|Using DooDoo Voodoo With A Hoover®
SpinScrub 800, Swiffer Wet Mop Or Rubbermaid Reveal
To Clean Hard-Surface Floors
recently had an opportunity to use our new Hoover FloorMate SpinScrub 800
on the epoxy floors in our
private animal-rescue facility and
were really pleased with the results, so we thought we'd tell you about
our experience here. We were so pleased with the FloorMate's
performance that we bought another one for our home, where we have a
large quantity of hardwood flooring.
We didn't put DooDoo Voodoo in
the machine and use the machine to dispense the DooDoo Voodoo like you
normally would use the FloorMate. Instead, we mixed up a big batch
of DooDoo Voodoo at the 1oz.-per-quart strength in a 2.5-gallon pump
sprayer we bought at Lowe's for less than $20. Then, using the
sprayer, we sprayed the walls up about 18" to make sure the DooDoo Voodoo
came in contact with all the urine that may have been missed by our
regular cleaning. We let the DooDoo Voodoo run down over the coved
epoxy, so gravity carried any urine down to the floor, where we could deal
We worked in one room at a
time and made sure to close the door to keep the cats out of the area
while we were working and while the DooDoo Voodoo was drying after we
We sprayed the entire floor,
let the DooDoo Voodoo dwell for 15 minutes, then fired up the FloorMate on
the "wash" setting. This is the setting where the FloorMate doesn't
suck up the cleaning solution, it simply agitates it with the 6 built-in,
rotating bristle brushes. Because of the slightly-textured nature of
the epoxy floor in our facility, we removed the regular brush and instead
used the tile-&-grout brush, which is rougher on the floors. We
normally use the regular brush on our hardwoods and it works well.
After scrubbing a 4'x8'
section, we changed the FloorMate from "wash" to "wet pickup" and let it
suck up all the DooDoo Voodoo. The solution it vacuumed up was dark
brown and really yucky looking, so we could tell the FloorMate was doing a
good job of removing the soil that had been on the floor.
We worked on 4'x8' sections
until the whole room had been scrubbed and vacuumed. There was a
little wetness left on the floor, which was fine with us because we knew
the DooDoo Voodoo would continue to kill germs and odors while it air
Within a short time, the room
was absolutely odor-free and the floor was dry, so we opened the door and
let the cats have access to the room again and moved on to another room to
begin our cleaning there. Some of our part-time animal caretakers
remarked the next day how much better the cleaned rooms smelled, even
before we told them what we'd done, so we consider the cleaning job a
If you've got hard surfaces
like epoxy, tile, vinyl or even hardwoods, give this method a try.
We bet you'll have great results like we did.
Click here to search eBay for Hoover
FloorMates for sale. The search is sorted with the highest-priced
items first, so scroll down to find your best deal. The model we
use is the H3060.
For Those Of You Without A
We encourage you to get a FloorMate, but if you have a wet/dry type of
ShopVac or equivalent, you can accomplish some of the same results,
though with a bit more work. Get yourself a long-handled scrub
brush or stiff, narrow pushbroom, and buy a 1-gallon or 2.5-gallon pump
Spray DooDoo Voodoo as
described above, agitate with the scrub brush or broom, then extract
(suck up) the DooDoo Voodoo with the wet/dry ShopVac, perhaps using the
squeegee attachment that likely came with your ShopVac.
Some vacuums require a
different wet-type filter be installed for this type of project, so
check your owner's manual. Also, use extra caution when using an
electrical device around moisture; GFCI-protected outlets or suitable
outlet strips are preferred to regular wall outlets.
What About Grout?
Tile, if it's not damaged, is generally impervious to odors and won't
soak up urine. Grout, on the other hand, is extremely porous and
can be more of a challenge to get urine smell out of.
Our special-needs rescue dog
(Rocky, shown here) sneaked into a tiled bathroom we normally keep off
limits to him. (Notice that his tail is a blur. He wags his
tail when he's not nipping at us.) He did his business and once I
found it, I removed it and went to work with DooDoo Voodoo and the
I sprayed DooDoo Voodoo on all
walls and cabinetry up to a height above which I knew he wouldn't have
urinated. I let it run down to the tile floor and dwell there.
I sprayed the entire floor with DooDoo Voodoo, let it dwell for 10
minutes and then extracted it with the FloorMate. I went around
with paper towels and wiped up the excess off the walls, cabinets and
At first, we thought it
smelled much better in the bathroom. But a couple days later, the
smell --- though reduced in strength --- was back. What had I done
I had not let the DooDoo
Voodoo dwell long enough to soak into the grout as much as Rocky's urine
What's The Best Way To
Apply DooDoo Voodoo To Grout?
