Whether your plans for half term are as close as soft play or as far away as travelling to another country there’s one thing that you’ll want to sort out before you go. As the mum of two kids whenever we go out in our car there’s certain things we always have with us, drinks, snacks, a change of clothes and, less appealingly, rather grim car seats. Yes my kids snack in the car and they also bring in muddy shoes from school, sand covered wellies from the beach and I don’t know what else that gross stuff is but I know that I don’t want to be seeing it any longer. Thankfully Rug Doctor asked if we would like to try using their hire equipment to clean our car and if I wasn’t 100%, my husband was more than keen for me to try this one out!
We’ve used Rug Doctor before in our old house, in fact we hired a machine off them just before we put the place up for sale and as it sold straight away I still consider that a decent investment, who knew our carpets had been so grim? I hadn’t realised though that you could also use a Rug Doctor on your car upholstery. Of course, knowing that it can be used on upholstery indoors it makes sense but it had never occurred to me. But of course the big question is would it work in our car and as someone who is less than inclined to do cleaning normally, is it something I would be able to do myself?
The Rug Doctor machine itself is big but then I guess it means big business. Setting it up is easy enough, just make sure you have it switched to using the hand tool, swap over a cable at the back and fill the red compartment at the bottom with some Rug Doctor Carpet Detergent and lots of hot water then you’re ready to get started. You can rent the machines for 24 or 48 hours and as we would be outside cleaning we opted for 48 hours to be a bit safer with the weather.
Once we got started cleaning the car’s upholstery was really easy and probably took about ten minutes from start to finish. We have the car a quick hoover first to pick up any smarties or whatever and then set to work with the Rug Doctor. A bit grim but I loved watching it sucking the now dirty water back into the machines, much better that it’s in there than in my car! You can see how I got on cleaning my cars upholstery in this little video (check out my vaguely mortified face when I admit that I never normally clean my car!)
We were also given the Oxy Power Stain Remover and Spot and Stain Remover Wipes to try out – both of which are really handy for keeping in a cupboard or your glove compartment in case of an emergency! I was really happy with how clean the car seats looked afterwards, before they’d been, well frankly they’d been a bit of an embarrassment they were so grim but they looked brilliantly clean afterwards.
The kids were pleased with their new cleaner ride too and while I know it won’t last forever, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to keep the car in a better state for a while now. If you’d like to hire a Rug Doctor machine you can find your nearest store here or if like me you’d like to have your Rug Doctor machine delivered to your home and picked up from there too then you can opt for home delivery here perfect if you work from home or much easier if you have young kids!