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Your Triangle paintbrush Col., I've got just the use for it... You could paint Toblerones .  :yahoo:

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Just been to collect a 'Rug Doctor' carpet cleaning machine from Tesco in Haydock.  Ten mins from here.

Not a promising start.  Had to enter the keycode for the locker about 30 times to get the door to open.

 

Lifted the machine out and tilted it slightly to figure out how to extend the foldaway handle...  Result.. half a gallon of water on the floor.  Had to inform staff so they could get it cleaned up.  Slip hazard. Then took the machine out to my car and laid it on its side to drain another couple of gallons of water out before placing it UPRIGHT in car, which meant chucking parcel shelf onto back seat and lowering the handle of the machine again.

Notoiced that the 'dirty water' container looks like the previous user hasn't even bothered to give it a swill out with clean water after emptying.

 

Why would you be concerned enough to clean your own carpets, but not concerned enough to consider the next user of the machine?  Typical of this country these days.

 

Anyway, then remembered I'd not collected the hand held attachment or instruction leaflets from the locker so had to go back and spend another 20 minutes getting the thing to open.

Whether the 'Rug Doctor' turns out to be Dr Kildare, or Dr Shipman.. remains to be seen....

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They are good Col, tip: take your time! Don't try using it the same as a vacuum cleaner, go S L O W and give it time to work. Be prepared to be amazed at the amount of muck it gets out.

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All done Brew.

I found a video which recommended NOT putting the detergent in the machine, as it is impossible to get it all out and carpets get dirty again quickly.  So, as recommended, I diluted the detergent at the same ratio as in machine, but just sprayed it onto the carpet and let it stand for 15 minutes.  I used about four litres and put a bit more on wear areas and less on bits covered by the bed and so on.  Then just used the machine as normal but with warm clean water rather than detergent mix.  It worked a treat.

Next up, made sure the tank was empty and did another pass 'dry', to remove as much water as possible.

 

Not a massive difference because visually the carpet was clean anyway except for slightly flattened 'traffic' areas.

 

As you say though.  Plenty of muck came out.

 

I'm now going to have a go at my armchair and if that works I'll do the others.

 

Any time left and I'll do the interior of my car.  :)

 

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Can remember my parents hiring a carpet cleaner. Glad we've got tiles, you can see when they're dirty. More hygienic and cooler to wak on, even in winter.

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Aren't there any blokes living near you Ben? If so, and they've got females in the household, they'd better look out! :rolleyes:

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Not so many blokes Jill,,the ladies tend to outlive us,,

Oh yes just realised I'm dangerously close to Selston,, can i pop round for a cup of sugar,?   If we run out,,lol,

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9 minutes ago, benjamin1945 said:

Not so many blokes Jill,,the ladies tend to outlive us,,

Oh yes just realised I'm dangerously close to Selston,, can i pop round for a cup of sugar,?   If we run out,,lol,

Nip back to Marsdens, that's if they still sell sugar !

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Worked in the Marsdens and Savemore that was the same company,,here where we've just moved to,,mind you it was back in the 60s,,wonder if June,,Valda,,and Shiela still live here,? Lol 

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The 'Saga of the Rug Doctor' continues...

 

By the time I'd got the thing home and cleaned it up before use, time was getting on. I successfully cleaned the bedroom carpet and then set about the upholstery. Firstly, the upholstery attachment was filthy. Thick layer of sludge type stuff inside the cleaning head.  Cleaned it up and attached it to the machine to find that the small water feed hose gets 'kinked' by the weight of the vacuum hose.  Oh well.. Switched on and found that the 'trigger' on the cleaner head had no effect.  Water was squirting out continually..  After a pretty quick job on one armchair.. I gave up as water/detergent mix was spraying everywhere.  It was too late to call Rug Doc Customer Services.

 

Just called them.  Received an apology and an offer to pick up another machine free of charge when I return the present one. Be interesting to see what state the next one is in...

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17 hours ago, nonnaB said:

Can remember my parents hiring a carpet cleaner. Glad we've got tiles, you can see when they're dirty. More hygienic and cooler to wak on, even in winter.

 

Thing is Nonna, as you know 'fitted' carpets became the norm here from probably the 60s onward.  It's true there's been a big move to rugs and laminates, or varnished floorboards and so on.  My experience of laminate floors etc., is that they are always dusty, simply from being in the same room as people, soft furnishings etc. and need to be mopped at least daily, sometimes more.  Probably more hygienic but a right royal PITA.

 

I suppose ideally we should all have sofas etc., that have clearance underneath for cleaning, but we don't, and moving furniture everytime you hoover isn't easy, especially with  recliners, which weigh a ton.  Our next lounge suite will definitely not be another recliner.  It's only comfortable for me when reclined, but then I get leg cramps after a while. The upright sitting position of awful.  The thing is also very bulky for the sitting space it actually delivers.  I'd get rid tomorrow but for 'er indoors.

