In the early seventies, my mother gave me her Bissell carpet shampooer/hardwood floor buffer, which she bought in the late sixties. I used it to clean not only my carpet and floors, but my commercial and private client's floors. After 30 years, it still worked great, but I had a larger residence, and decided to hire a service to clean my floors. I sold the unit in a yard sale. I am now retired, and have a small apartment. As my cat is having behavior issues, and "Eau de Kitty" is not my favorite scent, I looked around for a small, yet efficient cleaner/extractor. Bissell came through yet again with this item! I used their Pet Stain and Odor detergent, and one pass over the stain and it was gone! As the area was heavily soiled (about 5 x 7), the full tank was enough for this size. The tank size could be enough for a 10 x 14 area if it is not so heavily soiled. I used a fan to speed the dry time, and it was done in 2 hours ( internal temp 68 degrees, outside temp 45 degrees, 56 percent humidity, winter conditions) I might advise if you have a larger residence, you might want to buy their larger cleaner/extractor with the larger tank to cleaner larger areas. My only concern is the removeable clean solution tank and dirty water tank are made of kinda flimsy plastic -- durable enough for casual use, but not heavy duty use. Not crazy about the hot pink bristles, but they do scrub well. I did locate a carpet shampooer/buffer at Sears.com like I used to own, but it would have cost me twice a much as this unit. All in all, a good value for the price!
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