Product Type: Vanish Household Cleaning
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Vanish Power Shot
Member Name: yackers1
Vanish Power Shot
Advantages: See review
Disadvantages: Multiple treatments usually required
Stains are an unfortunate occurrence that affects everyone regardless of sex, age, religion, race etc, and if you are particularly clumsy or live with particularly clumsy people, have young children or own pets you are more susceptible to them.
With Vanish being a well known brand (part of the group) within stain removal and cleaning of upholstery and material I thought that a Vanish stain remover would be ideal for my needs.
****There's loads of Vanish products what's this one all about?****
Vanish Powershot is a spot stain remover. It is designed for small areas of stains and spillages. It is not used to cover the whole carpet, and based on the size of the can, a meager 400ml and the cost of that can, this fact soon becomes fairly obvious unless you have a stupid amount of cash to spend on carpet cleaning, and are prepared to part with it.
Most Vanish products are sold in tubs or packets, however the Powershot is sold in a 400ml aerosol. The only other Vanish product sold in an aerosol (that I have seen) is the Vanish Power foam and being similar in appearance (although the Power Foam is in a slightly bigger 600ml can) it is quite easy to get the two products mixed up. Power Foam is not a stain remover as such, and as it is supposed to be used on areas of high foot traffic it does not claim to have the same "stain" removing qualities that Powershot does. Because of this you do need to take a step back to ensure you're buying the right Vanish product.
****A brand definitely aimed at the laydees amongst us****
The corporate colour of the Vanish brand is pink, and it is a bright, vivid and "hey look at me" pink at that. There is no subtlety in the colour of the packaging and this applies to all products under the Vanish Umbrella. In some ways the marketing team have done a fantastic job as it is easy to spot a Vanish product on a supermarket shelf of many other similar products, but on the other hand I think it does reduce the number of potential buyers somewhat.
The marketing, and colour scheme, is definitely aimed at a female audience which I find strange in this day and age. There are many house husbands, single male home owners, males who use stain removers etc. but the marketing efforts seem to ignore this fact and remain in the dark ages. Think about it, how many men have you seen on a Vanish TV commercial? How many men have you seen advertising Vanish on a bill board?
I appreciate that in these modern times there is more of a "live and live" attitude and people are more tolerant to men who are "in touch with their feminine sides" but I would not go out to buy any Vanish product. I am not some Neanderthal alpha male bigot with a "pink to make the boys wink" attitude, it's just that the Vanish brand is far too Barbie or Cindy for my liking and there are other more masculine, not to mention more effective, stain removers on the market.
Based on the above you're probably wondering how I ended up with a can of Vanish Powershot in the cupboard? Well, I have to admit that it was my other half who purchased the product during a shopping trip with her mother, who is a Vanish product lady through and through.
****So what super powers does this can have?****
The Vanish website claims that Powershot "is an unbeatable stain removal for use on carpets. It's powerful formula drives deep in to the carpet pile, loosening and lifting even the toughest carpet stains. Suitable for wool carpets".
This is quite a claim, and based on my experience, I think it is a bit of a fallacy and far-fetched. Don't get me wrong, it is a useful product but I definitely don't think it is unbeatable, nor does it lift the toughest stains.
****So, how do you use this Powershot then?****
In practice using Powershot is very easy, however there is a bit of contradiction between Vanish's website and the directions on the back of the can.
The website states "Simply spray the stained area, blot or rub gently and repeat as necessary. There is no need to vacuum up afterwards".
The directions on the back of the can states "Shake the can well and spray from an 80cm height over the area to be treated. Work the foam in to the carpet using a clean, colour-fast, damp sponge or cloth. Leave for 2 hours or until dry and vacuum".
So, "To vacuum or not to vacuum?" that is the million dollar question.
As you can see from the directions the process of removing stains with Powershot is not a quick one. Even if you don't leave it for the full 2 hours the foam still takes a long time to dry, which is obviously dependent upon how much foam you spray on to the stain and how deep you push the foam in to the carpet, which depends on how vigorously you rub the foam in.
****What effect is there on the nostrils?****
Vanish Powershot is very lightly perfumed, to the point where you can hardly notice it. It does, however, have a "clean and fresh" smell about it, which is quite pleasant.
Unfortunately, I am unable to comment on the stench masking capabilities of Powershot as I have only used it on weak smelling spillages, which the Powershot does a more than adequate job of getting rid of the smell. A real test would be on vomit, excrement or any other such human or animal waste but I am in no position to comment.
