Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Folex - My Favorite Carpet Spot Cleaner

I don't know what it is, but I have a guess as to what the little drop-like marks that line the hall between my daughters' bedrooms and their bathroom (click on the pictures below to enlarge them so you can see what I mean). My youngest daughter doesn't always dry her hands completely after washing them and tends to wave them through the air as she dashes off to her next adventure. I'm sure that's where the dirt likes to congregate, a watering hole of sorts, to just irritate me. While I am glad that she is washing her hands, the spots are killing me! My goodness, like I NEED a reminder that the builder's grade carpet in our home is over 10 years old.

We had always imagined replacing it after the youngest finished potty-training, and yet here we are 2 years later, and it's still here. Given the economic climate, I think Hubby & I are more likely to keep the extra money in the bank until things stabilize a bit more and well, with my handy-dandy bottle of Folex we're doing ok.

You can buy a 32oz bottle at your local home improvement store for about $7 or at Walmart for $5. Guess where I go? It's easy-peasy to use, just shoot the spot, let it sit for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off. That easy. I've even used this for red wine on both my carpet and my micro-suede couch.
I've even used it on some of my Coach fabric bags to clean off general dirt. If the fabric is color fast/color stable it should work on just about anything. I've not used it on laundry items because I've already got my cache of stain cleaning items that work well for me.

The label says that the product is non-toxic, non-flammable, odor-free and CFC and Petroleum Free, and non-ionic - apparently meaning there is no negative or positive charge which keeps the area from attracting dirt to it or repelling it - so that it continues to get dirty at the same rate as the area around which you cleaned.

The list of things it claims to get out is pretty impressive: ashes, crayon, grass, many inks, soft drinks, auto oil, dirt, grime, pet accidents, tea, beach tar, fireplace soot, household grease, potting soil, tobacco, blood, food, ice cream, road tar, toothpaste, car grease, food oil, ketchup, rust, urine, coffee, fruit juice, lipstick, sauces, varnish, copy toner, furniture polish, makeup, shoe polish, vomit. Eewww.

Anyway, I can't say that I've tested the list for accuracy, but I will say that I've used it to get crayon, coffee, red wine, rust and food. I love this stuff,
which is why I have a bottle upstairs and downstairs!

Stay Savvy!


  1. Oooooh. I'll have to buy a bottle. I used to use Resolve, but when we bought new carpet here 2 years ago, Carpet Den said that stuff is awful on carpet- it makes it porous and attracts dirt. Eeek. I splurged on the $20 stuff they recommended, but would like an alternative. This might be it!

  2. i've always been a fan of Spot Shot (for clothing stains too) but am going to try this one out. our carpets are ick and need a major cleaning in some areas.