No matter how careful you are, stains will be inevitable, especially if you have kids at home.
One way or the other, a soda or spaghetti will find its way on the carpet or upholstery.
You’ll either have to clean it using household items like baking soda, vinegar, or dishwashing liquid with water to clean the stains out manually.
Better yet, you can use a portable machine specially designed to clean stains on carpet and upholstery.
The SpotClean 3624 Portable Carpet Cleaner is specially designed for this task and nothing else.
You can’t use it to clean hard surfaces or use it to clean large flat surfaces – its main task is to remove carpet and upholstery stains, and it does it very well according to reviews.
Budget Option for Spot Cleaning Carpet
Bissell SpotClean Professional 3624 Review
The Bissell SpotClean 3624 is a compact but yet potent carpet cleaning tool that can tackle small stains with its powerful motor and two brush tools. Unfortunately, this machine does not have a water heater, so you’ll have to fill it with hot tap water and cleaning solution.
Out of the box, you’ll also get an 8-ounce carpet cleaning solution for tackling stains. There’s also an option with the professional cleaning solution for tougher stains and another for pet stains. But those will be more expensive than the standard version.
Before anything else, let’s look at the features of this compact carpet cleaner.
- Capable of deep cleaning stains on carpet and fabric upholstery
- This is not a steam cleaner
- 22-foot power cord
- 5-foot flex hose allows you to clean stains in hard to reach areas like stairs or upholstery
- Comes with a 6″ stair cleaning tool and 3″ tough stain tool
- 2-year warranty
- Does a great job in removing stains on carpet and upholstery
- No filters to change because it utilizes water, suction, and a cleaning solution to remove stains
- Long 22-foot cord
- Does not take up a lot of space
- Great on for maintaining car upholstery
- Generous two-year warranty
- The 5-foot hose is long enough (based on reviews)
- You can’t use this on leather or hard floor surfaces
- If you’re not careful, you can rip the hose
- Hard to clean (based on some reviews)
- No heater – you have to heat the water yourself before pouring it inside the tank
- Be careful with the sprayer, or it will make a big mess
What to expect from the Bissell SpotClean Professional 3624?
The Bissell SpotClean Professional is a compact carpet cleaning machine that combines water, cleaning solution, and agitation to clean stubborn stains from both pets and people around your home.
This 2-step process picks up stains and dirt on carpets and fabric upholstery then dumps it into a waste container.
Using water for filtration ensures that allergens stay inside the container. And not go back out so in a way this is great for people who suffer from respiratory ailments.
However, this variant will work only on small areas of carpet and upholstery.
You cannot use this on bare floor surfaces like hardwood or tile as well as leather upholstered sofas.
Attachments and Accessories
It comes with two attachments.
- 3-inch tough stain brush
- 6-inch stair tool for stains
Both have the same function, just varying sizes.
This machine also comes with a 5-foot flexible hose (which in my opinion is too short) and an 8 ounce professional deep cleaning formula.
You’ll have to buy more for future use. Take note that there are different cleaners for normal stains and pet stains.
The power cord is around 22 feet long.
Filter Clean up
The SpotClean 3624 does not have any filters, but it uses water to filter out dirt.
It has two containers, one for the water/cleaning solution and a second one for the dirty water residue. It is a nice feature because it prevents cross-contamination. Make sure to clean both tanks after every use.
It comes with a two-year warranty.
According to Bissell, it has enough suction to deep clean stains on carpet and fabric upholstery.
To see this machine in action, just watch this video on how it compares to other brands like the Rug Doctor.
This type of machine would be great to have if your home has wall to wall carpeting or you have a lot of fabric upholstery (like I do).
It saves you time spraying cleaning solution and using a wet/dry vacuum separately.
Can clean your vehicle’s interior too
This also would be a great tool to have for car owners whose vehicles have lots of fabric inside.
The compact size of the nozzle and hose, allows it to clean not just upholstery but also carpet floors inside cars.
If you read my carpet cleaning tips page, I did mention there that you’ll clean to clean stains ASAP for the best results.
Having a few items like a steam iron, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and borax are also handy items for the inevitable spill.
With this machine on board, you may not need all the items above. All you need is the Bissell cleaning solution, hot tap water, and this machine to clean up stains inside your home.
All the dirt goes into a 3/4 liter tank that’s easy to empty and clean.
The great thing about this is that it will not take up a lot of space, so you don’t have the lug around a big upright vacuum just to clean a small stained area.
Out of the box, I don’t think this machine will be efficient in cleaning pet hair. While it has suction, this is not a vacuum cleaner but a carpet cleaner.
If you need something to clean pet hair, then you’ll have to look at these options.
If you have pets at home, you can buy a deep reach pet tool for around $30 directly from Bissell’s site if you need to clean up a lot of pet stains (particularly on upholstery).
|Feature||Bissell SpotClean 3624|
|Attachments||6" Stair Tool
3" Tough Stain Brush Tool
|Cord Length||22 feet|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Brush on/off switch|
|Own water heater||
You need to pour in hot water
|Separate clean and dirty water containers?|
Carpet, Upholstery, Auto, Stairs
|Produces own steam?|
|Net weight||13.2 pounds (with an empty tank)|
|Shipping weight||16.3 pounds|
|Hose length||5 feet|
|Tank Capacity||3/4 gallon|
|Filter type||uses water for filtration|
A majority of consumers loved how this machine cleans up stains. The two attachments work great with the flexible hose in cleaning up stains.
However, stubborn stains need pre-treatment before using this machine. For other stains, the hot water/cleaning solution combo and agitation are enough in most cases.
Consumers would rather have the 3624 (this model) than other Bissell carpet cleaners because it had more suction even though this one does not have a heater.
The 5-foot flex hose, according to most consumers is long enough to reach most areas but you still have to kneel to clean carpet flooring which didn’t sit well with some people who would prefer that it had a longer hose and a wand that will allow them to use this while standing up.
Another complaint was the hose itself that can tear (since it is a plastic component) if you are not careful. I’m not sure if there is a replacement hose available – I don’t see it available on the Bissell website just yet.
Complaints aside, consumers were pretty happy with their purchase, saying that this machine allowed them to keep their carpets and upholstery clean, it also saved them money because they didn’t need to hire a professional carpet cleaner (as often). So consider this an investment for your home.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy the Bissell SpotClean Professional in online stores like Amazon and Walmart. If you purchase it from Amazon, it is eligible for their 2-day free shipping via Prime. Take note that if you buy using any of the links below, I will earn a commission, but at no additional cost to you, so it’s a win-win for both of us.
Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
To wrap up
This portable stain remover would be great for homes that have a lot of carpet and fabric upholstered furniture.
It comes in fully assembled, and all you need to do is pour in hot/warm water plus cleaning solution in the water tank, and you’re ready to go.
What’s great about this machine is that the cleaning performance. This portable carpet and upholstery cleaner will remove most stains, even dried up ones.
You can use this for quick clean-ups on stains before they dry up into a hard to remove the mess that might be expensive to clean (if you call a professional).
It is also great to keep fabric upholstery clean for years and prevent any allergy-causing dust mites from accumulating.
Ask any homeowner, and they’d tell you that one of the most neglected furniture in their homes is the sofa or chair.
For the price, it’s hard to beat for the performance and reach.
Though you still need to regularly buy a cleaning solution, which is an additional expense, that’s the only con I can think of right now.