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Carpets and Pet Stains-Review of the BISSELL DeepClean Professional Pet Deep Cleaner Carpet Cleaner 0

Like many pet owners, part of our house is carpeted. Unfortunately, it is the part of the house that deals with a lot of foot and paw traffic, and even more unfortunately, our carpet is beige color! You can imagine how quickly it gets dirty. 

After undertaking extensive research on rental carpet cleaners and at home carpet cleaners and some complicated cost comparisons, we decided to just purchase a carpet cleaner instead of renting one. Considering how often we would use the carpet cleaner (if it worked well) we would be saving some money in the long run and we would be able to use it whenever we needed without having to try to strategically coordinate cleaning all the carpets in the house in the 24 hours or whatever short amount of time you would have with a rental. Also, many of the at home models had upholstery wands and spot cleaners built into them which was a big plus!

We already owned an Bissell Spotbot Pet Handsfree Spot and Stain Cleaner with Deep Reach Technology, 33N8A which works great for the occasional pet accident, but it worked TOO WELL. How can something work too well? Well...the spots we were cleaning were actually whiter and cleaner than the carpet around it, and after a while it becomes pretty noticeable. 

We also didn't realize there was a difference in the Bissell cleaning solution given how similar the bottles look. There are different formulas for Spot Bot use and for the upright full size carpet cleaning machines. After using it for a while, we accidentally bought the solution for use in the full size machines and went about using it, only realizing that the spots seemed to be soapy and sort of sticky even days afterwards, and of course any tiny bit of dirty from shoe or paw stuck to it. So instead of nice clean spots, we were left with circular dirty marks. Yuck!

To do a full and thorough carpet cleaning, we ended up buying the Bissell DeepClean Professional Pet Deep Cleaner #17N49.

A lot of the Bissell models were pretty similar.  The slightly cheaper BISSELL DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner, 17N4 would probably clean just as well as the 17N49, but it doesn't have a stain trapper tool or the ability to clean upholstery and stairs, which were features we were looking for.

Both the 17N49 and the 17N4 models have the following features:

  • 12 rows of dual rotating Powerbrushes
  • EdgeSweep® brushes clean against baseboards and Surround Suction® helps dry surfaces fast
  • Pet hair collection basket and specialized pet tools
  • Heatwave Technology® helps maintain constant water temperature throughout the cleaning process

Given this information, I believe the 17N4 would probably do just as well of a job as the 17N49 we bought and if you don't care about the extra features you would probably just go for the 17N4.

Before you clean, definitely don't skip the recommended step of vacuuming beforehand. It will keep the machine from over collecting too much hair in special collection basket that is made just for that purpose and give you a more thorough cleaning. Even with a two time thorough vacuuming with our Dyson Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner  (which I can highly recommend as a huge upgrade for pet owners who are used to just using a regular vacuum...yes I know it's expensive but it is worth every penny over living in a perpetual hell of pet hair), the Bissell pet hair collection basket still collected some pet hair and some rug fuzz.  

To get the best and most even cleaning, you should move all your furniture out of the way and anything that is on the rug, but we didn't end up doing that with the bedroom since the dirtiest spots where just where the foot and paw traffic was. If you do have any wood furniture and you aren't moving it, you can protect your furniture by slipping saran wrap under the edges of it to prevent water from seeping from the nearby areas that are cleaned (this is if you are planning on cleaning right up to where the furniture is) and damaging the wood.

Now on to the results...

I should note that we did not go over the carpet multiple times, which I'm sure would have made it even cleaner, especially over the areas with the most noticeable stains. The circular areas you see are where the spot bot was used with the wrong solution, creating a sticky dirt circle. All pet urine stains on our carpet were promptly cleaned with solution and the spot bot, with probably some spots that we had missed as well.  But given how dirty the carpet looked before and how often we will plan to clean now that we have the carpet cleaner, we were satisfied with the results. The carpet seems to be pretty dramatically cleaner. 

If you are looking for an affordable carpet cleaner for pet stains that produces professional looking results, I would highly recommend picking up the  Bissell DeepClean Professional Pet Deep Cleaner #17N49 or the similar 17N4 model. 

What carpet cleaners have you used? Share any thoughts with us in the comments below! I am also always happy to answer any questions from our experience. 

