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Most Recent Questions
Recent Question:
Is this "Mighty Pro X3" as powerful / the same as the Commercial RED Rental Rug Doctors?
Recent Question:
Does this model still come with the turbo brush (rotating brush)?
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Does this model still come with the turbo brush (rotating brush)?
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How do I clean the stairs with this product?

Customer Questions & Answers for
Bissell Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3

The Bissell Big Green 86T3 Deep Cleaning Machine is designed to clean better and dry faster than the leading rental cleaners. The rotating DirtLifter PowerBrushes provide more dirt-removing power to help remove tough spots and stains. The Green Machine carpet cleaner features a long-reach hose and a six inch tough-stain tool to make cleaning stairs and other hard to reach areas easy and less strenuous. The deep cleaning carpet cleaners included flow indicator monitors water and solution levels and lets you know when it's time to check the tanks. The large capacity tanks give you more time between refills. The Green Machine carpet cleaner also features a handle that adjusts to any height for easy maneuverability and folds for convenient storage. Perfect for homes with children, high traffic or multiple pets, this Bissell Big Green 86T3 Deep Cleaning Machine can tackle any carpet job.
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Questions & Answers for Bissell Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3

Question

Does detergent come with it or do you need to purchase it seperately?

asked 1 year, 1 month ago
By
abuss
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Detergent does come with it, and it's good too!!! The problem is I haven't been able to find that exact label in the store. What comes with the machine is located inside of the recovery tank, so don't think that it's not there...it is. Best to you.
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 2
Mine came with a small bottle.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 3
It comes with a small size (24oz) detergent. You will need to purchase more separately.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Elrah
answer 4
Hi Abuss, A full size bottle of formula is included with this unit!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

What is the carpet drying time?

asked 11 months ago
By
Schicky
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
it seems like overnight but I give them 2 days
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Evaluator2
answer 2
Our carpets, one long shag, the other short textured, were both dry in under 4 hours. Our furniture was dry in 2 hours upstairs and 8 hours in basement (where it is very humid). How many times you go over the wet surface with the suction on probably plays a big part in how long it takes to dry. We went back once and forward once while spraying water/cleaner on, then back and forth 3 times with just suction over all areas.
answered 4 months ago
By
ElatedConsumer
answer 3
More that a day...and leaves soap residue....even when I used half of the cleaning solution suggested by Bissell.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
melbelkel
answer 4
The complete carpet drying will of course be determined by the temperature in your residence. But, the machine will virtually suck up all of the water that you've put down. So, realistically, you could expect it to be dry within four hours, I'd say. However, if used properly, you could move your furniture back in place immediately. This is really a great machine, as far as machines go.
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 5
Usually within a few hours but it does depend on how many times you go over the area wetting it. On really tough areas where I've had to go over it many times, it's dry by the end of the day.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 6
The carpet was dry within two hours! The machine really has a lot of suction to remove dirt and water.
answered 10 months ago
By
Farmergirls
answer 7
Hi Schicky, great question. The drying time can vary depending on the environment, how much water is put down and how many passes are made to suction up the water. This unit has our strongest suction power so you should see shorter drying times.
answered 11 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

will this machine go back and forth, or only one way(#86T3)

asked 1 year ago
By
Ann
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
back and forth
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Evaluator2
answer 2
Unlike the carpet cleaners that you rent from stores, this one works in both directions. The rental units I have used just move the dirt around and do not do much in terms of actually cleaning anything. I have never been impressed much with them. The Big Green Machine is in a totally different league. It actually cleans in both directions. You should only put down the cleaning solution on the first stroke and then pick it up in subsequent strokes in both directions until you do not see it coming up anymore. If you are still seeing dirty water coming up, put down some more clean water (only one stroke) and repeat until you no longer see dirty water coming up.
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
By
dotndot
answer 3
This machine cleans forward and backward. I'm telling you, you will have fun, and will be overjoyed as I was with its cleaning capability. If you follow the instructions, and use the proper solutions per your carpet condition, it will work wonderfully!
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 4
The brushes run whether you're pushing or pulling the machine. It sucks continuously, as well.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 5
Here's how it works:
1. Push forward and squeeze trigger to dispense cleaner solution onto carpet. Squeeze and push at the same time.
2. Pull backward over same area while still squeezing on trigger.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until carpet is clean.
4. Go forward and back one or more times without squeezing trigger to completely remove any liquid from carpet.
answered 11 months ago
By
MrBob1234
answer 6
Hi Ann, the great thing about this unit is it will go back and forth! Here is a great comparison video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRtz2NuoUpk
answered 11 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

How heavy and is it hard to push around?

