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My New Hobby + Hoover Carpet Cleaner Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Hoover but the review is 100% my own. Thanks to Hoover for sponsoring this post and hosting this giveaway! Be sure to read to the end to enter the giveaway! 

Since becoming a dog owner almost 13 years ago (ahhh how is my “first born” almost 13!?), I have had to accept that my floors will never stay clean for any length of time. Adding a second dog into the dynamic increased the love, fun AND mess in my house! I vacuum my floors pretty much every single day (and get a full canister of hair and dirt) and clean my hardwoods several times a week with a spray mop.

I can confidently say that they are worth the mess they create. <3

Now that Finn is mobile and crawling around on the floors and rugs, my floor cleaning has gone next level. Sweet Finn is super familiar with the vacuum being run and usually tries to squawk and talk louder than the noise of the vacuum. (He does this with the blender too…haha.)

And now he has a new machine to watch mommy clean with…our Hoover Carpet Cleaner! You might remember that I made a trip to Home Depot a couple of months ago to buy a carpet cleaner. While vacuuming and mopping does the trick for the hardwoods, I wanted a way to give my rugs a deeper clean since Finn AND the dogs are all over them every day. I came home with the Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner and deemed it “the best $99 I had spent in a long time.


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The team at Hoover recently reached out and offered to send me their full-sized SmartWash+ to try and I can honestly say that carpet cleaning is a new hobby of mine. But seriously, does anyone else find vacuuming and carpet cleaning to be immensely gratifying? It is not a chore I dislike doing! (Now if only I could feel the same way about laundry.)

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Some of the things that I appreciate about the Hoover SmartWash+ include:

  1. It is incredibly easy to assemble. I had it out of the box, put together and ready to go in under two minutes. As someone who is “assembly challenged,” this was a pleasant surprise!
  2. Very simple to use. As easy as vacuuming! (for real) Push forward to clean, pull back to dry.
  3. Built-in drying feature. The drying happens through the SmartWash’s Auto Dry feature that delivers powerful extraction with HeatForce.

Out of the box, the SmartWash+ includes a 2-in-1 antimicrobial pet tool, a sample bottle of cleaning solution, an 8 ft. hose and an accessory storage bag.


A few things I want to show you about the SmartWash+.

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First, it has a one gallon water tank on the front, as well as the dirty water tank.

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Second, the solution tank is located on the back. The water, solution and dirty water tanks are all easy to install and remove.

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Hoover offers a variety of cleaning solutions and recommends use of their products for maximum cleaning results. For the photos you’ll see below, I used the Expert Grade solution.

This machine has an Auto Mix feature that precisely mixes and dispenses the correct amount of solution for optimal cleaning. You don’t have to do anything!

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Third, the dry only button! I love having the option to keep running the dry cycle without having any more water or cleaner come through. The dry only setting works really well and my rugs felt almost 100% dry after cleaning them.


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This area rug takes a serious beating. It’s in the kitchen and the kitchen table sits on top of it. It also gets a lot of foot traffic from the dogs coming in and out of the back door.

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The SmartWash+ does a great job getting mud out of the carpet that the dogs track in and now food that Finn drops from his high chair. It uses FlexForce™ PowerBrushes to gently remove deep dirt, debris and pet messes.

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I am a little embarrassed to show you that this was the water in the dirty water tank after cleaning just this one area rug! There was legit dirt in the bottom of the tank, despite my daily vacuuming.

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Moving on. The massive area rug in my den takes a beating. The dogs and Finn are constantly on it playing and it tends to go from light gray to “greige” very quickly. Before on the left, after on the right.

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Here is a close up of the difference mid-clean. This is both ick and amazing all at the same time.

The Hoover SmartWash+ Automatic Carpet Cleaner is simple to use and very effective. I have no doubt that mine will get a TON of use between the dogs and Finn. I know that very soon Finn will start contributing to the messes a little more. 😉


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I’m thrilled to share that the team at Hoover is giving away one SmartWash+ to a reader!

