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Spring Cleaning & A Bissell Powerforce Giveaway

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Our old canister vacuum cleaner is bulky and the bags are costly.  Over the years I've often considered purchasing a new one, but never could quite pull the trigger.  When I had the opportunity to try a new upright vacuum cleaner of course I jumped at the chance.  And the timing was perfect with spring cleaning in full force at our house.



The BISSELL PowerForce Helix retails for under $50 so I wasn't sure what to expect.  Sometimes you get what you pay for, but this time I've really been surprised by the quality.  The powerful suction is quite impressive - so much so that the tank filled with dirt even when the floors were supposedly clean.


The rotating brush removes deep embedded dirt and hair and larger particles of dirt are forced to the bottom of the tank so that the filter is able to work without getting backed up.  The best part is that I don't have to buy replacement bags anymore.  The tank can be emptied and the filter is washable. Read all about it here.


I found it a little disturbing to see how much dirt was in the tank while at the same time thankful to know it was no longer in our rug after a couple of passes with the BISSELL.


Being able to vacuum draperies is a must because they can get really dusty in no time, especially following pollen season.  The attachment makes this a breeze removing all dust and debris leaving behind fresh, clean curtains.


I also give windows, baseboards, and ceiling fans a good pass to remove dust and other debris that settles there.  The attachments are easily accessible on the outside of the vacuum cleaner which makes changing tasks super easy.


The little crevice tool is perfect for tiny spaces where crumbs can accumulate and for getting to those hard to reach spots under the fridge and oven.


Reagan wasn't sure what to think of the new noise in the house, but gave lots of kisses once the job was finished.


BISSELL is giving away five vacuums.  Do you have a spring/summer cleaning tip or are you preparing for a big event at your house?  Leave it in the comments section to be entered to win a new vacuum cleaner.  Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by BISSELL.

UPDATE:  Congratulations to the winner Mandy Davidson!


81 comments:

  1. My only tip is to do a little bit of cleaning (outside the usual) every day to keep it all manageable...we have a new and large to us house with 4 small kids so I am ALWAYS cleaning so it doesn't become a total disaster!

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  2. I use my shop vac to clean my filters. It does a terrific job. A repairman told me this will greatly increase the life of a vacuum






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    1. I've heard that having a vacuum cleaner designated for each level in your house actually encourages the frequency you vacuum. That is a good thing.

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  3. I have a huge get together planned as well as a dinner party both in May. Cleaning is always a struggle for me so a new Bissell would be a dream. Thanks for the giveaway. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  4. We were just commenting here at our house that out super expensive vacuum that we bought 8 years ago does not work very well at all! We are in the market for a new one. We are going to be selling our house soon and you know when you are selling your house it has to be spic and span clean! Would love a chance to win. Thank you.

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  5. My cleaning tip is to keep clutter to a minimum. A tidy house always looks cleaner and easier to keep clean.

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  6. My tip is to ask your teenagers to help vacuum! I find that kids are so busy lately with all the activities and homework, parents don't have their kids doing a lot of the chores we all did when we were young. :)

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  7. My cleaning tip is to have one vacuum cleaner upstairs and a second one downstairs if you live in a multi-level house. This will save your back and encourage you to vacuum more often. I, unfortunately, have been lugging my heavy vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs, so I would love to win a BISSELL!

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  8. I always like to clean my windows in the Spring!
    Michelle

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  9. Wow, thanks for the tip off on the new vacuum. I have a Bissell steam mop and it has been great. I could use a new vacuum cleaner to do my spring cleaning as my current vacuum is about 30 years old! Just think what I could clean with a brand new Bissell vacuum cleaner? I would go hog wild cleaning everything in sight :)

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  10. Not just for spring, but for every season, I like to flip the cushions on my couch and use the crevice tool to get in all the nooks and crannies, and then the brush attachment to vacuum the fabric really well!!

    Pats, hugs and kisses to little, sweet Reagan!!

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  11. I need a new vacuum...not because my current one is broken, it's just a pain to use. I have a Dyson ($$), but the hose is so tight...you can't use the wand without a second person to hold the vacuum in place while the user stretches the hose out and vacuums. This Bissell looks like it would fit the bill perfectly. :)

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  12. My cleaning tip is to eliminate your carpets! I was so disgusted when we ripped ours up and saw all the crud that disappears under there. YUCK! We are in the midst of a huge remodel and a new vaccum would be put to excellent use. So much construction dust and debris.

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  13. Keep clutter to a minimum. It makes the rest of the cleaning easier if you don't have to pick up or shift a bunch of knick knacks around. Thanks for the chance to win! I have been looking at vacuum cleaners for a couple of months ....

