogs who no matter what I do seem to be able to drag mud through the house, a husband that seems incapable of removing his shoes and 2 children who of course make plenty of mess and cause lots of stains. Stain removers are a must whether it be on the clothing, the carpets or even the furniture there is always something getting marked. I picked this up in my local supermarket in the hope of removing the formula stains that have ended up on the sofa and the baby food from the splatter on the carpets.

        This product is quite costly at about £4.50 for a 500ml spray and can be bought from most supermarkets although I do watch out for this sort of thing in our local discount stores. The product comes in a bright pink bottle the same pink as nearly all the vanish products, the bottle is tapered from the bottom upwards and then has a shape like shoulders and then a neck thinner to make it easier to use then ending in a blue trigger spray top. On the front of the bottle is the name of the product and a picture of it being used on a carpet, it states that it neutralises odours and claims complete stain removal.

        For best results you are always supposed to use this producrt as soon as the spill occurrs although I never seem to notice until the stains have dried. To use the product you must blot the stains before spraying the product on and leaving it for 5 minutes to get to work, after the time is up blot away any excess moisture from the carpet and then you may need to reuse if it is a heavy stain.

        Well I used the product on both my sofa and my carpet, the sofa isa terracotta red and I was a little worried that the product may fade it so for once I did actually do a little test on the back of the sofa first. The test went well so I got to work on the stains and result all the splattered formula courtesy of my daughter was removed first time. Moving onto the carpet I sprayed the product as directed which comes out as a foam and left it to work, on blotting the area I could see that the stain was still present and hadn't really been removed at all. I gave the product another go and this time I used a cloth and worked the product into the stain and then left it the five minutes.This time the stain was removed and I must say I am very pleased with the product.

        The product is easy to use and there is an on/off nozzle to make sure there is no accidents with little fingers although of course this sort of thing should always be kept out of the way of children. The smell of the product is one of a cleaning product as you would expect, I would like to know why this sort of product can never be fragranced to smell a little nicer, overall the smell isn't too striong and only really lasts a few hours so it could be much worse. The product removed the stains that I bought it for and has not faded any of the carpet or soaf which was a concern to me, I can honestly say I will be keeping a bottle of this on standby but will keep on eye out for it on offer.

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          22.04.2011 18:59

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          A good product which works, even on my cream carpets!

          I am clumsy. This I admit freely. And because I am aware of this I can have all my equipment ready for when I spill, stain or otherwise damage our new, clean apartment. This equipment includes a cloth, a sponge and, now, Vanish Oxi Action- the Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover.

          I felt this was slightly expensive at £4.49 at Tesco but it was around the same price as all the others, so I plumped for this one as I knew the brand already from their television adverts.

          We tested the Vanish first on a small patch of our carpet and it caused no running or staining or other horrible effects, so it was ready for my next accident! And it happened fairly soon after- Rose wine on the carpet due to a slight misplacement of my foot. So I sprayed it on the stain, let it settle and then blotted with my sponge- and it worked! I have no mark left on my carpet- and my carpet is cream! A couple of days later and the patch still looks good.

          Since then the Vanish has been put into action a couple more times on things such as cat sick (lovely, I know) and tomato ketchup stains and it's worked well every time. I would definitely be buying this product again, it's perfect for a klutz like me!

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          06.08.2010 11:45
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          Great product to remove unwanted marks and stains

          I first bought this product a couple of years ago. We rent a house and the bathroom was carpeted. After living there for about 6 months I started to notice small green blotches around the toilet. Our carpet was beige so it was quite noticeable. I thought I would try and remove the stains myself and went to Tesco to look for a stain removing product suited for carpets.

          There was a reasonable selection of carpet cleaning products but I decided to go with Vanish, partly because it really stood out on the shelf to me and partly because my mum always uses vanish and swears by it.

          The bottle is bright pink with Vanish prominently written on the front, it is a trigger spray and the bottle holds 500ml. It wasn't the cheapest product available but I didn't think it was a bad price. It was only about £2 and I still have the bottle now. I don't have any children or animals so stains are not a big occurrence in our household.

