With the summer holidays coming to an end, the way your carpets looked before the summer break is probably a distance memory. Whether you’ve got muddy footprints up the stairs or painted handprints across the sofa, the small touches left by your children can prove a nightmare to get out.
We’ve been talking to Karen Reekie, lifestyle writer and founder of parenting blog, The Madhouse of Cats and Babies, to see if she was able tackle the stains of summer using our Oxy Stain Destroyer. With two cats, two children and cream carpets, Karen was fully on board to give the product a try.
Find out how she got on below.
I don’t know about you, but I hate dirty carpets. We have light, high maintenance carpets which stain and mark easily. Let’s face it, kids make mess and stains happen. We also have visitors on a regular basis, so our poor carpets take a lot of strain. Just last week, I had to try not to cry when dinner was accidentally spilled all over the carpet, leaving a huge stain.
I have tried a few carpet cleaning products in my time, and some of them have worked fairly well, but others have been less than successful.
Thankfully BISSELL realise that a mum’s sanity is frail, particularly in the school holidays so they didn’t ask me to test it out on my own carpet first, but sent us some fun things to make mess with and try it out. The small boy was delighted when I said he could squirt paint and mascara all over the place….
“This aerosol carpet spot and stain remover instantly and permanently removes tough set-in stains like tomato sauce, salad dressing, dirty motor oil, vegetable oil, red wine, make-up, food grease, blood, pet stains, coffee, mud, dirt, cola, tea, grass make-up & fruit juice. The Revolutionary dual chamber system is great for both oil and dye-based stains such as red wine, cola, fruit juice, coffee, gravy, lipstick, ink and motor oil. Its oxy stain destroyer formula works to mobilize, lift, and penetrate the stain at the source to remove some of the toughest stains in 30 seconds** and the formula dives deep into the surface to penetrate and lift stains away while the oxy stain destroyer continues to work until the stain is gone.”
We made a mess with red wine various brightly coloured paints, and some mascara. All of which are notoriously tough to get off carpets.
I have to say, I was VERY impressed. The red wine stain went, almost as if by magic. Even the paint lifted off. The Oxy Stain Destroyer states some stains would need a second application, but that’s to be expected for certain types of liquids and solids. The stuff REALLY does work.
You may need to blot and gently remove some materials, but for a lot of the stains you just watch as they vanish. I even tried it on that dinner stain (a plate full of spaghetti bolognaise) that left a mark on our carpet and one application and it was GONE. I cried, tears of joy this time. The product even removed old foundation stains on my bedroom carpet. My entire morning from then on was spent zapping stains throughout the house.
The things that make us mums happy are very weird, aren’t they?
Although slightly more expensive than your average carpet stain removal spray, a little goes a long way. It’s certainly worth investing in for emergencies to get rid of those evil stains you don’t think won’t ever go.
So, if like me, carpet stains are the bane of your life, then I suggest you get your hands on some of this spray.
Now I am off to find more stains, to clean, and get excited about. My children think it’s hilarious and my husband thinks I have entirely lost the plot but my carpet will be stain free…