Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover can remove a blueberry stain out of the carpet. It’s true, Spot Shot can get cranberry stain out of carpet too.
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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.
So, you’re at a customer’s house and you’re cleaning, and the customer appears out of nowhere with a can of Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. And they ask if you can clean a couple of stains out of their carpet. And you don’t know how to use it. Alrighty, we’re going to talk about that today.
Spot Shot Product Review
House cleaners get asked questions about lots of cleaning products. Now, this is a product that many people have under their kitchen sink or under their bathroom sink. And they use it to remove spots from their floors. So, if you don’t know how to use it, today’s the day you’re going to learn.
Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover
All right, first of all, let’s talk a little bit about the company behind it. Back in 1983, the first bottle of Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover came onto the market. All the way forward to 1987, a few years later, Family Circle said it was one of America’s top 10 products. In 1989, Walmart picked up the brand and started carrying it in all their stores nationwide.
In 1992, it hit the Kmart stores, ’95 it hit the Target stores. In 1998 it up by Sam’s Club picked it up nationwide. So, this product is available pretty much anywhere. It retails for about $2.50 to $3.00 a can.
Spot Shot and WD-40
In 2002, the Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover got married, and it married WD-40 Company Inc. to become part of their family of brands. Woo! Now everybody knows WD-40, and they know what it’s capable of, right?
It’s a fantastic product and four out of five Americans have a bottle of that in their house. In 2008, they reformulated the product with the trigger spray version. Now the trigger spray version is friendly to the environment and it is non-toxic and safe for pets.
You Can Use It For Pets
What’s cool about this is they took the product that was working well, and they created a version for pets. So, if you have pets, pet stains, pet odors, this removes and eliminates a lot of that. All right, so what we’re going to talk about today is the aerosol version.
This is not the spray version because they’re two separate products. But this is the product that is most popular. Most people have it under their bathroom sinks or under their kitchen sink. I want you to know how this one works.
Let’s Try Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover
Now, to clean up some stains. We have some Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover, a roll of paper towels, and wet, white cotton terry cloths. We’ll use coffee, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, blueberry juice, and a spinach smoothie.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Oh, no. All those are going to leave disastrous carpet stains.” Yes, that’s correct. That’s why we’ve chosen these for today’s experiment.
I’ve stuck the labels on the carpet so we will be able to identify the spots once we pour on the juices. And then we will also be able to identify where the stains were after we remove them. This is assuming that the stains are all going to come out.
Work Smart Not Hard Tools
And then we have our work smart, not hard tools. I have some paper towels that I’ve folded into squares, so we can blot out the juices I pour into the carpet.
We’re going to start with spinach juice on the Berber carpet. Then we’re going to pour on some blueberry juice on the Berber carpet. Berber carpet will be our most difficult type of stain to remove in today’s experiment.
Then we’ll pour some cranberry juice on the plush carpet. Next, we will pour the pomegranate juice on the plush carpet. Then we’ll also pour coffee on the plush carpet.
Removing Stains Tips
When you are removing any stains, you want to remove the stains when they’re fresh. That’s when you’re going to get the best results from your cleaning supplies.
Now before you put any cleaning chemicals on there, you want to blot up as much of the stain as possible before.
We’re using white paper towels, and blotting up what we’ve just poured onto the carpet. Now you can see already that this has seeped into the carpet. Some of it is already a different color than what we’ve poured on the carpet.
Check Your Progress As You Go
As I dab this up, I’m going to flip the carpets over, and we can see if it has sunk through the carpet runners we’re using. All right, it went all the way through, and it hit the carpet below. I have a carpet underneath. It’s catching any of the extra stains so we don’t stain the hardwood floor under it.
Please be careful with this at home. You don’t want to ruin furniture or granite countertops or hardwood floors or anything else.
We’re going to let this set for five minutes. The dwell time on the back of the container says this will work best if we let it sit for five minutes. I have a clock here, and we’re setting the timer for five minutes.
While we wait, I will fold up some paper towel squares.
Time To Dab Up The Stains
All right, now it’s been five minutes. It’s time to dab up the stains. If it doesn’t come up, I have a wet, white terry cloth and I’ll use that. The spinach smoothie may be a challenge. It had bananas and other things that were in there.
Note: it doesn’t come up immediately, we’ll do the process again. On the back of the can it tells us to try steps two and three again. Those are the spray and the dabbing parts, again and again until you get all the stains up.
It may be tough if you have a bad stain.
Like I say, right now we’re working on the two most difficult types of stains. So we’ll spray again and while we wait we’ll go over the Safety Data Sheets.
