How Much Does a Rug Doctor Cost?

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The Rug Doctor, said to be the global leader in professional DIY deep carpet cleaning, offers carpet cleaning rentals at more than 40,000 retail locations such as Walmart and even

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How much does it cost to rent a Rug Doctor?

The Rug Doctor can either be purchased or rented by the day at a local retailer.  Usually, the machine can be rented for 24 hours.

As for rentals, be prepared to pay around $30 to $40 per 24 hours.  The costs will depend on the retailer you rent from, the size of the cleaner and the current promotion being held.  This rental price, however, will be for the machine online and won’t include the detergent required to clean the carpets.  If you were to buy the detergent Rug Doctor offers, this could add another $15 to $20 to the total price, effectively bringing the price to $45 to $60 for the day.

If you do decide to purchase one, be prepared to spend anywhere from $200 to as much as $500 on a cleaner, depending on the model and where it’s purchased.

For example, on, the highest rated Rug Doctor carpet cleaners retail for $230 to $400.

DurationAverage Price
4 hours (minimum)$20
24 hours (per day)$30
7 days (week)$120
31 days (monthly)$360

On this forum thread, members talked about the prices they had paid for a Rug Doctor at their local retailers.  One member paid $20 at a local Safeway when using a coupon, while another paid $40 after buying the detergent at their local Kroger store.

Menards, for example, charges an average of $29.97 per day at their stores, but this price, according to the fine print, can vary by store.

At Walmart, Safeway, Albertsons and similar retailers, the prices are similar to Menards, from what we researched.

Rug Doctor overview

To rent a machine at your local retailer, you will need two forms of identification, which can include your driver’s license, a passport, government ID, student ID, credit card or store checking cash card.  The machines, usually located near the customer service desk, will more than likely have a touch screen, where you will go through all of the steps to rent your machine.

Each rental will come with an upholstery hand tool but no cleaners.

What are the extra costs?

Detergents and other cleaning solutions may be required, particularly in extreme cleaning scenarios such as urine or deep stains.  Most of these cleaning solutions, if purchased from the official company, will cost $13 to $20 per 64-ounce container or close to $7 for an eliminator spray.

Failing to return the machine after 24 hours can lead to additional late fee charges.

A deposit will be required at most retailers, usually around $50; however, like any deposit, it will be returned once you bring the machine back in its original condition.

Tips to know:

The Rug Doctor is offered at more than 40,000 locations, and to find your nearest location, you can use their official search engine.

How can I save money?

There is almost always a coupon available on the official website or somewhere online.  Be sure to look out for these coupons before reserving your carpet cleaner to save money.

According to our comparisons, the Rug Doctor does have its own cleaning solutions you can purchase on the official website; however, they can be bit pricier than other brands.  Be sure compare other cleaning solutions to see what works best for your budget.

The longer your rent the cleaner, the more you will be able to save.  Generally, once you start renting for longer than a week, you can start to save up to $20+ per day.

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