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Update with Hack for improved performance
on July 2, 2012
Pro: It does pick up dog hair. I live with a dog groomer who grooms out of our basement. The grooming room has indoor outdoor carpet and those pads that are comfortable to stand on so I could not test the Bissell steam and sweep in the grooming room. Instead I brought some dog hair upstairs and tried it in the living room on the hard floor. We have 3 schnauzers, non-shedding dogs all curious, and not in a good way, about this science experiment. The Bissell picked up all the dog hair I put down. It seems to work better if you sweep first and steam second. The dog hair was picked up by the rubber and deposited in the small container. (Which then needs to be cleaned manually out of the device. Green always seems to mean more manual labor)
Con: It does not pick up anything BUT dog hair. I couldn't get it to pick up any type of dirt other than dog hair. Not small leaves or dust or small bits of food. Nothing. So I had to sweep with a regular broom first. Which I always do before I mop anyway but I certainly would rather if the sweeper part would sweep.
Pro: The steamer doesn't get hot enough to compromise the flooring (this is a pro and a con). It does seem to get hot enough to clean though. The cloth pad was dirty when I was done and the floor was cleaner. Specifically, the middle of the floor was cleaner than when I started.
Con: The front of the swivel head that cleans is tapered. So if you have recessed counters you can only get under the counter by pointing the Bissell straight ahead and going under the counter swivel head first. So since the pad part that actually does the cleaning is ONLY IN THE BACK of the swivel head I could not clean under the recessed portion of my counters. So I had to go around and manually clean all the portions of the floor that are typically the dirtiest in my kitchen.
Notes: The device has a small footprint and fits easily into a closet. Easy to assemble and use. Light. The water container is small but holds enough to clean all the floors in my house.
In conclusion, if you are a dog groomer with hard floors and no recessed counters and you want to clean 'green' then I think you would get a lot of use out of this Bissell. Otherwise, not so much.
UPDATE: If I put TWO of the cotton pads onto the bottom of the unit instead of just one (just rutch the first one down off the Velcro strips a bit to make room for a second pad) then I can get under the cabinets. This covers over the rubber sweeper part but that part was not working for me anyway. If I have a particularly dirty spot I have to squirt the area with mop and glo or some kind of cleaner first. If the floor is just regular dirty dusty then the steam works fine.