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Bissell 1200-A Handheld Steam Cleaner

A hand held, compact spot carpet cleaner.

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Just like My Lawnmower, This Will Work To Perfection.

  • Dec 7, 2009
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If you need a little robot to spot clean your carpeting then you can find this at a place even surprised me, and that was at Kohl’s for only $99 on sale. When we found this we already had a full size scrubber at home but this full size model is a pain to dig out and set up when we have this spot scrubber available. This machine does not do the whole floor but it only does spots and stains in a general area.

This is very light compared to the full size that you have to lug around and all you have to do is use a little bit of the solution to get the job done. This will hold ¼ of a gallon of water and we have used this on our carpeting and stairs. This comes with three attachments to help you use this on furniture or on some smaller spots. The basic idea behind this little scrubber is if your kids spill or your pets spot on your carpeting then you just set this and forget this. This is not like the large full size model that takes up  the whole closet you can just place this on the top shelf and this is very easy to use, just fill with solution and water hit the power and let this little genie go to town. This also comes with a very long electric cord approximately a 15’ long.
This comes with it’s own cleaner but I have since used all of what little bit that they give you and have found that you can use just about any type of carpet cleaner that you think works best. I usually use the set it and forget it attitude because this will let me follow up on all of my other chores. There have been times that my grand kids spilled some drinks and all I had to do was go to the closet and grab my little scrubber and set it on the spot and depending how fresh it was would depend on if I had to use the manual option or use the automatic option. If I use the automatic option then it would only last about 15 minutes and I would be done, but if there was a spot still left when the process was finished then I would use the manual operation on the spot and do some vigorous cleaning to get the rest of the spot out.

I usually end up purchasing a twenty dollar bottle of carpet cleaner for this machine that way if I want to do the whole carpeting I would have plenty of solution left for this process. You have to be careful when you go to dump the dirty water because there is no lid there is only a pop off top to keep the dirty water inside of the tank. Of course you will not get up all of the excess water but you will take most of it up and it will be just a little damp when you get done. This will take a little while to dry if you are going to let it dry by itself. But if you use a fan your carpet spot where you just cleaned should be dry in as little as fifteen minutes.

Even though this does make a little bit of noise you should still be able to have a conversation with someone while this is working. This does a sufficient job pulling up all of the dirt out of the stain or spot that is on your carpeting. There is not guarantee that this will remove all stains, and for that matter no machine can do that. But, this does one heck of a job. You will not dissatisfied with the results that you get from this cleaner, I can give this five stars.


Just like My Lawnmower, This Will Work To Perfection. Just like My Lawnmower, This Will Work To Perfection.

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December 07, 2009
Thanks for the review, Harold!  It's so compact that I actually thought it was to steam clothing.  It's impressive that such a tiny little machine can do such a great job, though I still wonder if it clean clothes... :P
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Quick Tip by . December 07, 2009
Clean that spot without getting on your knees and without turning your hands red.
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The SpotBot from Bissell takes care of carpet stains that are new, old, large, small, and everything in between. In one surface stain cycle, the Unique Spiral Brushing action completes over 400 cleaning revolutions, for thorough and effective removal of tough stains. Red wine, cola, fruit juice, coffee, and even pets stains permanently disappear under the powerful cleaning bristles of this compact green cleaning machine. For best results, use Bissell's specially formulated chemicals such as OxyGen II and Little Green Formula.
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