Thread Number: 34912  /  Tag: Recent/New Polishers/Floor Care Products
Tell what you think about these Bissell and Clarke uprights
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Post# 376654   8/11/2017 at 09:47 (258 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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We have a lot of hard surface to clean in my house and everyday at least 1,000 Sq ft of it gets mopped because we have 5 Pugs and they are messy. I hate mopping and I'm NOT a fan of the steam mops. I've been seriously thinking about ordering one of these upright floor scrubber/vacuums. Tell me your thoughts on each machine. Both are close to the same price.

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Post# 376655 , Reply# 1   8/11/2017 at 10:32 (257 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

Though I have no experience with either, I would surmise from reputation that the Clark is going to give you longevity.   Judging this only because Clark has experience with commercial machines, and have  reputation for durability.



Post# 376665 , Reply# 2   8/11/2017 at 14:00 (257 days old) by DirtDeviler (Joppatowne MD)        
i myself have used neither

But i have heard good things about the Bissill crosswave you might want to give it a look.

Post# 376666 , Reply# 3   8/11/2017 at 14:19 (257 days old) by Ocscott3085 (DMV)        

I had a Bissell Crosswave and wasn't wowed by it. It looks a lot better on the infomercial.

Post# 376667 , Reply# 4   8/11/2017 at 14:52 (257 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Is the Hoover Floormate better than the Bissell Crosswave? The Crosswave seems easier to clean after use.

Post# 376684 , Reply# 5   8/11/2017 at 21:50 (257 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
My Favorite Clarke Uprights...

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... were the versions of the Royal 3-153 and 311, with the external parts painted red (housing, nozzle and handle).


Post# 376746 , Reply# 6   8/12/2017 at 17:12 (256 days old) by joerwheeler (USA)        
Keep in mind though...

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I looked at the Clarke model before, along with another Italian model (the brand escapes me)and the Karcher. I talked to someone who had tried some of these professionally (the Clarke was the latest one he'd used. The thing about these machines is that they tend to break down a lot, and be expensive to fix. The imported ones can be so expensive they'll never be worth the parts to get them going. And all of these seem to be fairly unreliable. So be wary before you get out your checkbook.
If you get a Hoover Floormate, or similar, and it lasts a year or two and then quits on you and you have to go buy another one, you'll still be money ahead towards other equally desirable things. If you invest the kind of money these things can go for, and end up with a repair bill that costs more than buying a new elcheapo, you may have a machine sitting around not working because you know you're wasting money fixing it...again.
Also, the guy I spoke with actually recommended the Floormate to me, because he had to get one to finish a job the Clarke broke down on, and said it left the floors dryer than most of the other brands.
Just a counterpoint to consider. Personally, I've always thought the Karcher upright floor washer looked like a cool machine, but I've never been able to justify the price.
Also, keep the Duplex CRB type machines in mind. They use a different technology (no vacuum) but they have a better reputation for reliability and can clean other surfaces (like carpets)so there are more of them in the wild, and the parts and such are more readily available (cheaper). I know PowrFlite sells one model.
Good luck whichever route you go, and make a video or something if you can so we can all see how they work.

Post# 376749 , Reply# 7   8/12/2017 at 19:13 (256 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
@joerwheeler ...

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Would the Italian brand you're referring to have been Lindhaus, by any chance?  I'm aware of a scruuber-vac that they sell: I think it's called the "Lindwash" or something like that.


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Post# 376792 , Reply# 8   8/13/2017 at 14:07 (255 days old) by joerwheeler (USA)        

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Bingo! I actually was kept awake for awhile trying to remember it. There are a few others makers of this type cleaner. The Italians seem to be one of the biggest sources of them for some reason.

Post# 376831 , Reply# 9   8/14/2017 at 08:57 (255 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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ok, I hear ya. Question,
is the new floormate now improved over the original floormate? My mother in law has the original one and sent it home with me to try. I wasn't impressed with it at all. My good ol trusty Hoover steam-vac has an optional floor adaptor but again not impressed. Shaylee bought the Bissell symphony and though it's ok, it's not doing what I want as I'm not a fan of the steaming. I want a good scrubbing. I did try an old floor a matic once but wasn't crazy about it either however I would be willing to try the floor a matic and floor mate again.

Post# 376846 , Reply# 10   8/14/2017 at 12:40 (254 days old) by joerwheeler (USA)        
Another machine you might consider...

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I don't know how much you want to spend, but this is yet another small professional level floor scrubber that you can check out (and there are video's out there for it too). It's called the Powr-Scrub, and Powrflite sell it here...
While there, check out the Multi-Wash also...
Either of which would probably be more reliable long term than an upright style.
As for a Floormate, I used them on some dirty floors, and they will scrub the stains out, but slowly. You have to initially go over the floors several times to get everything up. Start out with a high pH floor cleaner pre-sprayed on the floor that has set for a few minutes to initially loosen the gunk. Then use the Floormate with 50/50 vinegar and water to rinse and scrub. After that use the 50/50 vinegar solution a couple of times a week to maintain.
Don't use cleaning chemicals over 7pH to maintain, or the floors will re-soil quicker...keep at neutral or acidic (vinegar is ideal) to have no residue on the floors. Remember with a Floormate you can remove the front vacuum nozzle to scrub more, or to get the spin-brushes right up to the flooring edges to clean (baseboards and under counters) and then re-install it to suck everything up.
The Floormate can do some heavy work, if you use the right products with it, and maintain a reasonable schedule of repeat cleaning sessions. It will improve the flooring with each use, over time and repeated sessions.
Hope that gives you some ideas!

Post# 388662 , Reply# 11   3/21/2018 at 12:24 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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It looks like a Fisher-Price toy!

Post# 388666 , Reply# 12   3/21/2018 at 14:00 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

Those floor scrubbers you are looking at look more for use in a commercial setting. Might be overkill for a home, especially if they are expensive. I have the Hoover Floormate (a used one I found at a thrift store) and it seems to work well so far. It is one of the original models if I am not mistaken and seems durable enough. I recommend the Hoover brand cleaner to go with them.

Post# 388667 , Reply# 13   3/21/2018 at 14:03 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I also had an Oreck Steam-It mop and it worked very well on hard surfaces; picked up so much dirt on the floors, but my mom was looking for one so I gave it to her as it would be easier for her to use than the Floormate.

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