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  14. Wow! This vacuum sounds great! A second the tips about keeping clutter to a minmum - still trying to master that - and doing a little each day.

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  15. I'm in the market for a new vacuum - this looks like a value priced option!

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  16. We've been Spring cleaning at our house and are getting ready for a graduation party for 3! Would love the chance to score this new vacuum! Thanks, Rene!

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  17. We just adopted a second dog, so a new vacuum would be great to pick up all the extra hair! Reagan is adorable by the way.

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  19. I love my Bissell steam mop that I love! A new Bissell vacuum cleaner would be great!

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  20. Definitely have an upstairs and downstairs vacuum cleaner, I have found that I love my Bissell more than some other pricier options.

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  21. I'm not prepared! My beast of a vacuum with the hose attachment broke the other day. I haven't replaced it yet $$ and have been using my battery little guy. I would be thrilled to win!
    I must have missed the post about your new baby girl! She is too cute Rene!!

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  22. Oh my gosh! Anything that picks up dog hair would be a life saver from my current vacuum! PS, when are you doing a giveaway for Reagan?

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  23. This looks like the perfect vacuum to help us prepare for out of town guests this summer!

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  24. I just discovered the power of toothpaste on marble. I have marble counters in my bathroom and there was a rust mark from a free standing towel holder. It would not come up! Rubbed it with toothpaste and voilà - stain is gone!
    I would love a new vacuum. Mine has been making strange noises lately.

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  25. I try to clean all areas frequently so I don't have any big jobs to do for any season...

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  26. i don't have any cleaning tips, but i got a pair of dusting gloves, which i love using on my urn style lamps, it allows me to really get rid of dust.
    thanks,
    b

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  27. Looks like a nice vacuum. Would be great to have one with on board attachments for our stairs - don't currently have it right now.

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  28. We are actually planning for a big event as we expect our second child in December! My current vacuum cleaner is very heavy so I would love a great vacuum that does the job right the first time, especially with a crawler coming along soon!

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  29. Boy I really need a new vacuum!! A product I like to clean with is called Awesome. It cleans great and what's even better, you buy it at the Dollar Tree!

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  30. I sure would love to win a new vaccuum! I have a Dyson now and it was great for our smaller home, but since we've moved I need to upgrade! I would love to try a Bissell!

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  31. I have a Bissell rug cleaner and love it. This looks like a nice vacuum. A salesman once told me that the trick to getting the dirt out of your carpet was to move the vacuum slowly especially when pulling it back toward you.

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  32. I have an older, bigger Bissell that I really like, so a new, smaller one would be great! With 3 kids and a long-haired dog, I have to vacuum almost daily!

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  33. My tip is to make your kids do all the cleaning. lolol What? It's teaching them life skills. :D

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  34. Wow! I could certainly use another vacuum to have upstairs in my home which is all wall to wall carpeting, rather than lugging my present vacuum up and down stairs!

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  35. Our 20 year old vacuum is held together with duct tape! It still sorta kinda works but definitely not as well as a new one would. We are concerned about spending money on a super expensive model that doesn't hold up to its claims but also that something less expensive will break immediately. Bissell is trusted by many so even I'm not a lucky winner this new vacuum is something we should look into!

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  36. I have three boys under the age of five, so every cleaning ends up being a heavy cleaning because they get everything so dirty! I NEED this! I have the Bissell sweeper and love it! I'd love to give this a try :)

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  37. Windows and mirrors always seemed so hard until I started using my car window wash solution. This cuts through dirt and grim in no time and leaves the glass so clean. I also helps repel dust dirt and rain on the windows. Love this stuff.

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  38. I am moving into a new apartment and have absolutely no cleaning supplies! This will be much needed so that I can give it a good clean on move in day!

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  39. I currently own a Bissell, not sure which one, but definitely not this one! I need an upgrade!! My cleaning tip is to clean SOMETHING everyday!

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  40. My cleaning tip is to remember to dust before you vacuum! I know that sounds obvious, but it is really important to pick all of that dust up immediately after you knock it down, it truly improves the air quality. The new Bissell looks amazing!

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  41. Get the kids involved in spring cleaning, and hope this will encourage them to maintain their hard work!

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  42. I find if I clean a little every day I am not overwhelmed. This weekend, cleaning the windows is on my list!

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  43. we have a high school graduation this June ...so cleaning a bit everyday!! and purging!

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  44. We have a baby crawling around and having clean floors is a must! Everything goes in her mouth at this point!

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  45. Share the duties. Get the entire family involved. Makes it go faster and gives everyone a sense of pride in the home.

