Every week, I get 5-6 emails from people unhappy with the rug doctor enquiring about other carpet/rug cleaning ideas. So this week I have decided to write my views personally to get rug/carpet cleaned.
The best thing you can do is to educate yourself.
Firstly, are you a homeowner or a renter? If you’re a renter, you’ll want to read your lease agreement. Some leases don’t allow for non-professional cleaning when moving out.
If you’re willing to spend some time to read, the rug doctor is a decent service; provided the unit is in decent repair and your carpets aren’t filthy. The problem with rug doctors is that they do a fine enough job of putting water down, but they do a horrible job of sucking it back up. If you use too much of the cleaning detergent it creates too much foam and makes the suction situation much worse.
An alternative in some areas is to see if a local cleaner advertises equipment rentals. There are some cleaning supply stores that will rent out equipment such as steam cleaner as well.
Avoid Stream Cleaning for Upholstery ?
Most carpet cleaning places do also do upholstery cleaning as well. It’s highly recommended to use a professional cleaners to clean your upholstery as to avoid the over wetting that may damage your fabric. Also, if your fabric has any natural fibers in it, you do not want to use stream or any high heat methods of cleaning.
Also, a note to anyone entertaining using a discount carpet cleaner or looking to use coupons: Be wary of cleaners that quote a price but try to buckle and dime you on “extras” that should be included in the price. Some will charge extra to use cleaners, protectants, to move light furniture… anything they can get away with.
I’d highly recommend hiring a company that is certified with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The quality of work done will be worth the price difference (if any) and the frustration free service.
If cleaning with a home cleaner, DO NOT use more that the recommended amount of cleaning solution. Ideally, there should be a “soap” tank and a rinse tank. As another person already stated, the worst thing about home cleaners if their lack of lift needed to remove the moisture put into the carpet which can lead to wicking of spills and reappearing stains and spots deep in the carpet or pad.
tl;dr: Try to find a professional carpet cleaner that is IICRC certified like Advanced Surface Solutions LLC. If not, be careful of over wetting.