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Old 05-01-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Anyone have experience with rented carpet cleaner machines?

I have a living room room that is filthy! It's a medium gray color, but has so many dark spots and looks terrible. No grease or oil, just ordinary wear. I've cleaned some patches with pine cleaner using a stiff bristle brush. For about 3 weeks the carpet looks clean, but then the spots return. I guess the only way I'll get it clean is to rent a carpet cleaner which sucks up the dirty water. I don't expect to restore the carpet, just to get it much cleaner than it is.
Has anyone tried one of these before? Do they really work? Will I need some special cleaning solvents? My local grocery store rents such machines at $35 per 24 hour period. Do you think it's worth it?
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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My in-laws do this every six months. Their carpet is 24 years old and looks almost brand new - it definitely helped with the upkeep.

However, I read somewhere that if those stains are due to stuff that has gotten through to the padding, you might be "restaining" the carpet by pulling that dirty water up through the fibers. I mean, if you are considering replacing it, it might be worth a shot..
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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We rented Rug Doctor before we moved in. The carpet didn't have any stain and it was like new. It collected so much of dust when we were remodeling the home that we decided to rent this steam cleaning machine. If you go to the place like Home Depot or local grocery store where they have this units to rent out, they will recommend you the products. I bought the soap + anti foam. I have no idea how that thing works because my cleaning lady used it. I told her to run the machine one more time without soap to squeeze out water to reduce drying time.

There are some threads in this forum which will give you more idea about how to operate it and how to avoid some common mistakes.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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I used one from the supermarket and one from home depot. I thought the one from the supermarket worked better. The one from home depot sprayed too much water and didn't have as much suction. But that could've just been a problem with that one machine.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I agree with Trusam - Rug Dr. does a great job. However, I actually hurt my back getting the thing out of my car - it's heavy -- be very careful. However, if you can move thing thing - it works great. Good tip - to run over carpet after you have cleaned it to get the excess water out. The Rug DR. works great to extract water.
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:51 PM
 
Location: In a van, down by the river.... LOL
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I like to do my carpeted rooms about twice a year. Rug Doctor has a new soap available now that has Oxy-Clean in it. Use this with hot water in the machine and the carpets come out like they're brand new!!!
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