Friday, July 3, 2015

Contest Rules: July 3rd, 21015



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older who enter on facebook.com/hoover prior to Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Employees of the Sponsor, TTI Floor Care North America, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest begins at 12:00 p.m. EST Friday, July 3, 2015 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, July 3, 2015. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 3, 2015 and upon submission shall become the property of TTI Floor Care North America, and we reserve the right to use your entry and any comments or images submitted in future marketing. To enter, eligible entrants must have a valid Facebook account, like Hoover on Facebook and reply on the appropriate post on facebook.com/hoover. Incomplete, garbled or inaccurate entries are ineligible. Winners will be judged and selected by TTI Floor Care North America marketing staff at their sole discretion based on originality, creativity, use of language and appropriate to contest theme. All decisions are final and not open for review. The first name, state of residence and some or all portions of comments of selected winner(s) entries may be posted on Hoover’s social networks during the months of June-Dec 2015. One (1) winner will receive a Hoover Power Path Pro Advanced (FH51102), or a substitution of equal or greater value (approximately $199.99) determined solely by TTI Floor Care North America. Comments may also be used in other social media platforms without further permission.  By entering, Entrant represents that any commentary or other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such commentary and other materials.  In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor, its affiliates and service providers a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted commentary and other materials, along with Entrant’s first name, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation, in perpetuity (except where prohibited by law). Winner may be required to provide full name and street address, sign an affidavit of eligibility, a release and a Publicity Release, where permitted.  Winner will be notified by a tagged Facebook post no later than July 7, 2015. Winner is not entitled to exchange, transfer the prize or obtain a cash substitute. Prize includes shipping and handling.  All applicable taxes, including all federal, state, local and other taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Sponsored by TTI Floor Care North America, 7005 Cochran Road, Glenwillow, OH 44139. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest at any time in its sole discretion.

By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by contest rules and by decisions of judges, which are final as to all contest-related matters.  In addition, by participating in this contest and accepting any prize that may be won, entrants agree to release the Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and the officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees of each (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize.  Entrants also authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data and city and state of residence in programming or promotional material or on a winner’s list (if applicable) without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

Sponsor is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled electronic transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software.  If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.  Sponsor shall not be liable for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site.  In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the Facebook account, not the name provided in the affidavit of eligibility.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#SocialMediaDay2015 Facebook Contest Rules



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older who enter on facebook.com/hoover prior to Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Employees of the Sponsor, TTI Floor Care North America, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest begins at 12:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and upon submission shall become the property of TTI Floor Care North America, and we reserve the right to use your entry and any comments or images submitted in future marketing. To enter, eligible entrants must have a valid Facebook account, like Hoover on Facebook and reply on the appropriate post with picture of themselves with a Hoover cleaner on facebook.com/hoover. Incomplete, garbled or inaccurate entries are ineligible. Winners will be judged and selected by TTI Floor Care North America marketing staff at their sole discretion based on originality, creativity, use of language and appropriate to contest theme. All decisions are final and not open for review. The first name, state of residence and some or all portions of comments of selected winner(s) entries may be posted on Hoover’s social networks during the months of June-Dec 2015. One (1) winner will receive a Hoover Air FloorMate Edge Hard Floor Cleaner (FH40190), or a substitution of equal or greater value (approximately $159.99) determined solely by TTI Floor Care North America. Comments may also be used in other social media platforms without further permission.  By entering, Entrant represents that any commentary or other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such commentary and other materials.  In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor, its affiliates and service providers a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted commentary and other materials, along with Entrant’s first name, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation, in perpetuity (except where prohibited by law). Winner may be required to provide full name and street address, sign an affidavit of eligibility, a release and a Publicity Release, where permitted.  Winner will be notified by a tagged Facebook post no later than May 1, 2015. Winner is not entitled to exchange, transfer the prize or obtain a cash substitute. Prize includes shipping and handling.  All applicable taxes, including all federal, state, local and other taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Sponsored by TTI Floor Care North America, 7005 Cochran Road, Glenwillow, OH 44139. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest at any time in its sole discretion.

