10 Best Carpet Shampoos
10 Best Carpet Shampoos
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Hoover CleanPlus
Color: Red
Size: 64 oz
Item Weight: 4.45 lbs
Hoover PETPLUS
Color: Green
Size: 64 oz
Item Weight: 4.41 lbs
Carpet Miracle
Color: White
Size: 32 oz
Item Weight: 1.8 lbs
Pet Odor Remover
Color: White
Size: 1 Gallon
Item Weight: 3.9 lbs
Hoover Carpet Cleaner
Color: White
Size: 50 oz
Item Weight:
Bubbas Super Steamer
Color: Blue
Size: 32 oz
Item Weight: 2 lbs
Natures Miracle
Color: Clear
Size: 64 oz
Item Weight: 6.75 lbs
Bissell Deep Clean Pro 2X
Color: Silver
Size: 64 oz
Item Weight: 6.75 lbs
Zep All-Purpose
Color: Clear
Size: 128 oz
Item Weight: 8.5 lbs
Carbona 2-In-1
Color: Red
Size: 27.5 oz
Item Weight: 2.2 lbs
Keeping a fabric carpet clean is something that can quickly become very frustrating. It seems as if something is always at risk of wreaking havoc to your floors. If it’s not children, then pets or even adults that spill beverage or walk on them with their shoes. Stains can be picked up easily with a black light, or even smelled. If you’re planning to shampoo your floors soon, the following carpet shampoos are the best that you’ll find around. There’s ten of them, picked for scent, concentration, and their ability to permanently remove stains/lingering odors. Once the reviews are done, head over to the Buyer’s Guide for additional tips to help you buy. The top two products are named at the end.

Hoover CleanPlus Concentrated Solution Formula Carpet Cleaner and Deodorizer – Best Carpet Shampoo for Older Carpets (Editor’s Choice)

Hoover CleanPlus Concentrated Solution Formula Carpet Cleaner and DeodorizerThe Hoover CleanPlus Formula is a concentrated carpet shampoo that’s powerful enough to get rid of most tough stains without doing multiple passes on a dirty floor. Most carpet cleaners are compatible with the solution.

Just be sure they properly measure the amount of water you’re adding, paying special attention to machines that force you to separate the two. It won’t clog them as long as you don’t fill too much in the reservoir. Urine smell goes away immediately and won’t produce any lingering whiffs after your carpet has dried. Try it out for its peasant smell; one bottle is all that you’re likely to need for a medium to large-sized home.

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Pros
  • Works well with older carpet cleaning machines; doesn’t clog
  • Does a good job of neutralizing pet urine and eliminating their odor
  • The smell is pleasant and not overbearing
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Cons
  • May not work well on severely stained carpets

Hoover PETPLUS Concentrated Formula – Best Carpet Shampoo for Scent (People’s Choice)

Hoover-PETPLUS-Concentrated-FormulaThe Hoover PetPlus Concentrated Formula looks almost identical to the previous Hoover cleaner shown but has a different scent. This one smell very close to what you’re familiar with when taking fresh clothing out of a dryer machine.

As for the solution itself, there are no harmful chemicals added to the mix, including phosphates are other elements that would harm your drainage. It’s built for pet odors and will kick them out of your carpet on the first run. This includes stains also. Your carpet will look and feel new again, and best of all, it’s concentrated. Expect to get through hundreds of square footage without the need to buy more.

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Pros
  • The scent is almost identical to fabric softener
  • Contains no phosphates and doesn’t damage drainage pipes
  • Formulated specifically for pet orders; deep cleans urine stains
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Cons
  • Urine stains that are old may still smell

Carpet Miracle Concentrated Machine Shampoo – Best Anti-Allergy Carpet Shampoo

Carpet-Miracle---Concentrated-Machine-ShampooThe Carpet Miracle Shampoo is another concentrated formula with a great smell. The scent alone is enough to knock out strong odors from the carpet that have settled into the floor for a long time. If preferred, you could also use it for spot cleaning.

In such a case, try to find a good scrubbing brush, and the result will look just as good as things would with a machine (at least in teh spots that you clean). Since it’s built to get out the dirt from carpets with several years worth of grime, the appearance after the treatment looks astonishingly different from before. When you’re done cleaning, remember to ventilate any rooms where the cleaner was used. The smell is nice but quite strong.

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Pros
  • Doesn’t cause allergies in people and pets
  • Can be used by hand for cleaning in tough spots
  • Heavily soiled carpets will be noticeably brighter during cleaning
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Cons
  • Although the scent is aromatic, proper ventilation is necessary due to its strength

Carpet Miracle Concentrated Machine Shampoo – Best Concentrated Carpet Shampoo

Pet-Odor-Eliminator-and-Stain-RemoverThe Carpet Miracle Shampoo continues with the trend of great smelling concentrates that will lift stains without leaving you tired from taking a long time with the cleaning. Only this time, the smell will stay in your carpets and rooms for a long time.

