Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner — FH40160

Pros: lightweight, simple assembly, easy to use, cleans well, long cord

Cons: won’t miraculously make a floor brand new

I am seriously impressed with the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner.  This easy-to-use machine did a great job on several different types of hard flooring in my house.


This electric floor cleaner is designed to clean hard floors such as: sealed hardwood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tile, and marble. There are different brushes used to clean the wood and tile/grout.  The brushes are designed to thoroughly scrub the flooring but in a gentle manner.  There are also two tanks: one for clean water, and one for dirty water.  There is also a wash-and-dry feature that removes most of the water from the floor during the cleaning process.

The cord is 20-feet long, and the machine has a cleaning path about 11 1/2” wide.  The machine is lightweight at just under fourteen pounds.  Hoover recommends using their cleaning solution (2X Hoover FloorMate Multi-Floor Detergent).  Some of the cleaning solution comes in the package.

Our Experiences

I have been doing some renovation and cleaning my house from one end to the other.  One of the rooms that needed serious attention was the bedroom my father used while he was under hospice care.  He passed away, and the room needed a serious re-do.

The bedroom has a hardwood floor original to the house, which is over forty years old.  With my father’s health issues, the floor had seen some nasty action.  I had painters arriving in a few days to paint the room, and my brother suggested using the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe to clean the floors before the painters set to work.  I’m so glad he suggested this cleaning machine!

Assembly is basic, and a screwdriver is needed.  The D-shaped handle slides into the floor cleaner base and is screwed into place.  When facing the machine, the clean water tank is located at the right.  The left tank holds the dirty water.  A manual is included that outlines the various parts with use instructions.  I suggest vacuuming the floor before using the Hoover floor cleaner to remove loose dirt and debris.

Fill the Hoover FloorMate right tank with warm water.  The cap serves as a measuring cup to measure out the cleaning solution.  Once the cleaning solution is added, slide the tank back into a locked position.  A pedal is located at the bottom back of the machine; step on it to release the handle.  Push the on/off button, and you are ready to go.

The machine is lightweight and easy to lift and push along the flooring.  Steady, even paths back and forth across the floor work well.  I was amazed how clean the wood floor looked.  The floor quickly dried, too.  Mind you, this is not a miracle worker machine.  The wood floor in the room has seen over forty years of life, and it has the scuff marks to prove it.  Using the floor cleaner brightened the wood floor and lifted lots of dirt; however, it did not miraculously make the floor look new.  The bedroom now has a lovely cleaned floor and now sports newly painted walls, rearranged furniture, and area rugs.  It looks like a completely different living space.

Using the same tank of water, I was able to also clean the vinyl flooring in the kitchen.  The clean water tank started running low toward the end of the kitchen job, but boy did the tile look cleaner.  Even areas that had a few stubborn stains I could not easily hand clean came away looking great.  My brother has also used the Hoover in his house on hardwood and tiled floors with great success.

After finishing, clean up was quick.  Simply empty the dirty water tank and rinse out both tanks.  Rinse the foam filter to clean it.  Let the filter and tanks dry then store until the machine is needed again.


I am very pleased with the results of the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner.  The machine didn’t cost that much money either.  My house is a mix of carpeted rooms, and rooms that contain hardwood, tile and vinyl flooring.  This cleaner gives the floors a deeper clean than a by-hand mop job.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,

Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart


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