The Hoover WH20420PC Floor Mate SteamScrub Touch Hard Floor Steamer is a hoover steam cleaner that has a nice design and what looks like intuitive controls. So needless to say, I was pretty happy when I received this cleaner and was able to put it through its paces.
One of the first things I really liked about this unit was that it had controls for various surfaces – like the Hoover WH20400 – on the front of it. But instead of a dial, it has buttons instead. There is a button for “tile”, “vinyl” and “wood.” By selecting one of these settings, you can set the machine up to clean those particular surfaces. Just be sure that when you use the wood setting that you only use it on sealed wood. You shouldn’t use a steam cleaner on unsealed wood surfaces. Just a little reminder. There is also a button for “steam only”, which I think is pretty self-explanatory.
Right underneath these controls, there is the on/off switch with some lights underneath that switch. When you first power the unit on a red light will come on. After the unit has come to proper operating temperature, then that light will turn to blue. You’ll then know it’s ready to clean.
And it only takes about 20 to 25 seconds for this machine to come to temperature. Once it has, then you can expect to get about 50-minutes on a lower setting and about 25-minutes on a higher steam setting. All thanks to its 23.4-ounce clean water tank. Which is one of the largest tanks I’ve seen on a steam mop device since I’ve been reviewing them.
I know, all of this sounds great, but you’re probably wondering about cleaning power. Well, no worries about that because I thought this unit did a pretty great job. It not only sanitized but it also cleaned pretty well, too.
Of course, what really has to be emphasized is that this unit is really made just for floors. It can refresh carpets using the carpet glider, it can clean sealed woods, vinyl floors and it can clean tile/grout using the tile & grout scrub brush. But that’s all you’re going to be able to use this steam mop for. It doesn’t have a detachable cleaner and it doesn’t come with a whole lot of accessories.
With all that being said, I do like this unit. Sure, it’s heavier than comparable models and doesn’t come with a lot of extras, but it does get the job done. However, in a crowded steam mop and cleaner field, it just didn’t have enough features or pizzazz to set it apart from the pack.
- Cleans well
- Heats up quickly
- Long lasting water tanks
- Heavier than comparable models
- Just a few accessories