Dirt Devil Spot Scrubber left spots in its wake
Have I mentioned before in reviews that I have children? In case you missed it I have three little ones currently under the age of 6. The can be interpreted to say we often have spots and spills around this house. Not to mention the unmentionable potty accidents that can occur pretty much anywhere in the house. After a long spell of accidents I set out to find some sort of cleaner to pull some the remnants of goo and grunge out of the fabrics. A friend was nice enough to loan us the Dirt Devil Spot Scrubber so we could work on the pesky spots. Overall it did alright, but I have to say I was not terribly impressed with the Spot Scrubber. The scrub brush didn't seem to be stiff enough to get down into the fabrics and the suction was minimal to get the water/soap back out. Maneuverability The Dirt Devil Spot Scrubber is the size of a handheld vacuum - but just a little heavier. This makes it great for getting up on furniture and beds. If I had carpeted steps it would be easy to clean them with the Spot Scrubber. The one thing I didn't like about the maneuvering is the base, located behind the scrubber, is even with the brush, which makes it smear soap all over the base. Ease of Maintenance In order to clean the Spot Scrubber, all you have to do is take remove the holding canisters and empty them. Once they are empty, I would assume you could just swish it with water, though I have not yet done this. Suction Performance I'm going to update this to suction and cleaning performance. At first I just put water in the top squirt container since I had sprayed cleaner directly on the surface. I ran the Spot Scrubber over and it seemed like it just twirled the brush around and didn't really do anything. With the suction in front of the brush, I felt like it was sucking (or attempting to anyway) up the solution before it was working the solution into the fabric, defeating the purpose. Versatility The Spot Scrubber has two modes; suction only and suction with the scrubber. Since it is so small the vac can handle many different places that a larger steam cleaner make not be able to get to. Design The Spot Scrubber is a handheld vacuum design making it nice and compact. It is set up with a circular scrub-brush underneath that spins when you turn it on. At the top there is a compartment for either a cleaner or water. Our friend brought a bottle of Dirt Devil Cleaner when she dropped it off so, I would assume that came with it. The liquid is then dispensed with a trigger located on the top. It sprays pretty even. You then push the scrubber toward where you sprayed. Unfortunately the suction portion is in front of the brush so the liquid gets sucked up before it gets scrubbed. Having said that, it's important to note that as you're pushing the scrubber towards the liquid, the base gets soap all over it, so it has to be cleaned off before you can set it on anything else. I had several areas to clean including stains and mattresses and I didn't feel like any of them came out much cleaner. Durability It has been kicked around by my kids several times and seems to hold up just fine to that.