In this review of the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this home carpet cleaning machine. This review of the Rug Doctor home carpet cleaner and shampooer also includes observations that may affect your decision to buy this unit but aren’t clear pros or cons.
Pros of the Rug Doctor Carpet Shampooer
This model costs around three hundred dollars at full price but is often found for around $250 on sale. Professional carpet cleaners, in contrast, are four hundred to five hundred dollars. This is an affordable home carpet cleaner.
The unit’s handle can collapse, allowing carpet cleaner to store away in a smaller space than many of its rivals.
It comes with an upholstery tool and almost eight foot hose perfect for cleaning your furniture. It also works on stairs. The carpet cleaner automatically uses the shampoo with these tools to deep clean these objects.
The Rug Doctor carpet cleaner has an ultra-long 28 foot power cord.
The tank has over a gallon of capacity.
The carpet cleaner cleans your floor well, and given its powerful suction, removes enough water from the carpets as it works that they can dry in under eight hours.
Cons of the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner
A number of the Rug Doctor carpet shampooers won’t spray soapy water. The problem is often caused by the power leads to the pump getting disconnected or not being properly connected during assembly in the first place.
You can’t remove the brushes on the front of the machine that take the brunt of the dirty work, so when they need to be cleaned, it requires laying the machine down and wiping bristles with wash cloths and untangling any lint or matter stuck to them.
The dirty water tank empties on the back side of the carpet cleaner, so you have to be careful not to spill dirty water as you empty it. On this carpet cleaning machine, the clean water is on top, when from a cleanliness perspective, it should be on bottom. Another frustration with the design is the difficult of cleaning the dirty water tank in general.
Observations about the Unit
The branded Rug Doctor soaps for this carpet shampooer cost fourteen to fifteen dollars for 64 ounces.
At twenty five pounds and given its powerful suction, it is easier to handle than professional grade units but not as easy to use as some smaller, less powerful units.
Its foot wide cleaning path is average.
The carpet cleaner needing to be pulled along is unusual but doesn’t affect its performance. The handle’s angle can be adjusted to make this more comfortable.
This home carpet cleaning machine doesn’t heat the water, but you can put hot water in it to supplement its performance. This is a necessity if you are removing pet stains, whereas the model does fine removing dirt from your carpets with room temperature tap water.
The dirty water tank must be emptied after every use or the unit will stink, and you will need to empty it several times when cleaning a large floor or making repeated passes over a stubborn stain.
The design of the Rug Doctor carpet cleaner means you put the shampoo in the clean water tank and go. This means you can add the amount of shampoo you want and won’t end up pushing the unit around when the shampoo runs out but the water tank hasn’t emptied out. Conversely, you do have to add shampoo every time you refill the water tank. The design does provide control as to how much shampoo you add. The Rug Doctor carpet cleaning machine doesn’t let you turn off shampoo dispensing, but you can make subsequent passes with the tank only full of water to rinse carpet or chemicals out of the carpet.
This is one of the best carpet cleaning machines on the market for getting mud or mild stains like spilled juice out of their carpets at a reasonable price. It isn’t a good choice for those who deal with pet stains or gooey wet/dry messes where the baby threw up.