The Best Spot Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains

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Our pets are practically extensions of the family – anyone devoted to their furry friend can attest to the fact that they’ll wriggle right into your heart and get under your skin and become an irreplaceable part of your life. The one downside to this is – they get everywhere else in the process too. Pet dander clings to upholstery and rugs, and if not removed, can start stinking the place up.

Meanwhile, as much as your pup or cat loves to roll around on your carpet, the occasional ‘accident’, or an unfortunate tendency to drool and dribble, makes the average pet owner a little bit apprehensive of keeping couches and carpets of too light a color.

And, in the quest to keep your home clean and free of that unpleasant odor that tends to become overpowering if you don’t clean up after your pet, a spot cleaner goes a long way. Whether it’s a spray-type stain remover or a spot cleaning machine, picking the right product means you’ll never have to fret over putting an entire carpet out of commission because of a single stain.

KAREN’S PICK
Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner

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As the name indicates, this spot cleaner delivers professional levels of quality with its thorough spot cleaning functions. At its core, the unit is a vacuum cleaner – but it uses that powerful suction in conjunction with BISSELL’s 2x concentrated pet stain and odor formula to keep your rugs and carpets good as new.

The special formula acts as an odor eliminator, removing the odor of a stained area to discourage and deter your pets from soiling the area again, and in general counteracts that ‘pet smell’ that can grow unpleasant if not handled from the outset. The vacuum cleaner and concentrated cleaning solution work together to penetrate deep into the material to all but melt it off, sucking it straight up and leaving your carpet looking as good as new.

The formula features Scotchgard protection to protect the fabric during the cleaning process and in fact improve its ability to resist staining in the future. The solution is poured into the high-capacity water tank, a removable unit you can lift out and refill with up to ¾ gallons of water so you don’t have to frequently empty and refill the tank – the powerfully concentrated formula means you only need a tiny amount to get the most effective spot cleaning out of every session.

We love how portable the unit is and the amount of coverage it offers, a carry-handle allowing you to simply pick it up and carry it to wherever it’s needed, while a 22 feet power cord and 5 feet flex hose give you perfect range to reach all those hard to access nooks and crannies, not just on your living room carpet but also your stairs, the mats inside your car, upholstery and so on.

The hose attaches to a range of snap-on cleaning attachments – the ones included with this unit are a 3-inch tough stain removing brush tool and a 6 inch stair tool, to loosen dirt and tease it out of the fabric as the spot cleaning solution works its magic. The machine then sucks it all up, so you don’t have to worry about constantly blotting and worrying about air-drying your carpet.

The unit doesn’t have to be limited to just cleaning pet stains though – you can use BISSELL’s range of cleaning solutions, including their Professional Deep Cleaning Formula, which offers just as thorough, effective yet gentle a cleanse for more broader applications, like tackling old coffee stains or the damage from some spilled sauce.

KAREN’S BUDGET PICK
Folex Carpet Spot Remover

Folex Carpet Spot Remover, 32 oz
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If a spot cleaning machine is a bit of an overkill for your needs, or you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease into your spot cleaning, our budget pick is not only friendlier to the pocket but also a brilliant addition to your arsenal to make sure those stains don’t linger around to haunt you.

Formulated not only to tackle tough stains from anything to pet-related accidents to ink and red wine, this non-toxic and odor-free spot cleaner is gentle on your fabrics, so you don’t risk exposing your carpets or upholstery to something so harsh you end up causing more damage, or cutting short its lifespan. The solution is formulated with non-ionic surfactants, which penetrate deep into the fabric, bonding with contaminants and emulsifying them out, essentially making the dirt and grime come loose so you can remove it with a  soft-bristled brush or a terry-cloth towel, followed by a clean microfiber cloth to blot up any moisture.

RUNNER-UP
Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner

Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner Vacuum, Small, Red
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Your carpets and rugs will be left looking as good as new once you’re done with them thanks to this unit – the cleaner sports a motorized brush that oscillates 1,200 times per minute, doing all the scrubbing for you, working deep into the fabric to remove even the toughest and deepest-set stains.

Combine this with the 2x more powerful suctioning power and the Platinum Pure for Pets cleaning solution enriched with enzymes picked to break down the worst of stains, and you’ll be giving your carpets a thorough deep clean and removing any evidence of pet-related stains ever happening. The odor-elimination aspect is handy not only to keep the unpleasant smells drifting around your home away but also to discourage your pets from staining up the same place twice. The unit can also be used with the Platinum Pure with Oxy solution for more general spot cleaning.

The unit is highly user-friendly, with removeable tanks you can take out and refill separately, featuring a wide mouth for the ease of filling up and clearing out. Portable, the unit features a carry-handle to let you pick it up and deposit it where you need to, but also features a telescoping handle to let you maneuver to around easily thanks to the carpet-friendly caster wheels if carrying becomes inconvenient. The 5 foot long hose also gives you an ideal amount of coverage, letting you reach hard to access nooks and crannies with ease.