          I used the vanish product of the green blotches around the toilet, testing a small area first as recommended on the bottle. To my surprise it worked. I have to say the results weren't perfect but that was caused by the toilet, as it turns out there was a leak so it just kept getting worse.

          I have since then used the product and its brilliant and it really did work on our carpets (all beige). There were 2 small black marks I noticed one day. I'm not sure what the marks were, possibly mascara, what ever it was Vanish removed it without any effort. I have since then been round the house using it on all the little unexplained marks and they have all vanished now.

          I couldn't really fault this product as it removed the stains in our house. I have only used it on carpets so far though so I can't comment on upholstery.

          Hope this review has helped you. Thanks for reading.

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            29.03.2010 12:51
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            An easy way to blast away everyday stains.

            My poor old carpet and furniture come in with more than a fair share of attacks; fruit juice, dirty pawprints, chocolate, vomit, tea....the list goes on ad infinitum. Being rather canny, I have a suite with removable covers, which is great when you have a really bad onslaught, such as full on child vomit, but most of the time, the stains on the furniture don't warrant my ripping off the whole cover and putting it in the wash. And for these incidents, I use Vanish Oxi action stain remover.


            This is a really excellent product to have on standby in the cleaning cupboard, because you never know when a stain is going to occur. The worst incident was at a kids party, where I was stupid enough to provide cherryade to the kids. Suffice to say, I won't be doing that again! Most of the time it is something more everyday, such as a splash of tea on the arm of the sofa.


            Vanish is a brand that I really like, because I have found their products, particularly the in-wash stain removers to be really effective. This is an area where I feel you get what you pay for. I have tried shops own brand stain removers, but they simply don't have the clout that Vanish has.


            Vanish stain remover for carpet and upholstery comes in the classic bright pink coloured packaging that Vanish is known for. It comes in a 500ml trigger spray bottle, which is pink with a clear blue plasic lid.You cannot see the product inside the bottle. There is a picture on the front of the bottle demonstrating how the product is used on carpets, and it claims to neutralise odours and remove stains completely. There is also an image of bubbles, indicating the fizzing Oxi action of the liquid. A 500ml bottle usually costs just under £3 from most major supermarkets and Wilkinsons stores.


            The product is capable of removing stains such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant juice.For the best results, the stain needs to be treated immediately. You simply spray the product on the affected area. When you spray the product, you get a centralised bubbly area, rather than a wide ranging spray. This enables you to target the stain precisely. The bubble fizz away at the stain and sit on the fabric surface for a while, befor disappearing completely. This is when you use a cloth to blot the stain, as it is fizzing away. I usually use white kitchen towel to blot, as it is easy to see how much stain is left, and the towel can be disposed afterwards. You keep blotting until the stain is gone. Heavy stains may need an extra application. After use, the fabric does take a while to dry out. the product has a fresh floral fragrance that neuralises any odours, particularly useful if the stain is urine or vomit, as it removes all trace of odour.


            For me, i have not yet found a stain that does not respond to this product, either on the carpet or the furniture. it is my first line of attack on spills and stains, and would be invaluable to anyone with kids and pets. A bottle lasts a long time, because it is not in constant everyday use, and you get a decent amount of product for your money.


            There is a warning on the bottle about checking areas of fabric for colour fastness before using. I have never had a problem in this regard, but i suppose it may apply to some fabrics, and makes good sense. The product is not suitable for use on velvet, or silk products, or any fabric that is unsuitable for wet cleaning.


            The product has the usual health warnings on the bottle, such as avoiding contact with eyes. Because it has an Oxi action, it can have a whitening effect on skin,if it is spilled on the skin. It also should not come into contact with bleach, or metal products.


            The plastic bottle is recyclable, and the product is made in Poland by Reckitt Benckiser.

