While regular vacuuming is fine for day-to-day cleaning, deep cleaning is a must if you want to keep your carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and your car’s interior in tip-top condition. Because the cost of professional carpet cleaning can make you raise your eyebrows, many people turn to carpet cleaner rentals.

Walmart’s carpet cleaner rental service lets you clean your carpet, rugs, upholstery for a fraction of the price of professional carpet cleaning.

Here’s what you’ll need to know about Walmart’s carpet cleaner rental service…

In This Article:

  • How to Rent a Carpet Cleaner at Walmart

  • Walmart Carpet Cleaner Rental Price

  • How to Use the Carpet Cleaning Machine Itself

  • How to Use the Upholstery Tool

  • How to Clean the Machine Prior to Returning (Though This Is Not Necessary)

How to Rent a Carpet Cleaner at Walmart

The carpet cleaner rentals at Walmart consist of Rug Doctor self-service kiosks with bright signage that advertises rental options and costs. (Keep in mind these kiosks are separate from carpet cleaning machines on sale in other parts of the store.) Carpet cleaning kiosks in Walmart are generally located in a highly visible area in the front of the store near the customer service desk.

Rug Doctor is an established national company that rents and sells an assortment of quality carpet cleaning machines and carpet cleaning products to consumers. They have partnered with ATV Inc. to provide carpet cleaner rental services in Walmart stores. Find a Walmart store that carries Rug Doctor carpet cleaner rental kiosks here. Note that not all Walmart stores rent Rug Doctors.

Paying for the rental is a snap when you come prepared. When you approach the kiosk, you’ll notice a touch screen. Select the machine you want (many kiosks offer two sizes) and follow the directions on the screen. You will be prompted to enter your personal information, including your name, address, and phone number. You will then be prompted to swipe your credit card, debit card, or Walmart Money Card to pay the rental fee.

Once your card is accepted, the door unlocks, and you can remove a cleaning machine. An email is automatically generated. Rug Doctor cleaners have an all-in-one design that includes a removable tank, a lower tank, upholstery tool, a two-handed adjustable handle, and sturdy wheels. After removing the machine from the kiosk, tilt it back and push forward as you walk.

When returning the machine, enter your information again at the kiosk’s touch screen and place the machine into the storage container.

Note that Walmart does not rent traditional (dry) vacuum cleaners.

Walmart Carpet Cleaner Rental Price

How much to rent a carpet cleaner from Walmart? The cost for a Rug Doctor carpet cleaner is $29.99 for 24 hours, whether at Walmart or a different retailer. If you don’t return the carpet cleaner within the allotted time frame, your debit or credit card will be charged the $29.99 for another day’s rental.

The purchase of cleaning solution for the carpet cleaner will add to your total rental cost. Cleaning solutions range from $5 to $20 and are available for sale above or near the Rug Doctor kiosk. You may choose from a number of commercial carpet cleaning solutions that address your unique needs, such as pet stain removal, heavy traffic solution, stain pre-treatment, and upholstery cleaners.

While some people do use homemade cleaning solutions for professional carpet cleaners, there is no guarantee of good results with DIY recipes. Rug Doctor doesn’t require renters of its machines to use its cleaning solution products, so you are free to use other products. However, you should consider using professional cleaning solutions designed to work with industrial carpet cleaners for best results.

How to Use the Carpet Cleaning Machine Itself

The carpet cleaning machine you rent from Walmart is designed to deep clean carpeting and rugs. It is not recommended for hard floor surfaces, such as tile, linoleum, or wood. Caution should be taken before using a carpet cleaner on braided, hand-loomed, jute, silk, or sisal carpeting or rugs.

Here’s how to use the machine:

Step 1: If your rug has stubborn stains, apply a pre-treatment solution to those areas. Before treating, it’s a good idea to perform a spot test in a hidden corner to ensure the product is safe to use on a larger area. Some pre-treatments have a 24-hour wait period before deep cleaning. Make sure you read the directions to ensure good results.

Step 2: Fill a bucket with two gallons of water. Hot water is recommended. However, if you are cleaning a wool rug, stick to cool water to avoid fiber shrinkage. Fill the carpet cleaning solution’s measuring lid with one-quarter to a half-cup of cleaning solution. The dirtier the rug the more cleaning solution you’ll need. Pour the cleaning solution directly into the bucket of water.

Step 3: Lift the exterior lid of the carpet cleaner. Remove the interior tank and set it aside. You’ll see an empty lower tank. Pour the water-carpet cleaning solution from the bucket into this tank. Replace the tank and securely close the upper lid.

Step 4: Check the connections located on the back of the carpet cleaner. Make sure the main hose and the metal coupler mechanism are securely attached (not loose).

Step 5: Adjust the telescoping handle to your liking and move the machine to your desired starting location. Make sure the switch is set to the carpet setting. Plug the machine into the wall outlet and press the power switch to ON.

Step 6: Press the button located on the top of the handle to start the cleaning process. Keep your finger on the button as you slowly pull the machine backward. The machine will continue to dispense the water and cleaning solution onto the carpet while the button is pushed. Release the button, move the machine forward to the next desired location, and continue the cleaning process by pushing the button and slowly moving the machine backward. Note that these machines only clean using the backward movement. When you move the machine forward, you will need to tilt it back onto its two, rear wheels.

How to Use the Upholstery Tool

While you have the rental machine, you can take advantage of the upholstery tool to clean all your upholstered furniture, such as chairs and sofas. This tool is also useful for cleaning carpeted stairs or the upholstered interior, carpeting of your car.

Step 1: Following the upholstery cleaner bottle directions, mix the cleaning solution with water in a bucket.

Step 2: Remove the machine lid and tank. Fill the lower tank with the solution.

Step 3: Hold the solution coupler down and insert the solution line from the tool into the coupler. Release to secure the connection. Disconnect the hose from the main unit, and connect it to the base of the upholstery tool.

Step 4: Plug the machine into a nearby electrical outlet. Switch the setting to the upholstery setting and turn on the machine.

Step 5: Position the tool at a starting point. Press the switch on the handle and move the tool backward to clean.

Step 6: After you’re done, switch the machine connections back to their original carpet cleaning positions.

How to Clean the Carpet Cleaning Machine Prior to Returning

Before returning the carpet cleaner to Walmart, take the time to empty and clean the machine. There is no penalty for returning an uncleaned machine. However, cleaning helps keep the machines in good working order and other users appreciate renting a clean machine.

Step 1: Remove the top tank and empty the dirty water into a sink, toilet, or tub.

Step 2: Unplug the machine and take it outdoors or to the bathroom tub. Tilt the machine forward to allow any excess dirty water to drain out.

Step 3: Remove the filter located inside of the clear dome and run it under tap water. Check to make sure there’s no remaining residue, dirt, or hair in the filter.

Step 4: Clean the inside of the dome with a damp cloth or paper towel. Replace the filter.

Step 5: Tilt the machine backward and use a napkin to gently clean the underside of the machine and the brushes.

If you used the upholstery tool, bring the machine to a sink or bathtub and spray out the remaining water through the tool. Follow steps two through four.

In Summary

Many Walmart locations provide Rug Doctor carpet cleaning rental kiosks as a money-saving convenience for customers. For $29.99, you can rent a Rug Doctor carpet cleaner for 24 hours to deep clean your home’s rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and the interior of your vehicle. Using a store-bought carpet cleaning solution is optional.