Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaners, FH40160PC and FH40165 Models, are wet and dry hard floor scrubbers, suitable for cleaning surfaces like sealed wood, vinyl, tile, grout etc. Dual tank technology keeps dirty and clean water separated and ease the cleaning and filling of each tank.
Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner is based on 'Multi-Purpose Spin Scrub' technology which features counter-rotating brushes that gently wash and scrub hard floors from all angles. Cleaning brush is removable for easier cleaning.
Dual tank technology separate tanks for clean and dirty water - unit has two, individual tanks, not just a tank with clean and dirty water separated. This makes filling, emptying and cleaning of each tank easier and faster. Note that tanks are rather thin and tall and they can't be filled/rinsed in every sink.
Both tanks have capacity of 1.5 quarts (~1.42 liters, 48 ounces). Clean water tank doesn't have water heater, but it can and should be filled with warm (not hot) water before cleaning. Right after cleaning, it is highly recommended to empty and clean the dirty liquid tank.
Both models have two modes of operation: wash mode uses brushes to clean while suctioning up excess water. Dry mode stops brushes and water to remove any excess water and improve drying time. For problematic areas and stains, 'Clean Surge' feature deliver more cleaning liquid and more cleaning solution for better and more thorough cleaning.
Unit comes with two brushes: SpinScrub Wood Floor Brush (which is usually assembled in the unit) and SpinScrub Tile & Grout Brush.
Spinning scrub brushes are gentle and safe for scrubbing sealed wood, laminate floors, vinyl, tile, grout and similar surface - just be sure to use the right brush.
Note on cleaning sealed wood and laminate floors - cleaners like these use water and cleaning solution to improve the cleaning. If the wood finish is not sealed and if the laminate floor is not certified for such cleaning, DON'T clean it with wet/dry and similar cleaners.
Moisture will penetrate into the floor and make wood bent and rot over time and it will essentially destroy your floors. But, for tiles and similarly resistant floors, cleaners like this are excellent for keeping them clean.
Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaners usually come with 16 oz Multi-Floor Plus 2X cleaning solution. Depending on your floors and type of dirt, you can find more specific solution which will do its job even better.
Main difference between models is in the handle - FH40165 has folding handle which minimizes required space for storing the unit after cleaning. Also, depending on the store, FH40165 can come with more cleaning solutions than FH40160 model - hence the variable difference in price.
Unit must be assembled before first use - assembly is easy and can be done in minutes. Before first use (and before assembly) it is highly recommended to read the manual first.
Wheels are soft and gentle and enable easy maneuvering with the cleaner. Unit weight is 13.8 pounds (~6.25 kg) when tanks are empty - even when fully filled, unit is still rather easy to move over the various floors.
Motor draws 3.5 Amps, and is strong enough for the unit like this. Unit is not loud, but IMHO, could be quieter, too.
Power cord is 20 feet (~6.1 m) long and is long enough for small apartments and similar areas. However, with 11.5 inch (~29.2 cm) wide nozzle and 1.4 liters tanks, unit can cover and clean rather large area quickly and longer power cord would be beneficial - personally, it should be at least 30 feet (10 m) long. Also, unit has no power cord auto-rewind mechanism - perhaps this is the reason why the length of the power cord is limited to 20 feet.
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