So, I bet you are just like me… You want to know how to clean the carpet – in a big way, on short notice. You find out that folks are coming over for the Holidays and you scurry around your house realizing all the imperfections that you were totally oblivious to before? Right? And that stained carpet, you totally did not realize it was gross… until now…
Rug Doctor to the Rescue!
This post is sponsored by Rug Doctor they had me pick up a rental unit to test as well as a couple of bottles of cleaner. Boy, did my carpets need it! I just might end up buying one of these units. As you can see from my “after” the floor could probably use a second treatment, but wowsers!! SO much cleaner. We do not want our floors to get this bad ever again.
And here is the best part… cleaning my carpets took half an hour of my time, another day for them to full air out and viola! My upstairs living areas are guest ready! Rug Doctor said that most rooms can be cleaned in 20 minutes and they weren’t lying!! Love that!!
How to Clean Your Carpets Yourself
Rent a carpet cleaner. THere are Rug Doctor kiosks (find a rental location near you). There are kiosks where you can go, type in the web address on the kiosk, pay for the rental cleaner as well as any cleaning solutions – it will give you a little code to have access to your machine and you are good to go! You can rent a unit whenever is convenient for you.
I just love that I didn’t need a stranger or the salesy strangers to get a professionally cleaned carpet.
Take your cleaner home. Follow the directions on your cleaner. Mine told me to take the top reseviour off to reveal the tank where you fill the machine with water.
Pre-treat any super stained areas with the spray cleaner, allow it to really soak in… let the foaming action do it’s job as you get the cleaner prepared. The Rug Doctor carpet cleaner is really a whole package, deep cleaning system. All of their products are kid and pet safe.
Fill the tank of your cleaner with hot tap water, along with whatever cleaning solution you are going to use. We used the Oxy Deep Cleaner as I knew our carpets were a mess. Be sure to not overfill the machine as that can cause problems.
Then, turn your Rug Doctor Cleaner on.
To clean your carpets you will want to walk in “stripes”. Push the cleaner to the top of the stripe. Turn the machine on. Then look for the button that is for spraying the cleaning solution. Push that down as you slowly (VERY SLOWLY) pull the cleaner backwards. The cleaning machine said to walk backwards at a pace of one foot every second. As my floors were gross we walked one foot every two seconds, and really I think we would have had even better results if I was even slower.
Look at the top of your machine as you go. It should have water funneling through the “cap” – BUT NO FOAM. If it runs out of water this means you need to dump the dirty water reservoir and refil your machine with clean hot tap water and the cleaning solution. If there are lots of bubbles and foam up in the top this means that you need to dump the unit and rinse it out, before continuing to clean your floors.
After you go through all the “stripes” of your carpet (stripes, that is totally a thing, right??), while pushing the spray for the solution so that you used the water to clean the carpet, then go back over your carpet 2 times (or more) again, without the solution, this time to pull up any residual moisture from your flooring.
Be sure to dump the until out before returning it – and you are done!!
Boy, I love the peace of mind knowing that comes with a deep cleaned home!
We put a fan out in the rooms we cleaned to help the carpets dry even faster. They were a bit damp after the process… but look at that!! Clean carpets!! Just in time for the Holidays!
Many thanks to the Rug Doctor for sponsoring this post – they helped us #StayClean2016 and we love the #RugDoctorDifference. Go to the Rug Doctor website for more information – or find a rental location near you where you can rent a unit yourself. Also, follow them on Facebook or Twitter for more updates and deals.disclosure policy.