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  46. We have four large rescue dogs...from lab to great Pyrenees and have yet to find a vacuum that works well to clean up dog hair from rugs and upholstery...would love to give this a try!

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  47. My husband hates our vacuum, maybe if I won a new one he would use it more?! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. Love this post and love sweet Reagan! Hmmmm....a spring cleaning tip. I think my favorite is to take all the blinds outside and spray them down. :) So easy and fun to get them sparkling for spring!

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

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  49. I usually tackle all the drawers and closets every spring, great time to dust, repair and give away! We have 2 long hair cats and 2 dogs, would love to try this in our home! Thank you for the chance.

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  50. My spring/summer cleaning tip is to dust with a damp cloth to grab and hold the the dust and not allow it to fly all round making dusting a drudge.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  51. Baseboards, under beds, closets, furniture. There is always something to vacuum. :)

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  52. Would love this! Need to give the old vacuum to our son who is away at college.

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  53. During the Summer due to having a pool that we love, we have the grandkids over alot. Between the grandkids and our four resident cats it is almost impossible to keep the floors clean! I need the cleaning Force of the Bissell Upright Powerforce to get the embedded dirt and hair!
    j1man1r66@etex.net
    Jennifer Rogers

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  54. During the Summer due to having a pool that we love, we have the grandkids over alot. Between the grandkids and our four resident cats it is almost impossible to keep the floors clean! I need the cleaning Force of the Bissell Upright Powerforce to get the embedded dirt and hair! A lightweight Vacuum like the Biddell PowerForce would make it so much easier!
    j1man1r66@etex.net
    Jennifer Rogers

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  55. Would love a new Bissell vacuum! It would be nice to be able to vacuum dusty drapes and then vacuum dog hair. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  56. Mother's Day brunch is the big event planned at our house! I also would love to plan a spring fling for my girlfriends. Vacuuming out the windowsills and sliding door frames is a must!

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  57. I would love a new Bissell vacuum! I like that you are able to vacuum drapes. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  58. I would love a new Bissell vacuum! I like that you are able to vacuum drapes. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  59. I'm currently using an Electrolux that was purchased in the early 1980s. Bissell has changed cleaning! I'm ready to start spring cleaning!

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  60. I love using dr brommer products to do deep cleaning

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  61. Spring is a great time to air out the house and steam clean the carpets.

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  62. I like using Dr Bronner's for cleaning

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  63. We are starting a home remodel and this vacuum would be perfect for all our cleaning needs! My email is traciemichelle0515@gmail.com

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  64. Spring cleaning IS an event at my house. A new vacuum would sure help! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  65. This mom of 3 needs a reliable vacuum! :) After 15 years of marriage, we were ready for our 3Rd vacuum and without much research I picked one up spontaneously. It was a dud. I am still searching for a quality machine that can stand up to crayons, play dough, crumbs, and hair from our 15 year old Weimaraner. Thanks for the chance!

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  66. Homeschooling with lots of study dates! This would be soooooo helpful around the house!

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  67. We homeschool and have tons of study dates! This would be soooo helpful!

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  68. I would love to gift this to my son that is getting married June 4th. He certainly did not inherit my clean freakness !!!

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  69. A cleaning tip is to use the brush tool to clean baseboards and all the corners of the ceiling. Also, can use the brush tool on your blinds. Would love to win this vacuum

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  70. I recently learned that you're supposed to vacuum the number of days per week as there are people leaving in your house!? 😳
    Including our dog, that's six days per week!

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  71. My biggest tip is to use the brush attachment to clean the furniture and window sills as you vacuum. Helps to stay up on things.

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  72. I love using the hose attachment to clean all along the baseboards and under couch cushions!

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  73. I am keeping my daughter's springer spaniel for a month while she and her navy family relocate to Hawaii. I also have a springer - they are litter mates - so needless to say there is a lot of fur at my house. I could really use a Bissell.

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  74. Oh my goodness! How exciting - I am in the market for an affordable vacuum and got so excited when I saw your post!!! A lot of family is coming to visit early June for my daughter's baptism. I would LOVE to have a working vacuum (and a good one at that!) to help me whip my house into shape! :)

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  75. NIce prize!! Yes, I am retiring in less than a month, and this house is getting a deep clean!!!

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  76. I'm in the midst of spring cleaning, and lugging one vacuum up and down the stairs is getting old real quick!

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  77. My son will have his birthday party in mid June. This would easy enough for my kids to use.

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  78. Our tip is to not wear shoes in the home, as that is the way most of the outdoor debris finds its way inside the house.

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  79. I am having a lot of company coming to visit this summer to include my niece and her husband before they move to Bahrain for 3 years so would like my house to be super clean.

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