I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Rug Doctor. I received a product sample to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
A few days ago I was sent a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner to try out. The spot cleaner features a compact design that will sit on stairs & store easily. It has two times the suction power of other portable spot cleaners & it’s also the only one to have a motorized handheld brush.
We get lots of stains on our carpet, many of which are caused by my daughter spilling things on the floor what she is playing. It’s a pain to drag out the full sized carpet cleaner all the time and scrubbing them by hand usually doesn’t do much. We hoped that the spot cleaner would be able to easily take care of the stains…both the new and old ones.
First of all, the unit comes completely assembled in the box. All I had to do was pull it out of the box and plug it in. It has two handles: a small carry handle and a pull out handle that you can use to roll the cleaner around. The hose rolls up in the bottom and the cleaning handle sits in a cradle on the front.
I tested it out on a year-old stain (from watermelon juice) and a recent stain (melted Popsicle). The water tank is very easy to take off and put back on. Due to its shape, you can’t set it down while you fill it and add the cleaning solution, making that part a little awkward. Once the tank is back on, you are good to go.
I was absolutely floored at how well it was cleaning up the stains, especially the old one which the regular carpet cleaner never go up. I sprayed both spots fairly well with the brush before turning on the motorized part. I only had to make a few passes for the stains to come up. There also wasn’t a lot of water left either and it took only a few minutes for the carpet to completely dry.