Aaaaall clean! – Miss J, 2
Most of us have heard of Rug Doctor the brand, but have ever tried one of their machines? We were sent a rental model to try out.
The Rug Doctor promises to leave your carpets deep cleaned, deodorised, rejuvenated and protected. Sounds good, right? The ‘protected’ promise surprised me most as I thought they just cleaned, but apparently, Rug Doctor Carpet Detergent now contains SpotBlok stain repellent which protects against stains and spills after its been deep cleaned.
I’m typically a ‘call in the experts’ type of girl, but I was happy to give this a go as a) our carpets haven’t been deep cleaned for 18 months and b) I was sorely disappointed the last time we paid for professional carpet cleaning firm when we left our old house as there was barely any change between the before and after!
We chose to trial the Rug Doctor on our living room carpet as it sees the most wear and while it didn’t shift the worst of the marks (it’s a rental house and the carpets were far from perfect when we moved in), it did make them several shades brighter and they smell nice and fresh.
This video explains how it all works:
Our lounge carpet was undoubtedly in need of a clean so I think it was worth the effort. The Rug Doctor machine wasn’t really hard to use but it is a bit heavy and cumbersome so you do feel like you’ve had a workout by the end and as we chose to clean the biggest room in the house, there was a lot of time spent moving furniture, filling the detergent and water tank and emptying the ‘recovery bucket’, which gets a bit irksome. The instructions recommend you move at a rate of one foot every two seconds, so as you can imagine, big rooms take ages! This was fine for me as the kids were out for the day, but if you’re trying to keep a toddler at bay as you work, you’ll probably end up a nervous wreck.
It’s noisy, but given the powerful suction, that’s a trade off for the carpets not being soaking wet afterwards, although for us it still took a few hours for them to be completely dry.
You can’t order a Rug Doctor to rent through the website, you’ll need to drop in to your nearest branch of ASDA, B&Q, Homebase, Johnsons the Cleaners, Morrisons, Tesco, The Co-operative or The Range to collect and return your rental, so you’ll need transportation if you fancy giving it a go but it works out a lot cheaper than getting the professionals in.
Prices may vary from store to store, but from B&Q it costs £20 to rent for 24 hours or £25 to rent for 48 hours. The detergent with SpotBlok starts at £9.98 for 1 litre up to £19.98 for 4 litres. I’d recommend getting double what you expect to use as it goes down fast.
If you have exceptionally high traffic carpets and want to invest in a machine to keep, you can buy them for £499 brand new from the Rug Doctor website. Please note though, the ones you buy are BLUE, the ones you rent are RED, so if you spot a red model for sale, there’s probably something amiss.
Overall, I’d say it’s well worth renting a Rug Doctor for a day or two if your house is relatively clutter free and your carpets are tired but not damaged, worn or heavily stained. If they’re that far gone, it’s probably best to either get a firm in to clean your carpets, or consider getting new ones.
Disclosure: we were sent a rental machine to trial. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest.