I have a dirty little secret: when trying to choose a new paint colour for our hallway, I had trouble choosing something that would go with our carpet.. a warm colour to go with the dull shade they are in the high traffic spots, or cool to go with the actual shade the carpet is supposed to be?I don’t do a whole lot of cleaning. I like to cook. I like to play with my kids. I do not like to clean. And so I avoid it. You can’t be good at everything, right? I think it should be obvious though, we don’t live in an episode of Hoarders or anything. With two cats and two kids, we do our fair share of cleaning up messes. We have a Bissell Little Green for just that reason and its saved our couch and our carpets more than a couple of times.
So, when I was offered the chance to test out and review the new Bissell Pro Heat 2X, I jumped at it. Hmm.. perhaps this is starting to sound like I’m lying about not cleaning. I should be clear here – I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning, I was looking forward to having clean carpets and I was looking forward to cleaning being easier and less time consuming. And I was really really looking forward to giving my Mum one less excuse to describe my carpets as ‘brownish’.It was a Saturday morning that I gave it a try. Given the distraction with the kids running about and a family brunch event just an hour away, I felt a bit under the gun. The assembly of the cleaner was fairly straightforward. I think I got the thing out of the box and assembled in under 15 minutes, though I did have some help from my hubby in trying to locate our Phillips head screwdriver.
I decided to tackle the most challenging carpet area first, the heavily traveled landing of our staircase. I even got the bright idea to do just half of the area so there’d be a clear ‘before and after’ shot. Hubby says “Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if you did that and the after shot was pristine and lovely and then the whole world could see how disgusting our carpets really are?”. Chuckle, chuckle. Ahem.Following the instructions carefully for heavy use areas, I sprayed with the stain remover first, filled the main tank with water, the little tank with cleaner. I passed over the area with soap twice (forward and back) and then with the water rinse twice. I used the turbo attachment to get the rest of the area, since stairs are hard to manage with an upright like this, and used the crevice tool for the spots where the carpet meets the baseboards.
So, here you have it. The before and after shot, just as hubby suspected. Can you see that line down the middle? The line that shows the dirty grungy un-cleaned side on the right, next to the lovely grey carpet on the left? A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Uh huh. So.. moving on..
Let’s just say that the Bissell Pro Heat 2x kicked butt on my carpet. Given how well the Little Green does on spot cleaning, I had pretty high expectations but I was still surprised at how well the Pro Heat really did. I haven’t ever had the carpets in this house professionally cleaned so I can’t exactly compare, but this is even better than what I’d expect the pros to do. No question, the Bissell Pro Heat 2X can clean the worst of carpets. Now, for a couple of complaints. The cleaner is pretty heavy and it’s a little big. I live in a small house and I’m not really sure where I’m going to store it. And sadly, it doesn’t clean the carpets by itself. I mean, it does such a great job, but, you know, I’m going to have to actually be the one operating the thing. I love what it does but I’m still not super excited about having to do it. I am, however, feeling motivated to work hard to get some clean carpets – my toddler was licking the floors just yesterday. Sigh…
I do have one other dirty little secret: we had guests for lunch the next day, after my testing of the Bissell Pro Heat 2X, and I left the stripe on the carpet. I didn’t have time to finish the rest of the cleaning and felt the urge to tell my guests all about my adventures in carpet cleaning. Don’t worry! I’ll get to it in the New Year along with my resolutions.
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