We have priorities around here. TVs and sofas are the top of the list.
Living without a sofa for 18 months can make a person crazy. Or at least it made us a little crazy. It was one of the top things we missed most while we lived in a small space.
So, now that the downstairs is (almost) finished, we decided to move in the rugs and sofa. This is actually really practical for us, too. Because while we work on the house, Henry can hang out with us.
And we can enjoy the space, too.
Since our rugs have been in storage for over a year, they needed a serious deep cleaning before we brought them into our new house. So, I decided to give them a little spa day.
And to make things a little more fun, I tried out two different options for shampooing carpets to put them to the test. I picked up the BISSELL Big Green Rental Carpet Cleaner and the Rug Doctor at two different stores, along with the corresponding cleaning formulas.
Ninja Henry and I brought them home – he’s the biggest reason for all the dirt and grime in our carpets anyhow.
And then I put the two machines to the test on our rugs. (I ended up laying out the rugs in the basement to make it simple and to avoid any extra water on the new floors.)
I followed all the instructions for the machines and then divided the rug with the most visual stains in half – each cleaner cleaned half of the rug so I could compare. After dry vacuuming all the rugs very well, it was time for a showdown.
After trying them out, the BISSELL Big Green was the obvious winner – it was much easier to set up and use, and it lifted more stains. The machine itself is much easier to maneuver – you can push it forward and backwards and the handle drops comfortably. (The Rug Doctor is super clunky and only goes backwards.)
I liked it so well that I ended up ditching the Rug Doctor and finished all the rugs with the Big Green with the Bissell solution. Look at that dirty water in there.
See ya later, Rug Doctor.
The whole process was oddly therapeutic. Something about seeing all the disgusting dirty water lift out of the rugs made me feel accomplished. And I just kept going over the rugs until the water came out clean. A few more passes ensured that all the excess moisture was lifted out of the carpet.
It was definitely disgusting. But the finished cleaned rugs were fabulous – fresh and clean and ready for a new life in a new house. And they smelled awesome!
The biggest difference was our outdoor rug – with black and white stripes, this rug had seen better days. It had lots of outdoor stains and rust marks from our metal furniture.
After cleaning, it looks beautiful. I rubbed a little spot cleaner on some of the spots but the Bissell Big Green did the dirty work.
What I learned?
Your carpets and rugs can harbor some pretty nasty stuff – even if you vacuum and clean them regularly.
But it doesn’t have to take long to get them back to their former glory! And the Bissell Big Green makes it easy.
You know you totally need to try out the Big Green yourself.
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