Safe Pet Travel Check List 0

Safe Pet Travel Check List

In choosing a pet travel crate or harness that protects your pet, as well as other passengers, make sure it meets the following ten requirements:

  1. The pet travel product is crash safety tested in all scenarios (front, rear and rollover crashes) for a complete understanding of its total safety impact
  2. The manufacturer can certify that crash safety testing is aligned with government auto safety testing standards and performed at a qualified facility by experts in crash safety testing
  3. Product crash safety testing is conducted under “real world conditions” in test vehicles with test dummies that also ensure no reduction in passenger safety
  4. The product has a well-established safety record with actual, proven results in real accidents
  5. The manufacturer employs experienced automotive safety engineers to design their products
  6. For pet travel crates, the product is designed to work with, not against, the safety design of the vehicle, such as the car’s “crumple zones” that absorb crash impact to reduce passenger injury.
  7. Due to the limited load capacity of standard vehicle cargo hooks, straps and cargo hooks should only be used to prevent shifting to ensure the crate fits snugly against the backseat and must not be relied on to reduce the crates’ forward momentum in a crash or rear end collision.
  8. The manufacturer can demonstrate that the crate will remain intact after an accident with a fully functioning door, so the pet can be removed quickly and safely
  9. The crate also has a rear “escape hatch,” in the event the car’s cargo door cannot be opened
  10. The manufacturer is willing to provide all of the information and documentation related to their testing and is willing to answer any other questions to your complete satisfaction.

To find a travel crate or harness that meets all the important safety criteria above, check out our collection of Variocages, the world's safest dog transport crates and safety products. There is no other travel crate that comes close!


Selecting a Crate 0

How to Select the Right Crate for Your Dog

Types of Crates

There are three standard types of crates available that can be bought at regular retailers and big box stores:

Plastic crates (the kind often used as on flights and known as "flight kennels")
  • Pros: Available in different colors, great for dogs that prefer a cozier den-type crate, most can be used for airline travel, typically more difficult for a dog to break out of than standard collapsible wire crates
  • Cons: Bulky and less attractive, putting it together and taking it apart (for storage, travel, etc) is more a process because most styles require multiple screws to be hand installed around the edges to keep the two pieces together, not as much air ventilation and a poor choice of hotter settings, less visibility for dogs that prefer to see what is going on around them



Soft-Sided crates
(made of fabric, usually on a collapsible, rigid frame)
  • Pros: Very lightweight and portable, great for non-destructive dogs, easily to put together and take apart for storage (most just fold up)
  • Cons: Destructive dogs will easily chew their way out, some dogs can figure out how to unzip the door and escape, may be difficult to clean


Collapsible metal wire crates 
  • Pros: some models include divider sections for growing dogs so you can make his area in the crate bigger as he grows, most fold flat for easy storage, easy to put together and take apart, removable tray pan/floors are easy to clean, the most ventilation (better for hotter climates or dogs that tend to get hot easily)
  • Cons: Some escape artist dogs find these crates easy to get out of and can seriously harm themselves in the process, larger size crates can be heavy and hard to move around (not as portable), not as attractive to have in the house (there are many different styles and designs of crate covers you can get, but many dogs will pull them through the wires and chew them), to avoid sitting in their excrement some dogs will pee/poo through the wire onto the floor outside the crate which can create a mess


    Specialty Crates:

    Heavy-Duty Crates
    • Pros: Specially designed to contain the most destructive or escape-artist dogs, much stronger and more durable than any other type of crate, some are collapsible which makes it more convenient to store/more portable
    • Cons: More costly upfront (but worth it in the long run as it can save you thousands on furniture and home repairs and costly medical bills, and cheaper than continuously replacing standard crates that will not hold your dog), some models are stationary and not portable, can be very heavy as they are made of much more durable metal

      Designer Crates (focus on crate aesthetics)
      • Pros: Some can be used as end-tables and doubles as furniture so saves room in your house, much more aesthetic
      • Cons: Not designed to contain destructive dogs, crates made of finished wood can be damaged with wear and tear/accidents


          What is the Right Size Crate for my dog?

          Although it may be tempting to buy a much larger crate for your dog, that can be detrimental to the crate training process.  A dog's crate should only be large enough for him to be comfortably able to stand up and turn around. For puppies and dogs that are still growing, you should select a crate size that will fit your dog when he is full grown.  Some crates come with dividers to block off any excess crate space, or you can find something solid to block that space off to prevent your dog from going to one side of the crate to use the bathroom and then have enough space to lay on the other side.

          If you are still not sure which crate is the best one for your dog, get in touch with us and we would be happy to help you out!