Ask my husband the one chore that I avoid like the plague and he will say vacuuming. I *hate* vacuuming. I will sooner clean a bathroom than vacuum. I don’t know why, I’ve just never liked it. Dusting is a close second. I do however like doing laundry, but that’s because things smell nice after. Needless to say there’s a running joke about how I never clean our floors (my husband vacuum’s 99% of the time in this house).
So when Hoover reached out to ask if I (read: we) wanted to test out their SteamScrub 2-in-1 Steam Mop I was like Ok that’s kind of like vacuuming but it probably smells nicer. The truth is we really needed a steam style vacuum – the official name for that would be “mop” but it really does a lot more than just mop your floors. We wanted something we could use on tile, hardwood, laminate and yes the carpeted stairs that mock me. I also wanted something portable for smaller cleaning job.
In which case let’s get to it. This is the Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1. For starters, go and check out Hoover’s page about it the SteamScrub 2-in-1 as they list all of its great features and what it can actually clean. The list is endless. It has 12 tools and accessories to steam clean everything from the residue on your oven, to cleaning grout and steam cleaning upholstery. Pick something and there’s a good chance this will help you clean it. It sanitizes, kills & removes 99.9% of harmful bacteria with steam alone.
It has a very easy to remove water dispenser where you fill it with water to that fancy line…
…and when this button turns green after you turn it on, it means it’s ready for use. I know. Uncomplicated. My life motto for everything. It does not get easier than that.
This is the hard water filer behind the water dispenser that when it gets kind of grungy, you need to change it.
You’d think the first thing I would do is test out on the floors. But noooooo. Instead I wanted to see how well the portable steam cleaner part would work on our gas range stove top. Because as much as I love our gas range, when I don’t wipe up spills on it right away, it becomes a caked on nightmare.
This is the portable hand held steam cleaning part. You push a button and it pops off.
This is my disaster of a gas range top coated with grease and burnt on food spills that I let accumulate just to test this out.
Right. Just to test this out. Let’s go with that.
I had my husband try it out for me so I could take photos and this is how it went. First we just used the steam portion to loosen the particles and residue across the whole thing.
Then we added the scrub part and went to town.
Once the area started to loosen, I added some dish detergent in the mix to help loosen the really stubborn parts. Then we went back to this attachment and cleaned the very hard to reach burner areas where gunk can really build up and clog your igniters.
Wiped it down with a sponge. Yummy.
Repeated the stubborn caked on areas as needed. And about 15 mins later we had this.
That is the power of steam. If you see scratches on there, that’s from my previous attempts at cleaning this stove top where nothing and I mean nothing would remove the caked on residue. In which case scratches were left on the top. Don’t do that. Using the Hoover SteamScrub instead. No marks or scratches.
I can’t lie, I swear I didn’t expect it to work this well. I mean after all it’s just water. But then you think about pressure washers and their ability to clean to your outdoor fences and furniture, this is kind of like the nicer indoor version of that.
Should I get to the floors? Our kids terrorize our floors. I still can’t buy a new rug for the living room because between juice spills and cracker crumbs, forget it.
All you do is fill the water container up and add the cleaning solution Hoover recommends, attach the blue mop to the base (it’s washable and reusable!), turn it on and when the button turns green you’re good to go.
Also has a great storage compartment for the different handles to tackle all the different jobs you may need.
Our really sticky and gross living room floor before.
And the after. That’s our older daughter using it. She insisted, so who am I to complain?
Final thoughts on the Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1:
- It does a phenomenal job on the juice spills and anything that’s collecting on your surface. I used to scrub stickers and washi tape that was stuck to the floor after craft time. Three swipes across with this and they were gone. Magic.
- Everything is shiny and clean after.
- The mop being washable is a big deal. No more excess waste of cleaning cloths to fill up landfills.
- It’s very easy to use and relatively lightweight.
- I really love the portable removable cleaner part and plan to do a deep clean of the unwashable parts of our sectional cover (like the armrests) with it and our stairs. Oh God the carpeted stairs.
- It’s super easy to assemble and the parts for the portable cleaner (which includes a hose extension) are easily removed and snapped on so you can switch parts mid way through cleaning, depending on what you need.
I have two constructive critiques of it.
1) It would be great to see this in a cordless version with a rechargeable battery. The cord is very long and while that is very helpful to keep plugged into one spot while you clean your entire room, it’s also not such a good thing in a smaller space.
2) There is no locking mechanism for the steam trigger button at the top of it (it’s located on the handle). Meaning, if you want constant steam to come out, you have to hold the trigger manually and if you’re doing a lot of cleaning, it can be a little tiresome on your fingers.
Neither of those impact how well it cleans and functions however, and it really does a thorough and good job of deep cleaning without a lot of effort. The fact that our kids can use it, shows just how easy it is to operate. Next up on our list, bathroom floor tile grout. Remind me who thought white grout was ever a good idea?
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Disclosure: This post was a collaboration with Hoover where I received a SteamScrub 2-in-1 for my review. As always, opinions are my own.