Carpet cleaner

This portable carpet cleaner is highly rated by pet parents.

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Have you ever noticed how sometimes the best things in life do the biggest damage? Children and dogs immediately come to mind, for some reason…

Between spilled drinks and crumbs from kids’ granola bars and dirt dragged from muddy paws, there’s almost always something for parents and pet owners to clean up. (OK, I have to admit that sometimes — once in a while — I’ve also dropped a splash of red wine or coffee on the carpet. Whoopsie.)

This is where having a carpet cleaner in the closet is a lifesaver. But you don’t need one of those carpet cleaners bigger than your vacuum cleaner, because portable carpet cleaners are now just as capable. These lightweight upholstery cleaners tackle stains on sofas, curtains, carpets, car seats, boats or just about anywhere you have a mess. You name it, really.

Here are some portable carpet cleaners we really like that you can easily find online.


The Bissell Little Green Carpet Cleaner is compact enough to store in a cabinet and easy to transport around the house or garage. The brand is a world leader in home carpet cleaners, and this little device delivers on everything you’d expect from them.

One side of the machine contains the clean water tank and the other collects the dirty water. Use its included stain tool to lift and remove stains while sucking them into the container that you can easily pull out and pour down the drain. It’s simple to use: you fill the reservoir with a mixture of cleaning solution and water, move it to the stain, flip the power switch, and gently sweep the spot cleaning tool over task. Turn it off and let it dry.

Although in most cases it seems to work like a charm, some reviewers have noted that if the fabric is stiff, you can repeat the cleaning process using just water to fix it.


You can even keep the 48-ounce reservoir filled with liquid formula so it’s ready anytime, eliminating the stress of dropping everything to clean a sudden stain for good. Available on Amazon for $108, the Multi-Purpose Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner also comes with a trial size of Bissell’s cleaning formula.

Over 34,000 Amazon customers have rated the machine with an overall rating of 4.5 out of five stars.

“This made my Amazon Top 5 Buys list EVER,” wrote one reviewer, adding that it was “a dog sitter’s best friend.”


Another powerful handheld cleaner from Bissell is the SpotClean Pet Pro Handheld Carpet Cleaner. This machine uses strong suction and works on small to medium sized jobs. Amazon reviewers also gave this device a high rating (4.6 stars overall), saying it’s easy to use, durable, and lightweight. Find it for $155.99.

Clean and neutralize odors with this treadmill cleaner from Rug Doctor designed to fight pet messes. (Users say it’s great for stairs too!) Several reviewers said they would highly recommend it for cleaning up pet accidents. It’s available on Amazon for $167.64 and has an overall rating of 4.3 out of five stars.

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