I am 71 and need a machine that is not too heavy for me to work with. MY hoover carpet cleaner is too heavy for me. Like to ask all of you if this machine would be easier to handle?
asked 11 months ago
By
GRANNIE
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
5 answers
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answer 1
I would say it's to heavy.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
By
VicG2
answer 2
It is heavy and not very easy to manuver in a tight area. Open areas are easy.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Evaluator2
answer 3
This machine is very heavy but easy to maneuver. I had the Bissell home model and after hours of cleaning, my body hurt. But with this machine, it cleans faster and better, but it's still quite heavy.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 4
During operation, this machine is really easy to use. It has 2 large wheels which make it very maneuverable. The only difficulty I would see for you would be loading or unloading the machine, or taking it up/down stairs.
answered 10 months ago
By
Hendersonguy
answer 5
HI Grannie! This is a heavier unit coming in at 40 pounds but it is by far our best deep cleaner. I think you would do better with our PowerForce DeepCleaner that weights 11 pounds and is very easy to use! For more information take a look at the following link: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=17038987
answered 11 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

How big is the solution and recovery tanks?

asked 1 year ago
By
ikey
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
big enough to do a 10 x 12 foot room before you refill
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Evaluator2
answer 2
Hmmm, that's a good question. I don't really know how to answer the question. I will only estimate that it's a two gallon recovery tank. That's just my humble estimate. However, depending on the condition of your carpet, it can be tremendous. Of course, if your carpet is really in need of a bathing, then you will make more trips to the sink. Best wishes.
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 3
HUGE and much easier to clean than the smaller Bissell's.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 4
Both tanks are large enough to last while cleaner an average sized room. I remember dumping, refilling more frequently when using a rug doctor.
answered 10 months ago
By
Hendersonguy
answer 5
Hi Ikey, this unit has a tank capacity of 1.75 gallons!
answered 1 year ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

How hot can the water be?

I would like to sanitize the carpet, I am not concerned about damaging the carpet, it is old and we plan to replace it. I would like to sanitize pet urine areas. Can I put very hot water in the tank?
asked 2 months ago
By
petowner
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
5 answers
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answer 1
Yes, I use hot tap water out of the faucet but not boiling. I would use a pet neutralizer to treat the spot first, then use the Bissell pet cleaner with the machine. Spot shot works great for taking out stains, do a test spot first.
answered 4 weeks ago
By
Twilock
answer 2
I use the hottest water I can get from the sink with Rug Doctor pet formula in the red bottle. It's an enzymatic cleaner and completely removes stains and odors. I got it at Wal Mart
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
By
Km3olson
answer 3
I run the water scolding hot and have no issues with my carpets. Usually after it sprays out it cools it down quit a big.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By
TwitchAZ
answer 4
Hi Petowner, we only recommend using hot tap water. Boiling water can damage the components of this machine.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By
AskBISSELL
answer 5
I used boiling water for two of my carpet areas and it works perfectly.
answered 2 months ago
By
CrustyBear
Question

Is this machine self propelled or manual?

asked 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Joe
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
5 answers
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answer 1
This is manual.
answered 5 days ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Manual.
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
By
VicG2
answer 3
Manual but not hard at all to push or pull.
answered 3 months ago
By
Bullysrock
answer 4
Manual and it is heavy
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Evaluator2
answer 5
Hi Joe, this unit is not self propelled and will have to be pushed. It does feature a spinning brush roll!
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

can you use this machine to clean area rugs?

asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Laurel
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes.
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 2
I'm sure it would work but you'd have to be careful towards the edges as the brushes may pull the fabric up.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 3
Yes. But I would be careful not to oversaturate an area rug, because the underside would soak up a lot of water.
answered 10 months ago
By
Hendersonguy
answer 4
Yes but I recommend weighing down the corners if the rug is lightweight because the machine will pull back the corner when you pull the machine back to yourself
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Marinewife0912
Question

Do the brushes rotate at all times. Not just forward? Or when applying cleaning solution?

asked 1 year, 2 months ago
By
Busybrush
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
It scrubs going forward, it scrubs going backward. This is a BadBoy!!!
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 2
The brushes run constantly. No shut off for them to use on hardwood floors. But this machine cleans better than the Hoover and Bissell home version.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 3
The brush operates all of the time, forward and back. The only time it stops is when you push the handle into the upright "locked" position.
answered 11 months ago
By
MrBob1234
answer 4
Hi BusyBrush, The brush will spin any time the handle is reclined.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

Can you clean stairs with this machine?

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Keia
on Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Carpeted stairs, yes.
answered 5 months ago
By
MrMitchell
answer 2
There's an attachment with a hose that should work. I'd be careful balancing the machine, though. I'd hate to have you pull it down on top of you while stretching the hose.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Cindy7233
answer 3
Yes. You can use the attachment that comes with it. It is very powerful and has a long hose.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
SomeGuy0000
answer 4
Yes with the hose attachment
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Marinewife0912
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