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Bissell 2003 Pet Stain Eraser Cordless Portable Carpet Cleaner

Bissell 2003 Pet Stain Eraser Cordless Portable Carpet Cleaner is compact and affordable stain cleaner. It is designed to clean various spills and stains from carpets, area rugs, car interiors, stairs, upholstery and similar. Thanks to the included Professional Spot & Stain + Oxy cleaning formula, it can quickly remove stains and odors from coffee, soda, wine, juice, urine, blood, etc. Other cleaning and pretreat formulas are available for various dirt types and surfaces.

Note: when used as instructed, cleaning and pretreat formulas are harmless to pets and humans.

Published: March 1, 2019.

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Bissell 2003 Pet Stain Eraser is designed for regular cleaning and for cleaning in emergencies, which is very important for people with pets and kids.

Since it is battery operated unit, Bissell 2003 can be simply grabbed and used at the moment notice with a single hand.

It is relatively compact unit and weighs 'only' 4.6 pounds (~2.08 kg). We say 'only' since 4.6 pounds can be heavy for elderly people, but thanks to its design, most of the weight is resting on the scrubbing brush, with the rest of the mass being practically below the handle - very ergonomic design.

When unit arrives, although Bissell 2003 is rather simple to operate carpet cleaner, it is recommended to read the manual before the very first use.

Bissell 2003 Battery

Unit is powered with 7.2 V lithium ion battery and although 7.2 V doesn't sound much, suction is good and a fully charged battery can provide up to 15 minutes of operation.

It takes about 4 hours to fully charge fully discharged battery. Also, when unit arrives, battery is not fully charged and before the very first use, it should be charged using charger that comes with the unit.

Call me spoiled, but unfortunately, unit doesn't come with charging station, but with wall charger that is manually plugged into the unit.

Battery indicator is visible and easily readable, allowing the user to plan his/her activities.

Note: Lithium ion battery doesn't suffer from memory effect, so feel free to charge the unit after each use, regardless how much battery was discharged. However, in order to prolong the battery life, from time to time discharge it fully. Also, after the battery is fully charged, disconnect the unit from the charger.

Bissell 2003 comes with non-replaceable battery, at least it is not replaceable by the user.

 Bissell 2003 Operation

Bissell 2003 comes with two tanks - one for cleaning solution and one for dirty liquids. Unit's capacity is 8 ounces (slightly less than 0.25 liters) and is enough for most of smaller cleaning tasks.

Stubborn stains and spills should be first pretreated with cleaning solution or preferably with the stain pretreat formula.

Scrubbing brush is used to help clean and remove the dirt from cleaned surface, while suction removes the dirty liquid. After the cleaning, surface is slightly moist/wet and requires drying.

Bissell 2003 doesn't come with water heater or warm air blower to speed up the drying process, but such features can be found only on more expensive carpet cleaners/washers.

Note: sensitive carpets, area rugs, and similar surfaces should not be cleaned with Pet Stain Eraser - both cleaning solution and scrubbing brush can damage such sensitive surfaces. To be sure, check the manufacturer’s tag before cleaning. If there is a 'W' or 'WS' on the carpet's tag, then such carpet can be cleaned using Bissell 2003 and similar stain cleaners.

Bissell 2003 doesn't feature scrubbing mechanism - scrubbing is provided by the motion of the unit.

Some Bissell 2003 sub-models come with:

- Window Cleaning Tool designed for cleaning large window surfaces,

- Round Bristle Brush and Straight Bristle Brush for deep cleaning of embedded dirt, including pet stains and hair from carpets and upholstery.

Bissell Cleaning Solutions

By default, Bissell 2003 comes with Professional Spot & Stain + Oxy Formula which is formulated for fast cleaning and removal of stains and odors from carpets, rugs, stairs, car interiors etc.

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There are other cleaning and pretreat formulas as well:

- Febreze Spring & Renewal Spot & Stain Formula,

- OXYgen BOOST Stain Removal Formula for Carpet,

- Oxy Boost Carpet Cleaning Formula Enhancer,

- Tough Stain Pretreat for Carpet & Upholstery,

- Oxy Stain Destroyer for Carpet and Upholstery,

- Power Shot Oxy Spot & Stain for Carpet & Area Rugs, etc.

Note: All these formulas are harmless to pets and humans when used as instructed! However, be very careful when using them, since they can cause irritations and other issues when NOT used as instructed.


Bottom Line: Bissell 2003 is excellent spot cleaning unit that is also capable of cleaning smaller carpets, stairs, rugs and similar.

When charged and filled with cleaning solution, it can be used at the moment notice and clean various types of dirt.

If you have pets and small kids, consider unit like this one - it can help you save some time and plenty of nerves.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Bissell 2003 Pet Stain Eraser Amazon link (link opens in the new window).




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