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Does OXICLEAN really work?

Discussion in 'Chemical Ratings' started by Jennifer's Cleaning Services, Aug 1, 2009.


  1. Jennifer's Cleaning Services

    Apr 7, 2009
    Jennifer's Cleaning Services LLC
    Central PA (814) Area Code
    +74 / 0 / -0
    I just bought a small tub of Oxiclean to put it to the test. I know a very successful local contractor friend and he swears by it. We were talking about cleaning Ceramic tile/grout and he said that is the best thing he knows of. He seemed very confident.
    Also I think that rjfdude once said he uses on it on carpets. The bottle says you can use it as a carpet spotter and general house cleaning. I was wondering if it foams up when you clean the carpets then.
    They sold millions of tubs so it must do something , right. Anyone here use this stuff? Thanks
  2. Richard Baldwin

    Premium VIP

    Sep 5, 2008
    +2,462 / 26 / -0
    I dont know the actual chemisty, Maybe Scott can answer better, but I tell customers that anything they buy at the department store with the word "Oxy" on it usually means it contains peroxide and that they should be careful of its bleaching (oxidization) action.

    I see "light spots" on almost everyone's carpets after cleaning caused by customers using these peroxide boosted carpet spotters.
  3. Jason Whaley

    Jason Whaley Super Moderator & TMF Carpet Cleaning Specialist

    Nov 13, 2008
    Owner / Operator
    Durham, North Carolina
    +635 / 0 / -0
    It will void a carpet warranty so do you really want to use it?

    I kept some on the truck for a few years in the beginning before I found that out. I also used it in my own home before I got into cleaning carpets. If you spray it on red while its still wet it simply disappears.
  4. J Parks

    J Parks Member

    Apr 27, 2008
    Window Cleaning & Carpets
    +25 / 0 / -0
    probably works but it is also probably loaded with fillers. So you get less bang for the buck.
  5. wandwizard

    wandwizard Randy Dockins
    Premium VIP

    Nov 12, 2008
    carpet and upholstery cleaning.
    +4,724 / 14 / -0
    Yes it does work.

    Oxiclean is basically sodium percarbonate which is a combination of sodium carbonate (washing soda or soda ash) and hydrogen peroxide. It is pretty widely used in the cleaning industry. Jason is right that it could void the warranty on a carpet that is still under warranty so that should be taken into consideration before using it. However, from what I've read, most carpet manufacturers would not honor the warranty on a carpet that had been urinated on anyway and most of the carpets I clean personally are no longer under warranty. It can be used on some other stains besides urine. Since it is basically an oxygen bleach I would suspect that it would do well on such things as wine stains and coffee and perhaps a few others. The product must be used with very hot water, but not boiling water. Hotter water is much better for two reasons. One is it dissolves the product much better and secondly is it activates the reaction of the product much better. It is a safe and biodegradeable product. I personally don't use it on carpets, but I have tried it in the past. It takes really, really hot water to get it to dissolve very well and it is difficult to remove the residue left over from the crystals. If used it must be thoroughly rinsed or there will be a white residue left everywhere it was used. Here is a pretty good general guide for it's use. I personally don't use the product, but I'm quite certain that it could be used safely in some situations where warranty is not an issue.
    I can see no harm at all on trying it on some types of tile and grout, but I'm also sure there are certain floors that could be harmed by it. If you don't know the difference I suggest not using it until you do.
  6. mrpurified

    mrpurified Member

    May 29, 2009
    Carpet Cleaning
    Atlanta ,GA
    +34 / 0 / -0
    I use a scoop or 2 in my rinse on white or off white carpet to help get the carpet brite and if the carpet is trashed.prochem has there own product call oxy plus that is made for carpets work just the same as the other kind prochem oxy is finer and dissolve a lot better. I'd used the oxy on hotels hallways they alway seem to have carpet with aloþ of diffent light colors were iv found it will bring the colors back to life. It to me is not to be used all the time as it will leave white residu
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  7. Scott W

    Scott W Preferred Vendor
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    Feb 14, 2006
    Technical support Bridgepoint
    West Jordan, UT
    +10,416 / 11 / -1
    You have recieved some knowledgable replies. Sodium percarbonate plus fillers. It will white and brighten by bleaching action.

    Problems come when it is misused or over-used which happens frequently with consumers.

    White residue from the fillers, too much color removed, etc. are rather common events.
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  8. Jennifer's Cleaning Services

    Apr 7, 2009
    Jennifer's Cleaning Services LLC
    Central PA (814) Area Code
    +74 / 0 / -0
    Ok, I have used up the whole tub of this stuff. In the laundry I used as directed and even let it soak for 30 mins or more like the website says. Honestly I couldn't tell any difference and I did a lot of loads of laundry. Also it didn't even touch fresh grass stains I had on a shirt after weedwhacking. Also had a red sauce stain on our white tablecloth and it didn't get it to look any better.
    Plus I mixed some up and let it soak on my kitchen ceramic tile floor. Then manually scrubbed the grout lines and rinsed it. Once dry it looked all spotty and was still dirty/greasy.
    So honestly I think oxiclean is a bunch of hype and a complete waste of money. I won't be buying anymore of it either.
  9. itmc_bg

    itmc_bg Active Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    +105 / 2 / -0
    I try it long time ago, didn't like it at all, so I give it to my wife to use it for laundry. It is a waste of money !
  10. rjfdube

    rjfdube Active Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Janitorial Cleaning and Carpet Cleaner
    +359 / 1 / -0
    I use it in a hydroforce along with prespray; It tends to brighten really well on apartment carpet. I have also used it on light/white carpet for brightening. Basically like Scott says; anywhere a Peroxide booster is needed; However I wouldn't use it on ceramic tile; it may cause efflorescense. Never used it alone so can't tell you how that does. Never had any problem with white haze or residue; I rinse with clear water though.

  11. Gemcleans

    Gemcleans Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Cleaning Consultant
    Elkhart, In.
    +656 / 5 / -0
    I had a commercial customer who wanted me to bonnet clean his carpet with Oxyclean, so I did twice. When I got my porty you should have seen the foam, and it stayed cleaner longer.
  12. fuzzsucker

    fuzzsucker Active Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Colorado Springs, CO
    +201 / 0 / -0
    All the oxy type boosters out there are basically the same thing. Just the pro products will dissolve better and not leave a residue that can continue to bleach the carpet out. I like boostall from bridgepoint or O2 from cti. O2 also has a bonus nice scent. Kicks butt on urine stained houses. Especially if you brush it in a bit after spraying. A bir pricey though. Always be careful with the oxy boosters because you can get splotchy looking results if you over spray an area.:eek:

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