In this Rug Doctor portable carpet spot cleaner review, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this model. The Rug Doctor portable spot cleaner is the smaller sibling to the larger version often available for rent at the grocery store.
Pros of the Rug Doctor Portable Version
Cons of the Rug Doctor Portable Version
Observations about the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner
A 32 ounce bottle of the Rug Doctor cleaner for the Rug Doctor portable spot remover machine is around $10. Only a small amount is required if you use it to spot clean by hand, since the solution is mixed with water. You mix the solution to add to the spot cleaner machine as well, so 32 ounces will last weeks if not months. One caveat for pet owners is that the pet formula is about $20 to $22; this formula is what you’ll want to remove cat pee and dog poop residue out of the carpet.
You should not pour a lot of the cleaner into the machine and then let it sit in the machine for months. You do have to rinse out the spot cleaning machine periodically, even if you don’t let soap solidify in the machine sitting in the closet for six months. This is done by putting hot water in the detergent reservoir, running the spray head and letting it empty into a sink until the reservoir is empty. Then you can refill the detergent reservoir and continue working.
Only add as much cleaner as you think you’ll need. More than that wastes money and can slosh out when you empty out the tank.
The second generation of stain cleaner soap is foamier than the soaps that came out before. It smells more like a bath soap than a false “clean” scent or floral scent that caused problems for some with chemical sensitivity.