Owning a Bissell Crosswave vacuum and mop system can make cleaning floors much simpler. Not only does this one-stop system save time and effort, but it requires regular upkeep to stay running optimally. One important part to clean on the Crosswave is its brush roll; this part picks up dirt and debris from floors.
Unfortunately, over time the brush roll may become clogged with hair, dust, or other particles – decreasing its effectiveness at cleaning. In this guide, we’ll show you step-by-step how to effectively clean the Bissell Crosswave brush roll.
Before we dive in, let’s review the materials necessary for cleaning your Bissell Crosswave brush roll:
- A flathead screwdriver
- A pair of scissors
- A pair of needle-nose pliers
- A cleaning brush or toothbrush
- A bucket of warm, soapy water
- A towel or rag
- Optional: a can of compressed air
To begin, take off the brush roll cover using a flathead screwdriver. Next, use scissors and needle-nose pliers to loosen any hair or debris around it. With your cleaning brush or toothbrush, scrub clean each section until clean; then rinse with warm, soapy water to rinse away residue.
Afterward, pat dry the brush roll with a towel or rag before reassembling it. Alternatively, compressed air can also be used if available to blow away any particles before cleaning it thoroughly.
4 Methods to Clean the Bissell Crosswave Brush Roll
Maintain the performance of your Bissell Crosswave by cleaning its brush roll regularly. Here are four methods for doing so:
Method 1: Employ the Cleaning Tool
The Bissell Crosswave comes with a handy cleaning tool to easily remove debris and hair from its brush roll. To use it, turn off the machine and unplug it from its power source. Pressing the release button on one side and pulling out the brush roll will release it; use this tool to gently scrape away any hairs, dust particles or debris in the brush roll before reattaching it back onto its original position on the machine.
Method 2: Cut with Scissors
If the brush roll of your machine is clogged with hair, you can use scissors to cut away at it. First, turn off the machine and unplug it from its power source. Afterwards, release the brush roll by pressing its release button on one side and pulling it out.
Carefully clip away any hair wrapped around its edge using scissors; be sure to cut away as close to its bristles as possible to avoid damaging them. Afterward, reattach the brush roll back onto its machine.
Method 3: Make Use of a Soft Bristle Brush
Another method for cleaning the brush roll is using a soft bristle brush. Start by turning off the machine and unplugging it from its power source, then remove the brush roll by pressing its release button on one side and pulling it out.
Use a toothbrush or similar soft bristle brush to gently scrub away any debris or hair stuck between its bristles. After cleaning is complete, reattach the brush roll back onto its machine for optimal performance.
Method 4: Convert Vinegar and Water Solution
For a deeper clean, you can use vinegar and water solution to clean the brush roll. Start by turning off the machine and unplugging it from its power source. Press the release button on one side of the machine to release it from its attachment, then pull it out completely.
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl; soak for 10-15 minutes. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub away any bristles with this solution. Rinse thoroughly with clean water before air drying completely before attaching back onto its machine.
Note: Be careful when cleaning the brush roll with hot water or harsh chemicals, as they can damage its bristles and negatively affect how well your machine runs.
Tips for Removing Sticky Debris
If your Bissell Crosswave brush roll is full of stubborn debris, here are a few tricks you can try to more effectively eliminate it:
- Use tweezers or needle-nose pliers to gently pull out any hair or debris wrapped around the bristles.
- Apply some dish soap or other cleaning solution onto the brush roll in order to loosen any stubborn particles.
- Use a stiff bristle brush, such as a nylon one, to scrub away debris.
- Soak the brush roll in a vinegar and water solution for longer periods of time to help break down any built-up particles.
Be gentle when cleaning the brush roll to protect its bristles and other components of your machine.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
When cleaning a Bissell Crosswave brush roll, there are a few common mistakes people make which could damage either their machine or the brush roll itself. Here are some things to avoid:
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Be cautious when using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning agents on the brush roll. Doing so could damage its bristles or other components. Instead, opt for mild cleaning solutions or natural solutions like vinegar and water as a replacement.
Oversoaking the brush roll: Soaking a brush roll in water or cleaning solution for too long can cause the bristles to become waterlogged and damaged. It is only recommended to soak for a few minutes, rinse it thoroughly, then air-dry.
Hot Water: Utilizing hot water to clean the brush roll can cause irreparable damage. Extreme heat can cause bristles to warp or melt, leading to reduced performance or even permanent damage. For best results, use cool or lukewarm water when brushing.
Pulling too hard on Bristles to Remove Debris: Pulling too hard on bristles while trying to remove debris can lead them to become bent or broken. Use tweezers or needle-nose pliers to gently scrape away any hair or debris wrapped around the bristles.
By avoiding these common errors, you can help guarantee your Bissell Crosswave brush roll stays in top condition and continues to function optimally.
