This post is sponsored by Bissell. I was provided with product and compensation for this review; however, I pinky swear and cross my heart that all opinions and content are my own, 100% honest and original.
Christmas is quick approaching! Next week, can you believe it?! If you’re anything like me, you’re running around crazy with last minute preparations and a to-do list longer than your days and your nights are filled with wrapping gifts and deep cleaning. Anyone else out there? It can’t just be me! And, apparently I wasn’t busy enough with three boys, a husband who has traveled more of the past three weeks than not, and all the holiday hullabaloo I seem to get myself into, so we have had at least half a dozen illnesses run a muck through our home in the last two months! I am so sick of my family being sick!
It’s the perfect time of year to get rid of the things you no longer need, use or want in your home, nasty germs and bugs included. The kids are on winter break now and I am determined to rid our home of things that make us sick. It has, admittedly, been much longer than it should have been since the last good deep cleaning. I’ve opted to try and avoid the post holiday clutter and mess by doing a little prep work before! So, when I was offered the chance to try out the BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner with Scotchgard Protector solution I pretty much jumped at the opportunity… because I wanted to steam those pesky little germs right outta here! And partly because I have three boys, and that equals dirty carpets… but mostly for the germs! And a little bit for the dirt.
With Scotchgard, you can help prevent stains before they even happen. So, when your mother-in-law calls two days before Christmas and announces they’ll be in town, you can invite her right over with a promise that the carpets are clean enough to eat off of! Or when tipsy Aunt Lisa spills her red wine on New Year’s Eve, Scotchgard’s 2X Professional Deep Cleaning Formula has got your carpets protected. I imagine that’s somewhat akin to grape juice and my toddlers, no? Thank goodness for white grape juice (and wine?)!
So, let’s get to the nitty gritty here. The actual machine. You now know you should want one… here’s what it can do, just to cement that yearning in your heart a little more. I decided to tackle my dining room.
And since you’re thinking it… why, yes, I do live on a mini golf course. Seriously. Green carpet. Did you hear that? I know it’s hard to get past the green, but I was actually referring to the second part. Carpet. In the dining room. Helllloo, who puts carpet in a dining room?! Not someone with three little boys, I’ll tell you that much. However, I find myself feeding my kids in a carpeted dining room at least a million times a day. One day, I will replace it with Pergo or a nice fancy hardwood floor, but until that day I have carpet in my dining room. Which is synonymous for “I have food smashed deep into my dining room floor.” Time to change that… at least for Christmas. So I cleared out the table, chairs and other easily movable furniture, vaccuumed for the first time in days (although it looked more like years) and got ready for some deep cleaning.
The Bissell ProHeat 2x Upright Cleaner was super easy to use. I have never before in my life used a steam cleaner and have only seen my mother do it a handful of times. The ProHeat’s instructions were descriptive, but not confusing and the illustrations were clear and understandable. It was a total breeze to fill the internal bladder compartment with Bissell’s cleaning solution and the water tank was easy to latch, lift and maneuver, carry and ultimately get it placed back onto the machine correctly. It took me between five and ten minutes to get the machine prepped for cleaning (after I read the instructions, which took at least that long because my kids could sense I was trying to actually be productive and do something. Ever read with a two-year-old tapping the back of your book?).
Running the machine was almost as easy as filling it! If you can vacuum, you can steam clean with the Bissell ProHeat. Seriously, it was that easy and familiar. The trigger handle was easy to use, even with my small hands. I didn’t feel like I was out of control at all. The entire machine is relatively light and easy to maneuver. I daresay it was even fun… kinda like when you get a new washer and dryer. All of a sudden, I want to steam clean everything. And the Scotchgard 2x Professional Deep Cleaning Formula smells great, making this even more enjoyable. I was a little bit worried that the solution would make my house smell like a chemical plant, but it left my home smelling clean and not like a cleaner. A lot like laundry, without all the folding and ironing. People still iron, right?
About an hour and a half after I started, I stood admiring the cleaner’s patterns in my fresh carpet. And then I turned around and saw that I had reached the part I was absolutely dreading. Clean-up. I was horrified that I’d have to untangle gobs of carpet fuzz and hair from the bristles and that it would be nearly impossible to get it nice and clean. Guys, guess what? All I did was run hot water through it to clean it out and then I pulled out a few fuzz balls. That’s it. It took me twenty minutes to get everything cleaned out, rinsed out, put away and ready to store. That’s totally do-able! I didn’t need any special tools or cleaners and the machine wasn’t leaking water all over the floor afterward.
One other thing that totally impressed me with the Bissell ProHeat 2x Steam Cleaner was that it only took my carpets a few hours to dry! I had the entire room put back together before dinner time. I often fail to err on the safe side and jump the gun, but definitely within 6 hours or so, the carpet was dry. I did have the sun shining in from one window, but I was still impressed I didn’t have to pull out the fans and blow the room dry overnight. I remember hating when my mom cleaned the carpets at home because they would be wet FOREVER and the TV was then out of commission for The. Whole. Day. My boys were pretty disappointed when they didn’t get to eat in the family room because the dining room carpet was already dry… and I almost cried at the thought of all that food they were potentially going to drop all over my clean floors, but they did great. I’d call that a good day.
A successful first time use of a product for me comes when I say, “yeah, I’ll get that back out and use it again.” And I already have plans for my family room next week… I might discover it’s a good thing I started in the small room, but my family room will have fresh and fluffy carpet for Christmas if I have my way. I’m excited to try Bissell’s other cleaning formulas and am seriously wondering if the 2X Pet Stain & Odor Formula will get rid of the “boy” smell that seems to be seeping out from under my boys’ bedroom door. A momma can hope, right?
You can save $1.00 on Bissell’s cleaning formulas with the coupon below and it’s good until the end of next July, so clip that baby and tuck it away for whenever your Spring Cleaning Fever hits. It feels even cleaner when you know it was a dollar cheaper and then you can splurge on that candy bar in the check out line. See what I did there, I just practically gave you free chocolate… or whatever might be your poison of choice. So, what are you waiting for? Clip that coupon!