Friday, February 10, 2012

How to Use Bissell® Rug Cleaner

By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Bissell® rug cleaner
Kitchen sink with a strainer
Toilet or large laundry sink 

How do you clean your living room rug?

This post show the 30-step by step instructions on how to use the Bissell® rug cleaner for their personal home

Thirty steps to a clean rug. 

Step 1: Start out by moving your furniture to another area if possible.
Step 2: Vacuum the carpet area that needs cleaning.
Step 3: Use the recommended amount of soap in the instruction otherwise you will void the guarantee for your machine.
Step 4: If you are not sure read the instruction on how to fill the soap dispenser.
Step 5: With your foot, press the handle release lever on the back of the machine and lay handle down toward you to access the tank fig.2.
Fig.2 Laying flat
Step 6: Fig.2a shows the removed the tank from the base of the machine by lifting the tank carry handle.
Fig.2a Water bucket
Step 7: Carry like a bucket to the sink Fig.3 and move the handle toward the back of the tank to unlatch the lid.
Fig.3 Bucket
Step 8: Now fill the middle water tank.
Step 9: Fig.4 hot water is being applied to the internal water tank named the bladder.
Fig.4 Water bladder
Step 10: Fig.5 and fig.6, in front of the machine is the detergent container that will need to be filled.
Fig.5 Flow wheel
Fig.6 Soap container
Step 11: When the rug cleaner is running, press the water flow lever, see fig.7 to allow the water and detergent to go onto the carpeting.
Fig.7 Carpeting
Step 12: The red spinner (plus sign) will spin which shows an ample water applied to the rug area.
Step 13: Notice the cap is attached for maintenance of the spinner area, once in a while hair or dirt particles will enter and need to be removed. 
Step 14: Now that the bladder is full, return the container to the machine area. 
Step 15: Close the lid and pull up the unit handle. 
Step 16: Fig.8 shows to turn on both switches on the back of the machine.
Fig.8 Both switches are on

Step 17: Push the Bissell® forward and back to clean the rug.
Step 18: Fig.9 shows the process is to drive the rug cleaner one way, then turn around and do another run, slightly over the other clean stroke and repeat until the tank runs dry.
Fig.9 Cleaning rug
Step 19: When the red spinner doesn't move that indicates the bladder tank is dry and the excess water in the tank needs to be dumped into a large sink.
Step 20: Next step is to remove the tank from the unit, bring it to a sink or toilet and remove the top and empty the tank slowly into the toilet or sink. 
Step 21: Fig.10 the dirty water, and in fig.11 the water is being drained into the toilet.
Fig.10 Dirty water
Fig.11 Into toilet
Step 22: Its larger than a sink and the toilet has a larger diameter drain than a sink.
Step 23: Once that is done, go back to the sink and clean out the top of the tank and the bladder by rinsing it in the sink.
Step 24: Place a screen in the sink so the carpet fibers and gunk will not go into your sink pipes.
Fig.12 Bladder tank
Step 25: The process of removing dirty water and filling the water bladder tank fig.12 many times until the carpet is cleaned.   
Step 26: Fig.13 and fig.14 show the progression of cleaning a carpet, notice the clean carpet lines.
Fig.13 Clean carpet
Fig.14 Living room
Step 27: After the carpet is clean, remove as much water as possible from the rug by ruing the rug cleaner.
Step 28: You can see the water being sucked out of the carpet and that will decrease the drying time if you can remove that water. It takes practice, but it's worth the additional trouble to get the job done correctly.
Step 29: Fig.15 and see that the unit parts are clean.
Fig.15 Clean water tank
Step 30: The last step is to clean the tank and unit off and put it away for next time, I have my unit in the front coat closet near my vacuum cleaner.  Enjoy your new clean carpet and now your home is all ready for spring parties.

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