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Post# 440099   3/21/2021 at 04:34 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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I'm going to buy a Hoover SpinScrub at Home Depot. But I've been watching videos and some people do it this way and it sounds like it would make it MUCH easier using a Pump Sprayer Here:

The carpet cleaner you would only put plain hot tap water in. You put hot tap water and solution in the pump sprayer and you spray and area of the carpet you're going to work on....Let it soak in for a bit, then go over it with the Hoover to rinse/extract..

This sounds like it would be so much easier.. What do you think? Would this pump sprayer work for that? My carpets are not stained and just need to be washed occasionally and maintained, which I have not done in a while. I know there's dirt in there.

BTW - this is the steamvac I'm getting. The reason I want it is it's 10 AMPS. I think the Bissell's clean better but I've never liked their extraction as well as Hoover. I just hope the spinscrub mechanism doesn't rust over time like I've read about. Maybe if I take brushes off and dry really well with a fan they will last longer.

Here's the one I'm going to get. Yes, the Bissell revolutions look super cool but I've had so much more trouble in the past with Bissell and I never had trouble with any of my Hoover Steamvac's in the past. I'm trying to remember what happened to them. I know they were working and I gave one to a friend after owning it for a few years. I can't remember what the hell happened to the other one, but I would've remembered if it broke...I don't remember anything being wrong with it.

Oh, there's also a squeegee attachment for hard floors that supposedly work with this model as well as the others. I saw a video of someone attaching it and using it on youtube and they were blown away with how well it worked.


Post# 440108 , Reply# 1   3/21/2021 at 10:15 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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So this was on sale for $129, but they gave me $35 off making it less than 100. Everything in this pic was a total of $119

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Post# 440111 , Reply# 2   3/21/2021 at 12:12 by Jayelux (Dallas, TX)        

That is the method I have settled on after many years using my SpinScrub.
I had tired of having to clean the rental RugDoctor units before even bringing them into the house, so I bought the Hoover at a local vacuum shop. They threw in a gallon of industrial carpet cleaner/disinfectant. I made the mistake of using too much; a little went a long way, and it took hours of rinsing to get rid of the suds and the obnoxious scent.
Now, I only use hot water in the tank, with a few sprinkles of OxyClean. For the traffic areas, I have a squirt bottle of my own very weak concoction of Dawn and a tiny bit of ammonia. Seems to work well. With this method, I don't need to do a separate rinse, and the process goes very quickly.
On my unit, there is an option to turn off the brushes, and I do that for the final passes so that maximum suction can be used to dry the carpet.
A few years ago, I broke the trigger that releases the hot water when I was applying too much pressure to it. I was pleased to find a replacement handle assembly readily available and easily replaced.

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Post# 440122 , Reply# 3   3/21/2021 at 16:31 by gregvacs28 (U.S.)        
The right idea

What your planning is what the pros do.

1. vacuum thoroughly with a rotating brush head.
2. spot spray if appropriate
3. spray entire carpet with shampoo direct giving it time to active and disolve the dirt
4. agitate
5. deep clean with machine.

I also have a Hoover Spinscrub and when I first tried it was so impressed with the suction power.

A couple of hints:

A. When done with the sprayer be sure to rinse out the container and run fresh water through the pumper and hose so detergent doesn't dry and gunk up the nozzle and other parts.

B. When done with the Hoover similarly, rinse everything with fresh water. Put the main body unit on it's side and rinse out the underside because it will get dirty in there.

C. remove the brush from the Hoover and rinse it separate after each use. I've found putting the brush assemply in the dishwasher with the bristles pointing down helps to clean small lint pieces and returns the bristles to their original position. They can get bent to one side otherwise.

Good luck.

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Post# 440123 , Reply# 4   3/21/2021 at 16:34 by gregvacs28 (U.S.)        

Some agitator suggestions

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Post# 440124 , Reply# 5   3/21/2021 at 16:37 by gregvacs28 (U.S.)        


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Post# 440125 , Reply# 6   3/21/2021 at 16:53 by gregvacs28 (U.S.)        

"Oh, there's also a squeegee attachment for hard floors that supposedly work with this model "

It works great to gently wet, scrub, and suck up the mess. The hot air exhaust also blows onto the floor helping it dry in quick time.

What I've done on occasion is spray your hard floors with a soap solution or vinegar and/or baking soda, let it sit a few minutes or so to disolve dirt, then

put only hot water in your fresh water reservoir on the cleaner and

a small bit of steam cleaner detergent which will have an anti-sudsing agent in it, in the waste reservoir

Then one's ready to quickly scrub the floor with the SpinScrub and the fresh water rinses.

Post# 440138 , Reply# 7   3/21/2021 at 20:00 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Yea everyone has different ways but the general consensus is;

Vacuum carpet to remove excess soils, then rake and fluff fibers and vacuum again.

