Our Hand Tool, available to hire separately and is perfect for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas including stairs, skirting boards and car interiors. Simply follow our handy user guide and get the most out of your Rug Doctor machine.

Our handy video guide will easily explain everything you need to know about using the Hand Tool. 

Preparing Your Upholstery  

First, improve your Rug Doctor’s efficiency by removing any excess dirt and dust from your upholstery.


Removing any surface dirt and grime allows the Rug Doctor Hand Tool to clean the deepest layers of your fabric.

Use either your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment or a hand brush to clear your upholstery before you begin cleaning.

You should also lay down some towels when cleaning cushions. This will help to speed up the drying process after you’ve finished.

clean living room

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bucket
  • A Rug Doctor machine
  • Rug Doctor Carpet Detergent
  • The Hand Tool
  • Oxy Power Upholstery Cleaner

Always check for colour fastness before using the Hand Tool.

Do not use on:

  • Silk
  • Haitian cotton
  • Velour
  • Brush corduroy
  • Leather
  • Non-colourfast fabrics
  • Fabrics with cleaning code S or X

Connecting the Hand Tool Attachment

The Rug Doctor Hand Tool is a 3.5m hose that attaches to the back of your Rug Doctor Machine.

attaching the hand tool

Firstly, disconnect the clear braided hose located on the rear of your machine. Simply release the hose from the connector.

brass connector

Pull down on the quick release valve again, and insert the hand tool’s braided hose into the brass connector. You should hear the hose click into place. Lightly tug on the hose to double check it’s securely fastened.

grey vacuum hose

Disconnect the two grey pipe sections attached to the black vacuum hose located on the rear of your machine. Attach the hand tool by connecting the machine’s grey pipe with the grey hand tool’s hose. Check for a secure connection.

white rocker switch

Set the white switch located on the top of the machine, to ‘Hand Tool Use’.

Your Rug Doctor Hand Tool is now ready to use!

Preparing the Cleaning Solution

Now you’ve successfully connected your Hand Tool Attachment, you’ll need to fill your machine with Rug Doctor’s cleaning solutions.

If you’re using the Hand Tool to clean any carpets, including carpeted stairs, you’ll need to use Rug Doctor’s Carpet Detergent.

Simply follow these mixing and loading instructions:

white tank

Remove the white recovery tank found on the front of your machine.

filling a bucket

Fill a clean bucket with hand-hot tap water. Do not use water hot enough to burn or scald your skin.

filling the machine

Pour 150ml of Rug Doctor Carpet Detergent directly into the red base tank.

filling red base tank

Top up the red base tank with the bucket of hot water. Fill the base tank until the water reaches roughly halfway up the mesh filter.

dome filter

Replace the white recovery tank. Ensure the tank is securely fitted using the black retaining wire.

For cleaning soft furnishings, including sofas, cushions and car interiors, you’ll need to use an alternative cleaning solution.

Rug Doctor’s Oxy Power Upholstery Cleaner is specially formulated for a gentler cleaning action without oversaturating fabrics.

You’ll need to:

1. Remove the white recovery tank from the front of your machine.

2. Fill a clean bucket with nine litres of warm water. Add 500ml of Rug Doctor’s Oxy Power Upholstery Cleaner.

3. Pour the cleaning solution from the bucket directly into the red base tank.

4. Replace the white recovery tank. Ensure the tank is securely fastened with the black retaining wire.

Using the Hand Tool Attachment

Once you’ve correctly set up and filled your Rug Doctor Machine, you’re now ready to start cleaning!

rug doctor plug

Ensure your machine is plugged into a plug socket and is turned on.

white rocker switch

Check the white switch on the top of your machine is set to Hand Tool Use.

hand tool on upholstery

Squeeze the Hand Tool’s handle to spray the cleaning solution directly onto your carpet or fabric. Finish cleaning using a vacuum-only cleaning pass, for a faster drying time.

hand tool on stairs

Move the Hand Tool back and forth while cleaning. This allows the brush to agitate the carpet to remove even more dirt.