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5 of the best carpet stain removers we’ve tried that actually work

Published by Finn Hayden

For most families, carpet stains are just a fact of everyday life - whether it be the kids, pets, or even one of the adults being a bit clumsy from time to time, things get spilled on carpets all the time. The trouble is that once stained, carpets can be notoriously difficult to clean. This is especially true if the stain is allowed to soak and set into the carpet. Plus, getting a carpet professionally cleaned is very expensive.

Luckily, there are lots of excellent carpet cleaners out there which are designed to deal with tough stains. We thought we'd round up the best carpet stain remover that we've tried, let's get into it:

Astonish carpet care shampoo

The Astonish brand includes an excellent range of deep cleaning products, including this machine carpet shampoo. This shampoo penetrates deep into the carpet fibres which helps to loosen and lift away tough stains, but it's also gentle on carpets too. The formula also helps to neutralise unpleasant odours, so it not only cleans the stains but also deals with the smell left by them. You'll also notice on the packaging that it is Vegan Society approved and a certified cruelty free product.

Astonish carpet care

Overall, it's a very impressive cleaner for carpets. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover Spray 

Vanish is one of the biggest brands in the cleaning space, with products which helps to clean almost every aspect of the home. The Vanish Oxi Action Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover Spray is an excellent product which is very easy to use and can be used for spot treatment - you can literally just spray the product on the stain that you want to remove, leave it for 5 minutes, then wipe it with a clean cloth, and you should notice a marked difference.

Vanish oxi action

It'll work quickly on set-in stains on carpets, but also on rugs and sofas, and it's also colour safe. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Dr. Beckmann carpet stain remover

Any product made by a brand with Dr. in the title feels like it should be especially good, and that's definitely how we feel about the Carpet Stain Remover from Dr. Beckmann. This carpet cleaner has a powerful oxy formula which works effectively on stains from things like red wine and coffee. The brush on the top of the bottle is to be used to help the spray penetrate the fibres of the carpet - once you've sprayed onto the stain, you can massage the spray further into the fibres by using the brush. This helps get rid of those really deep, set-in stains that so often end up on our carpets. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Dr Beckmann carpet stain remover

M&S carpet cleaner

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that this bottle of carpet cleaner from M&S says that it is plant-based on the label, which might immediately make you think that it's weak and rubbish. But we promise that is not the case  - this is a serious carpet cleaner which will work on even the toughest of stains, it just happens to be better for the environment than many other carpet cleaners.  The Almond & Sweet Orange scent from real botanical essential oils leaves behind a pleasant smell, but this spray actually neutralises odours too instead of simply masking them, which is impressive. Learn more and buy it here - ocado.com

M&S carpet cleaner

1001 carpet stain remover spray

We'll be the first to admit that this product doesn't look particularly great, but trust us when we say that this is a powerful strain remover. With a foaming action which soaks deeply into carpets, this cleaner works perfectly on carpet stains caused by things like wine spillages, coffee, and even food. It's also gentle on delicate carpets and is Wool Safe approved. It's also safe to use around kids and pets, and it'll leave no reside behind after you've used it. Learn more and buy it here - diy.com

1001 carpet stain remover

Hopefully, this guide helps you to find an effective carpet cleaner for removing stains. Let us know if you've tried any of these products or if you have any other suggestions for us to try. We've got a similar guide about the best sink unblocker we've tried if you want to read a similar article.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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