Review: Getting set for Spring with Rug Doctor



Living in a house with one dog and a toddler, my poor carpets have taken a bit of a battering over the last year so when I was offered the chance to borrow a Rug Doctor machine to review I jumped at the chance. Carpet cleaning isn’t the most exciting job to do around the house but the prospect of having deep cleaned carpets made me smile. This is a very grown up review!

We took delivery of the Rug Doctor machine and in my naivety didn’t realise how big and heavy the machine would be. It’s a beast. An empty standard Rug Doctor machine weighs 15.9kg and that is without the water inside used to clean the carpets. You definitely need your weetabix to push the machine around a decent sized room. 

After emptying the dining room of all our furniture, we loaded up the Rug Doctor with the specialist liquid detergent and luke warm water. We used the Rug Doctors Pet Formula Carpet Detergent which proclaims to ‘eliminate urine stains and odours’. I would like to point out that Mikey, our Westie, is house trained and very rarely wees in the house but used this detergent as once used on the carpet it deters pets from re-marking their territory. I wasn’t happy with Little Mr crawling all over the carpets that hadn’t been deep cleaned properly so was keen to use the pet formula to ensure we got rid of any lurking nasties hidden in the carpets.


It took us about two hours to completely carpet the dining room. We had to keep filling up the water tank with the detergent but the results were shocking (in a good way!)

The Rug Doctor was able to extract so much dirt from our carpet we were astounded. The liquid it extracted from the carpet was filthy and I was quite disgusted that all that dirt was hidden in our well vacuumed carpet.


The carpet took a good couple of hours to dry out as it wasn’t particularly warm when we decided to use the Rug Doctor. I would definitely recommend doing this job when it’s warmer outside or when you can put the heating on to speed up the drying process.

Overall the Rug Doctor performed brilliantly on the carpet and I was really impressed with the result. The detergent gave the room a clean pleasant aroma and I was pleased that we had deep cleaned the carpet which now looked refreshed and in good condition. I would definitely recommend using the machine in a child and pet free environment. The machine is quite noisy and you need to be able to concentrate on where you have cleaned, especially if you have dark carpets like we do.

You can hire a Rug Doctor from your local supermarket for around £30 for 24 hours rental which I think is a brilliant price. You can also buy the Rug Doctor machines but recommend hiring them as you’d need somewhere suitable to store the machine and realistically, you’re not going to deep clean your carpets every weekend. I would definitely recommend hiring a Rug Doctor and will be hiring one in the Summer to deep clean the rest of the carpets throughout our home.

Disclaimer: We were loaned a Rug Doctor machine for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own. This forms an honest and unbiased review. 

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  • Reply Super busy mum 22/04/2014 at 9:36 pm

    Loving the rug doctor! It is scary how much dirtier our carpet is, regardless of how clean we assume it is. The carpet on our landing looks like its from the 1970s so the thought of the dirt deep in that doesn’t even bear thinking about!

    Great post Hun. Thanks so much for linking up to #MMWBH
    P.s. loving the new blog look Hun!! x

  • Reply Stacey G @ Nobody Said It Was Easy 22/04/2014 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for this, been debating hiring one to clean our living room carpet!

  • Reply Donna 25/04/2014 at 7:46 pm

    We’ve hired a rug doctor in the past – hard work but great results! x

  • Reply Sammie Hodges 30/04/2014 at 9:38 pm

    I am seriously considering hiring one of these in the summer. We have wooden floor downstairs, but cream carpets upstairs. What a mistake that was, I will never buy cream carpets again!

  • Reply Sonya J 03/04/2015 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the great review. I’m considering buying a new vacuum cleaner and all reviews help me a lot.

  • Reply C. Jenkins 25/05/2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this useful review. I need to buy one and you helped me decide :)

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