I don't normally do product reviews on my blog, but I was so impressed by this one that I had to share it. The product is the Woolite Rug Stick. I've been looking for a long time for an effective way to clean my carpet without having to rent a steamer every week or two. I'd used the foaming cleaners before, but they just weren't cutting it. When I saw the Rug Stick in the store, I decided to give it a try.
The Rug Stick is pretty much what it claims to be-- a stick for cleaning rugs. There is a place in the back to put a can of foaming rug cleaner.
By pulling the rug stick towards you across the carpet, the cleaner is dispensed through a comb like set of nozzles.
The Rug Stick is then turned over, and the scrub brush is used to work the cleaner down into the carpet.
The bristles also act to lift and refresh matted carpet fibers. After the cleaner dries thoroughly, the carpet is vacuumed to remove the dirt and cleaner.
I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the Rug Stick in the store. But, I thought I'd give it a try. The first time I used it, I had a hard time getting the foam cleanser to dispense. Through trial and error, I discovered that moderate pressure must be used to get the can to spray properly. Once I figured this out, my opinion of the Rug Stick improved greatly.
One thing that surprised (and appalled) me was how much dog hair the scrubber was able to remove from my carpet, and right after I'd vacuumed it.
After the first time I used the Rug Stick, I noticed a definite difference in my carpet, and after the third use, my carpet looks almost brand new. Before Katie died, she'd developed kidney problems and therefore sometimes had accidents in the house. This left several badly stained areas near my front door. Using the Rug Stick has greatly diminished the appearance of these stains, and I hope through regular use, they will fade even more.
If there was a con to the Rug Stick, I'd have to say it is the handle. It is lightweight aluminum, and feels so flimsy that every time I use the stick, I'm afraid I'll bend it. But for the price, it is a good value. The suggested retail price is under $20, but I found mine at Wal-Mart for less than $15.
Knowing what I know now about the Rug Stick, would I buy it again? Definitely. It was not meant to be a replacement for regular professional carpet cleaning, but for weekly cleaning it does the job well. In my opinion, it is worth the money.