Just an update:::::
My new SpotBot is working well. I am quite pleased. It is working better
for spots than any professional I've had to come in. I wish the water tanks
were larger, but I guess that would defeat the purpose of a small portable
machine that is easy to bring out and use for one new spot.
This tells me nohing. You might tell us what is a spotbox. I'm pleased you
are finding it works welll for you, but at no point have you made me want to
go and buy one. It seems to me the current crop of posters here send vague
messages only, and with little interest for those who a. Please, please,
please ensure whwen you are wriitnhave agenuine interest in professional
standard home cleaning, such as myself. I'd like the newsgroup subscribers
to take a few minutes to let us know what tool you are describing and what
it is meant to do for uyou Otherwise, how can we possibly learn about modern
day home assistance. It's not my speciality, I tend to go for the better
newspaper and egg, these will do very nicely, and so, you will be surprised
to know,vinegar will solve most cleaning problems. Has anyone read my book?
Mr F. Bentos
I seem to recall your Home Guide. "Never ridicule a woman. It breaks
her spirit and cuts off her efficiency."
"The female employee should be given a definite day-long schedule of
duties so that she will keep busy without bothering the management for
instructions every few minutes. Women make excellent workers when they
have had their jobs cut out for them, but they lack initiative in
finding work themselves."
"It's a safe bet to pick young married women. They usually have more of
a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less
likely to be flirtatious, they need the extra income (or they wouldn't
be doing it) - and with age on their side, they still have the pep and
interest to work hard and efficiently. When you have to use older women,
try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their
lives. Older women who have no life experience tend to have a hard time
adapting themselves to new environments and are inclined to be
cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the
importance of friendliness and courtesy. You can state your requirements
to your domestic agency."
Didn't you also publish a Guide for Women in Business and Courtship?
I had heard that too. But it didn't leave mine very wet. I didn't even need to put a fan on the areas. My carpet is a short pile, and that may make a difference---I don't know.
***I'm not recommending that someone run out and buy it the SpotBot.*** It is an interesting concept of hands-free spot cleaning, and I'm just testing.
So far the thing has cleaned some really old set-in stains very effectively. Bear in mind, we don't have pets since my Siamese cats, Zelda & Daisy, passed on about five years ago. :-/ And we don't have children except the visiting grandchildren, who are [theoretically] only allowed to eat in the kitchen and dining rooms.
I read the reviews of the SpotBot on Amazon, although I didn't buy it there. The third review is a pretty good summary, I think, of pluses and minuses and especially the workaround for avoiding going broke using the Bissell cleaning products as directed in the machine. And also a solution for an overdamp carpet after use. The hype Bissell puts out is that **the spots will never come back.** (ROFL) But I'm wondering that if I actually don't use chemicals that will attract dirt, maybe the so-called "deep cleaning" of the SpotBot will work to avoid the return---at least for a while longer than usual.
I am trying to avoid replacing the carpet in one particular room in our house. This room has very heavy furniture that will have to be taken apart to be removed, and all is a pain to remove because of the placement of the door and hall. (And that's also the reason my husband doesn't want to put down an oriental rug to take care of the problem.) So I'd rather save this good quality carpet if I can. I've cleaned the spots manually many times, but this little scrubber is doing a better job (so far).
I've used professionals many times through the years---very good old established companies always. And I've always been fairly disappointed with the results as far as getting stains or set in dirt out. So I'm really getting the stains out right now to get ready for the overall cleaning by the professionals later.
I rented an upright machine about 30 years ago and was disappointed with the job it did---I can't remember why. About ten years ago, we bought a Big Green Machine, and it killed my back to use. And you still had to pre-treat the stains and basically get those out yourself before doing the overall job. But our adult sons both borrowed the Big Green many times over the years, got good results from it, and basically wore it out with use.
To read the SpotBot reviews posted on Amazon, go there and search on Bissell 1200B SpotBot. (There are several models on Amazon, but this is the one with the reviews I found most helpful.) At that search are 360 reviews, but I do think review #3 might sum it up. (And no, I didn't read 360. :-)
I'd like to know what Consumer Reports says about carpet cleaning in general and these spot scrubber machines in particular. Anyone have that information?
I have white carpet all over the house, installed 20 years ago. Well,
it used to be white. The pile is fairly deep and there's padding under it.
"anengineerguy", July 8, 2007. When I find a helpful review, I like to
look at that person's other reviews.
It looks as if the SpotBot does a lot of scrubbing, and a professional
can't spend all that time. I guess it's also thorough about removing
FH is a professional carpet cleaner. Sometimes he pops in at ahc. He
would have insight. It's hard to believe, but he and Mr. Bentos often
This person refers to Consumer Reports:
[Refers to ratings of Hoover F7425-900 SteamVac V2 Widepath Upright Vacuum]
This looks good. I had no idea that any of the uprights were rated highly.
Doing it yourself has some good points. I have had some scarey occurrences
with service people in my home lately. The last painter's helper stole some
of our drugs and later made a big main spill [coke? beer?] with a trail of
drips on the carpet (which are stains I've got to treat yet again). He
looked a little spacey before he left, but at that time we didn't know why.
It looks as if I'd have to subscribe to see what they say about spot
scrubbers. This model soaps going forward, rinses going back, and
removes water when the trigger is released.
I've ended up using a garden sprayer and a scrub brush with a Bissell to
suck up the water. It's slow and doesn't clean very well but at least I
don't leave much water.
A neighbor had a relative of a friend do some wiring. Later, the
neighbor said he knew the worker was high on methamphetamine because he
could smell it. A few weeks later the power company removed his meter
because the seal was broken. The neighbor, who wasn't aware that the
worker had broken the seal, had to pay a big penalty.
[snip sherry-imbibed tripe]
If you're going to insist on shallowly mimicking the original, at
least put forth some effort at your prose... The lack of
raison-d'etre makes you immature and a rank-amateur at best.
"Can someone show me where in the children's manual it says that
men don't have to change diapers? My wife seems to have missed
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