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With two dogs in the house 24/7, we NEED a powerful carpet cleaner more often than we’d like to admit!
I can’t tell you just how many times I’ve used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up even the toughest of pet stains.
If you’re wondering how it works, and whether or not it’s worth the money, consider this…
We’ve used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up “pet stains” including:
Not to mention how often we use it to clean up “people stains” including:
The best part:
Regardless of how long the stain has been there (…2 hours, 2 days, or 2 MONTHS!) the Bissell Proheat carpet shampooer cleans it up like a champ. I can personally attest to this. I’ve had mine for years!
How The Bissell Proheat Works
Here’s how the Bissell works in 2 simple steps:
#1 – Choose Your Cleaner.
First, you fill up the liquid soap container…
My all-time favorite liquid cleaner for the Bissell Proheat is: Zep Extractor Carpet Shampoo.
I like it because:
- It’s “low-foam”, so it doesn’t gunk up your carpet with soaps or sticky residue.
- It dries quickly.
- It smells good.
#2 – Load It With Water & Start Vacuuming!
Simply fill up the bladder with hot water, and from there — it’s like a typical vacuum cleaner. Just push & pull.
The Bissell Pro-heat works in such a way that every time you depress the trigger on the handle the perfect combination of cleaner and water are sprayed onto your carpet.
For the best effects, you PRESS the trigger as you’re PUSHING the machine over a stain, then RELEASE the trigger as you’re PULLING it back over the same stain. Whenever the Bissell Proheat is not dispensing liquid onto your carpet, it automatically sucks the liquid up from your carpet. It’s really powerful too.
Check Out The Duo-Water Container
The coolest thing about the Bissell Pro-Heat is the fact that the clean water and the dirty water are stored in the same container — clean water remains in the bladder, dirty water surrounds the bladder.
To empty the water, you simply hold the duo water container upside down over the sink, bathtub, or toilet and both the clean and dirty water go right down the drain.
The best part is… regardless of what you’re cleaning up, your hands never touch the yucky water.
Trivial sidenote: The amount of water you choose to start with largely affects the weight of the cleaning machine itself. Therefore, if you’ve just got a small job at hand, you could just fill the bladder partially full. (A great tip, if you plan to carry the Bissell up a flight of stairs or something.)
The photo on the left shows the same spot moments after cleaning with the Bissell Proheat steam cleaner.
It’s a very powerful cleaner. And your reward is the volume of murky dirty water that results after even small cleaning jobs!
While I typically use the entire vacuum cleaner-like machine itself for all stains — large and small — you can also use a number of onboard tools for cleaning up smaller stains, carpeted stairs, etc. The tools have their own small trigger which dispenses the proper amount of cleaning fluid and water, directly onto the spot.
Another great feature is the tiny red button on the back of the machine. It allows you to turn “on” or “off” the internal heating element. When it’s on, you are using the hottest water possible to zap up stains. (Not sure why you’d ever want this to be “off”… it works amazingly with super-hot water.)
It’s Not A Vacuum Cleaner
While the Bissell Pro-Heat Steam Cleaner looks like a normal vacuum cleaner, it is not anything like a vacuum cleaner and it cannot be used to sweep your carpet!
Despite its very powerful suction underneath, it can only suck up LIQUIDS and no solids can get through the tiny holes. (Which is a good thing, since solids would clog the inner workings of this liquid cleaning machine.)
On a related note, you must thoroughly vacuum the area FIRST before you steam clean your carpet. Otherwise, dog fur and other “carpet goodies” will gather underneath and you’ll have to manually wipe off the underside of the machine every few minutes.
It’s The Best Carpet Cleaner In The World!
I’ve had my Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner for over 4 years now, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
I probably use it for spot cleaning at least once a week (dogs!), and I give ALL of the carpet a complete cleaning every 2-3 months.
There hasn’t been a stain that it couldn’t pick up yet… and with 3 dogs, you never know what you might need to clean up next.
No doubt about it, the Bissell Pro Heat carpet cleaner is doggie-approved… it gets a 4-paws rating!
More About Dogs & Cleaning Tips
- Nothing Cleans A House Better… than the Bissell Pro-Heat Carpet Cleaner, TECH Stain Remover, and the Oreck Vacuum Cleaner!
- Home Remedies For Doggie Diarrhea… things you can try at home for treating diarrhea in your dog.
- Dog Neuter Gone Wrong… when pet surgery results in a messy house.
- Parts & Repair Manuals Online …find free owners manuals online, plus my favorite place for ordering repair parts online.
- Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner …this one gives the Bissell a run for its money. (Check out all the comments.)
- Dealing With Dog Smells …how to rid your life of doggie odors that tend to linger.
- Bissell Customer Support …for answers to all of your Bissell repair questions or to find a service center near you.
I like to help people find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Household Tips and Life Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I'm super-organized. And I LOVE to clean! I even enjoy doing laundry (but not ironing). I’m also a lifelong dog owner — so I often share my favorite tips for living with dogs inside your home (like smart home design choices and dog-friendly cleaning & decorating ideas). Career-wise, I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). Prior to that, I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I'm truly passionate about instead. For example, I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. When I’m not cleaning, organizing, decorating, or fixing something… you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).