03-02-2006, 10:37 AM
<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/73724/carpet_cleaner_002.jpg"></center><p>Bought the Bissell Little Green on a few recommendations here and on line. I'd say it's ok, maybe even good if you factor in the +/- $90 purchase. Other machines to do this job can be very pricey. Did a friends car and wifes and was moderately impressed. Wasn't going to do mine because, well, of course my car is kept immaculate. Always vacuumed, washed 1+ times per week, you know the deal. My car is two years old and although looking like new to me before there was in fact deep dirt that was pulled out. Bissell sells different cleaners and scents and actually the one I used makes the car smell new too. Overall rating: worth doing. Thanks to you who helped with input a few weeks ago.
03-02-2006, 10:39 AM
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03-03-2006, 06:59 AM
without looking at the water heater right now. Then you turn on the heater on the Bissell and it only seems to run a very short while. I think the final temp changes little from the tap temp so I'd call it 125-140.
03-03-2006, 07:16 AM
My brother boils some water when he uses his. What did you pre treat with?
03-03-2006, 10:10 AM
the bissell cleaner in the first thread and let it spray while it vacuumed, all one step. I was under the impression that if you have water that is too hot you can wweaken the carpet binding etc. I assumed that was why this Bissell seemed to be only slightly raising the temp over the 125-140 max tap temp I was putting in. I do know steam cleaners are not a good idea so there is a safe upper limit on the temp. Don't want to go too hot.
03-03-2006, 10:58 AM
There's a growing school of thought that says why on earth are you forcing steaming water at high pressure into the roots of your carpet? Which is only nylon and foam, and uses glue to hold itself together? And do you really think you can ever get all that cleaner and moisture back out again?
As far as "deep dirt", just pull out your mats every so often and bang them against a phone pole. You'll loosen up all kinds of stuff and it will come flying out, no technology needed. In between, vacuuming with a halfway decent shop vac will get the obvious stuff.
At least this is starting to make sense to me.
03-03-2006, 03:08 PM
pressure, just sprayed. It's a carpet cleraner not a steamer. Big difference. I agree with you, avoid the steamer and high pressure. I plan on using this infrequently too because i do keep it clean with a really nice vacuum on a regular basis.
03-03-2006, 05:06 PM
I just use that foam in a spray can and rub it around with a sponge.
03-04-2006, 03:57 AM
The water is basically as hot as you want it to be, or not. No Steam. The spray is gentle, certainly not "high pressure". I've been using one for years, and I can say with certainty that unless the glue holding your carpet fibers together is water soluble (and what carpet glue would be?) there is zero danger of any damage in that respect. I agree that the vacuum will not pull 100% of the water and detergent out. No cleaning method is perfect, including this one. You're using foam in a can that you scrub with a sponge. Where is that going? I've used that kind of stuff and it seems to me <i>most</i> of it stays in the carpet. I could never figure out where the dirt was actually going. At least with the Bissells you know its being pulled out by the vacuum because you can see it in the waste water. I'm confident that the Bissell machines remove FAR more dirt than any spray-and-scrub type liquid or foam cleaner. As long as you avoid oversaturation and don't scrub so hard that you damage the fibers, I think the Bissells are an excellent option.
03-04-2006, 05:27 AM