Heh. This would be ME, but add a kid or four.

Bissell SpotBot

Last night Mr. had a plate'o'leftovers  (OMG?  NO WAY!) near him while he did homework.  Somehow, he dumped the plate, containing fiery-hot butternut squash on his feet, and schmeared it ALL into the rug in the "office."  I was already telling him that I was ready to call the nice rug cleaners to come and suck these carpets.  We have been living in this house for a year, with off white rugs in several rooms.  Surprisingly they aren't bad, since I banish shoes from the house, but... Butternut Squash?  Eww.

But because I have no memory of it - my parents gave us a Bissell Spot-Bot LAST year - in which I stuck in the closet and immediately forgot about.  I found it when I was putting away a NEW gift for under the tree.  We also have a hand-held scrubby gadget, which I have been using on stains as necessary, but this is different.

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You can set this little machine to spray, scrub, brush and suction out your stains, by itself.  It has two settings: one for surface stains, that is a quick cycle that beeps to indicate it's finished, and a longer cycle for set-in stains.  I used the "set-in" cycle for the squash mess from last night.  Mr. had cleaned it up with a towel and rubbed it into the carpet.Picture 18

It worked great -- all squash staining is gone.  I just placed it on each area, set it and let it work. 

I wish the SpotBot had a bigger circumference, to do a larger area at once, I had to keep moving this and re-doing in circles.   It would be awesome for the stairs, but... it makes circles.  I need rectangles.  It does have a hand-held option, but I was testing it's automatic-ness today.

Also, it requires a ton of cleaning liquid.  I refilled the water + cleaner container five times just in this tiny room so far.

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But, it did the trick.  Now, it's quite obvious that the entire room needs a deep cleaning, I've got little circle spots that are cleaner than the rest of the carpet.  Uh.

  • Product - Bissell SpotBot
  • Price - $100-$140ish
  • Via - Amazon
  • Pros - Automatic cleaning cycle for pesky nasty squash (or worse) stains, works quickly and well.
  • Cons - Leaves UFO spots on slighty dingy carpeting.
  • Rating - Domestically Challenged Mamaworthy.

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