Even after a week passes from teh time that you cleaned the floor, you’ll still smell it. But what you won’t scent are those pesky food and dog/cat odors that existed before. And although it’s concentrated, the water will still dry very quickly regardless of how much you soak sections of your carpet. Only one pass should be all that’s needed, except for stains that are deep and old. Regardless, the Carpet Miracle is recommended for people that hate when the shampoo smell of other products goes away too fast.

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Pros
  • Produces a nice fragrant scent during cleaning that lasts for several days
  • Dries fast on floors
  • Fewer treatments will be needed than what’s recommended by other competing brands
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Cons
  • Difficult to get out tough stains such as red wine

Hoover AH30035 Carpet Cleaner – Best Carpet Shampoo for Multiple Machines

Hoover AH30035 Carpet Cleaner and Upholstery Detergent SolutionThe Hoover AH30035 Carpet Cleaner can be used in the machine, or manually. If you do add it to a power scrub, it shouldn’t matter what brand you use. But the biggest benefit to using this carpet cleaner is that no pretreatment products are needed alongside it.

With many other cleaning shampoos, pretreating your floors is a must, but not the with this one. You can get through your entire home with this solution, and still, have more of the concentrate to spare when done. Strong pet odors might not go away from just a single cleaning session, so don’t be afraid to make a second go-round if urine the smell is strong in some areas.

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Pros
  • Safe to use with most power scrub brands for cleaning
  • While it can be done, pretreatment is not required to use the product
  • The concentrated solution is sufficient enough to clean more than one large room
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Cons
  • Doesn’t cover strong scents well

Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner – Best Carpet Shampoo for Pet Stains

Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet CleanerThe Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner is good on old carpets with “permanent” stains. Whether its urine, food, or stains from beverages, this product will knock it all from your floors. You can put in a majority of machines, but be sure that you’re not voiding the warranty of it before you do (or breaking any rules, if it’s a rental).

The smell is acceptable but might be a bit too strong for people with sensitive noses. If you have any problems with the product at all, it’s easy to get in touch with Bubba’s customer service reps for better instruction that what’s given on the label.

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Pros
  • Will rid the carpet of old urine and wine stains, including lingering odors
  • Compatible with most carpet cleaners and shampoos
  • Prompt customer service from the company
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Cons
  • The scent is strong and an acquired taste

Nature’s Miracle Tropical Bloom Scent Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo – Best Carpet Shampoo for Large Homes

Nature's Miracle Tropical Bloom Scent Deep Cleaning Carpet ShampooNature’s Miracle Tropical Bloom is a carpet shampoo that isn’t concentrated, yet can still be used sparingly. You’ll need a little bit more than you would with a shampoo that was concentrated, but nothing that’s completely over the top.

When all is set for cleaning, you should be able to cover all your home, even if it consists of over a thousand square feet of carpet. But even if you’re going into the product completely blind, following along with the instructions is a breeze. But things like red wine and other stains with dark hues might take lots of work before they dissipate.

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Pros
  • Great smelling aroma
  • Only a small amount of formula is needed to clean large sections of carpet
  • The instructions are easy to understand and follow
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Cons
  • Dark-colored stains are hard to get out

Bissell 78H63 Deep Clean Pro – Best Carpet Shampoo for Fast Cleanups

Bissell-78H6B-Deep-Clean-Pro-2X-Deep-Cleaning-Concentrated-Carpet-ShampooThe Bissell 78H63 Deep Clean Pro is the degreaser of carpet cleaners. If stains in your carpet are oily and embedded deep within the fabric in areas that you can’t see, the formula will get them out the first time you use the product.

And when you’ve wrapped everything up, your carpet will feel as if you hired a professional cleaning service for restoration. The solution is made with non-hazardous chemicals, and residue from the treatment will never show on your floor. Unfortunately, the smell is very strong. If you think that you can bear it or have good windows to let the smell air out, then give the Deep Clean Pro a try.

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Pros
  • Fast-drying action
  • Cleaning results are comparable to professional cleaning solutions
  • Doesn’t leave carpet greasy after treatment is completed
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Cons
  • The odor could be nauseating to sensitive people

Zep All-Purpose Carpet Shampoo – Best Carpet Shampoo for Deep Cleaning

Zep-All-Purpose-Carpet-Shampoo-ConcentrateThe Zep All-Purpose Carpet Shampoo is very effective on carpets that have gone through a great deal of neglect. The result is similar to cleaning a carpeted floor with a steamer, and there will be a clear contrast if you were to take a before and after photo of a cleaned floor that was dirty earlier.

Multiple scrubs over the same area aren’t necessary and the solution won’t clog up your machine with too much foam (or let it get on your floor). The biggest let down is the smell of the cleaner. The scent is mild but you’ll notice the distinct smell of ammonia with it. The latter’s a lot more powerful, making this product another that’s advisable to use in a ventilated setting.

