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Does it Work Wednesday
Woolite Rug Stick
By: Lauren Keith

The new Woolite Rug Stick promises to "quickly deep clean" your carpet in high-traffic areas.  i head to a busy home in Charleston, MO for this test.

"This is Grandma and Grandpa's house, and it really is geared towards grandchildren. They come in after a swim and riding horses, so it's a busy place," says daughter-in-law Jami Walker.

And with so many grandchildren, it's no wonder the berber carpet in the Walker's home in is gently worn.

Daughter-in-law, Jami, says the $13 Woolite Rug Stick kit might just be a cheaper way to "quickly deep clean." It certainly is easy to assemble.

" Now I just flip it over and scrub," says Jami.

The track left behind by the Woolite foam looks just like that on the box. Now, it's time to brush up and plush up this carpet.

It's almost like using a mop, but you have to put a little more elbow grease behind it.

"It's easy to use, but if you were going to do a large area, it's going to be a lot of work," she notes.

We don't see a whole lot of difference either ....yet.

"I honestly can't tell a difference," says Jami.

She and I will let this air-dry, while her daughter, Megan, applies the Rug Stick to a small carpeted area rug. It's more plush than the berber.

Almost immediately, we can see a difference on the left side of the rug where Megan brushed on the Woolite Rug Stick.

"It looks a whole lot cleaner on those two sides than the side I haven't touched," says Megan.

So, how's the berber doing?

The directions say to vacuum your carpet once it's dry, even after doing that, there's not a dramatic difference. The fibers are still pretty matted.

"If you don't have access to a steamer, it'd be a good option for area rugs though. Berber carpet---I don't think it did well. I didn't see any improvement, but on the area rug I did," says Jami.

Before I hand out a final grade, it's worth noting,. a few Heartland News viewers emailed me recently saying they love the stain-fighting power of this kit. It's not necessarily marketed for this alone, but an added bonus.

"I'd give it a B to B minus," says Jami.

That said....if you have a plush area rug, I think you'll especially like the Woolite Rug Stick. it cleans away a B minus on this Does it Work test.  I bought it at Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau.

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