Originally Posted by Bleu
Bissell Spotlifter for $25 + shipping
Okay, I found it online, I found it for a pretty good price, and still I can't tell if this is a steam cleaner. Is it? Would steam cleaning be good for such a situation?
<-- not very up on the cleaning technology
No, it's not a steam cleaner. What you do is take the reservoir (the blue area) off the machine, open the cap and pour in hot water and a measured amount of cleaning fluid. Then the machine sprays (with your pushing of a button) the cleaning solution onto the affected area. Then you can scrub it with the attached brush and suck it up (it's really like a mini wet-dry vac). I would soak, vacuum it up, scrub if needed, and repeat as many times as you'd like. I've done it with just vinegar water in the reservoir, as well.
For instance, once I was at my SIL's house and she spilled red wine on ivory colored carpet. She immediately got her Spotlifter, used the vacuum to suck up the excess...then she squirted the cleaning solution on the spot and sucked it up again. I believe she repeated that once more and the red wine was GONE.
It's not a perfect machine but for $25, I think you just can't go wrong and I think everyone with carpets in the house should have one. It's been a lifesaver for me many times. I've even used it to suck up spills in the kitchen. Why not?