With four children and a dog, keeping our house clean is a real chore. And whilst some jobs are easier than others to keep on top of, the big jobs like cleaning our carpets are hard work. And so when Rug Doctor sent us a Deep Carpet Cleaner to review we were so excited to see, not only was it up to cleaning carpets but, whether it was up to cleaning our carpets.
The award winning Deep Carpet Cleaner is Rug Doctor’s most versatile model, suitable for carpets, fabrics, upholstery and car interiors. Even better, it comes ready assembled so you can literally just lift it out of the box and get to work!
Dual Action Brushes
The Deep Carpet Cleaner comes with powerful, dual cross brushes which clean your carpets in just one pass. With unique technology they clean, groom and polish every fibre leaving your carpets looking fresh and plush.
Faster Drying Time
With powerful suction technology to remove moisture from your carpets, Rug Doctor promises a reduced drying time, something which we were relieved about as keeping four children and a dog off the carpets is hard going!
Simple Lift Tanks
With two tanks – one for the clean water and detergent, and one for the dirty water, both tanks have a simple life feature meaning you can remove them with just one hand and slot them back in place in seconds.
With easy open screw caps, filling and emptying the Deep Carpet Cleaner is easy, plus the clean water tank has a handy detergent measuring cap so you know exactly how much to use without needing any added accessories.
Super boost spray
The super boost spray is a genius idea where, when cleaning high traffic areas such as doorways and hallways, you can switch on the super boost dial to release extra detergent over those areas.
Removable tool caddy and hand held tool
To the back of the Deep Carpet Cleaner is the removable tool caddy with a handy hand held tool to use for those hard to reach places, upholstery, stairs, car interiors and mattresses.
The hand held tool is so easy to use and perfect for smaller areas. We are planning to use it on our car upholstery and the children’s mattresses too.
Putting Rug Doctor to the test
We decided that our main priority in our house was our back room which, with an open plan kitchen, diner and lounge area, leading out to the garden, is probably our most used area in the house. Foolishy we have a very pale carpet in that room, something which seemed like a good idea at the time, and although we went for a very hard wearing carpet, it hasn’t fared well with the kids and the dog!
Before we started with the Deep Carpet Cleaner machine, we put some of Rug Doctors trigger sprays to the test. Rug Doctor has a range of trigger sprays, each with a different purpose, and prices starting at just £2.99.
High Foot Traffic Cleaner
The first spray we decided to try was the High Foot Traffic Cleaner which is basically a pre-cleaning treatment to lift stubborn stains before using the Deep Carpet Cleaner machine.
Treating stains such as embedded dirt, grease, soil, tar, varnish, make up and wood stain, you simply spray generously over the affected areas, leave for 5-10 minutes before cleaning with the Rug Doctor machine.
Rug Doctor Oxy Power Stain Remover
While we waited for the pre-cleaning treatment to work, we the Oxy Power Stain Remover spray to the test, designed to remove the toughest stains you’ll encounter without damaging your carpet. Suitable for use as a stand alone product to target stains such as red wine, juice, curry, crayon, chocolate, grease and oils, it can be used on carpets, fabrics, upholstery, ceramic surfaces, plastic, wood, tiles, and even painted walls! Amazing!
We had three stubborn stains on the carpet, the first being black currant juice which had left a nasty stain, the second being a rust coloured stain, beneath the couch, from where our corner sofa connects, and the third being my arch nemesis….slime!
Using the spray was easy, you simply shake well, turn the nozzle to on, spray generously to the stain and after 3-5 minutes blot the stain using a clean, damp, colour safe sponge or cloth. We were so impressed when the juice and the slime disappeared almost instantly, although the rust coloured stain did take a few attempts and although it is much lighter, it didn’t totally disappear.
The last spray we tried out was the Urine Eliminator which is great for those with kids or pets, working on blood, faeces, vomit and urine, and killing odours in the process.
Urine Eliminator can be used as an effective pre-treatment prior to a Rug Doctor machine cleaning or you can also use Urine Eliminator as a standalone cleaner for a quick emergency solution for any acid-based stains.
The Urine Eliminator works best if left overnight to dry naturally so it really has chance to penetrate the stain, lift the odour, and leave your carpets feeling fresh!
Time to get cleaning!
So with the pre-cleaning products dealt with, it was time to fill the tank with the Rug Doctor Detergent and start cleaning. I was ridiculously excited about this part, I guess this is as exciting as it gets when you’re a parent!
The machine works by pulling it backwards as opposed to forwards like a normal vacuum cleaner. With large wheels it’s actually really easy to manoeuvre which surprised me, even filled with water I had no issues using it and was amazed to see the dirt lifting in just one pass of the Deep Carpet Cleaner!
As you can see, the colour of the dirty water is shocking! Even when your carpets don’t look that dirty in places, they are clearly harbouring so much hidden dirt and grime!
For just one room I had to refill the clean water tank around five times although I emptied the dirty water tank just twice. I did have to go over some areas more than once, particularly the more heavily stained areas around the door.
To finish the carpet clean I used the hand hand tool which easily slots into the correct position and can then be used to really get into the skirting boards and corners.
The carpet took around 12 hours to fully dry although it was fine to walk on just a couple of hours later. As you can see from the before and after shot, the difference was really noticeable and I am so impressed with the finished result. Even Lewis, who at fifteen walks around with his eyes half closed, noticed the difference instantly and commented on how clean the carpets looked when he came home from school!
**This is a collaborative post with Rug Doctor. We were gifted the Deep Carpet Cleaner and a series of products in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own. **