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              01.08.2009 11:53
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              Not worth the money - cheaper products work to the same effectivness

              I bought this product as I thought it would help solve the problem of having a white rug which doesn't seem to mix well with having two naughty little cats. It's probably our fault for having bought a rug in such an impractical colour in the first place, but as soon as we got it, our cats made a bee-line for it, tramping their dirty paws all over it. There have also been incidents of cat vomit and worse (!) which have all contributed to the less than pristine condition of the aforementioned rug.

              This product comes in a bright pink bottle which practically screams 'Buy Me!' from the shelves. Having seen it advertised on tv, and having used some of the other products in the Vanish range, I decided that it was a trustworthy product. I was therefore prepared to stump up a considerable sum of money for it. I couldn't remember how much, but I did remember it made a dent, so I've just checked the Tesco website - it's £4.30 for a bottle!

              The product comes with an squirt pump gun bottle top that makes it easy to apply. You simply turn it to the on position, aim the nozzle at the stain and spray liberally. This results in a white foam covering the stain which you leave to work for 5 minutes before blotting away the excess. The foam doesn't smell of much and certainly isn't unpleasant smelling.

              Well, the first time I used this, there were quite a few stains on the carpet from the cats (and also I must admit, from when I spilled some tea). I went around spraying the product over the various dirty areas. However, as the foam sinks into the fibres of the rug, once I had finished spraying I found it quite difficult to remember where I had started, as it all sinks in! Since I could still see the stains, I eventually found all the areas where I had applied the product. I read on the bottle that heavy stains may need a second application, so I went round and applied it again, this time scrubbing at the rug once the 5 mins were up. This was hard work (unlike the 'blotting' it suggests on the bottle), but it did ensure that the worst of the staining was removed.

              Once I'd finished, I stood back to admire my handiwork. However, although the worst of the staining had gone, I could still clearly see where the stains had been. In fairness to the product, it does say that it works best if the stain is fresh. An opportunity to test this claim out soon arose when my cat brought up a hairball on the rug. I saw her do it, so once I'd cleaned up the mess I got the Oxi Action out to try it again. The product worked to exactly the same standard as it did on the much older stains - the staining was still visible - I was not impressed.

              I haven't found a product that works any better than this one does, so I'm still looking. However, Astonish carpet cleaner which cost me 75p at a local discount store works to exactly the same standard as the vastly more expensive Vanish brand. Therefore, I'm going to stick with that for the time being, as I had expected far superior results for £4.30.

              I suppose the moral of the story is, do not buy a white rug if you are in anyway clumsy or have kids or pets!

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                09.06.2009 16:06

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                The best I've seen

                So I literally just spilt an entire can of cherry coke on my brand new carpet, even though this time I said I'd be more careful! Anyway, I saw this in the shop and thought I'd give it a go, as I'd seen the advert before.

                To my surprise, it actually worked... and really well. I can't even see where the stain was anymore, it's as if I never spilt anything. I had to do two coats as the first still left small patches where I didn't spray it on properly but after the second coat it vanished, just like it says.

                You don't have to do anything special; you just spray it on, leave it for five minutes and then soak up what's remaining with a sponge. Simple as that. I found that there wasn't actually much to soak up so just dabbed it with a sponge and then left it.

                As for price, it cost me £1.99 for a 500ml bottle and it comes in bright pink which I guess is part of their marketing idea. This is a more than reasonable price when you consider how expensive carpet can be, especially when it's just been fitted. If you have new carpet, little kids, pets or just seem to spill things a lot then I can't recommend this enough.

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                27.02.2009 22:37
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                Overall this is a fantastic product on fresh stains, including red wine!

                While sitting writing a couple of reviews tonight, in particular one on Health and Fitness magazine, I promptly dropped the magazine right off the sofa knocking my rather large glass of red wine across my lovely beige carpet! not the most sensible colour for a house with a baby but the carpet was here a long time before my son was even thought of!

