Dont just Hoover your floor – Hoover that FloorMate!

In England they don’t say vacuum the floor, they say Hoover it. The Hoover brand name is synonymous with vacuum cleaners, thanks to William Henry Hoover who started the company 112 years ago.

Today the Hoover FloorMate range has three models, the Classic, Deluxe and the Edge. Which Hoover suits your home? Read on to find out more.

As with any of your household tools, Hoover FloorMate Deluxe isn’t necessarily the best choice for everyone. However, it does have a lot to offer for some people. Here are just a number of the ways to tell if this vacuum cleaner is a good option that you should seriously look at.

If you are hunting for a convenient all-in-one style tool that will work on multiple surfaces, then look no further.

If a significant amount of your home has some hard flooring, be it tile, vinyl, laminate or hardwood, the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe will be ideal for your home.

If you don’t have the time or cannot spend hours scrubbing floors on your hands and knees.

If you can’t stand moving dirty water around your floor, with a traditional mop and bucket. For all the above reasons the FloorMate is for you.

Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner

The three Hoover FloorMate models share a name, but they are different.

Among the three modern-looking cleaners, the Deluxe is the best, the most useful, it really takes the biscuit. Actually, it is not a fair challenge, the FloorMate Deluxe is so much better than the other models available.

The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is a hard floor cleaning unit that allows you to vacuum, mop and dry your hard floors. It appears like a combination of a carpet cleaner and vacuum machine, but it offers the convenience for all stages of hard-surface floor cleaning.

Is it the right tool for you?

You may ask, is the FloorMate Deluxe right for me? Well, yes, if you have large areas of your home that are tiled or have other hard floorings. It’s about time you made your life easier, get yourself a FloorMate, forget the knee-bending behind a wet mop, standing at a best upright Hoover floor cleaner will make your life easier. Leave scrubbing the floors to The Flintstones!

I’m sure you have read, or your friend has told you, about the problem with single tank machines. A lot of particles of filth go back onto the floor. The FloorMate Deluxe solves that by having two tanks.

Don’t you hate waiting for the floor to dry? Wait no longer, the Hoover FloorMate does it all. And your floor will be dry!

If a high percentage of your home is carpeted, and you only have a small section you can most likely manage without a dedicated hard floor cleaner just use your regular carpet vacuum.

One task for the FloorMate is the vacuuming. Turn the dial to ‘dry vac’, you can see the setting on the handle. To be honest, the vacuum function is maybe not as powerful as other upright vacuum cleaners. The suction is fair, not brilliant, but adequate. Also, the furniture guard and squeegee can make it more difficult for the Hoover FloorMate to pick up large lumps of dirt. It has a low profile which fits under most bathroom and kitchen cabinets, very useful for those who have problems bending.

Here we on a real winner, the job of mopping, what would we do without the FloorMate. The Hoover really ‘shines’ in this department. In wash mode, you need to press the trigger to release the cleaning fluid. The brushes spin at 350 times per minute to thoroughly clean tiles, laminates, hardwoods, and vinyl surfaces. When finished, you can smile when you see the filthy fluid in the collection tank. You just got all that muck off your floor. If there is a real sticky mess, go over it again, press the trigger once or twice and the goo disappears.

For those of us with young children, puppies who make a mess or friends who spill their drinks, you’ll know what I mean, the FloorMate is a Godsend in the wet pickup mode.

Things You Need to Know For Cleaning your floor Using Hoover Floormate Delux

 Before when you’ve cleaned the floors, they will need time to dry. But now, instead of having to fence off areas, the FloorMate lets you pick up any excess fluid and dry the floor. It works speedily and effectively. We can also use this useful wet pickup setting to ‘Hoover’ up small puddles.

On to the all-important brushes. There are two sets of brushes, they are attached to the nozzle. One of the brushes is perfect for tiles with a grout finish. The other set is perfect for woods and laminates.

You also have guards for your furniture and rubber wheels which means you can use the Hoover FloorMate on a huge variety of surfaces without causing scrapes or other damage.

A big plus is a removable handle which allows for both easy and more convenient storage, cutting down on the space it takes up.

Other pluses:

  • It has patented technology.
  • The ability to tackle stubborn spills.
  • It is baby and pet safe.
  • There are separate clean and dirty water tanks.

