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Post# 211692   12/29/2012 at 22:05 (2,646 days old) by compamac ()        

Anybody have pictures of rental Rug Doctor machines or any stories or experiences about Rug Doctors? If so please share them. Also, does anybody own a red machine even though they are for rental, because they pop up on eBay sometimes.




Post# 211710 , Reply# 1   12/29/2012 at 23:25 (2,646 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

I hate the rug doctor. it was realy bad with my carpet. it turned everything a light gray. the carpets were white. and yes i did go back and get a new one but the other one did the same

Post# 211712 , Reply# 2   12/29/2012 at 23:28 (2,646 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
R-40 two-piece unit

I've kept my eye on this one (from eBay)

It reminds me of the unit my parents used to rent at IGA & Great Scot grocery stores back in the 1980s.


Post# 211715 , Reply# 3   12/29/2012 at 23:31 (2,646 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

ive never seen a rug doctor like that. do you think you could bring it to the next convention so i can see it?

Post# 211721 , Reply# 4   12/29/2012 at 23:53 (2,646 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

That unit is a pic taken from eBay & I currently don't own the machine; but I would like to buy one someday.

Those 2-piece units were better than the Mighty Pro; when the power brush is connected into the canister, the brush vibrates all the time instead of only when spraying cleaning solution only (like the Might Pro[classic & x3] & Wide Track; scrubbing the carpet more efficiently.


Post# 211722 , Reply# 5   12/29/2012 at 23:57 (2,646 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

i just found it on ebay. im tempted to bid on it. maybe if i buy it i could bring it to the convention and we could extange vacuums or something

Post# 211767 , Reply# 6   12/30/2012 at 09:10 (2,645 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Unimpressed!!

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The 2 piece canister units look good. I'll bet they did a good job.


The single piece, self contained rental available in stores now, I've had bad experience with. I rented a Widetrack unit from Lowe's to clean a 3 story town house that I was renting. I only did one bedroom, I was very disappointed with results, usage and pretty much everything.

To start, it didn't say how much water it took and how much soap I should put in for that quantity.

It used tons of water but the carpet didn't look clean afterwards and didn't seem to pick up any more dirt or water on second stroke. Only when you push the button do you get agitation, but that means drenching the rug more. The unit is very bulky and when you wheel it forward you have to watch carefully dropping down the front. I like to shampoo all the way up to wall without marking the baseboards.

I took it back to Lowe's the next day very disappointed with the Rug Doctor rental. I then went to my local vacuum shop and rented a Rinse N Vac with straight suction extractor wand. Despite not having a vibrating brush like the Rug Doctor, the Rinse N Vac did a MUCH better job. The results in my bedroom where I had shampooed the previous day with Rug Doctor were dramatic. Needless to say to cleaned the rest of the 3 story town house with the Rinse N Vac. Did it all 1 day, 10 hours and the results were great. I prevacuumed everything with my Hoover PowerMax Deluxe S3607 canister vacuum cleaner!!


Post# 211775 , Reply# 7   12/30/2012 at 09:44 (2,645 days old) by compamac ()        
Canister Rug Doctor

The canister unit was from the 1970's and they did do good. I also have my eye on it to see if it sells but dont worry i wont be buying it anytime soon. I have the mighty pro and I agree they arent made as good as the rentals. I have come across some stolen RED units for sale and one that was only $50 and even if it is broken it is still a great buy




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