First off, this review is for the Hoover FloorMate SpinScrub Wet/Dry Vacuum, FH40010B. I purchased this product last week based on a raving review on how well it cleaned tiles as well as the use for wood floors. We just recently bought a house and retiled our floors. We wanted a product that can help us clean the floors effectively and within a good amount of time.
Recommend this product?
The install of the product was easy. A few snaps and it is in place.
Application of the product:
First you need to vacuum the area first. I did that and because the area I was cleaning is about 3-400 sqft, it took a while. After the vacuum, it is advised that you dump the dirt you accumulated. Fairly easy and its amazing to see all the dirt that is captured. Once that is done, you need to mix the solution in with water. Not too hard. The measuring cup is designed as the lid and has a measuring line for you.
Here comes the issue...when you use the floormate in the wet setting, it takes a ridiculously long time to clean the floors. You go over each area slowly or else you won't feel like you're letting the scrubbing work. You will see the scrub marks from the rotating scrubs at the base of the vacuum except you can't go the regular speed you would with a vacuum. You need to move over the surface slowly. You have to constantly press the handle to squirt water out. It goes through the solution fast too. The manual advises you to switch between wet and dry (which sucks up the water) in small areas at a time. I did that the first time, took too long. I tried just the wet setting the second time I used it, still took too long and there were puddles of water in some areas.
We gave up at this point and pulled out a bucket, mixed the solution and went at it the old fashion way with a rag because we felt our scrubbing was more effective and faster.
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Amount Paid (US$): 139.00