Like with any kind of household appliance, it is a must that you look after the FloorMate properly and regularly. With the Hoover FloorMate deluxe hard floor cleaner, it is an easy and quick job.

We’ll start with the tanks. You have two tanks, both the clean and dirty water tanks should be rinsed and cleaned. Just a few minutes will complete this task.

Then leave the tanks to dry. We should clean the dirty water tank more thoroughly as there could be smells.

Next, the sponge filter. Again it’s an easy job, you merely tap the filter so that any excess dirt drops out. You can rinse it from time to time. The sponge dries quickly.

I have already touched on the many advantages, so recapping, the convenience of the unit because of the folding handle, this makes the unit compact and easy to tuck in a small, under a shelf or in a cupboard.

The extras kit fits neatly over the Hoover FloorMate and does a great job of holding all accessories.

Options: With the unit itself, you have a choice of two brushes that attach to the nozzle. Take your pick depending on the floor.

Now for the disadvantages, yes, there are some.

When vacuuming, the unit wins no prizes. The dry pickup is only reasonable, but not outstanding. Most folks find it necessary to sweep up first before using the dry pickup trigger.

The water storage capacity could be bigger. The clean water tank needs to be larger. The other tank holds the dirty water, this one halts collecting any more fluid until emptied, shutting itself down. At least you know when it is time to empty!

How about the price?

Very reasonable! But, It all depends on what you compare the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe against, for example, a mop and bucket are cheaper.
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Final Thoughts

The FloorMate Deluxe is ideal for most homes with most of their floors hard. It has counter-rotating brushes which remove all dirt and filth from most floor surfaces, perfect for hard surfaces. As I mentioned earlier in this article, sealed hardwoods, laminated wood, vinyl, ceramic tiles, and it is also excellent for marble.

The most popular feature is the two-mode cleaning, wash and dry. The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe wins hands down. This feature makes cleaning your home quicker.

The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe has two tanks, admittedly they could be bigger. The number of necessary refills could be fewer, that depends on the size of your home. Most users find the tanks are big enough.

Don’t forget the convenience of the removable handle which means the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is easier to pack away.

The Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is a terrific option for those with varying hard floors throughout their house. Okay, not the cheapest but the many pluses it offers justifies the cost.

You no longer need to worry about harsh chemicals, pet hair, or having to get down on your hands and knees to make your home clean and ready for visitors.


[su_spoiler title=”Does it do a good job on tile floors?” icon=”plus-square-1″]Fantastic on tiles. Also, it cleans grout, unlike the other steamers. I was stunned at how much dirt came out of the floors, bearing in mind they were steam cleaned only 2 years ago.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”My wooden floors are not sealed, does it matter?” icon=”plus-square-1″]I would say that if you can mop your floor, you can use the Hoover FloorMate, you may have to be careful. You can decide just how much water you want on the floor and the vacuum picks the water back up quickly.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Is it ok on laminate floor?” icon=”plus-square-1″]There is usually a caution on laminate floors which reads something like, ‘Water will drip from the brushes and puddle. To avoid damage to laminate and wood flooring don’t use too much water.’ I’d say it’s okay. The Hoover FloorMate does not put out a tremendous amount of fluid, but I would be careful if we leave how much puddling on the laminate. Vacuum right away is the best bet.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”How safe is it for wood floors?” icon=”plus-square-1″]It is safe and gentle to all sealed surfaces, the operative word being sealed. This means that if your floors are cracked or the wood has split, the moisture might make the problem worse. If it is damaged in any way, you can still use it, but with care. Try not to use in the ‘Wet’ mode. Don’t forget, properly sealed floors will not have any damage from the Hoover FloorMate.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”How good is the FloorMate at cleaning grout?” icon=”plus-square-1″]It will remove surface dirt, but don’t expect it to ‘scrub’ grout clean. Sorry, but you must use a toothbrush and elbow grease. But once you do that, you can keep it clean.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”How about Hoover FloorMate parts?” icon=”plus-square-1″]Yes, no problem, Hoover sells replacement parts for the FloorMate.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”How about cleaning corners along baseboards? Can the unit fit?” icon=”plus-square-1″]As a quick answer your question, no, this machine cannot go flush right up to the baseboard or right into the corners simply because the brushes are set a small distance from the front edge of the machine. If that area is a problem, sorry, but you will have to mop it.[/su_spoiler]