Thread Number: 35006  /  Tag: Recent Vacuum Cleaners from past 20 years
Bissell Lift-Off Deep Cleaner - Tank yellowing
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Post# 377401   8/28/2017 at 23:23 (356 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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I've owned this deep cleaner for over 5 years, and have just discovered this issue today.

Today I went to clean up some cat vomit stains using this machine in portable mode, and I found something peculiar. When I removed the clean water tank to fill it up, I noticed that it was starting to turn yellow around the back and sides!

Now, I clean this machine thoroughly after each use and let everything air dry before storage. I have no idea how this happened.

Is this a normal occurrence with Bissell machines, or just wet vacuums in general?

I am uploading a couple pics below, taken with my phone, an iPhone 6s Plus. The yellowing doesn't really show up with its camera, but it's a lot more pronounced in person.

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Post# 377600 , Reply# 1   8/30/2017 at 16:12 (354 days old) by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Reminds me of some retro game systems with crap plastic.

Post# 377981 , Reply# 2   9/6/2017 at 15:32 (348 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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What do retro game systems have to do with this? I'm talking about a carpet cleaning machine here.

Post# 378011 , Reply# 3   9/6/2017 at 18:26 (347 days old) by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        
Calm your jets down...

I was making a comparison.

Post# 378015 , Reply# 4   9/6/2017 at 19:32 (347 days old) by HVRVACLVR (Altoona PA)        

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Must be common with wet vacuums, my Floormate's clean water tank has yellowed. and all of my rug scrubbers (portable and uprights) have done this too.

Post# 378095 , Reply# 5   9/8/2017 at 06:25 (346 days old) by Tseg (World Traveller)        

I wonder if it is like the oxidation that occurs to acrylic car headlights over time turning them yellow and cloudy? Maybe the various compounds to 'refresh' those headlights would work here?

Post# 378140 , Reply# 6   9/9/2017 at 07:51 (345 days old) by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

You can de-yellow it, I'm sure.

Post# 378467 , Reply# 7   9/15/2017 at 14:22 (339 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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This yellowing issue hasn't happened to the other wet vacuums we've owned. This Bissell is the first to do it.

I wonder how it's possible to de-yellow the tank on my Bissell?

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