The best carpet cleaners, chosen by Mumsnetters

30 January 2020

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Carpets are a much cosier option than laminate, but they're certainly not easy to keep clean - especially if you have pets or children in tow. We've done the hard work for you and found the very best carpet cleaners, as chosen by Mumsnetters.

Best carpet cleaning machines

Vax Rapid Power Plus Carpet Washer, £199.00

Vax Rapid Power Plus Carpet Washer, £199.00

Vax vacuum cleaners are very popular on our Talk boards and this cutting edge gadget shows they can handle deep-cleaning carpets too. Lightweight and easy to use, it gets into the most awkward corners. Just be prepared for a shock at the colour of the water when you've finished.

“I've got the £200+ Vax and it's fab. I just cleaned the carpets and stairs in a three-bedroom house today and was really pleased with the results. To store it takes up a little bit more room than my old Dyson hoover and I keep it in the shed.”

Buy now from Amazon

BISSELL Stain Pro 10, £179.00

BISSELL Stain Pro 10, £179.00

Bissell carpet cleaners get rave reviews, and it's easy to see why. This model has 10 rotating brushes which remove dirt from deep within the carpet, removing stains as well as general dirt and grime. It's suitable for all upholstery, so it could be a good choice for your furniture too.

“Take my advice and buy a Bissel carpet cleaner. They're dead easy to use and you can clean your carpets whenever you want. Probably not as good as a professional cleaner, but I've been very impressed.”

Buy now from Amazon

Best carpet cleaning detergents

Persil Small and Mighty, £5

Persil Small and Mighty, £5

If there's one thing in the world of carpet cleaning Mumsnetters seem united on, it's that laundry detergent isn't just for washing machines. Persil Small and Mighty does the trick for carpet cleaning as well. All you need to do is add half a dose to your carpet cleaning machine and your carpet will smell as wonderful as it looks.

“Also, thanks to tips on MN, I no longer buy the expensive Rug Doctor cleaner – use half a dosing ball of Persil Small and Mighty per full tank of water.”

“I always use a bottle of Persil Small and Mighty, it brings my carpet up a treat.”

Buy now from Wilko

Vanish Gold Carpet Care, £6

Vanish Gold Carpet Care, £6

Easy to use, and particularly good if you'd prefer a dry product, Vanish's Gold Carpet care is great to refresh any high-traffic parts of your carpets that are looking worse for wear.

“I've found the Vanish bag quite good. The one where you open the bottom of the bag, and it's like a sieve and you shake the powder onto the rug.”

Buy now from Amazon

Best carpet stain removers

Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover, £7.58 for two

Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover, £7.58 for two

Dr Beckmann is the king of stain removal. It removes red wine with ease – great to keep in the cupboard if you've got any dinner parties coming up.

“Dr Beckmann carpet stain remover is brilliant at getting orange stains out of fabric, you can normally get hold of it in the supermarket but it's far cheaper to buy from Amazon.”

Buy now from Amazon

Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher, £13.25

Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher, £13.25

We love an industrial-strength product, and this is one – favoured by professional carpet cleaners around the world – is non-toxic, so it's a perfect choice if you have young children or pets.

“Chem-Dry do a spot stain extinguisher that's fantastic for small marks (bought a bottle last time they did my carpets!)”

Buy now from Amazon

OzKleen Carpet Power Cleaner, £9.99 for two

OzKleen Carpet Power Cleaner, £9.99 for two

This carpet stain remover works well, even on lightly coloured carpets and leaves a lovely lavender smell – perfect if you're not a fan of the usual chemical scent of carpet stain remover. If it can remove all trace of tomato soup, it's good enough for us.

“Carpet Power by OzKleen is fantastic. It even got rid of the horrendous stain when DS1 threw a bowl of Heinz tomato soup over the carpet.”

Buy now from Amazon

HG Carpet Cleaner Spray, £5.18

HG Carpet Cleaner Spray, £5.18

Mumsnetters already swear by HG's mould remover spray, and this carpet stain remover is no different. Cheap, effective, and versatile – it can be used on sofas and car upholstery as well.

“The stuff we use is HG carpet cleaner – it looks a bit industrial but really works.”

Buy now from Amazon

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