In a perfect world, we would never have to worry about food or cosmetic residue staining our clothing. But alas, humankind is flawed and people are stupid, which is why products like this Stain Pen are being invented. Except this time, cure is the only method because prevention is impossible.
It claims to “remove fresh stains instantly,” a highly questionable statement. We can see the 6 main types of stains that they are marketing to be removable with their stain pen:
- Coffee & tea
- Fruit juice
- Baby food
- Soya sauce
- Lipstick & foundation
For this test, we applied the stains that are being advertised on the packaging onto a Uniqlo Easy Care Non-Iron Shirt. Yes, we intentionally ruined a new $50 shirt for the sake of authenticity. You’re welcome.
Instructions for use is as such:
- Wipe: Remove any stain residue with a napkin or cloth.
- Press: Press the tip onto the stain to release solution.
- Rub: Remove stain by gently rubbing the tip over the stain.
- Dab: Dab with a damp cloth to remove any excess solution.
A second application may sometimes be necessary. For stubborn stains we recommend to use a specialist stain Remover e.g. Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils.
Currently, we are unsure about the random capitalising of ‘R’ in ‘Remover.’
The application was fairly easy. 6 squared boxes were taped onto the shirt, and each box were then carefully stained through a syringe and their respective stain of choice.
If an experiment was conducted and no pictures are taken, was the review even valid?
As instructed, most of the stains were first wiped off with a cloth. Then pressed, rubbed, and dabbed with the pen.
We’d also like to note that the 9ml Stain Pen ran its course by the time we were done with the experiment, which is a slightly surprising low number given the expectation due to its size. One would assume it could go for 10 or more applications.
But this was with the usage of trying to remove 6 stains. Highly unlikely that you will find yourself dirtied with 6 different types on stains. Chances of striking lottery seems higher than that. Don’t quote us, math has not been attempted for it.
For the moment of truth.
The pictures were taken 5 minutes after we left the shirt to dry.
Soy sauce was the most cooperative, with most of the discolouration removed. Tea, coffee, and baby food were almost there, but there were still some traces left behind. Fruit juice and lipsticks were very stubborn and though the colour faded, it was still very noticeable.
Out of the 6 stains advertised, only one was almost completely removeable. Three were getting there, and two were just struggling.
So much for “removing fresh stains instantly.”
[BRUTAL ASIANS: DISAPPROVED]
It held up rather well for a product that costs $5. It is a handy tool to have at the ready, and neither does it cost a bunch nor is it bulky to carry around. But keep in mind that it seems to only work for lighter stains.