Product Type: Bissell vacuums
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Bissell Powerwash Deluxe
Member Name: kathboo
Bissell Powerwash Deluxe
Advantages: cleans carpets well, sucks up water
Disadvantages: large and heavy, can't use on stairs
I came across the Bissell carpet cleaner due to rather unfortunate circumstances but I couldn't praise it enough, it was a life saver.
A few months ago, in the middle of the night, the pipe carrying water to my sink burst. Water surged out at such an alarming rate the landing was sodden within minutes. Being a divorced lady who used to leave all technicalities to her husband, I didn't know where the stop tap was. 30 minutes of desperate searching to the background noise of the Niagara Falls, it ewas found and turned off - but the damage had been done. Water had noit only soaked through the upstairs carpets, but it had gone through the ceiling and soaked the downstairs carpets too. The carpets were absolutely saturated and squelched underfoot. There was far too much water to simply soak up and allow to dry.
The following morning I was hoping that things wouldn't look quite so bad in the sombre light of day, but they did. It was at this point that a friend of mine offered to bring their Bissell cleaner round. I was sceptical as to how it could help at this point but I qwas willing to try anything.
She put the cleaner on the carpet, adjusted the setting to 'collect' mode and swiched it on. As it was run over the carpet you could see water been sucked up into the transparent tank. The tank easily unclipped when full, could be emptied into the sink and then replaced. It literally sucked up all the excess water.
The machine needs to be pushed at the correct speed for optimum results, not too fast, not too slow. There is, however, a very helpful series of lights on top of the base of the appliance which indicate if you are pushing it at the perfect speed ( luckily this is reasonably slow!)
After the carpets had dried out a little I decided to try the other setting on the machine and gove them a good clean. After inserting some of Bissell's carpet cleaning product away I went. It didn't take long and simply involved the action of normal vacuuming, but the carpets looked cleaner and in better condition than they did in the beginning. It didn't leave them too wet so after a few hours the carpets were dry, clean, and as good as new.
The machine is very large and heavy. It's not too bad whilst pushing around as this doesn't have to be done at speed, and there is a large firm handle to use. When moving from room to room it does have wheel, but if you need to lift it at any point do be careful, as it Is extremely heavy.
The only thing that would have made this appliance more perfect is if it was possible to use it on stairs or upholstery. As I said, it's ideal for carpets and I wanted to do the rest of the house whilst I had it, but there is no extra function or accessory for doing the stairs. The base is far too large to fit on the stairs and it would be too heavy to carry up them anyway. An accessory to clean fabric furniture would also be a great extra, but for carpet cleaning this is highly recommended.
My friend paid about £150 for this about 18 months ago, but I believe they can be bought for under £100 now. It's a good investment as to have your carpets cleaned professionly costs this amount for ojne cleaning. This machine means you can do it as often as you like. The only thing that puts me off purchasing my own is it's size - I would struggle to store it anywhere tidily. Plus, borrowing one now and again is far better value!
This appliance is a brilliant find - it's just a shame my house had to be flooded in order for me to find it!
Summary: Great for carpet cleaning
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