Then spray down your solution in a pump sprayer and leave it set 10-15 mins.

Then go over with your shampooer with only hot tap water in the tank and rinse carpet and extract solution.

Let dry and fluff with rake, then vacuum again, job done.

Some people use an Oreck orbital scrubber with terrycloth pads if the carpet is really janky and nasty.

Post# 440140 , Reply# 8   3/21/2021 at 20:44 by vaclab (Pickerington, Ohio)        
I've Had My Hoover SteamVac Widepath

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For over 20 years now. Very few issues. The big plus is the ability to dry the carpets after wetting them. The lower power Bissells I've tried do just dandy soaking and scrubbing but fail miserably when attempting to extract the moisture.


Post# 440151 , Reply# 9   3/21/2021 at 21:33 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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The only Bissell that I really like by far is the Big Green 86T3. I'm very impressed with those cleaners. I've always liked Hoover's cleaners, I just recently bought their PowerDash GO Pet. Such a shame though that the Rug Doctor Might Pro Wide Track has since been discontinued, I would take that one any day over the Big Green. But the only portable carpet cleaners that I've really liked the most are the Dirt Devil Platinum Force CE7900/Royal Precision MRY7910. If I were to own any portable carpet cleaner, either one of those two is what I would have (Though I like the looks of the Dirt Devil more).

Post# 440159 , Reply# 10   3/21/2021 at 23:19 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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I do not know about the newer model Bissell's but any Bissell I've ever had in the past (so I can not speak for the new models) could not suck up nearly as much water. It LOOKS like they are extracting water from the lens, but it's like they are just getting the very top of it. I'm not sure if this is the case now. The revolutions look really cool to me. But this thing is 10 amps..You can't turn the brushes off on this one though.

Another interesting thing I learned before deciding on this one was the spinscrub brush assembly motor thing (whatever it's called) can RUST causing the brushes not to spin. It can be fixed as I saw several videos but the two machines I had in the past I never had this happen

Post# 440331 , Reply# 11   3/26/2021 at 10:49 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
Holy crap

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Used this for the first time today. I wasn't expecting to be impressed based on past experience with my low pile berber and machines leaving the carpets too wet. I was so hoping that I would not have to add weight to this to get it to extract more water. Not only did I not have to add a hand weight, but even soaking the carpet and extracting a few passes, it was more dry (barely damp) than anything I've ever used in the past. It was barely damp to the point that I thought "Maybe I didn't wet it that much" so I did it again and felt the path and the carpet was soaked. This thing extracts more water than my Rainbow Aquamate 3 (with a hand weight and full water on it). It's super LOUD though! ...but it's very easy to fill/empty tanks take apart and clean...I washed all the parts and underside when done and put everything in front of a fan

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Post# 440508 , Reply# 12   4/2/2021 at 16:22 by ridgidwd0670 (se wood co ohio)        

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I use a garden sprayer to spray shampoo & water

Then I scrub with a rotary floor scrubber (Electrolux B8 or Pullman Holt Gloss Boss)

Then extract with Thermax CP3 (using regular wand) using vinegar & water only until no water can be seen coming into the clear dome/recovery tank

Post# 440527 , Reply# 13   4/2/2021 at 20:33 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
What about Hoover’s Smart Wash?

Has anyone tried it yet?

Post# 440533 , Reply# 14   4/3/2021 at 02:58 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
I'm scared to death of the smart wash

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It looks like it cleans awesomely and is very easy to use/clean......But I've read some CRAZY reviews. Get this: (based on what I've read) the belts can break a lot and people would call Hoover and what does Hoover do? Sends them a NEW machine because the belt broke. Other stories of plastic melting or the lights stop working.. But about the Belt, I don't think (at least based on what I've read) that they even sell replacement belts on Hoover's website. And I think there are aftermarket belts but apparently the belts are a real pain to change. I really wanted to get a smart wash. I felt like a lot of the 5 star reviews I was reading about were early reviews...people fell in love with the machine immediately and wrote a great review.

Anyway - I'm not sure how the 5 year warranty works. Someone wrote in a review that their belt broke, they checked the machine and could see WHY the belt broke. They called Hoover and Hoover sent them another machine but the way it's designed, the belt will break again. Once Hoover has replaced your machine with a second one, then (at least the way they wrote it) then you're on your own. That's just what they said in their review. I'm not saying that. But if that's true, how is that a 5 year warranty? LOL I can't imagine Hoover sending people new machines over and over for 5 years when their belt breaks.

Post# 440536 , Reply# 15   4/3/2021 at 07:39 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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My friend got one recently and we both tried it. Clever, but carpets never got wet enough to get clean.

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