                We had been recommended this by a family friend to clean up a few baby mishaps but had left it in the kitchen unused for a while. Tonight this has come into its own! imagine the red wine soaking nicely into the carpet as we ran for the bright pink bottle of magic! following the instructions we blotted the stain with a cloth and covered it with the foam which comes out in the form of a spray with a trigger action bottle. I sat and watched this foam cover the stain thinking that there is no way it was going to work but I left it for a couple of minutes and hoped for the best. I then put a thick cloth over the top and pressed it into the stain, when I lifted it up the stain had Vanished! exactly what it says on the bottle!

                I was convinced that this was going to be a claim on the house insurance but you really would not even know that anything had been spilled...unless you walk on it now as it's still a bit damp!

                The bottle itself is bright pink so should in effect stand out in the supermarket. However, when we went to buy it we couldn't find it anywhere, so our bottle was bought for us! it doesn't smell that great but to me if it can save my carpet i'm not overly bothered if it doesn't leave a lovely fragrance around my home.

                I do feel that you need to use quite a lot of this but hopefully it's not something that you will be using everyday so this isn't a huge problem. I would also say that this works best on fresh stains so act fast and the mark is gone. I have found with stains caused by my little boy being unable to hold onto his dinner that they haven't really come out completely and I think this is because we allowed them to dry out before attempting to clean the stains. This seems to have left a faint ring on the sofa, in effect, replacing the stain with a funny patch.

                Overall, I think I have just seen a miracle with the removal of the red wine from my carpet! but make sure you get the stain quickly otherwise it's not so great, so make sure you keep a bottle handy!

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                  23.02.2009 12:20
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                  a recommended carpet & upholstery stain remover

                  When we bought our present house 6 years ago we were lucky enough to have been left with great carpets throughout - not exactly our taste in colour - but fantastic quality.

                  The hall & stairs are carpeted in a deep beige, but thanks to a thick mat outside & a 'Magimat' inside the front door we had managed to keep carpet clean & I used the carpet shampooer every 6 weeks or so just to freshen it up.

                  Unfortunately not everyone respected our carpets as much as our family so when we had visitors for weeks the carpets looked like they needed replacing!
                  One of the habits they had was to take hot & cold drinks upstairs which resulted in loads of drip stains where they had spilled & another habit was to feed the toddler upstairs which meant there were stains caused by spilt food - ugh!

                  When they finally went I went to work with both my steamer (to help 'lift' the stains) plus my heavyweight Bissell carpet shampooer. These, combined, certainly made the carpets cleaner but I couldn't get rid of the spots.

                  I finally bought some Vanish carpet & upholstery cleaner but didn't really expect ot to work - but it did & I'm well pleased.

                  The very bright pink 500ml container cost me £1.99 &, in my opinion, is worth every penny.

                  The design is good so the product is really easy to use. It has a trigger action top which means you can aim the foam exactly where you need to & is therefore quite economical as there's little waste. You basically just squeeze the trigger to spray over the stain, leave for 5 minutes & then just blot or wipe away with a clean, colourproff cloth or sponge.

                  It advises that a second treatment may be necessary for heavy stains which was found to be the case. It also states that stains should be dealt with as soon as possible - as ours were fairly old I hadn't expected the Vanish to work as well as it did but I was wrong.

                  Yesterday our cat was sick on my daughter's bedroom carpet - this time I went straight for the product & the stain was attended to immediately - again, great results & no horrid smell.

                  PLEASE NOTE the following though (taken from reverse of the label) -

                  * always test a hidden area before use.
                  * do not use on velvet, brocade etc
                  * not suitable for silk or oriental rugs
                  * wash hands after use

                  The ingredients aren't fully stated which is a bit worrying - it says on the label, 'contains amongst other ingredients (?) less than 5% onionic surfacants, phosphonate, oxygen-based bleaching agent & perfume.' I wonder what the 'pther ingredients' are? - oh well, it worked so that's good enough for me!

                  This Vanish product is for upholstery as well - my friend was pleased with the results, but to be honest I haven't needed to try it as we have a leather suite.

                  summary
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                  - a good priced product which worked very well on our carpets.
                  - easy to use & due to clever design there's little or no waste.
                  - nice fresh smell - a little floral - which leaves the carpet smelling nice but doesn't longer.
                  - would STRONGLY advise reading the warnings & advice on reverse of product before purchasing.

