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New Product: Bissell Lift-Off Deep Cleaner / Tiling Over an Existing Ceramic Tile Floor / Chimney Leak

In New Products, Q&A on February 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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Bissell Lift-Off ®Deep Cleaner

 People have often told me to “suck it up”, and I finally did today, with Bissell’s new Lift-Off® deep cleaner (Model #94Y2) for carpeting, upholstery and spot removing.

I thought that my light-colored area rugs didn’t look that dirty until I used Bissell’s new machine. It really lifted out deep down dirt and made them look clean and new once again. I was amazed at how much dirt was in the carpets.

According to the Bissell fact sheet, carpeting can hold up to as much as a pound of dirt per square foot before you even notice. With an average living room of 250-square feet, could mean up to 250 pounds of dirt living in your carpet. Bissell’s Lift-Off® Deep Cleaner helps you tackle and eliminate that dirt, leaving your carpet really clean while extending its life.

Bissell’s advanced cleaning formula (recommended) works deep into the carpet fibers while the dual dirt-lifter rotating brushes loosen up the ground-in dirt and lift it up with its powerful suction.

I especially liked the portable spot cleaner that detaches from the machine with ease. If you feel like you’re getting two machines in one with this Bissell model, it’s because you are. It comes with a five-foot flexible hose and cleaning tools that work great for hard-to reach places such as stairs, small spills and even pet stains.  I have tried other home carpet cleaners, but the stairs have always been difficult to access and clean thoroughly. The detachable, portable cleaner made it effortlessly to thoroughly clean the stairs. It is also great for cleaning furniture upholstery or even your cars interior. This portable unit really does the work for you.

Make sure you check the labels on your furniture for recommended cleaning as well as carpet manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning certain types of carpeting. Some carpeting (such as wool) cannot be cleaned with rotating brushes.

There is one suggestion I would recommend to the company that could improve the Bissell Lift-Off® carpet cleaner. To install a “low-solution” light or warning when the solvent starts to run low. I ran out of solution part way through a room and had to refill the container and re-do that part of the room again.

The Bissell Lift-Off® was easy to assemble (four screws and it was ready to use). The suggested retail price for this incredible machine is $259.99 and is available at Target, Wal-Mart, Kohls and Bed Bath and Beyond. If you want to find out more information about the Bissell Lift-Off Deep Cleaner® check out their website at www.bissell.com.

Q:

I read an article you had written about putting ceramic tile over ceramic tile. I wanted to know what to use and what to do to prep the floor. It’s in a bathroom and I’d rather not bust it up.

A:

First, make sure the existing tiles are secure and well bonded to the sub- floor.

It’s best to remove the toilet and any floor mounted fixtures. Thoroughly clean the existing tile of all dirt, soap scum, wax, etc. Scuff up the tile using a carborundum disk or 80-grit sandpaper then clean, rinse and let dry.

Apply and level the old floor with a coat of thin-set adhesive then apply your new tiles. Try not to install the new grout lines directly over the old.

Q:

I have a chimney that has water dripping down the side of the inside the chimney. I called a chimney company and they caulked the chimney flashing, patched holes in some brick and redid the wash on the chimney top. The next day the water was still dripping. They re-caulked the side window that butted up against the chimney, but water still comes in. Any suggestions?

A:

I suspect the wash may not be properly installed or pitched away from the flue. If it is not thick enough (minimum of 2-iches) it may already have re-cracked. Also, do you have a spark-arresting screen on top of the flue that is topped with a metal hood to keep water from doing exactly what it is doing?

 

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