Updated 3 Oct 2016

No Vac

Instant Spot & Stain Remover

Bottom line: This spray carpet cleaner is OK at removing red wine and OK at removing coffee stains. But it’s only just OK at removing sauce and poor at removing dirt/oil marks.

Instant Spot & Stain Remover
Consumer score
50
Avg price

$14

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Test results

Overall score
Just OK
50
Red wine removal
OK
6.6/10
Oil and dirt removal
Poor
2.7/10
Sauce removal
Just OK
4.7/10
Coffee removal
OK
6.0/10

Good points

  • OK at removing red wine.
  • OK at removing coffee.

But

  • Poor at removing dirt/oil.
  • Just OK at removing sauce.
  • Ingredients not stated on packaging.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Red wine removal (25%)
Oil and dirt removal (25%)
Sauce removal (25%)
Coffee removal (25%)

We use three test methods to test cleaners based on their application and removal methods, while also following any additional instructions on the packaging.

We tested on stains including red wine, oil and dirt, a mixture of tomato and soy sauce and coffee. We applied the stains to 100% wool carpet squares and let them set for a few days. We took reflectance readings of the carpet squares before and after cleaning to assess how much of the stain was removed. Each cleaner was tested four times per stain. The average of the reflectance readings is calculated.

Spray and applicator brush cleaners

Method A:
We apply 5ml/g of cleaner to the centre of the carpet square. The carpet is left for a set time, as specified on the packaging. We then gently rub/blot the cleaner into the carpet with a clean damp cloth for 30 seconds. The carpet square is then left to dry.

Foam spray and powder cleaners

Method B:
We apply 5g of cleaner to the centre of the carpet square. We then gently rub/blot the cleaner into the carpet with a clean cloth for 30 seconds. The carpet is left for a set time, as specified on the packaging, then the carpet is vacuumed.

Method C:
We apply 5g of cleaner to the centre of the carpet square. The carpet is left for a set time, as specified on the packaging, then the carpet is vacuumed.

Key data

Product

Avg price
$14
Type

Spray

Pack size
538mL
Price per 100ml/g ($)
2.60
Stain type

Fresh and set-in

Test method
A
Ingredients

Not stated

Patch test required
Yes
Instructions for application

Solid: Remove solid excess. Liquid: Blot excess moisture. Shake can well. Align nozzle to the dot on the valve rim. Before cleaning, test on hidden piece of carpet for colour fastness. Spray soiled area. Avoid saturation. For old stains wait 3 minutes. Blot gently with clean damp colourfast cloth or sponge. Rinse cloth or sponge. Repeat step prior until stain removed. Gently rub treated area with a clean damp colourfast cloth or sponge to remove product residue and blot dry.

Wait time (mins)

3

Tested time (mins)
3
Warnings

Area may look lighter after treatment (general soiling will also be removed reasoning). Safe for most carpets and fabrics. Certain stains can cause permanent discolouration even after cleaning. For best results, treat stains as soon as possible.

Origin

Australia

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