If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment below sharing one of your craziest floor cleaning experiences, or should I say challenges. I’m sure y’all have some good stories for me. 🙂 You can also just tell me why you need this carpet cleaner in your life!

Giveaway closes on Friday, April 5 at midnight EST. Limit one entry per person. U.S. residents only. 

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  • Jodie marie Flicek March 31, 2019, 10:34 pm

    Before I moved into my current rental, the former tenant let me know she had cleaned the carpets by renting a cleaner and using TIDE. What?! Lol.

    I LOVE vacuuming and cleaning carpets. It is so gratifying to see the clean carpets. I have a little boy, so needless to say, this would get put to good use!

    • J April 4, 2019, 3:41 pm

      I have a 3 yr old dog that sheds like crazy…all. the. time! So I’m always cleaning, sweeping and vacuuming! He ruined a rug when he was a puppy, marking his spot, so it went into the trash. Now, I caught him marking his spot again, in my kitchen…3 times! It’s just gross! 😝 So I think he’s going to get a crate soon! It’s my last resort!

      My golden was a better dog that I had for almost 16 yrs. Toward the end of her life…she had cancer on her leg, she couldn’t hold it. I came home and saw my bathroom rug all bunched up! She went to the bathroom near the toilet on the bathroom scatter rug and tried to hide it afterwards! 😱

      Omgosh Jen! Finn is getting so big all of a sudden! Of course I haven’t been on the internet for a couple of months! My phone died, the 2nd one, so I needed a better phone and provider…change email. I would get a phone and the signal was bad! I’m still not sure if this is great either! 🤔

      I hope u and Finn have a great weekend coming up! Yay for Spring! 🏵🌸🌹🌼🌺🌻

  • Robin March 31, 2019, 10:40 pm

    This is gross but trying to get kid puke out of the crevices in between the wood planks in our flooring 🤢🤢🤢

  • Mallory March 31, 2019, 10:47 pm

    2 labradoodles, a 3 yr old, and a 1 yr old all spend time playing on the carpet. No amount of vacuuming leaves me feeling satisfied that they are clean!!!

    • Heidi April 4, 2019, 10:17 pm

      With a kid and a one dog I definitely feel you on the carpet struggles. We have a split level and the stairs, which are carpeted, are right inside our entry. They constantly look grungy no matter how often we vacuum.

  • Courtney March 31, 2019, 10:47 pm

    We brought home 2 kitties from the shelter recently and they had ringworm. 🙁 It was a daily battle for MONTHS treating them, keeping everything clean, and constantly cleaning floors and area rugs! The upside was that my house was never more clean!

    • Rachel S April 1, 2019, 6:33 am

      My daughter is going to be crawling soon, so my challenge is making sure the floor is actually clean! Your before and after photos make me question how clean mine are….

  • Cindy howell March 31, 2019, 10:49 pm

    This device would SAVE.MY.LIFE if I had one! Between two active little boys, a messy husband, and a dog, our carpets are a mess! I’ve legit spent a solid hour on one room just trying to get it to look good. Would LOVE to give this a shot!

  • Stefanie March 31, 2019, 10:55 pm

    I could definitely use this for my crazy Puggle. She has a secret ability to somehow get into my pantry. Last time it happened there was flour, powdered sugar, rice, and dried pasta all over my living room carpet. It was like a white bomb had exploded in my house! :/

  • Danya March 31, 2019, 11:05 pm

    I had a Golden at the time I had my first baby also. Between the dog hair and the baby spit-up I eventually gave up and threw out every area rug I owned! Both my kids learned to crawl around on hardwoods lol. With new products like this, I’d be tempted to add rugs back in!

  • Lauren March 31, 2019, 11:09 pm

    We’ve had our German Shepherd Max just over a year now and I can honestly say I think he would put this machine to the test! Between shedding and any accidental mud messes he leaves this would be a huge help around our house!

