About Stain 911
Stain 911 is a citrus-based liquid degreaser that’s claimed to remove stuck-on stains from concrete, masonry, stone, wood, and more, regardless of its cause, without rubbing or scrubbing. This includes motor oil, grease, gas, cooking oil, transmission fluid, and even brake fluid, all while being environmentally safe.
In addition to its stain removal superpowers, Stain 911 is claimed to combine a heavy-duty degreaser with a super absorbent drying agent that works in 3 easy steps:
- Apply the Stain 911 liquid to any oil stain, which will penetrate deep below the masonry surface in order to reach the entire stain.
- As the liquid dries, it will pull the stain to the surface and then turn into a powder.
- Once Stain 911 is completely dry, simply sweep it away.
Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or you just want its exterior to look as good as what’s inside, you’ve come here to find out if Stain 911 can remove stains as well as it claims. So can it? Maybe, but here are some important points to consider:
What is a “Citrus-Based Cleaner?” Are They Effective?
At its most basic, a citrus-based cleaner is simply a solution that contains citric acid. And although citric acid is well known for its ability to clean metals, it’s also found in a variety of household cleaners for all types of surfaces, such as masonry flooring in Stain 911.
However, citric acid is generally considered a weak organic acid (we’re not informed how concentrated Stain 911 is) and it may not be as effective as cleaners composed of harsher chemicals. Granted, the latter won’t be as environmentally friendly as Stain 911, which brings us to…
Is Stain 911 Really Environmentally Safe?
Although there isn’t a list of ingredients provided on the degreaser’s website, Stain 911 is claimed to be environmentally safe; presumably because it’s composed of citric acid.
And while this may be true, remember that once the Stain 911 liquid has absorbed oil from your masonry and dried, these oil-infused (and likely toxic) particles are definitely not environmentally safe. Because of this, you’ll almost certainly want to wear a facemask when sweeping up the resulting powder, and doing in a well-ventilated area far from children and pets.
Will Stain 911 Work Equally Well On All Surfaces?
While Stain 911’s manufacturer claims the degreaser will work on almost any surface, including concrete, masonry, wood, paver blocks, natural stone, blacktop, composite decking, and more, this probably isn’t the case. Not because Stain 911 isn’t effective, but because some of these materials differ vastly in how porous they are, which directly affects how easily they stain and how well they’ll hold them.
You Have Options Near You
It’s also important to understand that citrus-based degreasers are nothing new, and they’re widely available at hardware and home improvement stores near you. Granted, they may not turn into powder after drying and they may require some very mild elbow grease, but they may work just as well (or better), while avoiding some of the biggest downsides.
Also, if you’re so inclined, you can even search online for homemade citrus-based degreasers, which may provide a low cost (although, admittedly less efficient) method of cleaning oil stains.
Are Consumers Hearing Crickets When it Comes to Stain 911?
Last (but certainly not least), Stain 911 is a very new product and didn’t have any online customer reviews available at the time of our research.
However, Stain 911 is manufactured by TeleBrands, a big player in the As Seen on TV industry who manufactures hundreds of popular products, including Copper Hands, Pocket Hose Ultra, Trusty Cane, and many others. Among HighYa readers, these products have an average rating of 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality products that don’t work as advertised and poor customer service experiences (unknowledgeable reps, numerous upsells during calls, difficulty processing refunds, etc.).
Granted, this may not be what you’ll experience with Stain 911, although you should understand it’s at least a possibility well in advance.
Stain 911 Pricing & Refund Policy
One bottle (note: there was no indication of the size of each bottle) of Stain 911 is priced at $10 plus $6.99 S&H. You can also order a second bottle for an additional $6.99 S&H, bringing your total to $23.98.
Unlike many other As Seen On TV products, Stain 911 comes with a 60-day refund policy (most ASOTV companies provide 30-day refund policies), although this is still minus any S&H charges. To put it in perspective, if you decide to return your 2 bottles of Stain 911, this means you’ll immediately lose $13.98 in S&H charges, plus whatever it will cost to send them back to the manufacturer. Ultimately, after everything’s said and done, you could end up losing upward of double your money in S&H charges.
With this said, in order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-668-1655.
Can Stain 911 Make Your Home’s Exterior Look Fantastic Again?
Chopping to the Point: Considering the fact that citric cleaners are generally on the weaker side, and oil-based stains typically found on concrete are among some of the most difficult to remove, we have our reservations about whether or not Stain 911 will work as well as the manufacturer claims.
But if you do decide to roll the dice, keep in mind that you could spend a ton of money in non-refundable S&H charges, which could translate into an expensive test run.