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boogiebearlove's Avatar boogiebearlove 01:19 PM 02-15-2009
I am going to buy a used Hoover Floormate for cheap (my whole house is covered in tile/linoleum - military homes : ) but it is supposed to be used with some special cleaner, and of course I don't want to put that in my home, let alone keep paying for it - so I was wondering if it was okay to put other homemade cleaning solutions in these things, and what you use to get your hard floors good and clean?

adorabelle's Avatar adorabelle 08:51 PM 02-16-2009
I actually just took a break from using mine on my hardwood floors to come here and browse lol. I just use whatever cleaner I want. I think the reason they tell you it needs a specific cleaner is to make more money. For hardwoods, I use Murphy's Oil Soap or Dr. Bronners. For tile or lineoleum I use Dr. Bronner's too. It works great!

If the machine gets stinky (make sure you empty it each time you use it!) I put some vinegar and water in the top part and that seems to help. It also disinfects the floor too!
alienwhistler's Avatar alienwhistler 01:34 PM 02-24-2009
I have had success with just using whatever cleaner I want, too.
dbsam's Avatar dbsam 02:08 PM 02-24-2009
I’ve been wondering the same thing since I’ve had a few stop working shortly after purchasing. Having dogs, I can vacuum the ceramic tile w/my regular vacuum prior to cleaning the floor and I still end up pushing around dog hair. The Floormate really picks up anything left behind, in addition to the dirt.

My first one lasted years and I simply used hot water or sometimes vinegar in it. I may have ruined my second Floormate by using Bi-O-Kleen soy solvent in the water – it stopped working properly a few months after purchasing. My third Floormate stopped working in a couple of months too so I started thinking the machines were no good. I recently bought a fourth hoping it would last years like my first one. So far, so good…but I’ve used only hot water and occasionally a little TTO. It’s nice to know Dr. Bronners is fine.

I’ve never used it on the wood floors afraid it would damage them. After reading the pp I may try it on the wood.

I agree w/the pp who said make sure you empty and rinse all parts after each use. I leave them out to dry before putting it back together. I forgot to empty once…yuck!
avendesora's Avatar avendesora 04:43 PM 03-06-2009
Club soda works well on linoleum.

I wouldn't recommend vinegar on tile, unless you can rinse it. Vinegar will (eventually) eat away at the grout.

o'smom's Avatar o'smom 05:05 PM 03-06-2009
Before I got my steam mop, I used the Hoover Floormate and just used really hot water and a few drops of either lavender or lemon essential oils.
Bella's Mama's Avatar Bella's Mama 08:45 PM 03-12-2009 that's what happened to my grout!