Post # 1
My carpets are in desperate need of some lovin. It’s been a year… or 3 since they’ve been cleaned. I know I can rent a “Rug Doctor” carpet shampooer relatively cheap, but I wanted to know if anyone had used one before?
Is it hard to use? What cleaning solution did you buy to use with it? Is there something better out there?
Post # 3
i haven’t, but my mom rented one all the time. it’s easy.
usually the soap is in a shelf right next to the actual rug doctor. just follow the directions on the bottle about how much to mix with water. when using the machine, remember to go slowly. if you are impatient, you don’t give the machine enough time to actually clean.
Post # 4
I rent a Rug Doctor about 2x per year. I use the solution with the oxy it in and it cleans my carpets marvelously. Gets up stains that I can never lift any other way. I would buy one but we plan on renovating his DH’s house and moving there and it has all hardwoods and tile. I have carpet in my bedrooms and basement. I can clean all of that in probably less than 2 hours. I don’t move the furniture because that part stays clean. It’s mainly pet tracks/stains that I have to clean.
Post # 5
You may want to check your local rental company for a cheaper option. I have used Rug Doctor in the past and it works well, but our local rental place has carpet shampooers for $15 and then the solution is another $10 or so. Rug Doctors are EXPENSIVE from what I remember. That might have changed in the past few years, but it never hurts to save a little bit of money. 🙂
Post # 6
We rent it every year to clean our carpets. Easy peasy and totally worth it.
Post # 7
i have used one, and it worked pretty well! it was veryyy easy to use, and kind of fun. i bought a standard “7 in 1 cleaning solution” they had when i rented it, and that worked fine. i rented it for overnight, but actually only took me about an hour to do my living room and a couple other trouble spots.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn
I’ve used one before & with the oxy clean solution it worked great — I think I actually got pet specific oxy clean formula & you couldn’t tell I had a limp ovine there when I laws done. Plus they usually have $10 off coupons you can find! Great deal & easy to use.
Post # 9
@amandaleaou: I may have to look into that pet specific one. I had a cat that decided peeing in corners was more fun than the litterbox.
Mostly my beige carpet is just dirty though. I didn’t think it was bad until I cleaned up a tiny stain and the clean spot was way lighter than the rest of the carpet. :-/
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn
@Paiger8: that’s the exact problem I had with my puppy and trying to potty training… Gross, but it really did get the stains out & any smells associated with it! so much cheaper than hiring someone to come too & the results I got we’re actually better when I did it myself instead of having someone else come in & clean them for me… Maybe because I was able to take the time to concentrate on areas that I knew we’re dirtiest.
Post # 11
We have a steam cleaner of our own, but having used that AND having our carpets done professionally, go pro. What they use is way stronger/better than anything you can buy in the store.
Lots of places will rent out Rug Doctors, but PLEASE make sure you follow the instructions (from Rehearsal Dinner AND from the store you rent it from) and dump out the tank and whatnot before you bring it back. When I worked at a place that rented them, lots of people brought them back with nasty water/cleaning solution in them and then complained when we’d make them go dump it or charge them a fee for bringing it back dirty.
Post # 12
Rug Doctors are great! I agree with others to make sure you go SLOWLY over the carpets -slower than you think is necessary. I used to buy the solution that was on the shelf next to the machines and it worked very well. The carpets will take half a day to dry after you’ve cleaned them so make sure to not walk on them, or if you have to then make sure your shoes have just been cleaned otherwise you’ll undo all your hard work… Ask me how I know 😉
I ended up buying my own rug cleaner two years ago because it was cheaper in the long run, however there are a few features that are irritating on my machine that I didn’t think of to check before buying. Also, I have to store the thing now and it takes up a large amount of space in my otherwise tiny closet.
Post # 13
We have. They are easy to operate and your carpets will look much better.