Do We Need It?
Deep cleaning is something high on my checklist as I’m in full nesting mode at the moment and cleaning everything in sight! I really like having a clean home anyway, but being pregnant just gives me that little extra boost to go the extra mile. Recently, I was contacted by Rug Doctor to see if I wanted to try out one of their carpet cleaners. I was excited to agree. Although, I will confess that as my carpets are less than two years old why would they need a deep clean or be that dirty! We also have a no shoes upstairs rule. Well, how wrong could I be?!
This is why We Need It!
We have three young children, two cats and a dog and I notice that especially in the autumn, the carpets get dirtier than normal. Every once in a while the animals trample mud through the house. With the best will in the world the children invariably go upstairs in their shoes too. As our carpets are quite new I want them to stay in good condition so I vacuum them regularly. It will be good to brighten them a little with a run over with the Rug Doctor – I have no idea just how much dirt my carpets could be hiding though!
The Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner looks quite bulky, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s really easy to unpack from the box and ready to go within minutes. Very simple to use too, simply pull it slowly backward over the area you want to be cleaned. There is a button on the handlebar to press if you want a deeper clean using the brushes.
One switch operates the machine, flick it to one side to clean carpets and the other for using the tool. The handle is adjustable and also folds down for easier storage and there is a really generous amount of cable so you don’t need to worry about being close to a plug socket.
If you need it, there is a super boost spray too.
There is a clean water tank and a dirty water tank and they are easy to take out and empty/fill. The clean water tank comes with it’s own measuring cup (part of the lid) which makes it really easy to measure out the cleaning solution. Fill up with warm water and Rug Doctor Detergent and you’re ready to go.
Trying the Tools
The first area to clean is the stairs, as a high traffic area these were going to be dirty. A handy tool on the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner is a detachable hose which is perfect for using on them. Starting at the top, work halfway down before moving the machine to the bottom and work up the other half. It’s really quite easy to do and the attachment is really efficient and can get some deep stains out of the carpet with ease. Looking bright and clean and smells very fresh.
Ease of Use
Then it’s onto the landing which is an awkward shape (like most landings I guess). Despite its size the Rug Doctor can easily manoeuvre on its back two wheels and cleans right up to the edge. There’s no need to get out the hand tool to do the edges so this makes it a really speedy clean.
Moving onto our bedroom it can easily get some stains out of the carpet. These stains are from our cats and puppy. It’s pointless trying to clean these by hand. The Rug Doctor made getting rid of these a real breeze.
Those Awkward Areas
The cleaning bug has set in now, especially when I saw just how much dirt is coming out of the carpets. I couldn’t believe my eyes! As I regularly vacuum the house and we don’t generally wear shoes upstairs, I would assume the carpets to be cleaner than that. I definitely won’t be leaving it so long next time!
Rugs were next on my list to attack! Again, the Rug Doctor made quick work out of them and I’d say it takes a maximum of five minutes to clean each rug. The same as the carpets, they’re full of dirt that I had no idea was there!
All the carpets and rugs were left slightly damp, but I did the cleaning in the morning and they were dry by late afternoon. The stairs probably quicker than that. I did find that the rugs took the longest to dry.
Last but not least, I hit the sofa with the upholstery tool. I only recently washed all the covers on the sofa but of course one of the children had dropped something on there making a large stain. The hand tool is easy to use and got the stain out within minutes. I’m really impressed. It is so much easier than taking the covers off to wash – which would have been the only alternative.
Rug Doctor cleaning products are great to use and really effective. The Rug Detergent is easy to measure and put into the clean water tank and it’s really effective at lifting dirt out of the carpets. I also used the High Foot Traffic Cleaner to pre-treat the stairs and I know that the Odour Remover will be really useful for future pet or toddler accidents. The wipes will be so great for quick clean ups too. The Rug Doctor Deep Cleaner retails for £299.99.
I am really impressed with the Rug Doctor and I know I’ll be using it often. It will be needed to combat the dirt and mess that our busy outdoorsy family makes! If you want to see the Rug Doctor in action, check out the video I made of me deep cleaning all the carpets on my YouTube channel.
By Guest Blogger, Ali (We Made This Life)
Disclosure – I was given the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner and cleaning products free of charge for the purpose of the review and also paid for my time. All opinions are honest and my own.