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    Default [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precautions?

    Greetings, the title says it all. My dad is going to rent a RugDoctor from New World on this coming Thursday. However, I would like to know if anyone out there has anything to say about this service? Is it worth the buck? Thank you for your time.

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precautions?

    Hi,
    Make sure the water is not too hot. You can end up shrinking the carpet if it is too hot. You are best to also hire the upholstery tool as it is good at getting in close to the skirting boards.
    Buy the largest bottle of shampoo as you seem to be forever filling the tank. The stain remover is good to get too if you have stubborn marks in the carpet.
    Otherwise the Rug Doctor does a good job & it is easy to use. The handle folds down so will fit in most car boots.
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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    Just to add to Paulines comments....make sure you give the Rug doctor a good clean mainly around the brushes etc before you return it.
    (supermarket not happy when I return one)

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    We used to hire them but it seems now its about the same price to hire someone.

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauline
    Hi,
    Make sure the water is not too hot. You can end up shrinking the carpet if it is too hot. You are best to also hire the upholstery tool as it is good at getting in close to the skirting boards.
    Buy the largest bottle of shampoo as you seem to be forever filling the tank. The stain remover is good to get too if you have stubborn marks in the carpet.
    Otherwise the Rug Doctor does a good job & it is easy to use. The handle folds down so will fit in most car boots.
    Pauline.
    Thanks Pauline for your reply. Apparently, shampoo and any relevant cleaning liquid are supplied along with this RugDoctor rental. Is there a dial to adjust the temperature of the machine?

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    We hired one once on leaving a rental property and after spending ages going back and forth across the lounge, dining and hallway I decided that my time plus the hire cost and shampoo was more than what it would have been to get ChemDry in. The result was ok but it didn't remove some of the harder to dissolve stains.

    We used Chemdry the next house and from memory was about $100.00. We have since used Chemdry again at our own home and were pleased with the results, and also removal of some ingrained stains that I am confident Rug Doctor wouldn't have budged.

    Since then we've pulled the carpets up and polished the floors so no more carpet cleaning

    If you have the time (it's a boring job) then it's cheaper, but the ChemDry result was beter than I acheived with the Rug Doctor.

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    I have a few comments, I was a fully qualified Wools of NZ woolcare technician in a previous job.

    Firstly, the temperature of the water should be hot. It will not shrink the carpet. There are four factors that directly influence the quality of the clean: Chemical, Agitation, Heat and Time. To explain quickly you can adjust one or more of these factors and get a reduction in the others. For example increasing the temperature of the cleaning solution (all other factors being the same) will result in the solution needing to be in contact with the carpet for a shorter period of time to get the same result. Most professional truck mounted cleaning machines will heat the water to about 80 deg C.

    Be very careful of the chemicals you use. Most cleaning chemicals are on the alkaline scale of pH as this makes an ideal cleaner. However, wool carpets do not like high pH chemicals. If you can go to a local cleaning products supplier and get a neutral (or as close to it) pH detergent you are less likely to damage the carpet.

    Use as little chemical as you can get away with. Excess detergent is the number one cause of re-soiling and results in a job that looks worse than before you started. As the rug doctor is a portable machine make sure you do a "dry run" when you finish to suck as much moisture out as possible.

    Do not get the carpet too wet and make sure you dry it as quickly as possible. You can do this by opening windows and doors and getting some airflow through the house. Prolonged drying may result in nasty brown stains which will require specialist treatment.

    Lastly, the number one tip for an outstanding job. Pre-vacuum!! Vacuuming before getting the carpet wet will remove about 80% of the soil held in your carpet. Once that gets wet it is a lot harder to remove.


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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    Quote Originally Posted by Jester
    We hired one once on leaving a rental property and after spending ages going back and forth across the lounge, dining and hallway I decided that my time plus the hire cost and shampoo was more than what it would have been to get ChemDry in. The result was ok but it didn't remove some of the harder to dissolve stains.

    As you have suggested it is worth noting the Rug Doctor is a small portable machine and as such will not get the result of a professional machine in the hands of a qualified operator. Carpet cleaning is a science and does require training for safe and effective stain removal.

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    Thanks Sb0h for your excellent feedback and opinions on RugDoctor

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    Default Re: [OT] Going to rent a Rugdoctor, any advice / hints / warnings / tips / precaution

    No worries, feel free to PM me if you need any help or strike a tricky problem with your carpet.


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