If you have hardwood floors and are thinking about purchasing a new vacuum cleaner during the Cyber Week or holiday sales (or you've thought about gifting one) I'm going to offer another suggestion: Go for a floor washer instead.
If you've never heard of a floor washer, also known as a wet-dry vacuum, you're not alone. Up until a few months ago I thought the only option for cleaning my hardwood floors was first vacuuming them, then immediately doing the entire chore over again, but this time with a mop. With two small kids and a black lab, that pretty much meant that by the time I was done with this process, it was time to start it up again.
Then I got an email asking if I'd like to try the Hoover FloorMate SpinScrub, a device that promised to both vacuum and mop my floors at the same time.
A couple of weeks later, the SpinScrub arrived, and I can honestly report that we haven't used our vacuum (except on our area rugs) since then.
Hoover® FloorMate™ SpinScrub™ Hard Floor Cleaner| Was $184.99, now $139.99
The Hoover® FloorMate SpinScrub is currently 25 percent off at HSN, which brings the price down to just under $140, a steal for an appliance that's sure to become a go-to in your cleaning routine. View Deal
This handy little appliance looks and works a lot like an upright vacuum, except you fill it with water and a mild detergent. Then, it both sucks up everything in its path, and also scrubs your floors with a sealed-hardwood-safe spin brush.
I think the game changer for me here was the suction. When I mop, a lot of times I still feel like I'm just pushing dirty water around on the floor. But the SprinScrub not only sucks up all the dirty water (and dog hair and granola bar crumbles), it also has a clean water reservoir that spits out, well, clean water, as you move around the house.
Mostly, it saves me from having to do a chore I dislike twice in a row, and for that reason alone, I am a fan.
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