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Pros
  • Works perfectly on a carpet that receives a large amount of foot traffic
  • Affective on only one pass (when used with a carpet cleaner)
  • Doesn’t become overly foamy when cleaning
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Cons
  • Has a faint smell of ammonia

Carbona 2-In-1 Carpet Cleaner – Best Carpet Shampoo for Hand Scrubbing

Carbona 2-In-1 Carpet CleanerThe Carbona 2-In-1 Carpet Cleaner is the final product reviewed, but not the worst. It has a handly little scrubbing brush on the top of the bottle, which you can use to go over tough to reach areas. It’s also a good way of treating any stained furniture that’s fabric, making the product not limited to floors alone.

Its consistency is light enough to be used with steamers and shampoo machines, and the brush will never raise the strands of your carpet. But if you are planning to use the brush when you clean, it’s recommended that you purchase at least two of them. The liquid inside will be used up very fast this way, but go for a lot longer if all you’re doing is dumping it into a machine.

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Pros
  • Has a scrub bring on the handle for on the spot cleaning
  • Can be worked into steamers and shampoo machines
  • The brush doesn’t pull up lint from carpets
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Cons
  • When using the brush, the bottle will be depleted very fast

Buyer’s Guide

Here are a few tips that will help you pick the right carpet shempoo for our floor.

Understanding What’s Concentrated and what Isn’t

Although many of the carpet shampoos shown in the reviews are concentrated, not all of them are. When this is the case on a product, the brand will usually tell you so on the label or product’s title description. Concentrated shampoos can last much longer than ordinary solutions since less is needed when mixing with water. But not all shampoos that aren’t concentrated must be used in a large quantity either.

The Size of your Floor Span

You’ll want to take a quick look at the size of the area (in square feet) that you plan on covering when you shampoo your carpet. It’s doesn’t have to be accurate to the teeth, but a general idea of your treatment area will do a lot in saving you from getting more than what’s needed for your home. Remember, many of the products are either concentrated or can still bee mixed with water. And all of them are safe for machines. Knowing this, start with a single bottle first if there’s any doubt about having too much for the first treatment.

Check your Machine for Compatibility

You could put all the carpet shampoo products in most machine cleaners. But some aren’t recommended. If you’re using your machine, check with the instruction manual first to see if placing any brand inside the cleaner would void the warranty. Some of them have stipulations that make it where products that aren’t made from the same company can only be used. Secondly, don’t mix anything inside of a rental shampoo machine that isn’t allowed. Rentals often come with additional products, but you could ask the retailer to see if placing something else in it would be okay with them.

Check your Carpet before you Clean

By checking your carpet, this could mean acquiring a black light flashlight, which would help you detect stains that you may not have known existed. It’s also a great way to spot urine stains from pets, especially if you can’t tell where the smell is coming from. Then when you have all the products ready for cleaning, do a pretreatment, using care to follow the directions listed on the labels of everything. This is where a lot of people get it wrong. Not treating the carpet sufficiently could result in stains remaining in the fabric and smells not going away. Again, always treat before you shampoo when it’s suggested!

Video Tutorial: How to Shampoo a Carpet

Knowing when one Pass may not be Enough

As you start shampooing your carpet with the cleaning solution, don’t just pass over extremely dirty stains once. They might require several passes, or even for you to scrub it by hand. Do it the old fashioned way if you notice any spots that are either difficult for the cleaner to reach, or have been sitting in such a condition for a very long time. Some cleaners (there’s one in the reviews) might include a brush with the solution. If it doesn’t choose one that’s hard but thin along with the tips. And consider the make of your carpet too, especially if you think it will tear the fabric too much. Most importantly, wear protective gear if you need to. Some people are very sensitive to the smell of carpet cleaners. Cover your nose if you need to, and always ensure that the rooms you clean have places that will air the smells out with a nearby open window.

Conclusion

If you’ve already picked the product that you want from the list, you should certainly stick to that choice. But if things look pretty confusing (or the same) still, there are two that are recommended first before the rest. The CleanPlus Concentrated Solution and Pet Plus Concentrated Formula, both by Hoover, will impress anyone that needs to clean a dirty carpet. The bad smells will go away, and pet odors will be completely wiped out by both products. However, don’t stop with those if you’re still sold on another carpet shampoo. They’re all great in one way or another and could show great results when the floor dries. Pick what you want the most, and say goodbye to pet and food odors once and for all!


Hello, my name is Tara and I am a housewife. I like when my house is clean and I have bought a spot carpet cleaner recently. i’m going to share my experience with you!

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  1. I’ve been trying to find the best carpet shampoo to use in my home and there are so many choices! Trying to figure out what to purchase is very time consuming and confusing.

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