Oxiclean Carpet Stain and Area Rug Stain Remover: a Product Review

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Oxiclean Carpet & Area Rug Stain Remover, made by Orange Glo International, is said to "use the power of oxygen" to get out tough stains quickly and easily. It is widely widely available from retailers and online vendors, and like a wide variety of products made by the company, it uses simple chemistry to dissolve and remove stains. The ingredients include: 

  • Sodium percarbonate: Sodium percarbonate is a white, crystalline-like powder found in many industrial cleaning products. It's consists of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. Sodium percarbonate is a fairly "green" and environmentally friendly substance—it breaks down into natural elements..
  • Soda ash: Also called sodium carbonate, soda ash has been used as a cleaner for many decades. It is a byproduct of wood ashes, and can also be produced from common table salt. It's very effective at  removing grease, oil, and alcohol stains. It is also very kind to the environment. 
  • Detergents: Detergents in  the product serve to carry away dirt once it's been loosened by other ingredients.
  • Water: Water forms a liquid to penetrate cloth and allows the active ingredients to do their work. 

OxyClean is most effective on organic stains—foods, juices, blood, etc.—but it will also work on inorganic stains, like ink. For particularly stubborn stains it is best used in conjunction with another product, the OxiClean Splot! Carpet Stain Remover device

How to Use OxyClean Stain Remover on Carpets

OxiClean's product is generally quite effective at removing stains from your carpet, provided you apply it correctly following the recommended steps.

  1. Before using, find a secret area of your carpet to test colorfastness. To avoid damage, do not use on fabrics such as leather, silk or wool.
  2. Quickly treating stains will give the best results. Thus, the first step is to remove the stain residue from carpet promptly and to blot over any excess moisture.
  3. The second step is to saturate the carpet by spraying the product generously onto it, allowing it to soak in fully.
  4. After about ten minutes, the product will penetrate the area and you can blot the stained area again with a clean and colorfast cloth or sponge.
  5. Finally, dry the stain and repeat  previous steps 3 and 4 if the stain has not been completely eliminated.
  6. After the product has completely dried, you are free to vacuum the area.

User Review

In user tests, OxiClean Carpet & Area Rug Stain Remover very effectively causes stains to bubble up and disappear when they are treated shortly after they occur. However, tough, older stains may need more applications for complete removal.

OxiClean carpet also does help with odors associated with stains, without simply masking the odors. Some users have reported that OxiClean made their carpet too clean and made the treated spots stand out against the rest of the carpeting. It may be wise, therefore, to combine use of OxyClean with an overall cleaning of the entire carpet with a cleaning machine.

OxiClean is an unusually safe product for the environment. The components break down into harmless compounds like water and soda ash (plant ash) when they're flushed down the sink. And because OxyClean contains no chlorine, it is fairly gentle on fabrics and skin.