  • Lindsay March 31, 2019, 11:12 pm

    After the winter we’ve had in Minnesota our entry way carpet is definitely a little salty. We have been trying to vacuum up the mess but unfortunately the carpets haven’t gone back to their original luster … looking for the right vacuum cleaner to fix our entry way! 🙂

  • Kelsey Reilly March 31, 2019, 11:22 pm

    When I moved out of my first apartment, I tried getting a few spots out using some 409 all purpose cleaner…what I didn’t realize was that I had accidentally purchased the 409+Bleach solution so my carpet was covered in bleach spots. It definitely has made me look twice when purchasing cleaners.

  • Amanda March 31, 2019, 11:29 pm

    I own THE most messy 4 year old lab! I love her to death, but my carpet takes a SERIOUS beating! No amount of vacuuming seems to do the trick and I really need a carpet cleaner. I almost went out and bought one when you did your last post and could really really use one!

  • Laura March 31, 2019, 11:34 pm

    Well we just had to throw out our dining room carpet after our 12 year old dog had diarrhea for over a week… fun times. We have 2 other rugs in the house (and carpet in our babies play room!) so this would get a lot of use!

  • Melissa March 31, 2019, 11:36 pm

    My husband and I volunteer for a group that mentors and provides support for kiddos in foster care. They come over and we hang out, chat, play sports and board games and ALWAYS without fail someone drops pizza or whatever other snack and the carpet gets less than pristine to say the least haha. This would definitely help us out 😃

    • Dana April 1, 2019, 7:14 am

      Your post couldn’t have come at a better time! I volunteered to watch a friend’s two dogs and a cat for a week. Add my own dog to the mix, and I will be in serious need of carpet cleaning by the end of this week!

      • Allison April 1, 2019, 12:04 pm

        I am clumsy and forever dropping food and creating messes for myself!

  • Kylee March 31, 2019, 11:50 pm

    About a week before I had our baby, we rented a steam cleaner. I was so excited about how clean I was able to get the carpets/rugs in the house, especially the newly completed nursery. The next day was a Monday, so I left and went to work. When I came home I kept smelling something but just assumed it had something to do with the cleaner. I took the dog on a walk and when we came back, the smell was worse, so I started looking around. Turns out, Milly, our golden retriever, had puked all over the downstairs rug in the living room and has massive diarrhea all over the nursery carpet. Worst. Thing. Ever. ( especially at 37 weeks pregnant!)

  • Jenn April 1, 2019, 12:05 am

    I need this in my life! Just moved into a new home and scared to get new rugs because of all the mainetance of keeping them clean for two crawlers…but this vac would so help the situation!!

  • Rebecca April 1, 2019, 12:09 am

    I have three cats who insist on throwing up on the rugs instead of the hardwood or tile. I swear they do this on purpose! Could really use this cleaner!! Haha

  • Carolyn April 1, 2019, 1:15 am

    So, I really don’t have a crazy carpet story, but I know there is one in my future and that’s why I would LOVE to win! I have a 4 month old baby girl who is just dying to start crawling and I know that I’ll want to give her lots of clean carpets to do it on….both clean from dirt we track in and from baby spit-up and drool!

  • Darcy L April 1, 2019, 3:24 am

    I have 2 very large dogs and one of them, a Newfoundland, loves to “swim” in his water bowl. My floors look like it rained inside my house!! I now put towels down near his water stand bit have to mop more. 😬 So is the life with dogs….

  • Katie April 1, 2019, 4:01 am

    Looks awesome! With two kiddos and a dog there is always something to be cleaned:) it’s usually a mystery! My favorite carpet story comes from a friend of mine- she had just gotten a new roomba and a new puppy. She left the puppy at home and turned the roomba on. Puppy pooped, Roomba cleaned. The Roomba/puppy poop trail was just as bad as you can imagine! The more you know 🙂

  • Mollie K April 1, 2019, 4:25 am

    I was attempting to take a jar of sauce out of the pantry and it slipped out of my hand and splattered EVERYWHERE. I am talking shards and chunks of glass and chunky tomato sauce spread everywhere on the floor, walls, ceiling, doors. It was a disaster. All I could do was cry laugh and I think I am going to be finding specks of sauce for years 🙂

