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Anyone own a Rug Doctor (or other carpet cleaner)?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by obxemt, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    It's amazing how fast two dogs and a four-year-old can filth up nearly new and fairly good quality carpet. I'm considering buying a carpet cleaner like the Rug Doctor for $600-750 (depending on model) as opposed to hiring a pro once or twice a year to the tune of $300-500 a pop.

    I used to clean carpets on the side, so I know how good professional steam-cleaning can be...and I'm not sure retail machines can replicate that quality of clean.

    Thanks for any input! :wavey:
     
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    I always rent a rug doctor about once or twice a year. It generally costs me about 50 bucks a shot, that's including chemicals. I always figured it would take me 10 + years to pay for one when I figured half the cost was the cleaning agents. It just depends on how much you would use it, but I hear you about the kids messing up the floor. It's always 1/2 on the floor, 1/4 on the table and clothes and a little dab makes it in their mouth.
     

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    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Yeah, why own when you can rent?

    I'm pretty sure they're $30 a day from Lowes.

    Buy the larger bottles of solution on-line if you're going to rent often.

    You could buy one for $900/$1100 but why buy when you can rent and have the merchandiser maintain them? :dunno:
     
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    I do the exact same thing. Most grocery stores around here rent them.
     
  5. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    Exactly! :rofl:

    Prices are in the original post. Shipped from the factory with upholstery attachment, 12-foot hose and 8 bottles of cleaners, they are $600 for the regular unit and $750 for the wide one. On eBay, refurbed units from an authorized dealer are $450 and $620. Free shipping, same attachment, but no cleaner on the eBay version.

    Sounds like all of you are happy with their performance?
     
  6. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Sorry, didn't get all the way through... :whistling: I work at Lowes and was trying to recall from memory.
     
  7. obxemt

    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    I'm still interested in your point though...if I'm full of crap for wanting to buy one, I want to know it. :rofl:
     
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    I have one of those bissell spot-bot things with the hose and attachments.

    I bought it because the only thing that really makes too big of a mess is my Miniature dachshund puppy when she has an accident in the house. Or when the wife entertains it's nice for when her drunk friends spill cheap wine.

    Handy little machine....
     
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    After wearing out 2 Bissell carpet cleaners as well as the carpet, I installed Pergo flooring.
     
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    It's better to buy one of those than it is a Hoover/Bissle/whatever.

    If it tears up, so be it; you aren't out $300.

    Better operation/stronger machine. Won't leave as much water/solution in the carpet.

    If it were ME -- I'd watch for local carpet cleaners to run specials, but, again, that's me. Lots of times it's $100 or less for a whole house.

    Don't get me wrong, the rentals are a good value for the money. Again, I'd do a rental before I'd buy a Bissle. I'd never buy a Rug Doctor because I can rent SOMEONE ELSE'S anytime!
     
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    We have a carpet company come in 2x a year. They park the panel truck in the drive way, slough 200ft + of hoses in the house, turn that sucker on, and 2hrs later, everything is like new - except we can't walk on the carpets for 4-6hrs.

    We also have a Hoover something, that also does a stellar job, but no pets, unless kids count.

    'Drew
     
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    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    Thanks for that link!

    You're right about that...also can spot-clean as needed. When its raining, the dogs track in all kinds of dirt and it makes me bonkers.

    My wife keeps breaking vacuums. I'd rather spend $200 on an Oreck and have it last a few years than spend $75/year at Wally World.

    You definitely raise good points. When we first bought the house last summer my dog freaked for the first two days. He got up at 4 am and liquid-crapped in my new living room. It cost $100 just for that one stain to be cleaned. If I can get someone to professionally do the house and two couches for under $200/year, I wouldn't buy a machine.
     
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    Sounds like that same problem I have but I did buy a Rug Doctor...They are the poop (pg-13). Were you seeing they are 600-750? I didnt pay no more than about 450 for mine....I found it at a Sam's Club. After I got that machine, I did mine once a month. The dogs hate it but I love it
     
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    obxemt Chaplain of CT

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    That's good to know!

    $600 and $750 are factory prices.

    http://buy.rugdoctor.com/carpet-cleaners/rug-doctor-machines.html
     
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    used to rent , then 2 years ago bought a royal steam cleaner for $350 bucks , it really picks up and sucks up everything . i wish the watertank was bigger because it cleans so good , it feels up quick . ours came with 3 year anything happens warranty . sogood so far. it rocks
     
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    I have a Prochem Blazer XL. Works great!
     
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    definately worth it to buy your own. The rentals are always crap and expensive. Unfortunately, we moved to a new house years ago with all wood floors. I recommend getting one with an attachment so you can clean your vehicle seats, and recliner...
     
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    Nope. I have a Kirby, so I never need a Rug Doctor.

    I've used a Rug Doctor in somebody else's house before though...it did the job I guess. Can't say if it was worth the money or not, I guess it depends on how funky your carpet is.
     
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    I bet it does...isn't that a truck-mount?