Date: December 17, 2016.
Hoover FH11300PC Spotless Portable Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner is specialized spot cleaner, suitable for removing various stains, spots, dirt, messes etc. from carpets, upholstery, stairs, car seats, hard floors and similar. It can be even used on wooden floors, too, but with great care and only if the wood floor finish is certified for such cleaning.
Date: December 17, 2016.
Hoover FH11300PC Spot Cleaner is portable, lightweight carpet and upholstery cleaner which uses water and cleaning agents to clean every day stains and spills. Hard to remove and other stubborn dirty spots can be even (should be!) pretreated before cleaning.
Hoover FH11300PC Spot Cleaner sprays water and cleaning agent mixture, scrubs dirty area and than uses suction to remove dirt and dirty water.
The unit comes with a self-cleaning hose that flushes the hose after each use to help remove dirt and bacteria. When it arrives, unit requires some assembly, but no tools are required. In any case, before assembly and especially before first use, be sure to thoroughly read the manual – this is specific cleaning product and not ‘just another’ wet-dry vacuum cleaner.
Many stains can be removed using plain water, scrubbing motion and suction. However, Hoover FH11300PC Spot Cleaner can use various stain and odor removal formulas to loosen and remove dirt and grime from carpet, upholstery, car seats, tiles and similar areas.
Cleaning formulas come in many versions, depending on the type of dirt, type of surface, with various fragrances, in various packages – choose according to your personal needs and requirements.
Hoover FH11300PC comes with 14 feet (~4.3 m) power cord and in combination with 5 feet (~1.53 m) hose, allows one to reach and remove stains wherever required. Unit weight slightly less than 9 pounds (4.1 kg) and can be easily carried around. Note that this is weight with empty tanks and without power cord.
Personally, 14 feet power cord can be a little bit short – in that case, one can use extension cord, just be aware that the unit has 3.5 Amp (420 W) motor. For such load, almost any extension cord can be used, but to keep things safe, check the extension cord ratings. Power cord is wrapped manually – there is no automatic rewind system and for such short power cords, it is perhaps not even required.
Hoover FH11300PC includes 8 oz bottle expert clean detergent, 4 oz bottle expert clean pretreat gel and a multipurpose rubber nub tool made of antimicrobial materials to protect the tool against bacteria, mold and mildew.
Hoover FH11300PC portable carpet cleaner should be used only if the upholstery fabric is marked with a ‘W’ (for ‘wet’ cleaning) or ‘S/W’ (for ‘solvent/dry’ or ‘wet’ cleaning). If the fabric is with marked ‘S’ (‘solvent/dry’ cleaning only), don’t use this or any other similar spot cleaner.
If you are unsure about ratings of your surfaces, make small color test in a small, hidden area by gently rubbing the surface of the carpet or upholstery with a dampened white cloth. Wait 10-15 minutes and then check for color removal or bleed with a white dry cloth or paper towel.
When cleaning carpets and similar surfaces positioned on the wooden floors, it is good practice to place some plastic protection underneath the carpet, in order to prevent moisture to damage the wooden floor – such damage often can be noticed only after weeks or even months, so be careful.
After cleaning, carpets, seats and upholstery remain moist and should be left to dry.
Unit is very easy to use – just fill the cleaning solution in the unit, attach cleaning tool (if required), turn the unit on and spray a generous amount of cleaning solution over the dirty area by pressing the trigger behind the tool and scrub the stain in a back and forth motion.
After the cleaning the mess and the dirt tank, clean the hose – add the warm water to the small mess fill line on the clean water tank, remove the cleaning tool/attachment from the hose, turn the unit on and push the open end of the hose into yellow self-clean port on the back of the unit for 5-10 seconds, without pressing the trigger.The clean water from the clean water tank will rush through the hose, effectively cleaning it and removing the odor causing dirt and bacteria left in the hose. If needed, repeat the process as needed and turn off the unit when hose is fully clean.
Hoover FH11300PC Spotless Portable Carpet and Upholstery Spot Cleaner is great cleaning tool that comes at great price. However, there are also few cons that one should be aware of:
– rubbing tool is manual and all the rubbing is done by the user. While this is actually good when cleaning small messes on sensitive surfaces, cleaning any larger surface requires time and some effort. Recommendation: use warm water and cleaning agents/formulas.
– there is no water heater of any kind. Hot water/steam can damage many surfaces, but warm water, with or without cleaning agent, can help remove stains much better than cold water. And can lead to somewhat faster drying. So, when required, use warm water/cleaning solution – again, warm, not not!
Hoover FH11300PC comes with 2-year warranty.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Hoover FH11300PC Spot CleanerAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Since cleaning solutions are so important in cleaning the spots properly, Hoover FH11300PC comes with 8-oz expert clean detergent and 4-oz expert clean pretreat gel. Try cleaning with them and without them, and soon you will notice the difference.
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