  • Sarah McClung April 1, 2019, 4:42 am

    I moved back home for a short stint after I finished my degree and was looking for a job. Same time my little sister moved to Australia and left me and my new roommate Flori (my mom) her new teenage cat. Now Mama Flori already had two cats – Minty who I’m convinced will live forever and Mr. Kitty who is not as old as Minty but is kind of a grandpa type, grouchy and fussy but can be very sweet. All of these kitties have had um digestive issues resulting in cat waste in one form or another all over my mom’s gorgeous house, mostly some really beautiful carpets. Normally I’d bow to my mom as the authority on cleaning but we got into it over how to properly clean all these cat messes. Let it dry, don’t let it dry, which products to use, what would hurt/protect the carpet. This feud went on the entire time I was there – the better part of a year! We learned a lot about cleaning floors but not sure either of us will admit the other one is doing it right haha! My mom is a sweet angel for dealing with all of us, cat siblings included!

  • Lauren April 1, 2019, 5:45 am

    I’d love to have one of these vaccuums for my new house! As you said, I’d rather vaccuum than do laundry/dishes anyday! I am also hoping that we get a dog soon and I will be keeping this on my radar when that happens! 🙂

  • Courtney April 1, 2019, 5:55 am

    I typically rent a carpet cleaner from the store but this would be much more convenient. With a dog and a toddler, I’m always cleaning!

  • Kelly April 1, 2019, 6:15 am

    Within 2 days of buying our house, our lower level flooded (we purchased an older home that had been flipped). It was 9pm, our bathroom was flooding, and I just told my husband “we will laugh at this one day”. Needless to say, he rushed to Home Depot to buy a shop vac and we immediately rented a carpet cleaner. Thankfully we saved the carpet but it was quite the house warming!

  • Leigh April 1, 2019, 6:30 am

    Our oldest got his diaper off one day and sat/scooted around on the edge of our rug where the fringe is. It was not a clean diaper. I cut a lot of fringe off that rug.

  • Lindsay April 1, 2019, 6:43 am

    I would love to win this Hoover SmartWash + because our last Hoover (ten years old!) just died. My husband would lend it out all the time so I feel like that Hoover carpet cleaner really was used more than a million times in those ten years.

  • Karamie April 1, 2019, 6:47 am

    I have a 110 lb bull mastiff, 2 young boys, and red clay dirt in the back yard! I’m also a vacuum every day person because DOG HAIR!

  • Emily April 1, 2019, 7:00 am

    I have the most adorable labradoodle ever…..but apparently she missed out on the “non-shedding” gene because her hair is EVERYWHERE!! I need this cleaner in my life!

  • Amanda April 1, 2019, 7:02 am

    I was the first tenant ever in a brand new apartment. The bedroom had gorgeous white carpets. My first morning (a Sunday) I made a smoothie with cherries and strawberries, and brought it back to bed so I could read and drink my smoothie.

    Guess how long it took for it to end up all of that gorgeous white rug?!! My relaxing morning turned into quite the scrub fest

  • Laura April 1, 2019, 7:07 am

    I have 2 dogs and a cat- every cleaning experience is an adventure!

  • Kristen Y April 1, 2019, 7:11 am

    No crazy experiences yet but I have a 5 month old so I am getting that same urge to clean the floors all of the time and he isn’t even crawling yet!

  • Sara April 1, 2019, 7:14 am

    I love the instant gratification of a much needed vacuum and I get a lot of it with a cat that leaves fur everywhere. Would love to try the Hoover!

  • Ann April 1, 2019, 7:18 am

    Ah I need this so bad! Between my 11 month old, my dog and my guests (who seem to spill beverages every time!) I’m desperate for a cleaner like this!!

  • Marisa April 1, 2019, 7:22 am

    Between my giant 70 pound puppy and all of the little ones that visit my house, my carpets get filthy! Oh, and it’s springtime which brings in so much extra dirt!

  • Jojo April 1, 2019, 7:24 am

    Between my two little ones and black lab, my carpets are looking more brown than beige these days 😬