Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Every Carpet needs a Rug Doctor clean!

Now lets be honest not many people enjoy housework, (although after watching the programme Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, I think more people than I thought seem to enjoy it), but what people really do enjoy is seeing their house look clean. I won't say tidy, because lets face it, with Children in the house it is never really going to be tidy!

One thing I especially hate is the vacuuming, in fact, I hate it so much that Craig has to do it! Our carpets were new when we moved in 8 years ago. Stupidly, we thought it was a good idea to have cream carpets. We had brought a brand new house and wanted to keep that 'new' look. So we decided on cream carpets. Its one of my biggest regrets to be honest, almost up there with my regret that we only went for a 2 bed and not a 3 bed!

So as you can imagine, keeping Cream carpets looking cream when they are 8 years old and we have 2 young children in the house is a bit of a nightmare! But sometimes buying new ones is just not top of the priority list!

But then I heard about Rug Doctor. It is a carpet cleaner that you can hire! What a good idea! I would have no room to store a carpet cleaner, so the fact it can be hired is great.

The way Rug Doctor works is as follows....

It injects your carpets with a mix of Rug Doctor cleaning detergent and hot water, this is so that it can get in deep and loosen the dirt.

Rug Doctor's unique vibrating brush has an oscillating motion. The brush gets deep down - in between the fibres of the carpet pile - to really work at loosening tough ground-in dirt and grime. At the same time, it leaves the carpet pile fluffed up and raised.

Finally it powerfully extracts the the dirt and excessive moisture, meaning 80% of the cleaning fluid is extracted and the drying time of the carpet is less than 2 hours!

This all sounded great, but would it work on our old Cream carpets? Well we spent some time finding out, and I have to say I am AMAZED by the results.

We thought we would start with a small, well used room in our house. The cloakroom! Craig gets told of daily for not taking his shoes off when he gets home, being a Mechanic and MOT tester for years, you can imagine the dirt, grease and grime on his shoes!

We Craig vacuumed the carpet first, and then he followed the instructions that are printed on the Rug Doctor machine itself, they are fairly easy to follow. You only need to go over an area once, and in a straight line. This was the result whilst Craig pulled the rug doctor over the first line! I was amazed!

Our downstairs hallway is laminate and our front room is wooden flooring, so no need to use the rug doctor there. But next on the list was the stairs and landing, again, high footfall areas that really needed some care and attention!

The rug doctor machine is designed to go right up to the edges so for the most we only had to use the main machine. But for the stairs we did use the upholstery tool for each stair. The big plus for this was that the hose was very long, meaning we could leave the Rug Doctor machine at the bottom of the stairs and get on with the cleaning without having to lug it further up the stairs, like we Craig has to with the vacuum. Our tiny annoyance with the upholstery tool is that is just didn't have as much power as the actual machine itself (understandable) so it did take a few goings over and a bit more time than the rest of our carpets!

You could see the results immediately, although I must say, that once the carpets had fully dried  they looked even better!

So all in all we cleaned the cloakroom, stairs, landing, main bathroom, en suite and the childrens bedroom. The dirt that came out turned my stomach....

But made me realise that cleaning our carpets is a must, the results were fantastic, it felt like we were walking on brand new carpet!

The Rug Doctor is available to hire from a variety of hardware stores and supermarkets. In our area its Asda, Morrisons and Homebase. The cost of hiring starts from just over £30 for 24 hours. I would say that 24 hours would be enough to clean an average sized 2 bedroomed house like ours, but I think I would feel more happy hiring for 48 hours, as we wouldn't feel as rushed.

You can also buy the detergent in different size bottles depending on the size of the space you are intending to clean, and additional products, such as stain removers, are available too.

You can find out more about Rug Doctor on their website.

The Rug Doctor gets a big thumbs up from us, and is now on our yearly (if not 6 monthly) to do list. I thought that vacuuming was enough, but after using the Rug Doctor I know that it is not. I can not count how many people I have already recommended this to, we now feel happy to welcome people into our home, rather than embarrassed and apologetic about the state of our carpets!

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