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Can I use cleaning formulas other than the BISSELL brand? It`s possible to use others, but we recommend against it. Our formulas contain no dyes, phosphates or optical brighteners, and will produce optimal cleaning performance when used in combination with BISSELL carpet cleaning machines.
BISSELL offers four different formulas specifically designed for use with the Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine®: Advanced, Pet, Oxy and Allergen. BISSELL also offers a Heavy Traffic® Pre Cleaner, to penetrate oily soils and loosen deep carpet stains.
You don`t have to use the Bissell solution, but it is optimized for use in their machines. This means it won`t streak, leave residue, need to be rinsed, or leave buildup in your machine.
Bissell Pro Oxy Power Spot

Bissell cleaners always top our stain removal tests, and we like that their oxy formulas lighten and remove stains (like brown coffee) in only five minutes and continue to clean even after blotting with a damp cloth.

You`ll want to use a solution that effectively breaks down dirt without damaging the fibers. Synthetic fibers can usually tolerate solutions with a pH level from 0 to 10. Natural fibers are a bit more delicate. So, clean them with solutions that are closer to the middle of the pH scale.
Can I use cleaning formulas other than the BISSELL brand? BISSELL does not recommend using ANY cleaning products other than BISSELL specified products in our carpet washers.
Laundry Detergents aren`t Formulated for Carpet Cleaning

Of course not! Cleaning solutions are specifically formulated to clean and not damage the machines they`re used in and the material they`re treating. Laundry soap is designed to be used in washing machines to clean clothing.

A: Yes it can be used as a vacuum without water.
On page 3 of the User`s Guide it plainly states: “Never put descaling , aromatic, alcoholic or detergent products into the steam cleaner, as this may damage it or make it unsafe for use.” White vinegar is considered a “descaling” product.
Using the marks on the inside of the formula cap, add 7 oz of BISSELL 2X formula to tank. Add water to the tank until you reach the original formula fill line. The next time you fill your tank, use the new fill lines instead of measuring the formula. For more help, download a template.
A: No. It specifically says in the instructions not to use anything except for the solution(s) that are made for the Crosswave.
DIY carpet cleaner (for machines): 1/4 C vinegar + 4 Tbsp dish soap + 4 Tbsp fabric softener + 1/4 C hydrogen peroxide. Stir gently, then add mixture to an almost full gallon of very warm water. Then slowly add warm water to top it off. Gently tip the jug back & forth to mix (avoid suds and bubbles).
Make a cleaning solution of 1-2 teaspoons Figgy & Co. Home cleaning castile soap with 1L tap water. This is your cleaning solution to use in your Bissell. You don`t need to use more than this amount of soap.
Mix 1 teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent into 1 cup of lukewarm water and put into a spray bottle. Spray the area with the solution. (NOTE: Do not use laundry detergent or automatic dishwasher detergent, as both contain chemicals that could damage your carpet.)
Hot water loosens and softens dirt more quickly, making it easier to remove, and it also helps to kill bacteria. That`s why we recommend filling up your carpet cleaner`s tank with warm water. Some BISSELL Carpet Cleaners also use HeatWave technology to keep the water hot throughout the cleaning process.
Mix 1 part liquid fabric softener with 5 parts water, mist the carpet lightly with a spray bottle. Then, let it dry. You may want to repeat every couple months.
Most steam cleaners are designed to be used without detergent, so stick to water only with these. Some models, on the other hand, can be used with detergent – follow the manufacturer`s instructions.
Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar and pour in your carpet cleaner`s reservoir tank. Clean your carpets as per your cleaner`s instructions. Yes, vinegar might leave a temporary pickle smell in your home but it dissipates and disappears as your carpets dry.
Your dirty water tank may not be secured tightly. Check the rubber tab on the dirty water tank and press firmly on all edges to secure it tightly. The accessory hose door also needs to be closed securely. Check the door and make sure it is locked in place.
You can try using 1 cup of white vinegar in your Bissell Spot Cleaner. Pour in the Vinegar, then fill the rest of the Bissell Spot Cleaner tank with hot tap water. Just be sure to follow normal safety guidelines that go with using vinegar as a cleaner.
Fill the reservoir with one part white vinegar to two parts distilled water. Run the steamer until about half of the solution is gone. 2. Let the water cool down completely, then empty the steamer.
Besides vinegar, baking soda can also be used in the Bissell powersteam pro carpet cleaner. This solution is great for removing pet odors, which can be embarrassing to visitors and unpleasant for residents. It is a great alternative to cleaning solutions that contain harmful chemicals.
Yes, you can add other multi-surface cleaners or vinegar except it is recommended that during your warranty period to use the Bissel multi-surface cleaner to not void the warranty. Just make sure that after every use you thoroughly clean all parts to avoid clogging the spray nozzle.