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                    24.11.2008 21:40
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                    Pink let me down

                    Our mid-blue carpet in the lounge picks up every speck of dirt it encounters, any dirt that comes into contact with it turns into a dark splodge so I'd been hankering after some of this Vanish carpet cleaner for a week or so. Today I visited our local Wilkos and found a 500ml trigger spray for £3.98 and purchased it intending to use it when the weather dried out a bit.

                    The spray bottle is Vanish pink so easy to spot with a blue trigger dipenser and ours had "new improved formula" on the front in the form of a yellow sticker. I bought it and brought it home.

                    A couple of hours later disaster struck. My partner was attempting some pipework and he'd got to the point of trying the water through the pipes but forgotten to block the end of a vital pipe. A few hectic minutes of me shouting "turn it off!!" and my cats shouting because I was shouting resulted in a five foot long, two foot wide flood of rusty water on the aforementioned carpet.

                    I soaked the majority of the water up with towels but the resulting stain was huge, dirty and looked impossible to deal with. So my thoughts went to the new Vanish spray I'd just bought.

                    I've heard some brilliant reviews about the stain remover for clothes so I expected the same kind of brilliance from this.

                    On the back it tells you to spray onto the stain, leave for a few minutes then mop the excess spray off with a clean cloth and scrub if needed. I did just that, the spray comes out kind of frothy and smells pretty strongly of chemicals so it wasn't great for an asthmatic and made me wheeze a bit and gave me slight palpatations but I persevered.

                    When I got to the mopping off the excess part I found this was literally impossible, as much as you take the froth away more is produced the second you wipe over the area. I had to repeat this step several times and still couldn't remove all the spray even though I didn't use much. I decided to get the rubbing section out of the way and gave the area a good scrub which of course produced even more froth!

                    I have to say it did take the rusty stain out, you wouldn't know it had ever happened if you weren't one of our traumatised little family unit that had witnessed the horror! But the froth just kept on coming!

                    Eventually after six attempts to get rid of it I had to accept it wasn't shifting and smoothed the area down with paper towels over the top to dry. It's dried in a slightly crispy fashion so not great.

                    I'm pretty disappointed with this spray, although it removed the stain it's impossible to remove the spray itself so you swap one substance for another. I've no doubt this patch will accumulate dirt at a rate of knots because of the residue I couldn't get out so it's going to be a never-ending battle with the carpet until the summer when I can get my Vax carpet shampooer out again.

                    I don't recommend this for this reason.

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                      08.05.2008 11:50
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                      Worth a try but don't hold your breath.

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                      We have a light beige and yellow patterned sofa, it was given to us by my other half's parents as it wasn't really in use while in their computer room and as we didn't have any furniture when we moved in together it was a god send.

                      We have been meaning to replace it for almost three years now but other things have always come first, we will get one eventually.

                      Where it has been in constant use and it is a light colour it has become a little marked and dirty over time and where we have been meaning to replace it I haven't cleaned it quite as much as I should have done, just washing the removable covers on the seat cushions every six months.

                      For the last couple of months I have been meaning to get some upholstery cleaner but have forgotten or not had time to do it so while in Asda on Saturday I decided to buy some and get on with it!


                      <Buying and my choice>

                      There were only two upholstery related cleaners available in the small Asda near us and both were more aimed at stains than cleaning but I thought that anything would make an improvement on the ends on the arms where it looked dirty from hands touching there over the last few years.

                      There was Trouble Shoot 1001 and Vanish Oxi action. Both were sprays and a similar price so I didn't really know which to go for, I went with the name I was more familiar in the end, Vanish. Maybe that is advertising winning through or the pink packaging making it more appealing I just don't know!

                      <The packaging>

                      This comes in a bright pink 500ml spray bottle, by bright I mean bright! It has a blue spray head.

                      There is a sticker on the front with the word Vanish being the most prominent.Also said on the front is "for carpet and upholstery. Neutralises odours. Complete stain removal."