How Often to Clean the Bissell Crosswave Brush Roll
When using your Bissell Crosswave brush roll, how often you clean it depends on several factors including how often you use the machine, what surfaces need cleaning and how much debris is being picked up.
As a general guideline, it’s best to clean the brush roll after every use in order to prevent buildup of debris and maintain the performance of your machine. This is especially crucial if you use the Bissell Crosswave to clear away pet hair or other types of particles that could get tangled in its bristles.
If your Bissell Crosswave is only used occasionally or for lighter cleaning tasks, cleaning the brush roll may only need to be done every other use or every few uses. It is essential to monitor how well your machine runs and the condition of its brush roll before determining an appropriate schedule for maintenance.
If you notice your machine is not picking up debris as effectively as before or if the brush roll is becoming clogged with hair or debris, it could be an indication that it’s time for a deep clean of the brush roll.
Overall, regular cleaning of the Bissell Crosswave brush roll is essential for keeping the machine running optimally and extending its lifespan. By keeping this component clean, you can guarantee that it picks up debris efficiently and runs at peak performance.
Steps to Troubleshoot Issues with Your Bissell Crosswave Brush Roll
If your Bissell Crosswave brush roll is malfunctioning, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to identify and address the problem:
Check for Blockages: If the brush roll is not spinning or spinning slowly, inspect for blockages or clogs in the machine. Remove any hair or debris that could be blocking either the brush roll or suction inlet.
Check the filter: A dirty or clogged filter can affect the performance of the Bissell Crosswave. Check the filter and clean or replace as necessary.
Check the brush roll belt: If the brush roll is not spinning at all, check to see if the belt has broken or worn out. Replace it if necessary.
Check the motor: If none of the above steps resolve the problem, there could be an issue with the motor. In this instance, contact Bissell customer support or take your machine to a professional repair shop for further examination and diagnosis.
In addition to these troubleshooting steps, there are a few maintenance tips that can help avoid issues with the Bissell Crosswave brush roll:
- Maintain the brush roll regularly: Regular cleaning of the brush roll can prevent debris buildup and extend the life of your machine.
- Replace Your Brush Roll as Needed: With use, bristles on a brush roll may become worn or damaged, leading to reduced performance. It is recommended to replace the brush roll every 6-12 months depending on usage.
- Utilize your machine correctly: By following the manufacturer’s instructions when using the Bissell Crosswave, you can help protect it from damage and extend its lifespan.
By following these troubleshooting and maintenance tips, you can help guarantee that your Bissell Crosswave brush roll continues to run optimally and efficiently.
Can I clean the brush roll with water?
Yes, you can clean your brush roll with water; however, make sure it completely dries before use again.
Can I use a vacuum cleaner to clean the brush roll?
Absolutely. Vacuuming can help remove loose debris from the brush roll, but make sure that you turn off Bissell Crosswave and unplug it from its power source before doing so.
How often Should I Replace the Brush Roll?
Generally, it is recommended to replace your brush roll every 6-12 months depending on usage. However, if you notice any signs of wear or damage such as bent bristles or reduced performance, it may be necessary to replace sooner.
Why is my brush roll not spinning?
There may be several reasons why your brush roll may not be spinning, such as blockages, broken or worn belts or issues with the motor. For further assistance please refer to our troubleshooting section or contact Bissell customer support for further assistance.
Can I use other cleaning solutions besides Bissell Crosswave formula?
Bissell Crosswave cleaning formula is recommended, but other cleaning solutions can also be used as long as they are safe for hard floors and compatible with the machine. However, using unapproved cleaners may void the warranty of your machine.
Can I remove the brush roll for cleaning?
Absolutely. Refer to your user manual or contact Bissell customer support for instructions on how to take apart and clean your brush roll.
How Do I Know When to Replace the Filter?
Filters should be replaced when they become visibly dirty or clogged, or when suction performance of the machine has noticeably decreased. Refer to your user manual for instructions on how to replace this filter properly.
Can the Bissell Crosswave be used on carpets or rugs?
The Bissell Crosswave is intended for hard floors such as tile, vinyl, laminate and hardwood. While it may work on low pile carpets or area rugs, it is not recommended for use on thick or shaggy carpets.
What Should I Do if My Bissell Crosswave Stops Working?
If the machine stops working, first check that both the power cord and outlet are functioning properly. If these items are checked and confirmed to be functioning correctly, refer to our troubleshooting section or reach out to Bissell customer support for further assistance.
Cleaning the Bissell Crosswave brush roll is an integral part of maintaining its performance and prolonging its lifespan. By following the four cleaning methods outlined in this guide and taking care to avoid common mistakes, you can ensure your machine runs optimally and efficiently for years to come.
Be sure to regularly clean the brush roll, avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools, and replace both components as needed. If you experience any problems with the machine, refer to our troubleshooting section or contact Bissell customer support for assistance.
With proper care and upkeep, your Bissell Crosswave can continue to offer effective cleaning solutions for hard floors and carpets.