This carpet cleaner gave us average results for a low price. Over the general area of our carpet, it cleaned pretty well. But we had a couple deeply set marks and stains in our carpet that this cleaner struggled to get clean. I think if we had paid a little bit more for a better brand, it would have gotten out the deep stains. But for a general cleaning of the carpets, it did work quite well, especially considering that it is an off-brand and can be bought for a lower price. Performance In our experience, this product is good for general cleaning, but not so much for stains that have been in the carpet for awhile or that are very dark. Scent This product has a light scent, which I appreciated. Since we would be doing the carpets throughout our house, anything with a strong scent would be overwhelming and irritating wherever we went in the house. But this product has a light enough scent that it wasn't too bad.