How to use a carpet cleaner
If you've got light-coloured carpets, then sooner or later they'll get dirty with everyday wear and tear - especially if you've got little ones or pets.
You could call in a professional cleaner every time your carpets get dirty, but you may want to consider buying your own carpet cleaner.
How do I use a carpet cleaner?
- Empty the room of movable furniture and objects on the floor before you wash the carpet, to ensure the whole floor is cleaned evenly.
- Vacuum the carpet to pick up any loose dirt, dust and fluff.
- Read the carpet cleaner instructions to find out how much detergent to use - most manufacturers recommend you use their own brand.
Read the instructions
How long will my carpet take to dry?
In our tests we check for how wet carpets are left after they’ve been washed. If you want to make sure your carpets are not left soaked, look for a carpet cleaner with a high star rating for drying - the more stars, the drier your carpet is left at the end of the cleaning process.
Will a carpet cleaner remove spills and stains?
All carpet cleaners are able to suck up wet spills - nozzle attachments for the hose are especially handy for this.
But for nasty marks, a spot cleaner carpet stain remover will be your best option.
In our tests we check how well each carpet cleaner removes dried-in red wine, coffee and mud stains. As a product, carpet cleaners generally don't do a great job of tackling tough, dried stains.