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

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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. 

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