If you’ve stopped by the blog before, you probably know that we just moved into a new construction home. And as per the redonkulous price to upgrade our flooring to hardwood, we opted to stay with the standard carpet throughout, and eventually just install flooring ourselves.
The carpeting has some pros and cons.
Pro: Super soft. My toddling toddler is over the moon with all the cushy surfaces she can roll, jump, squirm, and shimmy on. It also makes it a little less painful when she trips on what I can only deduce to be air.
Con: We have a toddler. As in: someone who doesn’t understand the perimeter concept of like, a plate or a bowl. I’m pretty sure she thinks the dish is just something optional that we put our food in for the first half of the meal.
Pro: Ummm… it was free? Hmm. I think I’m out of pros. I guess it’s maybe a bit warmer?
Con: It’s everywhere. Aside from the bathrooms, kitchen and foyer, the whole house is carpeted. Even the dining room. Why is carpeting a dining room standard issue? I would understand if we had some kind of “living/dining” multi-use room, but we don’t. Do you know how stressful it is trying to feed a toddler over an almost-white carpet? I haven’t even attempted to make spaghetti. Just… no.
I was super relieved when Hoover asked me to review their Powerscrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner. My husband was even more excited to try it out since he somehow managed to track turquoise paint onto the carpet while we were painting the basement. After a bunch of PowerScrubbing some week old paint, the turquoise is 99% gone. You can see a bit of it if you’re looking for it, but it’s definitely not the shame stain of a paint-roller gone rogue. (I hung that over his head for a while, since he was convinced *I* would be the one who would get paint on the carpet. Bahaha.)
What’s great about the PowerScrub Deluxe is that it’s not limited to floors, but can also clean upholstery and fabric. These are the accessories that come with the package:
A stair tool, upholstery tool, a rotating SpinScrub powered hand tool, an accessory bag to hold them all (THANK YOU!) and a bottle of Clean Plus 2X Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner. Not pictured is the crevice tool, as Sweet Pea has taken it hostage and… I, uh, yeah. It’s lost. Probably for good.
We noticed that when Sweet Pea escapes from her little dining table, she loves hopping onto the couch with whatever food residue she has on her hands before we can catch her with a napkin. Thanks, kid. We tried out the upholstery tool on our microsuede couch to get rid of all this.
I found the PowerScrub Deluxe really easy to use. First you fill each labelled compartment of the tank with either warm water or cleaning solution.
Then, you flip the switch on the front to choose between wash and rinse. Wash dispenses the right mixture of soap + water, while Rinse – you guessed it: rinses with just water. Told you it was easy.
When you want to dispense either a wash or a rinse, there’s a conveniently placed trigger on either handle (on the upright or on the hose) that releases soap and/or water. When you let go of the trigger, it sucks everything up! It’s pretty much a vacuum that washes the floor for you with these crazy rotating bristles.
I had to try the main sha-bang for myself, so I got set up in the living room after vacuuming with the Hoover Air Cordless Lift and did a lather and rinse cycle.
I took a bunch of photos, but didn’t bother posting them for you.
Because they were useless. I can’t show you that I used a carpet cleaner on a carpet that’s been stepped on for less than two months – and tell you that it’s effective. We spent so much effort trying to contain Sweet Pea’s food flights that there was nothing to really show in a picture… so I took matters into my own hands.
I looked in the fridge, and found it.
Sweet Pea had finished snacking on this before it was finished, so I put it in the fridge for later. She’s pretty cool with these pouches, but I have to watch her like a hawk. As soon as I turn away, she goes all Dennis the Menace on it and I can practically hear her screaming “Old Faithful!!” (100 points if you understood that reference.) If you can imagine, my blood pressure pretty much shoots up every time I hand her one of these. So it was time to face my fears and get’er done.
Yup. That’s apple, blueberry and banana all up in our business. I wiped it away with a paper towel as non-invasively as I could (like how I would normally wipe it up), but still ended up with this artful wonder:
And don’t you go thinking that I copped out and did this in some inconspicuous corner, either. It’s right in front of our couch. Prove it? Okay.
Gah! Right? I know. I was praying that this would work, otherwise I’d never hear the end of it. I contemplated doing it off to the side somewhere, but figured, as always: go big or go home. If it didn’t work, well… I could say that it was motivation to get our floors replaced sooner.
This was one wash-only pass of the PowerScrub Deluxe…
Then after, with the rinse.
O.M.G. omgomgomg. Phew. Biggest sigh of relief ever. Now I wouldn’t have to blame it on Sweet Pea (hah!), and I can breathe easy every time I give her a squeeze pouch. You don’t know how nervous I was for this. I was envisioning how I would explain the random planter in the middle of the room.
Emptying the dirty water is also really easy – just one latch on the bottom releases the tank, and it slides out by the handle.
I love how the PowerScrub Deluxe also forces out heated air while suctioning all the liquid so that the floor dries sooner. I was able to step on the carpet without sacrificing my dry socks after about an hour. I was also pleased with the effectivity of the rinse as I wasn’t able to smell any of the cleaning solution on my hand after running it over the damp carpet. Great news for my face-planting kid!
The Hoover PowerScrub Deluxe is available for $274.99 at Hoover Canada.
If your home is mostly carpet and you’re tired of scrubbing on your hands and knees, this machine is a saving grace. It’s also perfect for allergy sufferers, as vacuuming alone only does half the job. I can’t wait to see how this machine will come in handy when we 86 the diapers and start potty training! Yippee.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by TTi Floor Care, and I was provided with the Hoover PowerScrub Deluxe for the purposes of facilitating this review. All opinions are honest and my own, as always!