****Does this product contain nuts?****
The "this product may contain nuts" or "whilst this product does not contain nuts we cannot guarantee it wasn't made in a factory where nuts were present" warnings are stamped on almost every single product in the market place. However, I am pleased to announce it doesn't appear on Powershot. Hurrah! Despite the omission of any nut warnings there are some guidelines stamped on the back of the can to ensure that users are kept safe whilst using the product.
Powershot is obviously a bit more potent than a 'standard' household cleaner and as such it does have a few more (supposedly) harmful chemicals, therefore there are additional warnings stamped all over the can including;
i) Do not spray near heat sources or electrical appliances
ii) Keep away from naked flames or any incandescent material. Do not
smoke. Extremely flammable
iii) Keep away from children
iv) Use only in well ventilated areas
v) In case of contact with the yes rinse immediately and seek medical advice
vi) If swallowed seek medical advice
Warnings on the back of cleaning products always make me smile as I just don't see the point in them, especially when they are all common sense. If Powershot was going to remove all the skin off my hands, like acid or paint stripper does, then I would want to know about it, but if it is going to have minimal effect then what is the point of the warnings? In addition, the "if swallowed seek medical advice" is just ridiculous. You're not going to mistake a can of Powershot for a can of squirty cream are you? For starters, the Barbie pink colour scheme is a bit of give away. Or do Vanish think that users are going to spray the Powershot on to the stain and then lick it off?
****Are there any lasting effects on the carpet after using this?****
The can suggests using a little of the Powershot foam on a small piece of the carpet in a discreet place, which enables the user to ensure that the foam will have no adverse on particular carpet types. In order to avoid any really expensive consequences I would strongly recommend carrying out this compatibility test.
****Where do I get it and how much do I pay?****
Vanish is a well known and well stocked brand so getting Powershot should not pose any problems at all. From large national supermarket chains to smaller convenience stores to the small corner shops it is likely all will stock this product.
If buying a single can of Powershot you can expect to pay around £4 - £5, obviously depending upon where you get it from. Bulk buying is definitely more cost effective and at the time of writing 6 cans of Powershot can be bought for £9.99 from hardware-ironmongers.com, and equating to £1.67 this represents a massive saving.
I must admit that I use Vanish spray for the collars and cuffs of my work shirts, once again as a result of my other half's mother, and I have always been impressed with the results. I do work in an air conditioned office so my shirts don't get too much hard, but the Vanish spray does get them looking like new (well almost) nonetheless. Based on my previous experience with the spray I automatically thought Powershot would be just as effective on a red wine spillage.........
Using the aerosol is a doddle and a one handed operation. There is no need to hold the can in one hand whilst forcing the nozzle down with the other. As you fire the foam out of the aerosol you'd be forgiven for thinking it is going to be a bit thin, especially given the force it comes out. However, the foam is actually quite dense which bodes well.
Once I had zapped the offending spillage and vigorously rubbed for a few minutes it was time to sit back and wait for the foam to dry. All I could do was wait. And wait. And wait. The foam took ages to dry, longer than the stated two hours and once it had there was a powdered residue that needed to be vacuumed up. So, for all of those wondering what the answer to the million dollar question is - you do need to vacuum, so ignore the website.
The results were disappointing to say the least. The stain had definitely faded but it was still visible. In addition, there was a ring around the stain that was a lighter shade than the rest of the carpet which was very noticeable. This ring did get darker over time and gradually faded in to match the colour of the rest of the carpet.
I repeated the process three more times and the stain faded more and more with each treatment. The surrounding ring almost matches the rest of the carpet, although this took a few weeks after the last treatment. The stain is still there and not noticeable unless you actually get on your hands and knees and look for it. I guess this is an acceptable outcome but I am still a bit miffed that the stain hasn't totally disappeared.
One good thing about Powershot is that it doesn't appear to have had any adverse effects on the carpet. It hasn't "thinned out" the carpet nor has it changed how it feels underfoot, which surprised me a bit. I would have though applying a reasonably strong cleaning product would have had some effect on the carpet but it hasn't. I am unable to comment on whether this is down to the Powershot or the carpet itself.
So, would I recommend Vanish Powershot? This is a tricky one. For small spillages of items that won't stain too badly, i.e. not beetroot, red wine or coffee that you can get to quickly then it is very useful. You know the situations, when water just isn't man enough for the task. However, more stubborn stains are likely to take multiple treatments and even then I do question if the stain will ever be eradicated. For the more stubborn stains I would recommend a stronger stain remover as I just don't think Vanish Powershot is man enough.
****The bottom line****
A stain remover that is worth having in your cupboard for those quick clean up situations when water is just not enough, however it is not really up to the task of getting rid of those stubborn older stains.
(This review has been posted on other sites under the name of yackers1)
Summary: Ideal for small spilllages not really man enough for those tough stains