We all furiously scrub down our new kitchen cabinets but often forget what is under our feet. There are so many reasons to have your carpets cleaned. It is not just about aesthetics, removing spots and stains or prolonging the life of the flooring. If you have young children who often crawl around and play on the floor, cleanliness is extra important. Carpets can be SO much dirtier than your toilet seat. Let’s be honest, we all apply the five second food drop rule. It’s a myth by the way, bacteria can live for weeks in a carpet.
How clean is your floor?Carpet fibres trap and retain airborne pollutants, allergens and bacteria. Like me, you and your family may suffer with hayfever or asthma. It is a common misconception that you should only clean a carpet when it is visibly soiled. Your new home may appear to have spotless carpets but threads may be filled with dust mites, soil, pet urine and dander, dead skin cells, dust, insect feces, insect husks, bacteria, or mould. Washing carpets thoroughly will improve indoor air quality and paves the way for a hygienic home environment. Bye bye Salmonella, Listeria and all the other nasties. Usually, carpets should be professionally cleaned every 6 months (check out your carpet manufactures cleaning guidelines for the best ways of doing so). But, when you move into a new home, before you start bringing in furniture, you may wish to hire a #RugDoctor to brighten up dull, dirty carpets.
Just how effective is the Rug Doctor?Not all carpet cleaning companies are created equal. Some are more reputable than others and costs can vary, as can products. Rug Doctor is a world leader in carpet care that deep cleans without damaging the carpet pile. You can rent a machine for 24 or 48 hours from multiple locations countrywide available to collect from most superstores. Visually the carpets on our new home looked okay. The usual beige. But the colour water that came out of the machine? Well, see for yourself. I think it speaks dirt volumes for the need to clean carpets even when your floors look relatively clean as the first picture shows. The amount of filthy water and pet hair not visible to the eye that was sucked into the reservoir via the carpet cleaning head, was astronomical. Or ‘scusting’ as my son described.
The cleaner is slightly bulky but not so heavy that I could not carry it up and downstairs. It stands about waist height and is bigger than a normal hoover. You need to have vacuum the floor in preparation for best results. It does make a noise which will disturb small people so seek nanny’s help with babysitting. The instructions are simple to operate and all you need is hot tap water and the appropriate cleaning solutions such as carpet detergent, or pet formula detergent. There is no booklet but images on the machine itself. On the website there is an additional downloadable rental leaflet for tips and a troubleshooting guide. The Rug Doctors stain guide will help you pick what product is best to remove anything from crayon to wine spillages.
*Always test on a small area of carpet for colourfastness. The Rug Doctor is designed to clean in one pass (though for heavily soiled carpets you may wish to do this twice, then let the floor dry). You hold down the vacuum switch and walk backwards in a simple motion. The wheels help with the flow of movement. Pull the machine in the direction of the tuft. This works well for large rooms, although in our attic room where the ceilings are slanted you do have to get a bit creative with the manoeuvres. The machine has a useful hand tool kit for cleaning stairways and fabric furniture. Carpets were walk-on-dry after 3 hours. TIP: If they feel overly wet go over again with the vacuum tool. Just make sure then to cover with dust sheets before moving furniture back! Where professional carpet cleaning costs around £200 a rental for 24 hours is around £22.99 and in my experience the machine evidently does clean foot traffic grime and dirt from the carpet!