Safety Data Sheets
All right, now let’s talk about the Safety Data Sheet, what it’s made of, and how to be safe when using it.
All right, we just talked about the company behind it, now let’s talk about the hazards.
All right, the hazards are this is a flammable gas, okay? This is contents under pressure. It’s an aerosol can. Now, this is true with all aerosol cans, you don’t want to incinerate them. You don’t want to puncture them. You want to keep them out of direct sunlight. You want to store them in a cool, dry place, all those things.
Ingredients – Composition
All right, same is true with the Spot Shot. What is inside? Well, it is a liquid petroleum gas. It also has 2-butoxyethanol. That is an organic compound from the family of glycol ethers. You’ll find it most in solvents and stain removers and things that lift stains.
All right, the exact percentages of those is a trade secret. We don’t know exactly how much of that is in here.
First Aid Measures
For the first aid measures, if you get it in your eyes, you want to rinse your eyes with water. If you get it on your skin, you want to wash your hands with soap and water. If you inhale it, and the fumes bother you, go to fresh air.
All right, the fire safety. This is contents under pressure. It is a flammable aerosol. It will catch fire. So, you do not want to use this at all around an open flame. You do not want to smoke around this. You do not want to have this near heat. Make sure that you treat this with respect.
Accidental Release – Spills
All right, accidental spills and release happen. If this product gets punctured, put your hand over the puncture wound and take it to a bucket. Take the bucket outside where it’s well ventilated.
Put it inside the bucket, and release your hand so that the pressure can dissipate. As it dissipates, all the Spot Shot is going to fly all over the inside of the bucket. Then once the pressure has dissipated, then you can clean out the inside of the bucket.
Handling & Storage
All right, we talked about the handling and storage and storing it in a cool, dry place. Also, you want to keep it out of the reach of children. And you want to keep in a well-ventilated area. All right, let’s talk about exposure controls.
If you’re cleaning all the stains in your house at one time, use your personal protective equipment. Those are your eye protection, your face protection, and your hand gloves. But if you’re just doing a spot or two, it’s going to be a brief interaction. Then, you can go ahead and spray those, dab those up, and you’re done.
Physical & Chemical Properties
All right, the physical and chemical properties. When you spray this on your carpet, it’s going to come out as a white foam, and it’s going to smell like glycol ether.
Stability & Reactivity
Spot Shot is stable under all conditions. It doesn’t react to things under most conditions unless you mix it with something else. So do not mix it with anything else. You only get one chemical at a time, right? That’s you’re working smart and not hard rule of thumb for cleaning solutions, one solution at a time.
All right, the toxicological information. Excessive inhalation can cause a headache, drowsiness, nausea, and a lack of coordination. Now, none of the components listed are carcinogens. There are chronic effects associated with 2-butoxyethanol, such as blood, liver, and kidney damage.
So, you do want to show chemical respect when you use this product. And you want to follow all the instructions and all the labels printed right on the back of the can.
Okay? So, you’ve got to treat this product with the utmost chemical respect.
Bioaccumulation is not expected based on the assessment of the ingredients. And there are disposal considerations. You don’t want it punctured or compacted in any home trash compactor.
When you do dispose of it, you want to do it by federal, state, and local regulations.
All right, and the transport information. Because it’s a flammable aerosol, we do not want to ship this by air. We only ship this by ground. So if you’re ordering it online, give yourself an extra day or two for it to arrive.
All right, and the regulatory information. This is listed on the SARA Title III for 2-butoxyethanol as a glycol ether compound. Now the effects and exposure to any hazardous substance depend on a few things. They depend on the dose, the duration and how you’re exposed. Also, consider personality traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present. If for any reason you’re unsure when using this product, you can always refer to the back label of the can or the jar. Any professional company is going to have a phone number with a 24-hour operator standing by. They can answer your questions in case you’re in a pinch. So don’t ever feel like you’re stranded on a chemical island, and you don’t know what to do. All right, now you’re informed.
Let’s Check Back In with Our Carpet Results
Now checking back in with our carpet project, you’ll see that it did not come out on the first try. It took several attempts of spraying and dabbing. But after 12 hours of drying, the Spot Shot did an amazing job. You almost can’t tell that there was ever a stain there. Now you just watched me pour some dark-colored juices into the carpet. That was so I could take them from the carpet with Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover.
Now I don’t know if your stains are intentional or accidental, and it doesn’t matter either way. I hope that if you have stains, Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover is a go-to product that you will use.
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