Being part beagle, Belle loves to get dirty. It’s instinctual, something that dogs do to hide their scent. Although Belle spends time outdoors when the weather is nice, she also spends a lot of time indoors with me.
I have hardwood flooring throughout the house. I once had an area rug in the living room, but Belle continuously rubbed her head on it. This made it smell bad often and her collar caught a couple of times, pulling threads from the carpet. I cleaned it a couple of times, but decided it was easier and healthier to get rid of it. I still have a couple of doormats, which I wash from time to time.
Now, the couches are another matter entirely. My couches are a yellow-gold cloth; they don’t show dirt much, but they can get smelly. Belle is not allowed on the couches, but she does rub across the leg area pretty frequently. I start seeing a bunch of hair stuck to the sides of the couch and I know it’s time to clean it.
It’s a challenge to vacuum dog hair from fabric. It gets stuck in the fabric’s weave, making it difficult to remove. One product that I found that helps remove hair from many surfaces is the magic pet hair removal sponge. It really seems to get the hair up better than most other methods I’ve tried. Luckily, it’s washable too. I use this sponge on her bedding before I wash it as well, to remove as much hair as possible.
Review of Bissell Little Green Cleaner
I also use the Bissell Little Green machine to clean the couches. You fill up the little green machine with a cleaner and water and then spray on the couch and push a button to have it vacuumed back up. It takes about 30 minutes for me to clean the couch, love seat, and a chair.
But it’s really worth it. You would be surprised at the color of the water that comes back off the couch. Oftentimes the water is black. Apparently my dog gets really dirty after a while and shares it with my furniture.
I clean the couch about once a month or whenever my house starts to smell like a dog. In warm weather, it takes about an hour for the couches to dry, but in winter it takes a little longer. I really like this product and recommend it to anyone with a pet. I once loaned my Little Green machine to a friend of mine with two dogs. She liked it so much that she bought her own.
I doubt it will work on all types of material, but you should be able to test a small spot to make sure the fabric won’t fade.
- Deep cleans dirt out of furniture and carpet
- Removes pet odor from furniture and carpet
- Very portable
- Pretty durable
- Easy to use
- Hard to get all of the dirt out of the water receptacle sometimes
- Takes a long time to dry the receptacles (don’t put them away wet!)
- Takes only Bissell cleaner
- Has a small tube that if lost, you can’t use the machine (luckily they sell replacement parts!)
- Not cheap