Bissell Carpet Machine Plus

The Bissell carpet machine plus model 1630C is a very versatile vacuum that can be used in a multitude of ways. We purchased this machine for cleaning our carpets, but have since learned that it can vacuum up water spills, clean upholstery, clean spots and stains and we even use it to close our pool in the fall.

There are a few things you should know before using the Bissell carpet machine plus, however it is really quite easy to use and much more economical than renting a carpet cleaner from a store. We used to rent a carpet cleaner once per year from a local grocery store and clean our carpets. It cost about $40 per day and did a good job, however when you had a small job such as a spot that needed to be removed, it really was not worth renting the carpet cleaner. I am not even sure you can rent these machines any more, unless you go to an equipment rental agency.

There are still companies that come around and clean your carpets. We tried that once. We were not really happy with the work they did. They did all of the carpets, but they go so fast that I am not really confident that they actually did a good job. That was about the time we purchased a Bissell carpet machine plus and now we clean our carpets ourselves. We take our time and do a much better job. Of course we are like many people these days who are switching to hardwood floors, but we still have a few rooms with carpet that need cleaning.

Cleaning Carpets

Cleaning carpets is easy with the Bissell carpet machine plus, however there are a few steps that consumers need to be aware of. First of all, clear all of the room of any furniture so that you can clean the entire rug. If there is some furniture that is too big to move, try to lift it up and support it off the floor so that you can get under the furniture. Next vacuum the rug thoroughly to remove any loose particles that may be there.

Set up the Bissell carpet machine plus with the siphon in the soap dispenser and the water hose attached and begin cleaning the rug. Spray a section of the rug with the soapy solution using the floor nozzles assembly, let it soak for a few minutes and then vacuum it up. You may want to repeat this process several times to get all of the dirt out and thoroughly clean the rug.

Heavily soiled areas can be soaked and left for awhile so that the water and soap solution has time to work its way into the grime.  Back and forth scrubbing will help to loosen the dirt as you are vacuuming.

Once you are finished, you will need to allow the carpet to dry for perhaps 24 hours. Don’t place any furniture on the carpet until it is thoroughly dry to avoid any marks that may be left as a result. Follow the detailed instructions¬† in the manual of the Bissell carpet machine plus and you will always have clean carpets.

Cleaning Upholstery

You have to be a little more careful when it comes to cleaning upholstery. Some furniture will specify that it must be dry cleaned only which means you cannot use a wet method to clean it and you cannot use the Bissell carpet machine plus. If you try to clean something that is to be dry cleaned only, you risk doing some permanent damage to the furniture.

Next you need to determine if the colors of the fabric or of the stuffing will bleed through and stain your fabric when it is wet. Colored fabric tends to do this and you may not be able to steam clean or wet clean this fabric either.

Before cleaning the entire piece, even if you have confirmed that you think it is ok, test clean a small area in an inconspicuous place. The underside of a cushion works well for this test. If the colors do not run and there is no other damage, then you can go ahead and clean that piece of furniture.

Use the upholstery tool to do the cleaning and clean one piece of furniture at a time thoroughly following the detailed instructions that comes with the manual.

Cleaning up Spills and Spots

Cleaning up spills and small spots with the Bissell carpet machine plus is easy. Just spray some water and a little soap solution on the spot, let it sit for awhile and then use the Bissell carpet machine plus to vacuum it up. You may want to repeat the process several times if it is a particularly tough spot to get out. I sometimes will spray water on the spot using the Bissell sprayer on the hose and then vacuum it up just to get it extra clean.

Closing the Pool

Every year in the fall we need to close our pool for the winter. Aside from dropping the water down, we need to blow all of the water out of the lines from the pool to the pump and back to the pool again. The Bissell carpet machine plus is excellent for this task. We switch the hose from the intake inlet to the outlet so that air is blowing out through the hose. We then attach the hose to one of the pipes leading to the pump and turn it on. There is sufficient air flow that it will blow all of the water out of the pipes with significant force. We have two return lines so we plug one and blow the water out and then repeat the process by switching to the other.


Maintenance of the Bissell carpet machine plus is pretty straight forward. Empty out all of the dirty water and then flush the tank with a hose and also the vacuum hose. also remove the siphon from the soap container and operate the trigger to flush the system of any remaining soap solution. Let it dry and you can store it until the next time you need carpet cleaning.

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