The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is specifically designed to clean any sealed hard floor surface thanks to the 4 brushes that do all the scrubbing for you.
It has separate water tanks for clean and dirty water so cleaning up won’t be hard.
If the prospect of mopping your kitchen floor is too taxing for you then consider this tool.
Find out everything you need to know about this hard floor cleaner in this review.
Maintaining hard floors like tile or hardwood is a lot of work.
First you have to sweep regularly using a broom or vacuum cleaner.
Second, on high traffic areas like the kitchen where there is a lot of grease residue you’ll have to get down on your knees to scrub off residue.
Third and last step is to mop off any water residue so it doesn’t form water spots.
Today, I’ll share with you a nifty tool that’ll help you save time.
This tool is called the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe (model FH40160PC). It does two things for you – scrub and suck up excess water.
And you don’t need to go down on all fours just to scrub because of the four brushes that does the hard word for you.
This is the newer version of the Hoover FloorMate FH40010B.
The newer version is over 2 pounds lighter but it doesn’t have the vacuum functionality.
It has larger water tank which means you’ll be able to a larger area without having to refill.
This version also comes with a separate brush to clean delicate hardwood flooring.
While the older version is a bit more versatile thanks to the vacuuming feature, this will work better in terms of deep cleaning bare floor surfaces.
Let’s see how this bare floor cleaner performs in the real world.
A quick look at the features
- Has 4 counter-rotating brushes that will agitate bare floors to remove dirt and grime
- Dual tank system houses clean water/detergent combination and dirty water to avoid cross-contamination
- 5 quart capacity allows you to clean a larger area without having to refill
- 20 foot power cord
- Comes with 2 different brushes – one of delicate surfaces like hardwood and another coarser brush for tile
- Has a wet/dry mode where you can turn off the brushes and only use the suction to reduce drying time
- Backed up by a 2 year warranty
- Lighter than its predecessor by 2 pounds
- Has a separate brush for more delicate surface like hardwood
- Decent sized water tank (48 ounces)
- The clean boost control allows you to apply a little extra detergent for stubborn stains
- Has a separate tank for clean and dirty water
- Can’t vacuum with this – it is purely a bare floor cleaner
- Short power cord – only 20 feet
- No swivel steering
This machine is designed to deep clean hard floors. It doesn’t have any vacuum. So you’ll have to buy an upright or a stick vacuum to do the sweeping for you but I think the absence of a vacuum is a good thing.
First, it freed up more space to put a bigger water tank (48 ounces vs 32 ounces) compared to the older FloorMate and still have a lighter machine (by 2+ pounds).
It comes with the same 4 brush system as the older FloorMate. But this time Hoover also provides a softer brush for more delicate surfaces like hardwood or laminate.
You can only use this machine on sealed surfaces like tile.
If the flooring has gaps in-between water will seep in and will damage it in the long run so check our floors before buying this product.
Watch the video below to see the differences between the FloorMate Deluxe and the old FloorMate…
It also has a clean boost feature that allows you to use extra detergent on areas that have stubborn stains.
The Wet/Dry mode allows you to use activate the brush and suction separately or simultaneously.
This machine is designed to clean sealed bare floor surfaces like tile, hard wood, linoleum and grout.
It’l be best utlizes on high traffic areas with lots of grime and grease build up like the kitchen.
Cleaning stains may take longer
However, it’ll struggle with dried up stains as it’ll take a minute or so to clean up stuff like ketchup stains.
If you have these stains, pre-treat them with a cleaner to soften up the stain before running the Hoover to save you some time.
But for fresh stains or spills it will work very well and you don’t need to go down on your knees and wipe of these stains by hand.
You can do it standing up using this machine to do the scrubbing and drying for you.
In my opinion this would be a better option than a vacuum/mop hybrid because with a mop you’ll only be spreading the mess on other areas. This machine will suck up the messes – no need to change the pads.
Here’s a demo from QVC…
The model shown in QVC isn’t exactly the same model as this but the performance should be similar. I just wanted to show it to you want it can do for your reference.
If you have tile or grout, the coarse brushes will work well cleaning not only the tiled surface but also the grout as well. What’s great about this machine is that it’ll pick up excess water so drying time isn’t long.
It won’t leave a completely dry surface afterwards but leave a slightly damp surface which will dry faster.
This machine will not clean carpet. If you need to deep clean your carpet, please check out our carpet cleaning guide.
It comes with a 2 year warranty.
A short intro from Godfrey’s Vacuums…
|Includes||16 oz. Cleaning Detergent|
Wood Floor Brush
Tile & Grout Brush
|Liquid Capacity||48 ounces|
Dirty - 1.5 Quarts
Clean - 1.5 Quarts
|Separate Container For Clean and Dirty Liquid|
|Cord Length||20 feet|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Net weight||13.8 pounds|
|Shipping weight||19.6 pounds|
|Filter type||Washable filter|
Overall, consumers loved how this hard floor cleaner performed. In fact the amount of dirt this machine was able to pick up surprised a lot of folks.
Though it did not have a vacuum function, it was still able to pick up some smaller pieces of debris like hair and really fine dust.
Picks up a lot of gunk
To show you the filth this machine was able to pick up, just take a look at some of these photos submitted by customers in Amazon.
Imagine all that filth on your hard floor surfaces sticking on your feet and/or socks when you’re walking.
There are some things consumers shared that are worth mentioning that I thought you should know before taking the plunge and buying this product.
First, when you use this product, you have to set aside time to clean your floors. Remember that this machine doesn’t work like a vacuum cleaner. It is a deep cleaner that will scrub and remove dirt from bare floors so you have to go slow.
Second, don’t put boiling hot water inside the plastic container as it could deform the plastic containers and ruin the seals. Only use warm water as indicated in the instruction manual.
Big water tank
The size of the water tank is also a concern. There were complaints that it did not fit under their faucet.
Hopefully your kitchen has one of those tall water faucets. Or you’ll have to fill it up inside the bathroom or using a hose.
Third, as much as possible always use the “clean” function when using machine which means this machine will clean when you push the machine away from you then dry when you pull it back.
Remember to push on the finger trigger when you push – this sprays cleaning solution on the floor then release when pulling back.
Fourth, you can use this machine on uneven surfaces as one consumer complained about.
Fifth, this machine weighs 13 pounds so on whether it is lightweight or not will be subjective.
Sixth, the cord is short, only 20 feet so if you have a rather large home, you may want to consider buying something with a longer cord.
Lastly, compared to steam mops that don’t have any agitation whatsoever this machine is a better alternative if you truly want to deep clean your tiled or hardwood floors, just remember points I mentioned earlier.
You can buy this bare floor cleaner for less than $140. And it’ll be eligible for Amazon’s 2-day free shipping if you join Prime. Amazon also sells extended warranty of up to 3 years if you want that that extra peace of mind.
This is a great option for folks who’d want a machine that’ll help them scrub off oil residue or liquid spills.
It gives you the option of doing it on your feet so you won’t strain your back.
The 4 brush system does the hard work for you and it leaves a relatively dry surface. So you really don’t need to bring out a mop to dry. Remember to use distilled water if possible to prevent any water spots.
Unlike the older version that has a vacuum function this one is purely a scrubber. But it does its job well.
So you will still need to use an upright or stick vacuum stick vacuum to clean loose dirt and dust.
Don’t expect it to clean dried up stains as you’ll need to pre-soak it with cleaner.