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Does It Really Work?: Stream Clean Carpet Cleaner

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HUDSON (KWWL) - We've seen the ads, we've heard the claims.

When the "As Seen on TV" product commercials pop up on television screens, it's hard not to wonder - is there any truth to the claims?

KWWL's Ally Crutcher is conducting unscientific product tests with viewers; the first segment is testing Stream Clean Carpet Cleaner, and asking the ultimate question -- Does It Really Work?

Susan Entriken is a wife and mother, and lives in Hudson with her family.

"I have three kids, and they are always bringing friends home," Entriken said.

The outside comes in -- Entriken said things like dirt, sand, mud, leaves and sometimes "presents" from her pit bull end up getting tracked inside her home. So a KWWL crew went to Entriken's home to put Stream Clean to the test.

Crutcher and Entriken made four different kinds of stains on squares of carpet samples: grape juice, coffee, a ketchup stain and dirt. Directions on the Stream Clean can instruct the user to shake the can, remove the cap, spray at arm's length and cover the stain completely. The directions say no bending or scrubbing is needed in the process.

After a short time, the user is then instructed to blot the stain with a clean cloth. Claims say the stain should then be gone.

However, cleaning professionals say they have their concerns.

"Where is that going? As it's being applied, where is that going in the carpet? It is magically disappearing or how is the product removing the stain it's talking about," Wesley Platz said, co-owner and co-founder of Professional Cleaning.

Platz, and Entriken, also worry about residue from Stream Clean.

"I was least impressed with how it got coffee out... I guess I was most impressed with how it got the dirt out, because sometimes dirt doesn't always come out of everything," Entriken said.

Entriken said she didn't think the grape juice stain came out completely; as for the ketchup stain, she said a red mark was still visible after the Stream Clean application.

After the unscientific test, Entriken graded Stream Clean on a scale from A+ to F.

"I think I'd give it a C, because it's doing what it says it's going to do, but it's not any better than any of the other products out there," she said.

One suggestion given by professional cleaning companies to remove carpet stains is a mixture of white vinegar and water. Platz said it's both a natural and safe option for most carpet fibers.
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