Review: A puke stain with the Bissell SpotBot Pet
Sometimes, my dogs puke. This is because they eat everything from grass to flip flops to sheets of paper towel soiled with grease. Twice, Ruby got into a huge bag of dark green iron pills and had to get her stomach pumped. Several weeks ago, Malcolm puked out a grass-and-kibble stew, which I didn't discover until I got home hours later. All of these incidents had left seemingly indelible stains on my carpets and couch. Enter SpotBot Pet, a not-so-little cleaning robot that claims to work any stubborn pet stain &mdash be it puke, pee, or butt juice &mdash out of carpets and upholstery. It has three modes &mdash one for surface stains, one for deeper stains, and a manual mode for use with the attached hose.
The SpotBot Pet has two fluid tanks &mdash one for a cleaner-water mix and another that dirty water gets sucked back into. Below the dirty water tank is a pair of nylon bristle brushes and little vacuum cleaner heads that simultaneously scrub stains out and suck dirt in. Its diameter is 8 inches, so any stain bigger than that might require two treatments. The SpotBot came with a trial size of Bissell's Pet Stain & Odor advanced formula cleaner, which supposedly works for pee, puke, and butt juice. Perfect.
A full cycle of the set-in stain takes about five minutes and is deafeningly loud. It didn't bother me that much, though &mdash after spending days trying to scrub canine vomit out with soap and water and Nature's Miracle, I was beginning to think the couch would just have to sport a puke stain motif forever. I was willing to listen to this Bot do its deed.
Five minutes later: The couch was soaking wet, but the stain? Gone! It was awesome. I tried it on an area of carpet stained with pee, too, and it worked great. At $140, it's a tad pricey and it's heavy and loud, but it works, and it doesn't require any manual labor other than picking the thing up and placing it on top of the stain.
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