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There are different types of stain remover spray to suit different needs. Primarily, they fall into four categories, including pet stain removers, laundry stain removers, carpet cleaners, and stain removers for hard surfaces such as counter tops. They are generally composed of different ingredients depending on their intended purpose, to not only remove the stain effectively, but to prevent any damage to the item that is stained.
Laundry stain remover spray is generally detergent-based, meaning the active ingredient is some type of concentrated laundry detergent. When sprayed directly onto a stain, the stain remover spray can go to work in the affected area, and lift the stain without damaging the fabric. Laundry stain removers are usually not designed to mask or remove odors, because these will be washed out in the washing machine. Stain removers intended for laundry should generally not be used on a carpeted surface, because the sudsy soap will be very difficult to get out of the carpet fibers.
Carpet stain remover spray is generally made up of various household chemicals, and frequently contains hydrogen peroxide, among others. These stain remover sprays are designed to penetrate the carpet and remove the stain, while still being simple to wash away or blot up with a damp cloth. Pet stain remover spray is often sold in conjunction with carpet stain removers.
Pet stain removers are generally similar to carpet stain removers, but are safer on more surfaces, including carpet, furniture, or upholstery. They often contain enzymes in addition to stain removing chemicals, because the enzymes help to break up the organiuc residue left from pet accidents, and remove odor permanently. Stain removers specifically intended for pets are often the most effective at removing other odors from carpets as well.
Finally, stain removers intended for hard surfaces often contain chemicals as well, which may also include hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach. For these, it is especially important to read the directions and only use them on the specific surfaces for which they are intended. If you have stone or other expensive counter tops, you should purchase a stain remover specifically intended for that material.
Many people find diluted hydrogen peroxide to be a safe and effective stain remover on many surfaces. Baking soda can also be an effective and natural way to remove odors or stains. When using any stain removal spray, always read the directions carefully, and test the spray in a hidden area first in case it damages the carpet or fabric. Always keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children or animals.
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