Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




3200 posts

Uber Geek


# 178968 21-Aug-2015 08:06
Send private message

Anyone ever used those carpet cleaners you can hire at most supermarkets, Bunnings etc?

Rather than clean out the whole house at once for a pro to come in, the idea of doing it perhaps a room or two at a time appeals to minimize inconvenience.

No specific problems, just think some areas need a freshen up after years of kids.  It is a large (?) house (about 180 m2 of carpet) but knocking it off a bit at a time feels entirely doable.  On-line search seems mostly positive.   Any feedback on these machines and any hints/tips appreciated.  

Pro's seem to all want to do the whole job all at once, and the daily deals all look good at first but the price quickly increases when they find out area needed.  I didn't think it was too far away from normal these days, but the carpet cleaners all seem to think the average 3 bedroom house is something like 80 m2, and base their advertised prices on that.  A little disingenuous I think.   

Thanks 





Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman



Create new topic

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9943 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1371298 21-Aug-2015 08:39
One person supports this post
Send private message

Weve used the Rug Doctors a few times, and they do a reasonable job for the money. Just be aware that the damn things have to be super clean when you return them...... had a manager complain once because there was a bit of hair or something in one we returned....had hell of a lot more than just hair in it when we picked it up :)




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz  20GB RAM  RX580 4GB Win 10 Pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, emulation, geekery, and my attempts at photography.     Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk

 

Emulation - The art of getting your $4000 PC to run an 80's system - and still fails.

 

Add me on Steam


15118 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1371300 21-Aug-2015 08:40
2 people support this post
Send private message

Professionals get the carpet cleaner and leave it drier. If you have nice carpet I'd pay a professional who uses good quality, well maintained equipment rather than doing it youserlf.

 
 
 
 


223 posts

Master Geek


  # 1371305 21-Aug-2015 08:50
2 people support this post
Send private message

I used a Rug Doctor a few years ago. Less than impressed.
I feel that their advertising is a bit misleading. They never actually say it's a steam cleaner but when their slogan is 'steaming mad at dirt' it could give you that impression.
It just sprays the water/shampoo on the carpet and then vacuums it back out. It probably does a better job then a normal vacuum but leaves the carpet pretty damp.
Next time I would try to get a proper steam cleaner. 
 

561 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1371307 21-Aug-2015 08:50
One person supports this post
Send private message

I've use both the Rug doctor and the Bissell Big Green.

While both do a pretty good job and make a massive difference compared to normal vacuuming I found the Bissell Big Green so much better than the Rug Doctor.

Pro's for Bissell Big Green:
Cleans in both directions(twice as fast), Rug doctor only cleans backwards
Carpet left drier
Cleaned better(personal opinion, the result just seemed better)
Used way less carpet shampoo - The rug doctor seemed to eat through shampoo

The Rug Doctor seems available everywhere, I've only seen the Bissell Big Green at the Warehouse



2213 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1371339 21-Aug-2015 09:57
Send private message

I've got a Bissell that must be close to ten years old, there are probably better units out there but it has more than paid for itself time and time again, It has done whole houses, spot cleaning, refresh rooms, everything inbetween, If/when it dies i will buy a replacement one simple as that, well worth it! 

Mad Scientist
20792 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1371354 21-Aug-2015 10:25
Send private message

the one that worked best was one with super high pressure and blasts all the crap out of the carpet. never seen that used in NZ




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


2091 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1371388 21-Aug-2015 10:57
Send private message

We did our whole house in 2 days.

Old (80s) carpet - it definitely came up cleaner and lightened some stains, so we are happy with the results for the money.

If it was new carpet I'd pay someone to do it.


 
 
 
 


6961 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1371419 21-Aug-2015 11:05
Send private message

We cleaned our old carpet about twice a year when the kids were younger.  Used the rug doctors and found them really good.  I'd go the Warehouse green one if I did it again though.

You can see the dirty water when you empty it, so you know it's doing something.

Others might be better, I expect professionals to do a better job, but the price of the rug doctor and the results were right for us.

Pick a dry sunny and windy day and start early in the morning.
Expect to run a dehumidifier that night also.
I'd suggest the above even if you go professional.

8818 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1371501 21-Aug-2015 11:51
Send private message

id rate the bissell big green over the rug doctor, cleans better and in both directions and its also easier to clean the unit after

I cleaned 1x car, and a 100sqm house in a day, didnt move all the furniture though

3401 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1371868 21-Aug-2015 22:20
Send private message


I have lived in my house since I was 16 and had about 20 flatmates over the last 10 years.
We rug doctor the whole house every 6 months - its quite good at getting spilled beer and RTD's out of the carpet from the friday night parties.

Its not awesome - like it wont make the carpet 100% new again but it does get alot out of the carpet.
Yes it does leave the carpet quite moist - the HRV system on high with all the windows and doors closed, except the bathroom is quite good at drying it out on a sunny day.

I do have to say I am quite impressed with how much it gets out and it brings the carpet up to a nice standard so a new flatmate can move in.




Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here




Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Facebook Portal to land in New Zealand
Posted 19-Sep-2019 18:35


Amazon Studios announces New Zealand as location for its upcoming series based on The Lord of the Rings
Posted 18-Sep-2019 17:24


The Warehouse chooses Elasticsearch service
Posted 18-Sep-2019 13:55


Voyager upgrades core network to 100Gbit
Posted 18-Sep-2019 13:52


Streaming service Acorn TV launches in New Zealand with selection with British shows
Posted 18-Sep-2019 08:55


Bitcoin.com announces partnership with smartphone manufacturer HTC
Posted 16-Sep-2019 21:30


Finalists Announced for Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 16-Sep-2019 19:37


OPPO Showcases New CameraX Capabilities at Google Developer Days China 2019
Posted 15-Sep-2019 12:42


New Zealand PC Market returns to growth
Posted 15-Sep-2019 12:24


Home sensor charity director speaks about the preventable death which drives her to push for healthy homes
Posted 11-Sep-2019 08:46


Te ao Maori Minecraft world set to inspire Kiwi students
Posted 11-Sep-2019 08:43


Research reveals The Power of Games in New Zealand
Posted 11-Sep-2019 08:40


Ring Door View Cam now available in New Zealand
Posted 11-Sep-2019 08:38


Vodafone NZ to create X Squad
Posted 10-Sep-2019 10:25


Huawei nova 5T to be available 20th September
Posted 5-Sep-2019 11:55



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.