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Yes DJ even the tiles get dusty but a slightly damp mop does miracles. We have a lot of dust here , the weather although humid brings a lot of sand down, then we have tractors cutting, drying, tossing the dry grass and then bailing it , it does create a lot of "bits".

On top of that we have 3 dogs at home and a borrowed one from my daughter. One of the chuahuas is a long haired and the amount of fur collected is to be seen to be believed. The floors sometimes get " dusted" twice a day, but whilst the weathers been exceptionally hot they aren't too bad as they are flopped out most of the day.

When I first came here and my inlaws knew we had carpets everywhere they thought it was terrible to think of all the dirt that was hidden. I had to tell them the carpets were hoovered daily and there were various means of cleaning them. Now I don't think I could go back to carpets. I love walking barefoot and in doing so can tell how dusty the floor is, but it is lovely to walk barefoot on a carpet . My husband worked in restaurants with carpets and said it was difficult to walk on the carpets having been to tiles all his life.

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So, my rental of a filthy and only partially functioning Rug Doctor officially ended at 11:00 a.m.  However, after my call to Customer Services listing the catalogue of issues, they offered me a further 24 hours use of a machine from 12:00 noon today.  I only needed to take the old machine back at 12:00 and collect another from a different locker...

 

I arrived at 12:00 on the dot and put my rented and now much cleaner machine back in the locker, along with its faulty, (but now clean..) Upholstery Attachment.

 

Moved to No1 locker and entered the code to get my replacement machine.  The locker was empty....

 

Spitting feathers, I called Customer Services again....

 

They explained that the machine should have been returned to No.1 locker at 10:00 a.m.

 

I explained that it clearly hadn't been..  I pointed out that there did appear to be a machine in No.2 locker.

 

"Ahh.. yes.. but that's faulty and been withdrawn from use until repaired."

 

"Right", quoth I.. "Out of three machines.. two are faulty and one is missing...  Not looking great is it?"

 

 Customer Services agreed and apologised profusely, then offered me a machine from another store.  They asked me where might be convenient.  I suggested Tesco St Helens.. just a five mile drive in the opposite direction.

 

"They're showing as closed". 

 

" Biggest Tesco for miles around.. closed at noon on a Tuesday?"

 

"That's what it says here....  How about Asda St Helens? "

 

I agreed.

 

"You can have the machine until 6:00 p.m. tomorrow....."

 

"Thank you".

 

Miracle of Miracles!! Not only was the machine there.  It was brand new and unused....

 

I'm wondering whether to give the bedroom carpet a second go...

 

 

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Go for it , I think they owe it to you DJ

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This is the problem with hiring stuff. I borrowed a two stroke post hole borer recently and spent half the morning getting it to work by stripping the carb and retuning it. I once hired a mini digger and a dumper truck. The truck, being diesel, was difficult to turn over and wouldn't start. Just then the vicar turned up and asked if he could help. "Get on your knees and pray whilst I turn the handle" I said. He did just that; I swung the handle and it started! We were both surprised and he almost had a convert! :biggrin:

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Went for my scan this morning and went back this afternoon for the results with the oncologist. The only thing was ( apart from the muck up with my appointments) the results hadn't arrived. He phoned the radiology dept and got the results by word and relayed them to me. Everything ok , the mark on my lungs has disappeared ( relief). He's not happy that he did not give me the written results so I have to go back on Monday then he will explain everything to me. He still wants me to have scans every 3-4 months though. My folder is getting fuller by the months. As I said to him " I can now breathe" yes he said I could see you were a bit anxious. 

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Brilliant news nonna. I'm really pleased for you. Yippee ! thumbsup

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Really happy for you, nonna.... I bet you feel a sense of relief xx

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Great news Nonna ! Happy for you. Beekay.  :yahoo:

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Fantastic news Nonna, well done.  

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Really good news nonna.................     thumbsup BUT it does NOT mean you don't have to take things easy!.............  Chill out, you know it makes sense..  ;)

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Exactly.  Take it easy Nonna.. you need to take time out to enjoy your good news. :)

 

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Yesterday I 'Rug Doctored' the interior of my car.  Then, after she'd spent about 40 minutes emptyiing it of all the crud she fills it with, I did the same with Mrs Col's car.  A chap on my other favourite site commented that he'd 'have to shovel the gravel out', before cleaning his wife's car.  Mrs Col's was like the result of an unholy congress between a compost heap and a self-propelled skip.   :Shock:    It's better now...

 

Today I'm expecting delivery of a new bed.  Also going to finish 'rug doctoring' some soft furnishings and the carpet in the hallway.. Actually it's a small porch.. but 'hallway' sounds so much posher..

 

With any luck I may get to cut the grass too... but not with the Rug Doctor..  I'll use a mower.. :laugh:

 

Itching mostly kept at bay.. but I've developed exczema on my hands which is getting very irritating.  Trying to ignore it and hopefully it will settle if I get a few days clear of decorating, cleaning etc.

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