Rug Doctor To The Rescue!
This is one Doctor that I don’t want to keep away with an apple (even if it’s ground into the carpet with a whole pint of its juice soaked in for good measure) and that’s the Rug Doctor since I’ve experienced first hand that this rather large red box has cleaning features not even Aggie McKenzie could rival!
Taking delivery of this wondrous machine the other day, I half expected it to result in a damp smelling carpet which would need to dry for a good 12 hours or so until it was able to be walked upon but NO. My perception was way off target. Probably because we’ve been using a Bissell ProHeat for the last 5 years and although it’s a good machine, it’s not a patch on Rug Doctor. Seriously, Rug Doctor knocks the spots off and out the ballpark compared to the Bissell ProHeat in so many ways. In fact it’s worth investing in the Rug Doctor for 24 hours just to experience its staggering cleaning power.
Rug Doctor Rules
If you’re renting it and it’s not already assembled, assembly is pretty simple. Just pull the operating handle up until it clicks. Pull down the metal bar at the front to release the plastic filter compartment from the white bucket. Then remove the white bucket and you will see a black and mesh filter which is screwed into the machines base bucket. This is where you pour the water and detergent solution (which you can also purchase when you rent the machine). Pour the solution into the mesh filter until you reach the fill line. Then place the white bucket back in (this is where the dirty water will end up), reassemble the plastic compartment and snap the metal bar back up and over it.
Rug Doctor Cleans Up Your Act
You are now ready to commence the clean. Make sure the feature switch is on the required setting – either “hand tool use or carpet” and switch on.
The one thing to remember whilst using Rug Doctor is that you can’t go forward then back. You have to pull the machine backwards whilst holding the red button on the top of the handle which deploys the detergent solution in strips to the carpet (or hand tool).
Once you start to clean, you will see the dirty water cascading from the plastic compartment (the left part of the tube) into your white bucket. Keep going until you have run out of solution and you will know immediately when this happens as the cascade of dirty water stops flowing into the white bucket. When this occurs, take out the bucket as previously explained, empty and refill the base bucket. Do this as many times as required until you have finished cleaning.
There isn’t much of a fragrance from the solution so don’t expect it to fill your house with a strong scent of anything apart from clean. It not only looks cleaner when the dirt gets forcefully lifted but has a fresh smell rather than a damp carpet/wet towel smell I associate with the majority of carpet cleaners I’ve come across in the past.
Another thing I noted was just how loud Rug Doctor is in comparison to the Bissell ProHeat. Mind you, if it was quiet then I’d be wondering if it was actually doing the job it’s supposed to be doing. It’s definitely industrial cleaning for the home user who has carpets a little more soiled through heavy traffic use. It’s so strong that it can literally pick your carpet up off the floor, so it’s no good for loose rugs or carpets where you don’t have them tacked down tightly. But I wouldn’t really expect Rug Doctor to be anything but noisy since it’s doing a specialist job sucking as much dirt as it can up, so noise in this case equals power and stunning results.
The weight of the machine is pretty copious so it’s easier to use on a ground floor where you don’t have to lift it. If you do need to use it on a higher level then a strong man or indeed strong woman is needed since it’s quite a bit heavier than general carpet cleaners.
So, what’s the result? Well it cleaned. It cleaned incredibly well. We have a heavy traffic area in our hallway due to having dogs and this sometimes gets pretty dirty what with the dogs going for walks, walking up to the front door and with them laying down in the hall sunbathing so we needed a machine with quite a bit of power to remove the damp dog smells. Did it remove them ok? Oh yes! It removed them amazingly well. It not only took out the smell but it took the carpet back 5 years to when we purchased it. It was not only clean and smelt amazing it looked fluffy again which I certainly didn’t expect since I’d written the carpet in the hall off a long time ago getting ready to pull it up for flooring. Not now though. I’m quite happy to report that it cleaned so well that we won’t be having flooring anymore, we’ll just rent out the Rug Doctor from our local B&Q or Homebase once every few months to keep it spick and span. It’s a sensational machine!
If you are interested in renting the machine to try it yourself, you can find Rug Doctor locations on their website. If you would prefer to buy Rug Doctor, you can also buy it direct from £499 for the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro. Give it a go first though as you might find that all you need is a 24 hour rent and you’re perfectly clean and happy after one Rug Doctor treatment!