A couple of friends were raving on about the amazing results they achieved when using a Rug Doctor Carpet washer. Telling me how they were disgusted by the black water they emptied from the tank then giddy by the super clean carpets they were left with, I wanted a piece of that action!
- I decided to hire my Rug Doctor from my local Homebase but there were lots of other nearby options which was a nice surprise. Good to know they are easy to track down!
- It cost me £22.99 to hire the machine, plus £15.49 for the cleaning solution. They state you cant use your own solution in the machines so you are kinda stuffed there. Total of £38.48. You can also hire a bigger machine but this ‘small’ one was all I needed.
- The manual has the words ‘It’s So Easy’ plastered all over, which always annoys me as I’d prefer to be the judge. I’ll let them off though as they are right, it’s super easy to set up and get going!
- As my machine was given to me with a totally random attachment, I was immediately SOAKED as it spat water and cleaning solution all over me and my walls! Great start. Once I’d removed this and secured it, I was flying.
- I targeted specific stains and it didn’t fully remove any of them completely despite me going over them repeatedly and giving them a good scrub with the upholstery attachment. They were faded though. (I know there are stain removing treatments also available to buy but I chose not to purchase these in the hope the cleaning solution would work).
- My carpet took a good few hours to dry out. I started cleaning it in the afternoon and the following morning it was fully dry.
- As it was drying out, it didn’t have the most pleasant smell (think wet dog) but this vanished as it became dry.
- It really did refresh my carpet and it does look brighter and cleaner with the pile looking fuller, which makes me happy.
Depending on the size of the rooms you are cleaning, this machine can work out to be good value for money. Bear in mind the cost of cleaning solution when factoring this in though. It does what it claims and cleans and refreshes your carpets but I found it let me down on targeting stains.
Have you used a Rug Doctor before? What was your experience?