Given that animals never just urinate on the grout lines, you do need to
apply DooDoo Voodoo to your entire floor and let it dwell (longer than I
did in our bathroom recently). But the DooDoo Voodoo you apply to
the entire floor doesn't need to be as strong as the DooDoo Voodoo you
apply to your grout lines. What to do...
I suggest that you purchase
some squirt bottles like either of the types shown. The first type
is like what you'd put ketchup in at a restaurant; the second type has a
little cap and is more like what you might use in a laboratory or a hair
salon. You can find these on
Amazon or at local retailers.
Mix some stronger-than-usual
DooDoo Voodoo, or even put some full-strength Concentrate in the bottle,
then apply it to just your grout lines. Let it soak in and fully
dry without extracting it. After that occurs and some time has
passed, THEN you can retreat the floor with DooDoo Voodoo, let it dwell
awhile, then extract the whole area.
By letting the
stronger-than-usual DooDoo Voodoo soak deep into the grout, you'll be
allowing it to creep into all the nooks and crannies where the urine
A Warning About
Spot-Treating Your Grout
Note that DooDoo Voodoo is such a powerful cleaner that it WILL lighten
your grout. Thus, if you treat just one area of dirty grout, it
will end up looking cleaner than the surrounding area. You're
better off treating all your grout. Scrubbing it with a clean
toothbrush will help loosen caked-on soil.
Protecting Your Grout From
In another bathroom (not the one Rocky urinated in), I treated all our
Grout Shield, which makes your
grout any color you want it to be AND will keep any liquids from soaking
into your grout. I highly recommend it, though I will warn you
that your abdominal muscles will get quite a workout while you apply
Grout Shield. I was a sore fellow the next day, but it was worth
it. Now, NOTHING will soak into the grout and it looks terrific.
I may use Grout Shield on the grout in the bathroom where Rocky did his
business, once I get the odor under control.
You can buy handy kits that
include an instructional video and all the supplies you need.
Shown above is the kit I bought.
Other Cleaning Options
Many customers spritz DooDoo
Voodoo on their floor, then use a Swiffer to "mop" their floor.
I've not done this myself, as we use the FloorMate, but people swear by
Some people use washcloths
instead of Swiffer Wet Pads. You can learn more about this DIY way
to perhaps increase your cleaning effectiveness AND save money by
this page. The author gives
instructions on using regular washcloths, plus vinegar, water and
dishsoap, to use instead of Swiffer Wet Pads.
In case you'd rather not jump
over to that page, here's the gist of what it conveys. Click any
The Rubbermaid Reveal Spray
for wet cleaning your floors, again perhaps with DooDoo Voodoo, is the
Reveal Spray Mop. This seems like a really smart way to clean your
floors. The things I like about it include that it has a larger
mop head than the Swiffer; you can add your own cleaning solution to the
reservoir; the pads are washable; there's a scrubber built in; and you
can get inexpensive replacement pads and bottles online. I haven't
bought one yet, but I bet it'd be awesome with DooDoo Voodoo and very
effective on pet stains and odors on floors.
On Amazon, people seem to love
the Reveal, especially the latest version. On the Rubbermaid site,
the reviews are not so great, but it seems like most of the reviewers
have the earlier version.
Here's a link to the
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop on
Amazon. Here's a link to the
My Two Concerns About Using
DooDoo Voodoo With These Devices
The FloorMate and
Rubbermaid Reveal have pumps built in, and pumps need rubber seals so
they don't leak. I have a small concern about the possibility that
DooDoo Voodoo might dry these seals out, though I've never gotten a
report of this from a customer. I think that you can likely avoid
this issue by flushing out your machine after using it with DooDoo
Voodoo. Be sure to run
fresh, clear water through your machine in both the wash/application mode
and the wet pickup mode after use to remove all remaining DooDoo Voodoo.
Do not leave DooDoo Voodoo in the solution tank or waste water recovery
tank. Rinse your bristle brush(es) thoroughly after use. We
assume no liability for incidental or consequential damages if you use
DooDoo Voodoo with a FloorMate, Rubbermaid Reveal or any other type of machine.
My other concern is that you
don't leave DooDoo Voodoo on your floor, where your pets might walk
through it and then lick their paws. Be sure to keep your pets
away from the area while you're working on it, and until the floor is
if you'll pay attention to
these two factors, I believe you'll be rewarded with an excellent