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Anyone know anything about renting carpet cleaning machines?

My local supermarket rents out the Rug Doctor. The reviews on ePinions are mostly positive with a few people that had horrible experiences. But it seems clear that the machine is one heavy beast, that you have to refill it every 10 minutes, and it's not clear to me how dry the carpet is when you're done. (I don't want all this carpeting to "sour". I saw that happen when my then-apartment was flooded in 2007.)

I could buy a high-quality, reliable home carpet cleaner for about $250, but I don't visualize this as something I'd do over and over again. Just maybe once a year for as long as I have carpets. (I hope to eventually put down hardwood.)

My hesitation about the Rug Doctor is mostly that my place is about 1400 square feet and I injured my dominant arm sometime last month. I'm not sure I can lug/pull the thing from place to place without re-injuring myself.

I should probably keep an eye out for a carpet cleaning special on Angie's List.



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Aug. 26th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
I desperately want the rugs in our place cleaned, but I suspect we'll pay someone to do it. Still, I'll be interested in the replies you get. It just seems like too much work to try to do it ourselves.
Aug. 28th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
I decided to hire a service. The carpet here has a lot of what look like very large dirty footprints, that were here when I moved in: I have no idea what they are. And of course the high-traffic areas are pretty dirty after a year of occupancy.

So I found an Angie's List provider offering a special for exactly the number of rooms I needed cleaning, and arranged for next week.
Aug. 26th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
When I was a kid living in Minnesota, my parents paid a service to come in and clean the rugs about once a year. But that was a whole house, fully carpeted except the bathrooms and kitchen. So if it was me, and I had the resources, I'd pay someone to do it for me, rather than fussing with a Rug Doctor or buying one yourself.

Now that I'm allegedly an adult, my whole house is hardwoods and IKEA or freecycled rugs, so if one gets too gross, I just pitch it.
Aug. 28th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Heh. I envy you your hardwoods. My parental abode was all hardwood, but this place is carpeted except for the bathrooms and kitchen. I hope to eventually replace the carpet with wood, but not soon.

I decided to hire a service. I found a place with good reviews on Angie's List offering a deal for exactly the number of rooms I needed cleaned. It's scheduled for next Tuesday morning.
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