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Our 4 Favorite Carpet Spot Cleaners for Stain Removal

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Spills and accidents on carpets are inevitable. And while most carpet stains go beyond just the surface, with our favorite carpet spot cleaners for removing stains, you won’t need to fret about the small stuff!

Before you remove carpet stains:

Please note, with any carpet cleaners, it’s always wise to test a small, hidden area of your carpet to be sure that it does not discolor it in any way. Also, we recommend always using white clothes or plain white paper towels when cleaning stains to prevent color transfer to your beautiful carpet.

1. Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover

Folex instant carpet spot remover

Recommended for: Pet accidents, grease, ink, red wine, coffee, blood, rust, food, cosmetics, dirt, grime, and most old stains.

When Hip team member Angela shared her love for Folex, I knew this cleaner had to be at the top of our carpet cleaning list! The best part about this cleaner? There’s no rinsing or vacuuming!

before and after with folex rug stain remover

Take a look at Angela’s amazing paint spill results! This stuff is as close to magic as you can get. All you do is spray your stain a couple of times, rub it in with your fingers or a brush, then take a white rag or paper towel and blot until your stain is gone. It’s really that easy!

You can find Folex on Amazon for a pack of two, or, for just $7.99 more, you can scoop up a 4-pack of the same size bottles. As Angela said, a little goes a long way, so either way, you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth!

2. Resolve Carpet Spot & Stain Remover

red spray bottle of resolve sitting on a metal shelf with black and cream rugs in background

Recommended for: Tomato sauce, salad dressing, dirty motor oil, vegetable oil, make-up, red wine, food grease, pet stains, coffee, mud, dirt, cola, tea, grass, fruit juice, and more!

Hip sidekick, Jamie, had me at “It smells amazing!” As long as a product works well, it’s always important to me that it smells great, too. And this carpet spot cleaner knocks both categories out of the park! Not only does it truly do a tremendous job cleaning carpet, but it’s rated the #1 carpet stain remover, based on Nielsen data. It’s even safe to use around kids and pets.

For best results, make sure to treat stains immediately, and cover the entire section where soiling occurs to avoid the appearance of rings. Then, simply wait about 30 seconds, blot, and rinse.

3. WD-40 Spot Shot Professional Instant Carpet Stain Remover

hand holding a bottle of spot shot carpet cleaner with red rug in background

Recommended for: Pet stains, greasy foods, motor oil, red wine, blood, grape juice, shoe polish, cola, mud, coffee, permanent marker, and lipstick stains.

There’s no rubbing, scrubbing, or vacuuming needed after spraying this cleaner on your carpet! Just one of the many reasons why my hip sidekick, Mary, loves using Spot Shot on her carpet stains. Not only does it safely clean carpets, but it also deodorizes them – and it even prevents stains from happening again!  

Here’s what Mary had to say about Spot Shot:

“We own a small dog who has anxiety peeing problems and often pees when new people come over, so we have to keep this stuff on hand. If she ever pees on the carpet, I usually blot the spot up first with a regular towel, then spray Spot Shot on it, wait a few minutes, and then blot it up with a clean white towel. I may repeat if there’s a lot. I have also used Spot Shot on lots of other stains, such as tough coffee spills, and it does a great job of getting out deep stains.

Also, maybe this is a little TMI, but I thought readers should know we used to own a beagle, and one time she got into mischief and ate the leftover food that was on my kids’ plates (it included broccoli…UGH!). Needless to say, she made a TERRIBLE mess everywhere in my daughter’s room the next morning. But Spot Shot saved the day again, and it literally worked wonders and removed all the yucky stains!”

4. Woolite Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner

woolite carpet spot cleaner bottle sitting on a blue and cream colored floral rug

Recommended for: Deep down dirt, stains, and odors.

My hip sidekick, Lina, loves using this cleaner in her home and has found it to be very effective for her dog’s mishaps on the carpet! Basically, anything Lina uses in her home I trust, because she’s our DIY queen!

hand holding a bottle of carpet cleaning foaming and scrubbing blue and cream rug

Worried about your colored carpet and rugs? Not to worry! This foaming cleaner comes with a built-in fabric-safe brush, making application and cleaning so easy. Plus, it works wonders on your upholstery, too.

What do you use to get stains out of your carpet?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Comments 16

  1. Nicole S.

    I Love Spot Shot and I use it as a stain remover on clothes and furniture.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I have liked Spot Shot too!

  2. Lel

    Carbona 2 in 1 Oxy powered carpet cleaner

  3. Krissy

    I love the Woolite cleaner. We have a puppy and it’s a lifesaver! The attached brush makes it extra helpful.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Good to know how well that one has worked for you, Krissy! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  4. Vanessa Taylor

    Would this be good as a stain remover for mattresses as well?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! You could give it a try on just a small spot first to see how it does. Hope that helps!

  5. Amber Lee

    I love LA’s Totally Awesome Carpet & Stain Remover (in a red bottle). It’s $1 and you get a large amount in a spray bottle! It’s at the Dollar Tree and it has worked better for me than other much more expensive brands I used to use, including Resolve.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Ooh! I have liked that brand but never grabbed that variety! Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. Lauren Goodwill

    If you’re looking to be eco-friendly. Norwex has an amazing carpet stain remover! It’s pricey but totally worth it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for the helpful tip!

  7. lily alvarez

    Thank you I love these helpful posts!!! Making my life easier!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, That’s great to hear! You are SO very welcome! 🙌

  8. Ashley

    The Woolite has been a miracle worker for me in the past! Just bought a new can.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh good! Thanks for sharing your favorite with us, Ashley!

  9. Emma

    Great post! We have a lot of carpet stains (thanks to our kids and pets), and we just let our carpet cleaners take care of them for us, but I really should get a home product so I can take care of the stains right when they happen. Thanks for your recommendations!

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