Review: Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner

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.

Urine Eliminator

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!

We made a video of our review over on YouTube and for those wanting more details on the Deep Carpet Cleaner and any of the products used you can visit the Rug Doctor  website here.

**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. ** 



  1. March 10, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    We don’t have carpets anymore – laminate everywhere now. We did hire out a Carpet Cleaner from the supermarket years ago though as we had cream carpets on our stairs and in the bedrooms (big mistake) – it did work wonders though and I found it very satisfying.

  2. March 10, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    I could do with using one of these, we are the same as you with 4 kids and a dog too. Carpets get dirty so quickly, even if you can’t see it it is amazing how the water in those rug cleaners comes out so filthy afterwards.

  3. March 10, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    This looks good. We opted to have hard wood flooring once the baby came as we have a very hairy labradoodle who leaves his fur wherever he goes but now we’re terrified that the baby will hit his head when now he’s started to crawl. Can’t win!

  4. March 10, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    Rug Doctors are great, especially just for freshening up the carpet. Great for getting rid of doggy smells!!

  5. Candy
    March 10, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    More and more people are purchasing carpet cleaners. Make for easy use and does beautiful job cleaning

  6. March 10, 2019 / 6:47 pm

    We have laminate flooring downstairs because of the kids and the cat. But I would love to get carpets throughout, sounds like rug doctor could be the answer.

  7. March 10, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    It’s so easy to forget how dirty carpets get- the difference is great here. Seems like a great cleaner and the sprays look effective too. I have heard a lot about Rug doctor but never actually used it. Now I know I should

  8. March 10, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    The carpet is always needing cleaned in my house – can’t really help having a golden retriever that loves to roll in mud. Something like this would be great!

  9. March 11, 2019 / 3:21 am

    Your carpet looks great! We only have carpeting in one room and I’m amazed how dirty it gets. We’ve had pretty good success with a rented steam cleaner before, but it is a bit of pain to rent it and return it.

  10. March 11, 2019 / 9:04 am

    Ooh this is good that you can buy them now. I hired one of these years ago and it was an enormous thing that weighed half a tonne but this looks much easier. I’m desperate to give our carpets a good clean as although they look clean I know they must be filthy deep down, especially as Poppy was a very sicky baby so the living room carpet was always getting wiped over!

  11. March 11, 2019 / 9:20 am

    We have a vax carpet cleaner – but it’s on it’s last legs now and we’ve been debating about whether to replace it. The whole of our downstairs is tiled/wood, but stairs and bedrooms are carpet … and we do need one really

  12. March 11, 2019 / 9:31 am

    This looks great! Especially having 3 dogs and a baby it look like just what I need. Looks like it bring up the laminate nicely too.

  13. Gervin Khan
    March 11, 2019 / 9:56 am

    Wow, such a beautiful product review and all I can say is I must have this carpet cleaner asap because I am sure that it will definitely help me cleaning my our carpets more faster and easier.

  14. March 11, 2019 / 9:58 am

    Laura this post is very timely for me, I am in the market for a carpet cleaner and not been impressed with the ones have seen. This is so much better, I need to give my carpets a new lease of life.

  15. Joanne
    March 11, 2019 / 10:09 am

    your carpet looks great, sounds like a handy machine and good to know they do such a large range of products

  16. March 11, 2019 / 12:28 pm

    This looks like an awesome machine! I have two cats, and one has long hair (think, hairballs) and the other has IBS (think, very sensitive stomach in many ways). I will have to think about giving this a try after all our carpets have gone through!

  17. March 11, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    This sounds great, I think i need to look into these as my teenage daughter has make up on her bedroom carpet and the stair carpet could do with a freshen up x

  18. March 11, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! Our carpet seriously needs a jolly good clean we normally get someone else to do it but I might consider getting one of these instead!

  19. March 11, 2019 / 3:18 pm

    We’re used one before and always been very impressed with the clean.

  20. March 11, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    We have a rug doctor and absolutely love it! It is one of the best purchases we ever got. We have tried other brands and they just don’t seem to compare. I love your photos btw.

  21. March 11, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    Hubby works at homebase and they hire out these machines………they are worth their weight in gold aren’t they? We have borrowed one many times

  22. Helen Neale
    March 12, 2019 / 12:22 am

    This looks really amazing. This is what I really needed at home. Carpet cleaning will now be easier for me.

  23. March 12, 2019 / 6:53 am

    Thanks so much for the review. I didn’t realise Rug Doctor had so many products! Very helpful as I have a 2 year old and 2 cats and like you I foolishly choose a light carpet – what was I thinking?!

  24. March 12, 2019 / 8:43 am

    We really need this! Our entire house is carpeted and I struggle to keep it looking fresh.

  25. March 12, 2019 / 11:01 am

    We have a rug doctor and they are amazing aren’t they!

  26. March 12, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    We don’t have fitted carpets, just a couple wee rugs in the bedroom and living room. But if you do I guess this would save you a lot not having to get a professional cleaner in all the time.

  27. Melanie williams
    March 12, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    Always good to give the carpets a good clean for sure. this looks like a fab way to do so xx

  28. March 12, 2019 / 7:47 pm

    It’s mad how dirty carpets are when they don’t look that bad! I would love something like this for our rugs as I hate to think what they’re harbouring!

  29. March 12, 2019 / 10:03 pm

    We have a little dog too and he’s new to us, and I’m about to buy a new house. I’m in desperate need for a good carpet cleaner and I’ll be looking further into this one, thanks for the helpful honest review.

  30. mya kroeplin
    March 13, 2019 / 2:11 am

    I’ve used one a few times and it was a life saver. you never know when you will need one.

  31. March 13, 2019 / 9:13 am

    What a fab review! It looks like this would work wonders on our rugs. As a fellow pet owner I know how tricky pet hair can be to get out of carpet and rugs. Something like this which really deep cleans would give peace of mind.

  32. March 14, 2019 / 9:16 am

    What a great review, I LOVE carpet cleaning photos – they’re so satisfying ! I always think the dirty water that comes through carpet cleaners is amazing, you just don’t realise that’s how dirty your carpets are, do you?

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