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Hoover FloorMate - Is it safe for laminate flooring?
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Post# 393323   6/16/2018 at 12:38 (1,092 days old) by niclonnic (Pacific Northwest)        

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Over the past week or so, I've been eyeing this Hoover FloorMate hard floor cleaner at my work, Goodwill. It costs $7.99, and I've always been curious about them. I know these can vacuum, wash and dry hard floors; this one is colored periwinkle with dark blue accents, has a folding handle, and has green SpinScrub brushes on the bottom. However, the machine is a bit dirty, and thus needs a good cleaning before use.

So I'm wondering, is a FloorMate safe to use on laminate floors? I usually use a Eureka AirSpeed Unlimited Rewind to vacuum the floors, then I use a spray-on floor cleaner and a Bona mop afterwards to mop the floors. Is the FloorMate a good deal at $7.99?

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Post# 393327 , Reply# 1   6/16/2018 at 13:32 (1,091 days old) by relhall ()        

Yes and no. A lot depends on the user.

Certainly not the best vacuum out there.

As for mopping: laminate should not be allowed to stay wet. You must use the dry mode and extract any puddles as you go. Appropriate hard floor cleaner (if any) is best. Your floor is not flat so watch for any areas that do puddle and make sure to spend extra time extracting in those areas - you will get to know those areas after using it a couple of times.

This one is known for having a few issues (I've serviced many, have one back there now) but a lot of the parts are NLA. Watch for any damaged or missing seals as each one is critical. At $8 it's worth it if it works, but no one likes throwing $8 out the window so test before you buy, if possible. The filter is available as a generic - you'll want a new one.

I own a newer version of this but would never use it personally on laminate. Seems like it's complicating an otherwise simple job.

Any vacuum with good suction and light brushes, along with your Bona, should do well to keep your laminate clean.

Like somebody once said "to each his own" so best of luck in your decision ~

Post# 393333 , Reply# 2   6/16/2018 at 14:56 (1,091 days old) by blackheart (North Dakota)        
I use one.

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I've got laminate in my kitchen. I use my floormate with diluted ammonia, to remove the greasiness you get in a kitchen, I really like the job it does. Since it's putting down clean water and picking up the dirty water i feel like it's cleaning better than any mop. It is a bit inconvenient but I think it's worthwhile.

Post# 393404 , Reply# 3   6/17/2018 at 19:21 (1,090 days old) by niclonnic (Pacific Northwest)        

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I think the FloorMate would work well for my laminate floors. If I get approval from a family member, I might buy it, provided my store still has it.

At my Goodwill, any vacuums we get are tested first before being priced and placed on the sales floor. Vacuums must be in good shape and cannot be stinky; otherwise they are sent to a Goodwill Outlet.

I downloaded the manual for this FloorMate, and I have a couple questions:

1. Hoover recommends using their Hard Floor Detergent with this machine. Which one is best for laminate?

2. They say to fill the clean water tank with "warm water." Exactly how warm should the water be?

Post# 393593 , Reply# 4   6/20/2018 at 17:56 (1,087 days old) by niclonnic (Pacific Northwest)        

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When I got to work today, the FloorMate was gone! Somebody bought it. That's no big deal; maybe I can find another solution to clean my hard floors someday.

Thanks for the advice anyway!

Post# 411694 , Reply# 5   7/19/2019 at 02:03 (694 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Use a crosswave or a Bissell symphony. It takes distilled was. It uses steam and is great.

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