                      The back has far smaller writing and goes into more depth. It gives information about the product itself "Vanish Oxi Action Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover has been specially formulated to completely remove your toughest carpet stains. Boosted with active oxygen, its formula penetrates deep into your carpet pile , breaking down and dissolving the stains right before your eyes. It also neutralises odours, even those from pets. And because it's from Vanish you can trust it's safe for your carpet and upholstery."

                      On the back they also tell you how to use it, the ingredients and safety information which includes, keeping it out of children's reach, rinsing your eyes with water if the product comes in contact with them etc.


                      <Before starting>

                      The bottle recommends testing a small area on a hidden area of the carpet or upholstery you intend to use it on.

                      I did this and there was no difference in colour. You should always do this in case the fabric will change colour or react badly.

                      <What the product looks like>

                      When you spray it the liquid inside the bottle is no longer fluid, it turns into a foam, a loose very wet foam which sits on the fabric rather than sinking into it straight away, after it has been left to work for a couple of minutes it almost all has sunk into the fabric and just leaves it wet.

                      It is easy to see where this has been sprayed onto and controlling the amount and positioning of the foam is relatively easy to do.

                      To cover a large area you have to use a lot of sprays, which can make you fingers and hand ache a little.

                      <Using to clean upholstery>

                      On Sunday afternoon I decided to do one of the arms of the sofa, I followed the instructions with a bit extra. The packaging says to spray in on and leave in for five minutes then blot or rub it off with an absorbent cloth. I tried this at first and didn't find it very effective and lets be honest, why would it be! So I sprayed it on, left it for a few minutes then scrubbed lightly with a small soft nailbrush before rubbing it off with a towel.

                      After giving it a little scrub the nail brushes bristles would be covered in the foam and looking more closely I could see the foam was a dirty brown and specks of dirt were obvious. So the dirt had obviously come off to some extent.

                      It certainly wasn't hard work.

                      I would advise anyone to do a small section at a time rather than the whole thing in one go.


                      <Results on upholstery>

                      I could see the dirty marks were gone but the true result was hard to see where the fabric was wet.

                      A few hours later when it was completely dry it was easy to see where I had cleaned it because it was really clean and a completely different colour to the rest of the arm!

                      Doing that small section showed just how dirty the sofa had actually been without me realising! I couldn't leave it as it was so I have now done the whole thing! Either that or the colourfastness test didn't show accurately how the fabric would react and it has lightened the material a little and that is why it was so obvious where I had cleaned. Either way it looks a lot better.

                      It looks brilliant, Like it did when it was first bought, apart from one thing...

                      <Using on stains both on upholstery and carpets>

                      There was a small bloodstain on the back of the sofa, it is no bigger than the size of a pea but dark brown against the light fabric it really shows.

                      I have used this product on it five times to try and get it out and although it is slightly lighter than it was when I started, it is not gone and still very noticeable.

                      When we moved in we noticed that there were a few stains on the carpet in the second bedroom, it is pale cream and they are either blood or something else which is brown, (no I don't think they are that!) they look like they were fluid that has been dripped. I thought I would test this out and see if it would work on them and used the same method as on the sofa.

                      They are improved but again they are not completely gone.

                      The bottle does say that it is best used on fresh stains that have not been allowed to dry.

                      As I have not used it straight away I don't know how much better it would work. I am not going to make a stain just to find out either!

                      The instructions on the spray do say that heavy stains may need two applications.

                      The claims about it lifting and dissolving the stain before your eyes seem completely false to me! The stains were not removed or dissolved let alone before my eyes. Maybe if you use it on a fresh stain which is still wet the results are much better.


                      <Smell>

                      As I said before the bottle also says that this neutralises odours. I would like to hope that my sofa didn't smell anyway!

                      The smell of this while you are using it is rather nice, just chemical like all cleaners. After though the smell really does linger. Even a few days later I can still smell it. Now though the smell has changed, it is very sweet and not chemical like it was but more like raspberry but not fresh berries, can you remember raspberry ruffles chocolates, you used to be able to get them in a pick and mix, well it smells of those.
                      Nice and non-offensive.


