Carpet Cleaning with Rug Doctor

May 29, 2014

Your moving boxes are all packed and the furniture is all loaded into the moving truck. All of your precious belongings and memories are ready to be moved to their new home…and you take a final look around at your old place. It’s completely empty – except for the dirty, smelly, stained carpets. Consider using one of the most powerful but easy-to-manage carpet cleaning machines in the industry: the Rug Doctor.

Rug Doctors can be easily and conveniently rented at your local U-Haul store.  Also available is a full line of specialized cleaning solutions, any one of which can handle your carpets’ specific type of stains. Remember the accident Fido had when you forgot to let him out one morning?

The how-to process is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1 – Make sure the room is empty.

Step 2 – Follow label directions and fill the machine with a water and cleaning solution.

Step 3 – Turn on the Rug Doctor and move it over the area you wish to clean.

Rug Doctor

Things to Know

Preparation – Use your regular vacuum cleaner to vacuum the area you want to clean, to remove loose dirt before using the Rug Doctor. Pre-treat any special problem areas with Rug Doctor cleaning products, also available at your local U-Haul store.

Setup – Depending on how dirty your carpets are, mix 2 to 4 ounces of Rug Doctor carpet cleaning solution per gallon of hot tap water in a clean bucket. The water should not be so hot that it scalds or burns skin. Lower the restraining wire and remove the white upper tank. Fill the lower tank with the cleaning solution mixture by pouring it through the white filter screen. Slip the upper tank back in place and seal it securely by replacing the restraining wire. Check the back of the machine to make sure both hose connections are secure.  Plug in the power cord and position the machine.

Cleaning – Press the ON switch. While pressing the red button on the handle, pull the machine steadily backward in a straight line, keeping the vacuum slot against the carpet surface. You will begin to see dirty water entering the clear dome. NOTE: On lightly soiled carpets, you can pull the machine quickly—at one foot per second. For heavily soiled carpets, pull the machine slowly—at approximately one foot per every two seconds. Release the red button 6 to 12” before ending your pass. which will stop the spray of cleaning solution. Tilt the machine back and move forward to position it for another cleaning pass.

Rug Doctor is the best bang for your buck and so simple to use. It will have your carpets looking new in no time so that you can get on with your move. Keep it clean, moving experts!

Have you ever used a Rug Doctor machine? Do you have any interesting carpet-stain stories? Let us know in the comments section below!


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