Effortless Cleaning with the Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by TTi Floor Care and I was provided with a Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1 for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own, as always!
I’ve never liked the idea of mopping. In my first year at theatre school, I was working on a dance production and part of the pre-show duties was to mop the entire stage.
The idea of running a traditional mop literally disgusts me.
I mean how clean can it really get? Only the first pass gets the clean water. After that, it’s just a compounded mix of dirt and liquid that gets shifted from one place to another. If you add soap in there, now you’ve just got dirty, soapy water. It’s like using the washing machine without a rinse cycle.
So you mop a second time with new water to “rinse” it all off… again, moving slightly less dirty water around on a slightly less dirty floor.
And what’s left? This super stringy or spongy thing that’s gotta get shampooed and washed and dried… and you know it’s never as clean as it was when it was new.
When the “modern” mop that sprayed cleaning solution and lifted the dirt with disposable pads came out, we were all over it. But then we had to keep buying these one-time use disposable pads and if we ran out of solution… well, then it didn’t work.
For years we were stuck with this setup because there’s no way I was swabbing the deck with a huge yarn ball on a stick.
When I was asked to review the Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1, I was cautiously optimistic. I have only a few tiled floors and mostly carpet, so I wasn’t sure exactly how much I would be able to use this.
But ever since Gordon Ramsay taught me how to “deglaze” a pan, I’ve been using the advantages of steam in the kitchen to cook and clean more and more. It’s just so much more effective and uses WAY less effort.
Perfect sunny side up egg? I use steam. (Put a tablespoon of water in the pan and cover with a lid!)
Reheating leftovers so they taste exactly like they were freshly cooked? I use steam. (Add small amounts of water every few minutes and cover with a lid!)
Fall-off-the-bone ribs in the oven? Steam. (Place seared ribs on a rack in a baking pan filled with water just under the rack, and cover with foil!)
Heat and water are a powerful combo!
And because I’m – let’s face it – kinda lazy, standing at the sink scrubbing pans is like the last thing I want to spend my time doing. So I let steam do the work and it pretty much cleans itself. (After plating, fill the pot or pan with water to loosen up stuck-on food, cover with lid and place back on warm stovetop.) #lifehack.
If the Hoover SteamScrub helps me use steam to clean beyond the stove and into my house… Well, this opens up a whole new ball game.
This is the unit and all the attachments. There is a little section in the back that will house all of the little accessories for easy access.
The package comes with:
- SteamScrub 2-in-1
- 2 Washable Microfibre Pads
- Carpet Glider Attachment
- Hand-Held Hose Attachment
- Steam & Scrape Tool
- Tile & Grout Scrub Brush
- Angled Crevice Tool
- Steel Wire Brush
- Small and Large Scrub Brushes
- Upholstery Cloth
- Tool Storage Bag
The first thing I wanted to tackle was the shower doors. I know I’m not giving them enough attention and it’s partly because of the scrubbing – again, lazy. So if I could skip all that elbow-grease altogether – count me IN.
After a few passes of the squeegee over the glass, I was pleasantly surprised that it really was cleaning the glass! But as I moved further down into the central area of the glass and as the steam evaporated, I noticed that it wasn’t tackling the hard water stains as well as I hoped. I switched attachments from the squeegee, to the hard scraper, then finally to the scrub brush – but was not able to remove all of the hard water spots.
This had me a bit disappointed, so I decided not to continue with the shower door and move on.
However, when I returned to the bathroom that night, the absence of sunlight made the results way more visible.
The steamer made a huge difference! Look at the side panel that got a few passes of the SteamScrub, and the shower door that had none.
Night. And. Day.
You can see this “haze” on the shower door that doesn’t exist on the side panel. Although the hard water spots still remain, they were over-emphasized by the sun while I was cleaning and made them look worse than they actually were. My previous “meh” experience got overturned by the realization that I barely put in any effort to get it this clean. Imagine what would happen if I pre-sprayed the doors with a bit of vinegar? The work is pretty much done for me.
