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How did it get to be so far into April already?! It doesn’t seem like it’s been an entire week and a half yet! That’s really code for “How am I so far behind on all the things I was going to do before Spring?!” Spring is a busy time and, as the weather warms up, the last place I want to be is inside cleaning. But I definitely need to wash away winter from my home. We haven’t had a terribly wet winter, but it’s been incredibly windy. I had no idea the wind could blow so much dirt into my home, even when the doors and windows are shut! We’ve had a few nice days too, so we threw those windows open so fast the glass rattled in their panes, and invited more dirt and dust to come on in and settle down in our carpets. Luckily, with the help of my trusty BISSELL Deep Cleaner I got around Christmastime, I’ll banish the dirt and wash away winter for good. This machine is amazing and helps me deep clean my entire home. Here’s how:
3 WAYS I WASH AWAY WINTER
with my BISSELL carpet cleaner
Wash Away Winter strategy #1: Get down and dirty on the floors. Obviously, the purpose of a carpet cleaner is to clean the carpets. I am in love with the Bissell ProHeat 2X and this machine is a master carpet cleaner. It’s easy to use. The set up and clean up are quick and easy. And it’s not any harder than vacuuming. You can see my full review on my post back in December. One of my favorite things about the Bissell line is that they have so many cleaning formulas to choose from. Anything you need cleaned, they have a formula for it; pet stains and odors or deep cleaning solutions that will get rid of the worst odors and stains. My new favorite solution is the Deep Cleaning solution with Febreze. It has the awesome cleaning power I have come to love from the Bissell solutions and the great smell of Febreze. My home smells awesome and my carpets are fluffy and fresh.
I freshened up my family room carpet yesterday and I was once again impressed with the Bissell machine. My very favorite part? Within two hours we were able to walk across the carpet again. In four hours, I was moving the furniture back into place. I didn’t even start my cleaning until after 3pm. I remember my mom cleaning carpets when I was younger and it took ALL DAY LONG to dry. I love that this doesn’t.
Wash Away Winter strategy #2: Take it up top! My instinct tells me to start where it’s dirty and the most obviously dirty places are usually down low, where my kids are. Ah, see the correlation…? Gravity, and children, will naturally make your floors the dirtiest place in just about every room. Your time will be better spent, and your home will end up cleaner, if you start up high though. For me, that means curtains.
I had never really given much thought to how dirty curtains can get until I shook mine out the other day. It was as bad as shaking a rug… that you put your dirty shoes all over and WALK ON! Hanging on my wall. On display. YUUCCK! This is definitely a good time to take the curtains off the windows and wash them. Depending on your curtains, you may be able to throw them in the washer. My curtains are hand wash, line dry. They aren’t fancy and we got them for the black out feature because we have a projector and two giant windows in that room. But I was helping my mom with her drapes the other day and they are dry clean only. Ha. The last thing I had dry cleaned was my wedding dress. If you have heavy or dry clean only curtains and need more of a steam clean, BISSELL Professional Deep Cleaning with Febreze will freshen your curtains and leave them smelling springy fresh. I still cleaned my curtains with the carpet cleaner because I wanted to see if the Scotchgard would help them stay cleaner since we will be leaving the windows open more often. I didn’t think our curtains looked dirty, but they look brighter now. That, and the storm-cloud gray water I dumped from my Bissell, says they were definitely in need of a cleaning.
I just used the hose and handheld tool on my Bissell ProHeat to clean them and my curtains. Super easy. I laid them out on the floor, placed a stack of heavy books on each corner and then cleaned the curtains with the hose attachment. It didn’t take long and the results were great. Word of advice though, lay down some plastic and old towels under the curtains or your floors will be wet afterward.
Wash Away Winter Strategy #3: Freshen up your upholstery. Once again, the hose attachment is amazing. I didn’t use it much after I first got my Bissell machine, because I don’t have stairs in my home, but it has become my favorite feature. Seriously. I have used it to clean up throw up in the middle of the night, urine from potty-training and, just earlier this week, yogurt spilled on my family room floor. The hose is a lifesaver.
And it cleans upholstery. We have a microfiber sofa and love seat we picked up after we moved out of my parents home. It’s not nice and was used when we got it. The poor furniture has seen better days, but they are ridiculously comfortable, so I refuse to part with them. My cleaner is amazing on my microfiber couches. It gets out all the stains my boys have been able to inflict upon our worn sofas and I love that I can pull it out and spot clean if I have a need. It’s so easy to set up the machine that spot cleaning isn’t more work than it’s worth. If you look closely at the photo below, you can see where I stopped cleaning halfway through the job.
Being able to clean these couches with my carpet cleaner has given them a little more life and makes them really easy to keep clean. And, AND, another perk of the hose: you can use it to clean your mattresses! (Like for that middle of the night throw up scenario… true story.) And with the Febreze formula, it gets out the odors that permeate a home with stinky boys and it keeps them out. As I briefly mentioned above, the Bissell formulas come with the protection of Scotchgard too. I love that every time I clean my home, I’m also protecting my home. Wanna see what Scotchgard can do with your own eyes? Check out the difference using a Bissell formula with Scotchgard can have on your carpets in the video below or watch it on YouTube.
BISSELL is giving away two product bundles, including a BISSELL Deep Clean Lift-Off and BISSELL Professional Deep Cleaning with Febreze® Formula! Winners will be chosen at random. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is comment below with your favorite spring cleaning tips. You can leave your email address as well, so BISSELL can contact you in case you win. BISSELL is responsible for winner selection and prize distribution.