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What's behind our carpet stain remover Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 12 models in carpet stain removers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on how well each of the stain removers cleaned our four stains of French dressing, spaghetti sauce, coffee, and red wine. The stains were applied to undyed, plush carpeting and allowed to set before cleaning. The carpet was not treated with stain repellent.
  • French Dressing
    French dressing is based on how well each of the stain removers cleaned french dressing.
  • Spaghetti sauce
    Spaghetti sauce is based on how well each of the stain removers cleaned spaghetti sauce.
  • Coffee
    Coffee is based on how well each of the stain removers cleaned coffee.
  • Red wine
    Red wine is based on how well each of the stain removers cleaned red wine.


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Recommended carpet stain removers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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With carpet stains, the faster you act, the better the results. Be sure to test any carpet stain remover on an inconspicuous area. If you're looking for information about carpet stain removers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ carpet stain remover reviews will give you honest advice that you can trust. Use our carpet stain remover buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and carpet stain remover reviews to help you choose the best carpet stain remover for your needs.

Carpet stain remover buying guide

Got dirty carpets? There's certainly no lack of cleaning options, including buying a carpet-cleaning machine, renting one, or hiring a pro. But sometimes you just need to clean up a few spills by hand. To test carpet stain removers, we poured specific amounts of wine, coffee, spaghetti sauce, and French dressing on untreated nylon carpet panels. After two hours we blotted up what hadn't been absorbed. The next day we worked in the removers.

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