Dirty carpets? 8 surefire ways to get rid of stains and odors

All the tools you need to bring your rugs to life, no matter how damaged they are.

All the tools you need to bring your rugs to life, no matter how damaged they are.

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Carpets are expensive, and replacing them is even more expensive, so you probably want yours to last as long as possible. But we all know they can get dirty pretty quickly – especially if you share a home with kids or pets.

When your carpet is starting to look a little worn down, you may assume your only option is to replace it. However, we have good news for you – whether your carpet has an old, tarnished look, is stained with stains or has a strange smell, there are products – and hacks – that can help.

Want to revive an existing rug instead of buying a new one? We have compiled a selection of highly rated tricks and tools that can help you do just that.

Scrape off any lint with a portable lint remover

Scrape off any lint with a portable lint remover

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Scrape off any lint with a portable lint remover

I love these simple tools when it comes to removing fluff and hair from carpet (as well as soft furniture). Just scrape the tool along the surface and watch the hair fall off.

£7.99 on Amazon

This powerful carpet cleaner gives you the deep clean your carpet needs

This powerful carpet cleaner gives you the deep clean your carpet needs

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This powerful carpet cleaner gives you the deep clean your carpet needs

Featuring dual tank technology and dual rotating brushes, this easy-to-use carpet cleaner works quickly and effectively to remove stains and odors from carpets. My friend has this one and totally swears by it.

£99 (was £179.99) at Amazon

This shake and dust powder and spray smells great

This shake and dust powder and spray smells great

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This shake and dust powder and spray smells great

Personally, I’m a big fan of this super handy (and ultra-fast) carpet care solution. Shake the powder on the floor, let it sit for about half an hour, then vacuum. Ready! The handy stain remover spray that comes with the kit is also great for removing tougher stains and odors.

£15.49 (was £16) at Amazon

This steam mop is ideal for cleaning that is safe for pets and children

This steam mop is ideal for cleaning that is safe for pets and children

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This steam mop is ideal for cleaning that is safe for pets and children

The great thing about steam mops is that not only are they suitable for hard floors, they also work great on carpeted surfaces. They remove stains and odors especially well, and since they contain no chemicals, they’re perfect if you have kids or pets running around.

£149 on Amazon

This deep cleaning stain remover has deceptive power

This deep cleaning stain remover has deceptive power

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This deep cleaning stain remover has deceptive power

This deep cleaning carpet stain remover from Dr. Beckman is truly one of those products that once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. It is very easy to use and removes deep-seated stains.

£2 (was £3.50) at Amazon

This manual pet stain remover takes cleaning to the next level

This manual pet stain remover takes cleaning to the next level

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This manual pet stain remover takes cleaning to the next level

When regular carpet cleaning spray doesn’t work, I highly recommend this handheld, cordless carpet cleaner. It is simple to use and powerful enough to remove even the deepest stains. Whether you’re dealing with red wine or pet mess, this is it.

£88.99 (was £129.99) at Amazon

Use this handy silicone brush to make pet hair removal easier

Use this handy silicone brush to make pet hair removal easier

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Use this handy silicone brush to make pet hair removal easier

Don’t give me those eyes, dog! Feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t get the fluff out of your carpets? Well, this silicone carpet cleaning brush will change that. The pet hair remover is quick and very easy to use.

£4.79 on Amazon

This pet vacuum with anti-trap technology is life-changing

This pet vacuum with anti-trap technology is life-changing

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This pet vacuum with anti-trap technology is life-changing

If you have pets, you know that the struggle to get all the fur off the floor can be a major challenge. My normal vacuum cleaner had a hard time getting rid of these embedded hairs, but this Shark vacuum cleaner did just that.

£379 (was £479) at Amazon

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