So I currently rent and as anybody knows that rents, more often than not the carpet is a light color and not the greatest quality. It makes sense. So with our off-white carpet is a lot of stains from spills or just tracking in debris in a city that rains A LOT! I was tossing around the idea of renting a Rug Doctor or just buying a Bissell carpet shampooer. I have had 2 different Bissell and a Hoover shampooer in the past. The Bissell worked great! I knew that is what I wanted. Not wanting to spend the cash right now I decided to just rent a Rug Doctor from the store. After seeing what it cost to rent, and having the 24 hour time limit for it, I decided I would just suck it up and buy it. Ill just make payments on my college tuition this semester. I researched the Rug Doctor Deep Clean for about a week. Reading reviews from multiple sites, watching videos, and most importantly looking for the cheapest price so I could price match with Best Buy. Save money AND get reward points. Well turns out Best Buy still had the cheapest one I could find so it worked out anyway. Anyway, back to the machine. I read a lot of reviews on how good it cleaned. I also read some bad reviews on the tank leaking and the fact that the tanks are small. I weighed the pros and cons and decided to buy one. There is always the return policy if it didn't meet all the hype. Here is where I became a believer...
Upon opening the box it was ready to go. Really. I didn't have to assemble one part. I took off the shrink wrap and filled the tanks. I looked for flimsy or cheap parts and there really isn't any.
The tanks are very easily labeled and the lid to the fresh water tank has a built in cap that serves as a measuring cup for solution. I thought that was very cool. Everything on the machine is labeled and you really don't have to do much. The dirty water tank doesn't have a lot of hard to reach crevices in it either where some machines collect dirt that you can't get out. A simple rinse and it looked brand new again. I will say that it does leak a little water if you fill the clean water tank with HOT water. I mean the heat is going to expand and I guess it has to go somewhere. It seemed to get a lot better the more I filled it. I spilled a little my first 2 times and it didn't seem to happen anymore after that. My water get VERY hot so I just turned it down a little. Also, the tanks are small. I live in a small apartment so it doesn't bother me, but a large house would get kind of annoying after awhile. Once you see how it cleans though, you won't care. And it is super easy to fill/empty the tanks.
So there I was. I mixed the solution and fired it up! It took a few trigger pulls to get the solution though the hoses to the floor but once it did it actually performed beautifully. It was easy, not as loud as my Bissell, the water was constant, and best of all it sucks up about 70% of the water you spray. The carpets are damp, but they dried in about an hour or two. The tanks may be different sizes also, so lets say the 70% figure I gave may not be that accurate.
I did one pass with the shampoo and then one pass with just water to rinse. I did notice that I was going though a lot of solution. I was going slow like I had to with my old Bissell. I sped up my pace and I covered a lot more carpet per tank and it still cleaned as good. I did half my living room and the results were night and day. Just a simple shampoo and rinse. In fact I don't even know if I needed the rinse. I'm kinda weird and didn't want any shampoo on the carpet so I rinsed anyway. I could visually see the difference. I do not even have pets or anything. Just tracking in stuff.
After ordering some take-out (shopping makes you hungry) I finished the living room. This is where I really became a believer. All the spots, GONE! Like seriously looks like new carpet. I actually tried to find a stain or dirt or anything. I could not believe it. I figured people just exaggerated in the reviews. By the way, how do you get free stuff to write reviews? I always see people post that they received a free product in exchange for a review. I want to do that! If you are a company reading this, send me free stuff. I'll tell you all about what I think.
So anyways... There is this brush on the bottom that goes back and forth before hitting the roller. It is supposed to clean all sides of the carpet. I figures it was this cheap addition they added to have another selling point and jack the price up. Well turns out that little brush works. The carpet is so soft. I didn't care if it was still wet. I kept walking back and forth because I couldn't believe it. I even made my roommate fell it. He thought I was crazy. He also couldn't believe how well it cleaned. His next words were "Can I borrow that to do my room?"
To recap, this machine works better than I ever expected it to. Will it break it a few months or years from now? I don't know. I bought the $25 2-year warranty from Best Buy if it does. All I know is that I never expected to get excited over carpet shampooing and this machine has done just that for me. Buy one. Buy one for a friend. Heck, buy me another one. Its worth it. Actually buy some shampoo. It comes with 9oz of solution which is 3 tanks. The provided sample solution is what I used so I can only image what their more expensive bottles do.