The second task I tackled was my tiled front entrance. After a big sweep, I steamed the floor and discovered a bunch of neat features:
- The base of the cleaner detaches to reveal a built-in tile and grout scrub brush – so you can send steam and scrub the floor with hard bristles at the same time
- The SteamScrub offers a “steam spray” out of the front of the cleaning head so you can target specific areas with a concentrated stream
- The microfibre pad holder easily pops on and off so you can switch back and forth between the pad and the scrub brush seamlessly
I swapped the microfibre pads and steamed the kitchen floor as well. I realized that the coolest part of this is that the SteamScrub is sanitizing the floors without the use of harsh chemicals. I’m only using heat and water! This means we don’t have to constantly spend money on cleaning solution and we don’t have to be exposed to unnecessary chemicals. The floors ended up nice and clean with the added bonus of killing the bacteria we can’t see. Quite a plus when you’ve got little ones who think yamming their hands and face into the floor is “fun.” Sigh.
Because this is what’s really lurking around even though it doesn’t seem like it…
The SteamScrub does come with a bottle of solution as well as a separate liquid tank to accommodate it. However, it’s totally optional and is controlled by a dial that lets you turn it On/Off, and it’s only meant for floors since the hand-held steamer does not connect to the solution tank.
Scrub-a-dub-dub… I’d rather be doing something else…
If you couldn’t tell already, I’m not a big fan of scrubbing. It’s more effort than I’m interested in investing so if something else can take over (like science…), I’m a happy mommy. When I tried to see what I could clean in the kitchen, I was so excited to see that the steam and scrub brush cut right through the build-up on the kitchen faucet, and in the little grooves that were usually a pain to tackle.
First of all: gross. Second of all: OMG!
Zero effort. Gone.
I ran to the other faucets in the bathrooms and it was the same deal. The SteamScrub is doing most of the work for me.
My stove is a flat electric top, so I wondered if I could reap the same rewards. Back to the kitchen I went to try and get it back to a sparkling finish. Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to cut through the grease on its own, so I dropped a quarter-sized blob of dish soap on the stove and scrubbed lightly with the steamer.
You guyssss… I got the same result with a little light circular motion as I would have with a sponge, some soap, and muscle! Once again, very little effort for a clean finish, and no having to rinse and wring out a sponge or cloth afterwards.
My most favourite feature about this unit is definitely the detachable hand-held steamer, because it just means that I can use steam to loosen up any grime instead of hard labour. I can use it in conjunction with soap or cleaner and not have to use too much energy trying to scrub it all away. I like how it is really lightweight the entire SteamScrub is when it’s all put together (8 lbs) and how easy it is to manoeuvre.
My least favourite part was where the cord was located. Because the steamer itself detaches from the upright “stick” portion of the unit, the power cord is connected to the hand-held component. This means, that the cord is jutting out from the side instead of somewhere nicely placed on the back.
While I was steaming the floors, it was very annoying for some of the slack to keep falling off the cord stays. I was close to an outlet so I didn’t let out the entire length of cable (which is a generous 20 feet or so), but I eventually did anyways just to stop it from uncoiling on its own.
The water tanks are quite small but I was able to do each floor area with less than one fill. These were about 8’x12′ areas, so if you have a bigger space to clean, you may have to refill the tank more than once. I did like how it was really easy to detach and fill, and that you can use regular tap water instead of distilled water because of the built-in filter.
You probably already have systems in place that will clean whatever you need to get cleaned. So is this something necessary? Probably not. Having said that: if the idea of time and manual labour wasted on scrubbing to get things sparkling clean makes you grimace, or if the idea of using harsh chemicals to dissolve grime is unacceptable, then the Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1 is definitely something to consider. I love how it does the hard work for me, and I know that with all the heat involved, it’s probably doing a better job than I would have done on my own.
Everything feels super clean and taken care of… which always feels nicer when it feels like it just happened magically on its own. 😀 The Hoover SteamScrub is available at Canadian Tire for a MSRP of $124.99.