Restore your Upholstery
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Rug Doctor machines and Rug Doctor cleaning products are safe for most fabrics.


Rug Doctor machines and cleaning products are safe for most fabrics. However, you risk damage to fabrics not intended for a water extraction method of cleaning.

Do not use or place either the Rug Doctor machine or Rug Doctor cleaning products on: Silk, Haitian cotton, velour, brushed corduroy, leather, non-colourfast fabrics or upholstery fabric with cleaning codes S or X.
Only use luke warm water when cleaning wool, wool blends or delicate fabrics.

Prepare upholstery for cleaning

Prepare surface for cleaning by thoroughly vacuuming. Set up the machine, ensuring the hose connections at the rear of the machine are correctly connected for upholstery cleaning.

Always test for colorfastness by first cleaning a small, hidden area, then rub the test area with a white towel. If no colour is transferred then continue cleaning. Dry your cleaned cushions on sheets or towels laid out on the floor.

Getting started...

1. The Rug Doctor comes with a hand tool for cleaning soft fabric furnishings, stairways, around skirting boards, etc. It's fitted with a 3.5m double hose, which attaches to the back of the machine.
2. First, unplug the clear braided hose by pulling down the ring on the brass quick release connector.

3. Pull down the ring again until you can see the silver ball bearings, and insert the hand tool's clear braided hose until it clicks into place. Lightly tug the braided hose to ensure it is securely connected.

4. Pull out the grey pipe attached to the black vacuum hose in the machine and push it into the end of the grey hand tool hose.

5.Set white rocker switch on top of machine to 'Hand Tool'. Now it is ready to use.

6. Squeeze the hand grip to spray the cleaning solution on to the carpet.
On stairs, move the hand tool backwards and forwards so that the brush underneath can agitate the carpet fibres to release the dirt.

7. NOTE: When using the hand tool on soft furnishings, you need a different cleaning solution. Use Rug Doctor Upholstery Cleaner - for a specially formulated gentle cleaning action.
8. Add 500 ml - half a bottle - to eight litres of warm water.

9. Pour the cleaning solution into the red base tank.

10. When using Rug Doctor Upholstery Cleaner add Rug Doctor Anti Foam to the top white recovery tank. This prevents suds building up and ensures the vacuum suction is optimised.
Add about a 1/4 of a coffee mug - directly into the tank.
11. Before using the hand tool, always test the fabric you want to clean for colour fastness.

Troubleshooting guide

If you are having any problems using your Rug Doctor please refer to our Troubleshooting guide by clicking here. If you are still experiencing problems please call our Consumer Support Specialists (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 09.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm (excluding: New Years Day, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day)) on 01903 235558. Click here for more information.

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