If your car seats, floor mats and furniture are made of upholstery, they will eventually get dirty. Fortunately, cleaning them isn’t too hard if you use the right tools and technique. I recently cleaned an old car seat and floor mats. The process was simpler than I thought. Here’s a before and after pic.
I also rented the Karcher Carpet Cleaner and Detailer from Home Depot to compare it to the Bissel.
Both of these tools have 2 functions;
Squirter: to squirt water or cleaning solution
Extractor: to suck water from upholstery
You could also just use a spray bottle to squirt the cleaning solution.
You can also use a wet shop vac, but it’s helpful to have a hose head that is transparent so you can see if any water is left in the upholstery. Here’s a transparent extractor nozzle designed to fit all shop vacs.
The Bissel nozzle includes a brush, but it’s better to use a drill brush. For the drill brush, I went with this one on Amazon. Make sure to choose brushes designed for upholstery.
This one includes 4 items:
Add the cleaning solution to the carpet cleaner tool.
Spray the cleaning solution onto the item to be cleaned.
Use a drill brush to agitate the soiled upholstery. I find that using the 3.5″ brush sideways does a better job at agitating upholstery.
Suck any moisture using the carpet cleaner tool.
When cleaning upholstery in this way, not a lot of water is needed. After sucking the water, very little is left, so it doesn’t take long for the material to dry.
Recently, the microwave would keep giving an error saying I needed to “open / close door” no matter how many times I open and close the door. This prevented me from microwaving anything. Since this was an expensive microwave, I didn’t really want to buy a new one. Fortunately, fixing this error was easy. It turns out that there is a sensor along the inside front bottom edge that detects whether the door is closed or not. I prefer to clean using wet Clorox disinfectant wipes. I find that they lift dirt up easily. I’d then wipe again using a dry paper towel. After doing that, the open/close door error goes away and the microwave can start.
Shower floors easily get dirty with soap scum and dirt and sometimes mold. Cleaning showers floors like those made of tile can be difficult and tiring. Many people may think they have no choice but to manually scrub the floor. Fortunately, there’s an easier, effortless way using power tools.
If you need to mop a large floor to just remove dust, then consider the Casabella Spin Mop. There are many spin mops on the market but this one not only spin dries the mop to remove excess water before each mopping, it also spin rinses the mop to remove dirt.
If, on the other hand, you need to mop a small area that has stuck-on dirt, like in a kitchen or bathroom, then the Bissel Steam Clean mop would do you well. The steam from the mop will melt dirt so it can be mopped away.