Rug Doctor Review

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.

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. SarahMummy
    June 27, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    We hire one of these about once a year and they do an amazing job! You are right that the hard work is in moving stuff around, but the results are well worth the effort!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 28, 2013 / 6:30 am

      Yup, I think it is definitely something we will be doing regularly, so impressed with the results!

  2. June 28, 2013 / 12:03 am

    We had a Rug Doctor last year and got great results, but could do with one again now and the sprays look like they’d be perfect for us, our carpet is seriously grimy and starting to pong!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 28, 2013 / 6:32 am

      Have been very impressed with all of it, but will definitely have to do it again in a year, already had spillages!

  3. Emily Foran
    June 28, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    I NEED to hire one!!
    The carpet in my living room is exactly the same as your before pic and I just pulled out the sofa to hoover and remembered what it used to look like.
    Don’t fancy the work though 🙁 xx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 29, 2013 / 9:38 am

      Yes, I have to say, we had talked about it for a good year ir two, it was the offer to review that gave us the boot up the backside, but actually the results are SO impresive that we didnt mind all the hard graft!

  4. isabel laava
    November 23, 2013 / 6:46 am

    Superb Share Mam!!!!!

  5. November 23, 2013 / 7:14 am

    Very useful review about this Rug cleaner, I think this is good product and not only me also my number of friends are happy with this product because of its fast cleaning and superb quality. I like this product.

    November 28, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    Do you have to completely remove all the furniture from the room before you start?

    We have a HUGE corner sofa which basically wouldn’t get through the door so there’s no way we can remove it.

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 28, 2013 / 4:22 pm

      No, we didn’t remove anything completely, just moved things about to get to the floor under them, and of course, you could always not clean that bit at all if your sofa is going to stay in that spot- after all, nobody can see the carpet under it anyway! 😉

  7. seher aniat
    January 29, 2014 / 7:48 am

    Hi all, came here looking for carpet cleaning tips! It’s a good post, thanks, I particularly like how it’s followable by anyone, not just experienced, frugal folk 😉 I also have a nice recommendation if I may – carpet cleaning Sutton goldfield but Google has lots more if you’re in another area or country!
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