Product Type: Vanish Household Cleaning
Newest Review: ... was formed of sticky crumbs that refused to be removed with water. I sprayed it with Vanish and left it to stand for a minute before usin... more
Vanish Power Shot
Member Name: sara66
Vanish Power Shot
Advantages: Some stains vanish
Disadvantages: Some stains stay
I abhor stains. But I've come to realise stains are inevitable, so it was off to the shops to find a solution. Vanish was the brand I picked up immediately as it is an established brand and generally gets good reviews. The solvent comes in a pink spray can, with a 'not so easy' to pull off lid. The smell of the solution is contained within the can, so you can't smell the solution until you have sprayed the carpet.
Before using, you shake the can, hold it 15cm above the stain and spray. The liquid comes out as white foam which dissolves into the carpet instantly, so that you can no longer see it. However it does have a very strong chemical smell. While the smell is not unpleasant, it can make you feel like you're in a factory and can get a little nauseating. Once the stain has been sprayed, you immediately blot it with a cloth, or if the stain is older, leave it to stand for a minute before blotting.
I have tried this on a few stains around the house and have found that the results vary according to the type of stain. The first stain was around 3 years old, and was formed of sticky crumbs that refused to be removed with water. I sprayed it with Vanish and left it to stand for a minute before using a white towel to rub the stain, I was surprised to find that the stain came away quite easily.
The second stain was around a 3 to 4 year old fountain pen ink stain. I sprayed, left to stand, and blotted with white towel. The results this time however, were not impressive. When I removed the towel after blotting a few times, the towel had blue smudges on it, however the stain still remained on the carpet. I tried the spray a few more times on this stain, and while the stain has faded a little, I feel that it will take many more goes before it disappears completely.
The third stain was a more recent acrylic paint stain, this was a stain I noticed immediately after cleaning up all the paints and newspaper. I tried to remove it with water, but this ended up smudging even further into the carpet and spreading. Out came Vanish. This time when I sprayed and blotted, the stain came off immediately, however after a while I noticed that there was still a faint red tinge to that part of the carpet, it is not noticeable unless you are staring at that spot or looking for the stain. Subsequent uses of Vanish on this stain have proven useless. There was another acrylic paint stain that I hadn't noticed until the following morning, by which time the paint had dried up into a few teeny blobs, when using vanish on these blobs the paint came off quickly and easily, leaving no residual stain.
In conclusion, my results have found that Vanish works well on dried up bits that are ingrained into the carpet, but not so well on stains that have coloured the carpet and particularly not very well on stains like this that have been around for a few years.
Summary: A stain remover that works on some stains, but not all
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