                      <Price and value>

                      I have had a look on the Tesco price check and they sell it For the same price as Asda, and Sainsburys sell it for £2.66.

                      I think that if you want to get a stain out and it has already dried in this isn't amazingly effective but worth a try and if it does work on the stain you want to remove it is great value!

                      I have managed to get a very clean sofa and lightened the marks on the carpet and I still have a bit left to go in the cupboard. I was rather generous while using the spray too. That has to be good value as one spray did all that.


                      <Do I recommend?>

                      Now the answer to that depends, as a stain remover I have to say no, my experience has not been positive in that area but to clean fabric such as a sofa it is very good and I cannot really fault it.

                      For the purposes of Ciaos do I recommend I have to say no as it is marketed as a stain remover.

                      I am going to give it two stars. it isn't great but it is worth a try when it comes to stains. if this was just marketed as an upholstery cleaner it would get four stars as it is good.


                      <Extra information>

                      This is not meant to be used in a carpet cleaning machine.

                      Vanish Oxi Action carpet and upholstery stain remover CAN be used on wool carpets but you should ALWAYS do a colourfastness test.

                      This is not suitable for use on any suite with a pile covering, including velvet, draylon or silk and should NOT be used on oriental rugs or fabrics unsuitable for wet cleaning.

                      If you have sensitive skin then you should of course use gloves rather than letting your skin come into contact with the product.

                      Should you want more information on this or any other products from the Vanish range then have a look on their website www.vanish.co.uk via their contact page you can use online forms to get more information too.

                      UK 0845 7697079
                      R.O.I. 01 661 7318
                      Alternatively you can write to them;
                      Vanish Consumer Services
                      PO Box 118
                      Clevedon
                      BS21 7ZH

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                        03.01.2008 22:55

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                        I bought a bottle to remove a red wine stain from a carpet that had sat there for 2 months in my bedroom (basically in the hope that I could get my deposit back now I am leaving the rented apartment). The stain actually seemed to fade by itself anyway as the weeks went by with no cleaning whatsoever.I was amazed to see the stain dissapear after one application! The carpet seems 'slightly' lighter where I sprayed the stuff but this can be put down to wear and tear I am sure - I don't think the landlord will even notice.It didn't work quite so well on the white duvet and left small red blotches behind. I'm trying to google how in the hell it actually works.

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                        When it is that I spill some food, (Or mouldy grass the cat has chewed,) Upon my carpet blue and bright, I hold my head and exclaim "damn!", However if I thought about my actions, Ignoring mental warring factions, I'd see the solution is painfully clear, (To go to the pub and drink some beer,) If I were to drink six or even eight, I'd empty out my bulging bags of hate, With any luck I'd completely forget, The fallen food or pesky pet, This first step outlined above, I'm sure, some, will love, But it doesn't really/at all deal, With my problem of splattered feline meal, The action which must be taken in full, Is to slay, gut and clean a bull, The bit I really want the most, Is the hide the rest can be toss'd, You may say the last two didn't rhyme, You're right of course but this poem's mine, And without a little poetic licence, The art of poetry would be dead, Moreover back to this bull i've got, That has been poisened, stabbed or maybe shot, Take the hide and clean it well, Place it where the staining substance fell, There is another way to clean a carpet, Buy some vanish mousse and use it, It works just as well but isn't as fun, So the choice is your's my job is done.

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                      • Product Details

                        500ml trigger / Stain removal / carpet cleaner / Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover is specially formulated for both carpet and upholstery stains / Boosted with active oxygen, its formula penetrates deep into your carpet and upholstery to break down and remove stains right before your eyes / It works on the toughest stains such as red wine, coffee, tea and blackcurrant juice / Suitable for use on wool carpets / / Convenient to use, there is no need to scrub--just spray, leave for 5 minutes and blot / Manufacturer: Reckitt Benckiser.