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Post# 164212   1/1/2012 at 16:19 (3,009 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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During the past week I have bought two new machines. The first is a Rubbermaid commerical portable extractor, and the other is a Bissell Cleanveiw Helix. The Rubbermaid was a Christmas gift, but the one I received had a bad pump. So I sent for a new one and received it yesterday.

I only bought the Cleanveiw because I got a fantastic price on it. It was on sale at Kohls for $89. I had a $50 gift card there, plus a 20% off coupon, and Bissell is giving out $10 rebates. So once I send in my rebate, I will have only spend $17 out of pocket. That is cheaper than most Bissells at the Goodwill!

So this afternoon I began my carpet cleaning adventure with my new Bissells.

Here they are in their boxes

Post# 164214 , Reply# 1   1/1/2012 at 16:24 (3,009 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        
Step One: Prevacuum

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To vacuum, I unboxed the Cleanveiw and vacuumed about half the room. By the time I was done, The dust cup was full and filled with dog hair and grit. I am amazed how much grit was in the carpet, and even more so that the Bissell has able to remove it. Take a look for yourself! This is only about three days worth of dirt. The carpet was last vacuumed with my Dyson DC14

Post# 164215 , Reply# 2   1/1/2012 at 16:51 (3,009 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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By then the carpet was ready to be deep cleaned. To do this I used the rest of the Bissell Fiber Cleansing solution I had. It took me awhile but these were the results. The photo does not accurately portray the color difference; the difference is much more noticeable in person. It should be obvious, but the cleaned side is on the left and the dirty is on the right.

My picture does not want to upload right now, so here is a link

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Post# 164216 , Reply# 3   1/1/2012 at 16:57 (3,009 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Here is a picture of the Rubbermaid. It is very loud but only draws 10amps. I LOVE the wand. The handle is steel and uses brass fittings. It feels like I'm a real professional carpet cleaner!

Overall I do enjoy using it and it does clean the carpet well. I doubt I could find anything better unless I wanted to spend well over $500. At least I know it will last longer than my Proheat.

I will properly spend the rest of the day and tomorrow cleaning carpets. I am so glad I have ear protection!

Post# 164225 , Reply# 4   1/1/2012 at 18:53 (3,009 days old) by director12 ()        

I also have a Powerforce Turbo, and it picks up on what my Windtunnel missed.

Post# 164235 , Reply# 5   1/1/2012 at 20:04 (3,009 days old) by szymonrules (Philadelphia, PA )        
Is'nt the Rubermaid a...

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Bissell Big Green in disquise?

Post# 164239 , Reply# 6   1/1/2012 at 20:46 (3,009 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I might be seeing things, but does the top of the Rubbermaid canister say Bissell? I know it is a rebadged Big Green, but I've never seen one with both names...

Post# 164240 , Reply# 7   1/1/2012 at 20:50 (3,009 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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Yep, the top does say Bissell. Although you can't read it in the picture, the front of the machine says "Powered by Bissell". It also has a Bissell model sticker.

And yes szymonrules, it is a Big Green.

Post# 164253 , Reply# 8   1/1/2012 at 22:55 (3,009 days old) by szymonrules (Philadelphia, PA )        

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Should have checked the pictures out better!

Post# 164284 , Reply# 9   1/2/2012 at 05:15 (3,008 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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I had one similar to this a LONG time ago but it hooked to the kitchen faucet. How do this one work? From the picture it doesn't look like it hooks to the faucet.

Post# 164296 , Reply# 10   1/2/2012 at 08:46 (3,008 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Built in pump

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One of the two switches is for a pump and around back you insert that tube into the back and into the water tank which is filled in that hole in the back it's kind of a tank in tank system

Post# 164388 , Reply# 11   1/2/2012 at 18:47 (3,008 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Nice Rubbermaid "by Bissell"

Is there a version with Power Brush?

Does it have a upholstery nozzle?

Post# 164392 , Reply# 12   1/2/2012 at 18:53 (3,008 days old) by director12 ()        

There does exist a Big Green Powerbrush.

Post# 164393 , Reply# 13   1/2/2012 at 18:55 (3,008 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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No powerbursh or upholstery nozzle. That is to be expected for cheaper portable extractors. I suppose you could attach a Rotovac, and you can always buy a separate upholstery nozzle. I still think that the Rubbermaid is a good machine for only $99.

Post# 164444 , Reply# 14   1/3/2012 at 08:27 (3,007 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        

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That's a really good deal if i recall correctly from some ads the original big green was more expensive. I do like the look of the new wand set up looks a lot sturdier than the old style plastic grip

Post# 164543 , Reply# 15   1/3/2012 at 19:25 (3,007 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Where can I find this deep cleaner? None of the stores here carry them.

If I buy one, I'll also buy a EDIC PowerMate power brush.

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Post# 164562 , Reply# 16   1/3/2012 at 20:45 (3,007 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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This is where I ordered mine. I think a powerbrush like that might be over doing it. It's a $100 vacuum with an almost $600 brush. You might be able to find a used, better portable extractor with a stronger motor and a higher PSI pump. Make sure you get some good pre-spray as well. That is what really makes the difference.

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Post# 164563 , Reply# 17   1/3/2012 at 20:57 (3,007 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I was looking at the Edic power brush again, and I noticed that the solution line on the Rubbermaid would not fit the Edic. The Rubbermaid line twists on, while the standard lines on the Edic push to lock. So it is not compatible. Sorry.

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