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Bissell Quicksteamer I have a Bissell Quicksteamer that is about 5 years old. I went to use it today and hardly any solution was coming out. I could see it suctioning up what little came out, so I took it apart and cleaned it thoroughly. I tried to use again and no solution is coming out. Everything seems to being working just fine. Thanks
ANSWER : Here’s a kinda kick yourself quick fix that might be helpful, I took my whole machine apart all the way to the motor to come to realize that the small rubber piece that cover the tip of the water container was jammed in the hole you slip the water tank in. Blocking the tip of the water tank from releasing water, so make sure your rubber tip on the water tank is securely in place displacement can block water release. ( If you don’t see a rubber piece at the tip of your removable water tank its mostly stuck in the area below the tanks resting area.) Good luck!!!

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I have an older model Bissell rug shampoo machine, model # 1631. I have several bottles of Bissell 5 One carpet formula to use in this machine, however I have lost the measuring bottle that tells me the amount of soap solution to use per 64 oz. bottle of water. I sure would appreciate if you could help me.
ANSWER : I have a older mod. Bissell carpet machine plus mod. 1630-5 and need a floor nozzle part num.013-6194 and grip tube w/button part num.014-4181 and trigger part num.010-9406 and tube

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Bissell I inherited the Bissell Model 790 Steam Vac. No solution will come out. Apparently it’s clogged somewhere as the previous owner appeared to have used it to vacumn up a powdered carpet cleaner. How do I resolve this problem as the machine is barely used and I would like to salvage it.

Thank you

ANSWER : Check the belts first, if ok, does water squirt out of the hose nozzzle, if it does then the heate in the handle asm. is clogged where the tubes hook up to it. If no water squirts out, the the pump isn’t working. Pull the top cover off, check all tubes to make sure there is no clog. Make sure the tubes are routed right so as not pinch one, also make sure the piston is mounted on the smart mix knob. and the knob is in the water setting before putting the cover back on. The cap for the flow indictor is leaking are or screwed on too tight. The seal at the bottom of the tank is not on the tank and is missing or sitting in the hole where the water goes.

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I purchased a Pro Heat self propelled Bissell rug cleaner model 7950 from Target wherehouse on 4-26-06. I used it once and all was fine. The next time that I went to use it the smart mix for the cleaning formula would not dispense formula.I called Bissell consumer services and was told to take it to Starks Vaccumn in Sherwood, Or. That was on 10-30-06 They said that it was working so I tried it again and not a drop of formula was or has been used since.I took it back 2-13-07 and the replaced the
ANSWER : I assume that it is spraying water? Is the smart mix knob turning freely from one point to the end? If not then there is a problem with the smart mix asm. With liquid in the soap bottle, push the valve in to see if liquid comes out ok, couild be that the valve is bad. Is the seal on the valve at the bottom of the bottle, it has to be on that and not just sitting in the hole. You might try running a mix of water and vinegar thru it, maybe it is clogged up.

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We have a Bissell Proheat Cleanshot 2X Model 9500 Steam carpet cleaner. The first time we used it things were great. The second time we used it it left tracks in the carpet. We have no idea what caused this. We tried using the machine on an entirely different carpet and it did the same thing. After vacuuming the carpet about 10 or 12 times, the tracks are still embedded in the carpet – HELP!!!! We’re read and reread the manual and contacted customer service and received no help.
ANSWER : First things first. It’s only the second time you have used the machine, so it must be fairly new. If you have a receipt and the unit is less than a year old you should take it to an authorized Bissell repair center and have the machine inspected under warranty.
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.Otherwise, The jets on this unit clog easily, there are two of them and you can locate them under the recovery tank towards the front of the machine, and blow them out with an air compressor. To prevent the jets from clogging in the future make sure to flush all shampoo out of the machine with clean water when done using it. That is most likely your problem.
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.If it is leaving black streaks on your carpet it could be coming from a burnt belt or melted brushroller part, in which case inspect the belts and brushrollers and replace the damaged pieces.
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.I hope this helped
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.Good Luck

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Solution? what solution do I use for the steamer? or can I just use water?
ANSWER : You can use water only or add any extract chemical

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My bissell proheat is 1 year old and has been used twice. It is cleaned after each use. I went to use it and it will not spray
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When I was putting my new rug shampooer together and the directions said to press the trigger and the clean surge button until I heard a snap, I did just that many times and never did hear a snap so I thought it had likely happened and I didn’t hear it so I proceeded to fill the solution tank and get busy but no solution came out so I used the clean surge button instead and got the job done (I think). Can I continue to use it that way or is there a way I can get it to snap and use it the way it
ANSWER : My husband figured it out and it now works great! Thank you

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