Maintenance Tips

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BISSELL® products are made to be dependable and effective, so you can enjoy life without having to worry about spending too much time cleaning up the messes it can bring. A lot of people don’t realize there are simple and easy ways to keep their vacuums, carpet cleaners and other products working well for longer. That’s why we put together these tips to help you get the most out of your BISSELL product.


Upright Carpet Cleaner Tips

Did you know you can keep formula from hardening in your carpet cleaner’s spray lines? Before putting it away, fill the solution and water tanks with hot water, set the dial to high traffic and run the machine to flush internal lines. You can also flush the lines by using BISSELL’s HydroRinse™ Self-Cleaning Hose Tool, it cleans the hose by rinsing out unwanted dirt, pet hair and lingering odors.

We also have maintenance and care videos for carpet cleaners here.

Portable Carpet Cleaner Tips

Did you know you can keep formula from hardening in your portable carpet cleaner’s hose? Before putting it away suction hot tap water through the hose to clean it out, then empty the Dirty Water Tank. You can also clean out the hose by getting our HydroRinse™ Self-Cleaning Hose Tool, it helps clean the hose by rinsing out unwanted dirt, pet hair and lingering odor. No matter how you clean the lines, it’s also a good idea to rinse all tanks and tools and let them air dry after each use.

Vacuum Tips

Did you know you can extend the life of your machine’s belt? Just cut off hair and other debris that gets wrapped around your vacuum’s Brush Roll on a regular basis to keep the brush from seizing and reduce the risk of the belt breaking.

If your home has a lot of pet hair to clean, you may want to consider one of our products with a Tangle-Free Brush Roll like the Pet Hair Eraser® Upright Vacuum. The Brush Roll’s unique bristle design reduces the amount of hair that would normally get wrapped around it.

Did you know you can unclog your vacuum if you lose suction? Try removing clogs in the upper or lower hoses with a broomstick. Simply put the end of the stick through the hose and push it through to get rid of any obstruction.

Did you know you need to change your vacuum’s filters regularly? Many machines have more than one filter that needs to be cleaned and/or replaced every once and awhile to keep things running smooth. Check your vacuum’s user guide for more information on your specific model. You can also visit our parts & supplies page to buy new filters.

Steam Mop Tips

Did you know you can help your Steam Mop filter last longer? Just empty the water out of the tank after each use. Doing so will prevent leaking and extend the life of your filter.

BISSELL steam products use just tap or distilled water for a chemical-free clean. However, if you’re looking for a refreshing scent, try our Eucalyptus Mint Scented Demineralized Water.

Hard Floor Cleaner Tips

Did you know you can help prevent problems with your hard floor cleaner’s sprayer? Make sure you wash the cap and insert on the Clean Water Tank with warm water and use a soft-bristled brush to remove buildup and help keep your sprayer in good working condition.

Sweeper Tips

Did you know static buildup can cause your sweeper to stop picking up debris? Use your laundry dryer to warm up an anti-static dryer sheet for 5 minutes. Then wipe your sweeper’s brushes with it to prevent static buildup from happening.

Mop and Duster Tips

Did you know the way you wash your microfiber pads can help them stay effective longer? For best results, hand or machine wash them with detergent and no fabric softener. Hang dry or briefly machine dry on low-medium heat.