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Should I fix/put up with my Hoover PowerScrub Deluxe or buy a Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3?
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Post# 998314   6/25/2018 at 00:22 by superocd (PNW)        

Used my PowerScrub Deluxe the other day and discovered that the brushes on the bottom wouldn't turn. Ah, I've been down that road before. Another broken turbine, the mechanism that drives the brushes in most Hoover carpet cleaners via the exhaust air from the suction motor. I've replaced it once before after the warranty ended. It's not that expensive ($35 on eBay) it's just that it's a little annoying for it to break (about eight months after Turbine #1 was replaced). A couple more of those and I would have spent what I paid for the Hoover (bought it on sale for around $120). It seems that moisture ends up into the casing of the turbine assembly and wrecks the bearings (seized by rust). I actually take the time to detach the brush unit from the bottom to clean/dry it after each use in addition to wiping down the bottom of the machine.

My other beef is that the extraction isn't that great. The carpets aren't left sopping wet but they are a little more than damp (I have the ubiquitous fluffy white carpet). The upholstery tool that you use on furniture or on your car's carpet or upholstery doesn't have the greatest suction and the sprayer makes a bit of a mess.

So, I've been thinking...I've never used or rented a Rug Doctor but I figured that those machines must be pretty rugged to be used in hundreds of people's homes year in and year out. From a quick glance, the Mighty Pro X3 seems like the exact same models of the red ones they rent out in the stores. The performance of these seem awesome based on some of the videos I've seen on YouTube. One guy used a Mighty Pro X3 to clean the thoroughly trashed carpets in one of his rentals (beige carpet turned black) and the results were very awesome. The carpet, which looked like a certain total loss before the cleaning, looked brand new.

I've been thinking about buying an X3 and setting my Hoover out to the curb, once and for all. The Hoover is not a bad-performing machine but it could be better and it certainly is not a sturdy machine able to last a decade, let alone past the warranty period. I'm just wondering what your opinions are on the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3? Is it really of the same caliber as the commercial-grade machines they rent in stores? Anyone on here own one? Does anyone think I could get a decade or more out of it, or at least more than five years (or past the typical pathetic "just outside of the one-year warranty"?

Is it a good unit? Should I buy one or am I better off saving my $400 and giving my Hoover one last chance?

Post# 998324 , Reply# 1   6/25/2018 at 03:30 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Bissell Revolution

That thing works amazingly well!
Surprising, for a modern "crap"

Post# 998406 , Reply# 2   6/26/2018 at 00:16 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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I used a Rug Doctor for one of my janitor jobs I had and I don't think it works that well, worse yet, it is VERY LOUD! You need hearing protection. I might consider going to a janitor supply web site like and consider a commercial carpet cleaning machine, it will cost more money but might hold up better than a consumer model. I don't have one, but that's because I have very little carpet and I don't have time right now to make a business of it.


Post# 998417 , Reply# 3   6/26/2018 at 06:24 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

One alternative to consider--hire a truckmount cleaner.These have MORE suction recovery power than ANY portable home cleaner machine.I tried using one--AWESOME!!!!It is a Pro-Chem APEX model their TOL unit.The engine does 3 main functions on this unit-A Kubota 32 Hp 4 Cyl diesel.It runs the suction pump,solution pump and heats the cleaning solution.Both the supply,recovery tanbks are in the truck along with the chemical supply tank.An inline filter in the 2 " hose filters out coarse dirt and fluff so those don't clog the in truck filter and tanks.The system has other wands and floor tools for various carpet types and hard floors.

Post# 998496 , Reply# 4   6/26/2018 at 23:45 by superocd (PNW)        

My carpets aren't actually dirty, I clean them for a hygiene/maintenance thing if anything. My wife and I never wear shoes in our homes (neither does the visitors) and it certainly helps that we don't have kids or pets.

I've thought about hiring a carpet cleaning service but a few of those calls would buy me a $1K+ commercial extraction machine. My biggest concern is that I am very leery about letting people and their equipment into my home when it would be anyone's guess what kind of environment they and their equipment had been used in (if you can't tell already, I have major OCD). That 100 foot hose, what kind of filth did it rub against? Their shoes? Are they bringing in bed bugs? That kind of thing.

I do HVACR for a living. I think some of my OCD has something to do with what I've seen and smelled, like the home I encountered yesterday. Chronic smokers and their accident-prone, shedding dogs lived there and fleas/flies galore. Their 24-year-old American Standard 3-ton heat pump finally kicked the bucket (last filter change might have been in 2001, the A-coil was buried under a lump of dust. That thing would have been otherwise indestructible, but for the conditions and lack of maintenance, it survived way longer than it should have because they said they never had it serviced. They were quick to say that their bills were well over $500/month, go figure). The very next call was a house like mine. Clean, spotless, immaculate, smelled wonderful. If only the lady knew where I had been before her call she would have refused me entry, and I wouldn't have blamed her because I could totally relate.

With some of the houses I've been in, like the one I described, nothing feels better than scrubbing away that gross feeling, tossing my uniform in my wash and kicking back in my sanitized, germ-free home and forgetting about it all.

Post# 998523 , Reply# 5   6/27/2018 at 07:22 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        
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Post# 998525 , Reply# 6   6/27/2018 at 07:37 by dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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I had a Hoover steam-vac for many years and I gave it up because I felt that it was leaving too much water behind, maybe due to age. I recently switched to my Kirby vacuum shampooer which I never used because I felt the Hoover was better. I like yourself only clean the carpet for peace of mind-sake and it seems to do a pretty good job and dries in half the time.

I would do research and consider the different types of machines out there. I feel the shampoo method leaves my carpet softer too.

Post# 998636 , Reply# 7   6/28/2018 at 00:49 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        
Re Neptunebob

If I had to use one of those Hoover lazy crap, you can be sure in 5 minutes i'd freak out and break it in pieces.

Bissell has something similar, but visibly much stronger (and faster)

Anyway, it's very far from being "decent" to my standards.

Post# 998644 , Reply# 8   6/28/2018 at 02:44 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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Thomas, what about the rug doctor compared to a commercial machine like the Trusted Clean. I really didn't find the rug doctor did much anyway.

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