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Fancy a foam party?
on 13 May 2013
This gizmo really needs two separate reviews - one for the mousse cleaner, which is a great product, and one I've used for years, and another for the delivery system, which is a bit of a disaster if I'm really honest.
First the mousse. This works best on fresh stains, and if applied immediately will lift pretty much anything. And I do mean anything. I've successfully got rid of human vomit, ink, cat sick and red wine (an entire bottle of the latter) by applying to the stain with paper towels, working in carefully, then vacuuming the area when dry. The product also works on older stains, though not nearly as effectively, and ideally you should wet them first. You do see some very minor colour loss in your carpet sometimes, but obviously it's preferable to pussy vom, so no big deal really.
Now onto the 'easy clean' (snigger) system. This consists of a self-assembly pole and brush head, into which the foam cannister plugs so you can release cleaning product as you scrub, and without having to bend down. I loved the idea of the brush, because my paper towels, though effective, do tend to disintegrate pretty easily when working on a stain. Putting the pole together wasn't exactly Krypton factor difficulty - though the instructions were wrong - I had no blue handle on mine. But when it came to trying to insert the foam cannister I was completely stumped. You're supposed to take the lid off - mine wouldn't budge and I ended up accidentally pressing the centre button and covering myself in foam. Furthermore, the instructions on the can differed from those on the box and showed the mousse being applied by spraying directly onto the carpet, with instructions to work in with a brush or cloth afterwards. I did spray the foam manually so I could try the brush with it, but the nozzle seemed faulty and I covered a huge area unintentionally - more like a fire extinguisher than a cleaning product. This might sound amusing, but the spray field was wide enough that I accidentally foamed an electric device and cable on the hall floor, and narrowly missed my trainers and handbag - and I'm pretty sure leather doesn't benefit a whole lot from Vanish.
In summary. mousse = mighty, pole = pants.