Which products are spot on… or rather, spot off?
It happens. Sometimes within days of having your gorgeous cream suite delivered, or your new carpet fitted. Stains are an eyesore, and often a painful reminder of someone you never even wanted to come round in the first place, or a time when you weren’t at your most sober. Some home stores, like DFS, offer insurance on sofas. Other people will add stain cover to their home insurance. For everyone else, knowing which stain removal products are the most effective is incredibly useful, so read on for our list of the top five sprays, sticks and solvents out there.
According to the rave reviews plastered all over Amazon’s Home & Garden section, this product is spot on… or rather, spot off. A welcome replacement for the discontinued OxyKic, Bissell have gone further and improved both the design and function of their aerosol. More compact than its predecessor, OxyPro reduces OxyKic’s dual cylinder down to a simpler, more lightweight single can. Available as both a regular household stain remover, and a special formula for non-specific ‘pet stains’, OxyPro takes care of almost any kind of fabric grime within five minutes. All the usual cloth blotting is required, and the general advice suggests dabbing with kitchen paper to complete the process. Two applications might be required, but once the process is over, your left with nothing but a soapy residue, easily sucked away with a vacuum.
Clumsily-named it may be, but this citrus-based, spot treatment spray works on a wide variety of stains, and is particularly useful in the fight against tricky grease spots. In fact, De.Solv.It’s speciality is taking care of the stains other products simply don’t work on. It’s one of the only effective ways of dealing with mustard, and works wonders with lipstick, suntan lotion, chewing gum and candle wax, although, as with most sprays, it’s not recommended for stains on silk.
A surprising entry, WD-40 again shows its versatility by dissolving sticky label and chewing gum stains in seconds flat. It’s actually rather exciting to watch. It also does a decent job on grease, tar, shoe polish and make-up. The only downside is the oily mark left behind, a reminder of just how much it takes to lift certain bits of nastiness out of fabric. However, you can mitigate this somewhat by rubbing Fairy liquid in the stain before and after spraying. Good old WD-40 – where would our sheds and garages, not to mention carpets and hinges, be without it?
This product may be unfamiliar, but it actually lives up to the hubris of its name. Non-toxic, easy to use and suitable for all fabrics, it works on a massive range of stains. If you have only one stain remover in your cupboard, make it White Wizard.
This is the one for those embarrassing spills caused by your new neighbours. Watch their mortified look and blood-drained faces fade away – just like the merlot stain on your tablecloth. Wine away is also great for ink and blood stains.
For more handy tips on how to remove stains, have a look at this stain removal infographic on the Allianz Your Cover Blog.
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