How to Clean Carpets | Rug Doctor

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Rug Doctor machines cannot be used for flooding purposes

How to Clean Carpets

The machine should NEVER be used on a carpet or anywhere where standing water remains from a flood or from other situations. Only carpets and upholstery that are damp, NOT water laden or soggy are safe for extraction.  The machine is an electrical appliance.  Extracting water from overly wet carpet could be a risk of electric shock.  We recommend flood damaged carpet to be treated by the services of a commercial carpet cleaning technician.

You can clean Berber carpet with Rug Doctor; however care must be taken not to over wet it. Berber carpeting's tight, looped weave tends to hold much more moisture than cut pile carpets. Over wetting can create drying problems so you should make sure you are limiting your cleaning passes to one only. It's a good idea to go over Berber a second time without pressing the spray button to give it an extra vacuuming only pass.

Wool carpeting can be safely cleaned with Rug Doctor using hot tap water in the machine and following the standard instructions. Do not use Rug Doctor machines or products on anything that states dry clean only.

You can clean area rugs; however, you should remove them from any areas where flooring under the area rug can be damaged by water such as hardwood or laminate flooring. The best way to clean your area rugs is by taking them outside or to your garage on a concreted floor and cleaning them there with a Rug Doctor. Once they are completely dry the rugs can be returned to the hardwood flooring or carpeted area.

You can use a Rug Doctor machine to clean shag pile carpeting, the same instructions apply as cleaning Berber carpeting, make sure you don't stay on an area too long with the machine and make sure you are vacuuming up as much or close to the amount you are putting into the carpet.

DO NOT use Rug Doctor Machines or Rug Doctor products on Persian rugs, Oriental rugs, Silk hand-loomed rugs, Braided rugs, or Non-colourfast fabrics. Some stains require professional treatment.

No. Do not use the Rug Doctor machine on tile, cement or any other hard surface. (1) At the front of the machine is a hard metal surface that may scratch the hard surface flooring. (2) There is nothing on the machine to capture the water from moving about when sprayed on the surface; the machine does not contain a squeegee.

To clean the stairs you use the Upholstery/Hand Tool attachment. Set the machine to “ON” for Upholstery/Hand Tool cleaning and use Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaning solution in the tank.
Position the Machine at the top or bottom of the stairway.

For safety reasons we recommend only cleaning in an area that is flat, clean, and dry hard floor surface. For cleaning mats, it would be preferable do this on your concrete floor. Avoid using on any other outside surfaces.

The Mighty Pack Machine weighs approximately 15 kilograms empty.

Drying time is usually around two hours, dependent on weather and carpet thickness. Open windows and doors, or turn on air conditioning, dehumidifier or fan heater for faster drying.

To prevent stains, if replacing furniture before carpet is completely dry, place plastic or aluminium foil under furniture legs.