10 Best Stain Remover Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Before you use a cleaning product, test a small spot before applying it to the entire area to ensure that it won’t discolor your carpet. Also, check the carpet manufacturer’s recommendations.

Top 10 Stain Remover

Bestseller No. 1
Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover, Enzyme-Based Spot Cleaner, Free & Clear, 25 Ounce
2607 Reviews
Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover, Enzyme-Based Spot Cleaner, Free & Clear, 25 Ounce
  • Guaranteed to be the most effective stain remover you've ever used
  • SAFELY REMOVES ANY TYPE OF STAIN: Natural Ingredients, Hypoallergenic, Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Non-Bleaching,...
Bestseller No. 2
Shout Advanced Stain Remover Gel 22 oz
210 Reviews
Shout Advanced Stain Remover Gel 22 oz
  • This super-concentrated gel is specially formulated to tackle those stubborn, set-in stains and works great on...
  • 70% more stain-fighting surfactants to treat difficult, set-in stains
Bestseller No. 3
Spray 'n Wash Pre-Treat Laundry Stain Remover Spray, 22 oz (Pack of 2)
30 Reviews
Spray 'n Wash Pre-Treat Laundry Stain Remover Spray, 22 oz (Pack of 2)
  • - Laundry stain remover provides 1st time stain removal.
  • - Safe for colorfast washables (excluding washable silk, khaki & fluorescent clothing). If possible, treat &...
Bestseller No. 5
Zout Laundry Stain Remover - 22 oz - 2 pk
381 Reviews
Zout Laundry Stain Remover - 22 oz - 2 pk
  • Zout liquid spray remover
  • For a wider variety of fabrics and stains
Bestseller No. 6
OxiClean MaxForce Laundry Stain Remover Spray, 12 Fl. oz., Pack of 2
518 Reviews
OxiClean MaxForce Laundry Stain Remover Spray, 12 Fl. oz., Pack of 2
  • Combines 5 types of Stain Fighters to help you get out more of your toughest dried-in stains the 1st time!
  • Great on grass and blood, grease and oil, food stains, soil and clay.
Bestseller No. 7
Grandma's Secret Spot Remover, 2 Ounce (Pack of 3)
351 Reviews
Grandma's Secret Spot Remover, 2 Ounce (Pack of 3)
  • 3 bottles of grandma's Secret spot Remover for all your tough stain removal
  • Each bottle holds 2 ounces of Remover
Bestseller No. 8
Parker Bailey cleaning product Parker & Bailey Stain Remover - 8 oz.
17 Reviews
Parker Bailey cleaning product Parker & Bailey Stain Remover - 8 oz.
  • Instant stain Remover removes the toughest stains. Even ink
  • Safe to use on clothing, carpet, fabric, tablecloths, and other delicate surfaces
Bestseller No. 9
Grandma's Secret GS7001 Laundry Spray, 16-Ounce
614 Reviews
Grandma's Secret GS7001 Laundry Spray, 16-Ounce
  • Laundry spray 16 ounces remove any kind of stain
  • Including oil, grease, paint, make-up, grass, clay, Inks, Blood, tar, coffee, rust, fabric bleed, pet stains...
Bestseller No. 10
Folex Carpet Spot Remover, 32 oz
3080 Reviews
Folex Carpet Spot Remover, 32 oz
  • Excellent for cleaning any color fast carpet or material that can be safely dampened with water.
  • Carpet spot removers instant size 32 ounces Safely removes tough spots and stains from colorfast carpet, rugs,...

Common Stains

Wine, Juice, or Soda
Act quickly, gently blotting the liquid with a white cotton cloth. Mix 4 cups of water, a tablespoon of dish soap, and a quarter-cup of white vinegar, and apply using a clean sponge. Soak the area with the mixture, allowing 5 to 10 minutes for it to work on the stain. Blot again—don’t rub—with a clean cloth. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone.

Blood
Apply a small amount of cold water to the stain as quickly as possible and blot with a white cotton cloth. Never use hot water because it will set a blood stain. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Pet Stains

Pet Poop
Remove the waste, then use an old spatula or butter knife or a spackle tool to carefully lift any residue from the carpet. Soak the area with a laundry stain remover or other product designed for pet stains according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then use a clean wet sponge dampened with a combination of cold water and laundry detergent to blot the area.

Pet Urine
Blot the urine with a white cotton cloth. Spray the area with one part white vinegar and one part water to neutralize the uric acid. Then mix a teaspoon of clear, mild, nonbleach laundry detergent into 4 cups of water and apply to the stain. Rinse with water, then press with a clean cloth over the area to absorb the water. Repeat these steps until the spot is gone.

Outdoor Stains

Grass
Dip a clean white towel in 1 cup of cold water mixed with a quarter-teaspoon of laundry detergent. Blot the stain gently. Check to see whether the grass stain has transferred from the carpet to the towel. Blot and check until the stain is no longer visible, changing towels as needed to avoid restaining the carpet.

Mud
Let the mud dry completely or it may become much more difficult to remove. Once it has dried, slowly vacuum over the area in all directions to pick up loose dirt. Soak a white cotton cloth in 1 cup of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of dish soap, and apply. Then use a clean white cloth to blot the area. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone, changing clothes as needed to avoid restaining the carpet.

Paint
For a water-based or latex paint stain, if the spot is still wet, blot with a white cotton cloth dampened with warm water. (A white cotton cloth is best for removing stains to ensure no transfer of dye.) Repeat until the paint is gone. If the paint is dry, consider using a carpet cleaner to remove it.

Oil/Grease
Some greasy stains can be removed with a dab of mild dish detergent. Apply a small amount with a white cotton cloth, then blot dry. If that doesn’t remove the stain, use a cloth to apply a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent. (You can purchase it online.) Blot, then rinse. If residue remains, sprinkle baking soda onto the spot and vacuum once it appears that the baking soda has absorbed the stain.

Why you should use a stain remover

In order to know which stain removers work the best, we first have to know what they are up against. Stains are chemical reactions. Rather than resting on top of clothing and other fabrics, food, liquids and countless substances that stain actually bind to the surface of material fibers.

The naturally occurring elements in most food and drink are hardwired to bind and stick to objects on a molecular level. Sometimes clothes are stained by substances designed to stain and pigment, like inks and dyes, which also chemically bind.

Which substances cause stains?

Tannins are an organically occurring substance in nature. Tannins are astringents and makeup part of that bitter taste in wine or tea. It has the effect of either drying out one’s mouth or giving a mouth-puckering sensation. Food and drink such as berries, cocoa, wine, beer, tea, and coffee contain tannins.

When an oily substance hits fabric, the molecules bind to the surface material in the same way tannins do. However, because it is not water soluble (like the familiar cliche, “oil and water don’t mix”), a simple run through the washing machine won’t successfully break up the stain. Oil and fat-based stains like butter, olive oil, and grease can be especially stubborn on fabrics.

Why different stain removers exist

The purpose of a stain remover is to break up the chemical reaction that created a stain. Because stains occur in many shapes, sizes, colors, and compositions, there are numerous types of stain removers on the market. Each product contains multiple chemicals and even more combinations of these chemicals with the intent to treat the reactions that occur in a single spill. Different ingredients treat tannin, oil, protein, and dye-based stains.

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