My son and his girlfriend have just moved house. We helped them on Sunday with the big clean up to make everything look spick and span, and part of this job was to clean the beige coloured carpets. Professional carpet cleaning can cost a lot of money, and for young couples the last thing they want to do is fork out cash unnecessarily. It made sense to hire a Rug Doctor to deep clean their carpets for a fraction of the price.
Wherever you live in the UK, you are probably within a 10 minute car drive from a rental outlet. Many supermarkets, cleaners and DIY stores are outlets from which you can hire a Rug Doctor.
A 24 hour rental complete with a bottle of cleaning detergent costs just over £30. This will clean approximately 38 sq m of carpet (about two rooms).
The machine fitted easily into my son's car on the rear seat. It was in a good and clean condition and ready to use straight away.
The instructions to get the machine ready for use were easy to follow and within minutes the cleaner was filled with warm water and cleaning detergent in the tanks.
The Rug Doctor injects cleaning solution into the pile of the carpet and sucks it back up picking up all the dirt, grime and nasties lurking deep down. A vibrating brush agitates the carpet loosening tough dirt and fluffing up the pile. 80% of the cleaning solution is extracted by the machine leaving carpets dry in just a couple of hours.
Using the Rug Doctor is much like using a very heavy vacuum cleaner that you pull backwards. Unfortunately, the instructions on the machine were a bit vague and consequently he didn't manage to use the attachments, but we did get it all working. My daughter, who was helping her brother, found it quite hard to use as she struggled to pull the machine backwards due to its weight and ended up with a painful wrist. However, my son didn't have a problem using it. The amount of solution going onto the carpet seemed a bit inconsistent leaving some patches much damper than others, but that could have been user error. Overall though, the Rug Doctor worked efficiently and the carpet was cleaned quickly.
I was impressed with the end result. Although it was not 100% perfect, the carpet was much cleaner and the water in the tank was filthy, so we know that a lot of dirt and grime was lifted from the pile. It definitely provided a new lease of life to the carpet. As you can see from the Before and After photos below, most of the stains were considerably lightened or removed by the solution. It is shocking to see just how much dirt is trapped inside the fibres of a carpet.
For more information go to www.rugdoctor.co.uk
*We were sent a voucher for 24 hr hire.*