Five of us inhabit our flat. Five humans coming and going, tramping the world in and out of the cream carpets. Not to mention the toddlers predilection for eating on the move, and the bigger kids drinks spilling habits. My carpets are were grubby, with a capital grub. So when Rug Doctor asked if I would like to borrow one of their machines to review, I gladly agreed.
It has been hard work, mostly undertaken by my man (who is far better at house work than me), but the results have been well worth the effort. The machine itself was delivered by Rug Doctor, and was easy to assemble for use. It comes with a separate bag with the hand tools. The hard work comes not from the use of the machine, which is pretty easy to function, but from the preparation of the rooms. We had to clear floors, move furniture about and have a thoroughly good hoover before we started.
You mix up the carpet cleaner in a bucket, I used an old bottle of Syd’s to measure the correct quantity. This is then added into the lower tank of the machine. I used a jug, as was conscious of the weight of the full bucket, and didn’t want a tidal wave! It was straight forward to do, then onto the actual cleaning.
I tackled the first room, for the benefits of writing this, and we started with the middle boys room. We started there for several reasons- he was away for a couple of days and we weren’t sure how wet the carpets would be left, his room is the smallest, and also had some nasty stains from a water leak before we moved in. The stains have gradually got worse over time, and have had to be hidden under cumbersome rugs as they had become very unsightly.
I am a dimwit, and had slight problems getting the machine to work properly, despite the clear instructions, but quick call to the number on the equipment, got me put through to a very helpful chap who talked me through what to do! Then I was off, and it was immediately rewarding!
Unbelievable difference, and Max is thrilled to bits- he says his room looks bigger, and he is glad not to have the rugs to trip over anymore!! The carpets are left feeling slightly damp to the touch, you would probably want to wear slippers for a bit, but were completely dry again within 12 hours.
Rug Doctor had also sent us some samples of some of their additional cleaning products. The high traffic pre-treatment was perfect for our entrance hall, and really helped make the best job of getting the grime gone. You simply spray it 10 minutes before using the Rug Doctor, and it just adds a little extra oomph to the cleaning power.
The odour remover has been very useful, as Syd suffers from car sickness, which recently resulted in needing to have a thorough clean of his car seat. The smell just seemed to cling, (despite having had the whole thing scrubbed in the shower!) but the odour remover did it’s job and got rid of the nasty pong! It is also bound to come in very handy when we get on to tackling potty training in the not too distant future!
I am now whipping out the spot and stain remover with every spillage, trying to make the fresh carpet look last as long as possible, and it does a good job.
Hiring a Rug Doctor costs from as little as £30 including enough cleaner to do two normal size rooms. You do have to provide your own elbow grease, but it is worth it compared to the cost of having someone in to clean the carpets ( I had been quoted £80 for one room). We will definitely be using their services again in a year or two. Have a look at their website for further information.