By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by contest rules and by decisions of judges, which are final as to all contest-related matters.  In addition, by participating in this contest and accepting any prize that may be won, entrants agree to release the Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and the officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees of each (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize.  Entrants also authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data and city and state of residence in programming or promotional material or on a winner’s list (if applicable) without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

Sponsor is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled electronic transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software.  If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.  Sponsor shall not be liable for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site.  In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the Facebook account, not the name provided in the affidavit of eligibility.

#SocialMediaDay Twitter Contest Rules



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older who enter on https://twitter.com/ with @HooverUSA in their tweet prior to Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Employees of the Sponsor, TTI Floor Care North America, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest begins at 12:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and upon submission shall become the property of TTI Floor Care North America, and we reserve the right to use your entry and any comments or images submitted in future marketing. To enter, eligible entrants must have a valid Twitter account, follow Hoover on Twitter and tweet a picture of themselves to @HooverUSA with a Hoover cleaning product. Incomplete, garbled or inaccurate entries are ineligible. Winners will be judged and selected by TTI Floor Care North America marketing staff at their sole discretion based on originality, creativity, use of language and appropriate to contest theme. All decisions are final and not open for review. The first name, state of residence and some or all portions of comments of selected winner(s) entries may be posted on Hoover’s social networks during the months of June-Dec 2015. One (1) winner will receive a Hoover Air Cordless Handheld Vacuum (BH52160PC), or a substitution of equal or greater value (approximately $129.99) determined solely by TTI Floor Care North America. Comments may also be used in other social media platforms without further permission.  By entering, Entrant represents that any commentary or other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such commentary and other materials.  In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor, its affiliates and service providers a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted commentary and other materials, along with Entrant’s first name, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation, in perpetuity (except where prohibited by law). Winner may be required to provide full name and street address, sign an affidavit of eligibility, a release and a Publicity Release, where permitted.  Winner will be notified by a tagged Facebook post no later than May 1, 2015. Winner is not entitled to exchange, transfer the prize or obtain a cash substitute. Prize includes shipping and handling.  All applicable taxes, including all federal, state, local and other taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Sponsored by TTI Floor Care North America, 7005 Cochran Road, Glenwillow, OH 44139. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest at any time in its sole discretion.

By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by contest rules and by decisions of judges, which are final as to all contest-related matters.  In addition, by participating in this contest and accepting any prize that may be won, entrants agree to release the Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and the officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees of each (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize.  Entrants also authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data and city and state of residence in programming or promotional material or on a winner’s list (if applicable) without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

Sponsor is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled electronic transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software.  If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.  Sponsor shall not be liable for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site.  In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the Facebook account, not the name provided in the affidavit of eligibility.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Contest Rules 6/19/2015



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older who enter on facebook.com/hoover prior to Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Employees of the Sponsor, TTI Floor Care North America, and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest begins at 12:00 p.m. EST Friday, June 19, 2015 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, June 19, 2015. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, June 19, 2015 and upon submission shall become the property of TTI Floor Care North America, and we reserve the right to use your entry and any comments or images submitted in future marketing. To enter, eligible entrants must have a valid Facebook account, like Hoover on Facebook and reply on the appropriate post on facebook.com/hoover. Incomplete, garbled or inaccurate entries are ineligible. Winners will be judged and selected by TTI Floor Care North America marketing staff at their sole discretion based on originality, creativity, use of language and appropriate to contest theme. All decisions are final and not open for review. The first name, state of residence and some or all portions of comments of selected winner(s) entries may be posted on Hoover’s social networks during the months of June-Dec 2015. One (1) winner will receive a Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 (Bh52120PC), or a substitution of equal or greater value (approximately $179.99) determined solely by TTI Floor Care North America. Comments may also be used in other social media platforms without further permission.  By entering, Entrant represents that any commentary or other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such commentary and other materials.  In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor, its affiliates and service providers a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted commentary and other materials, along with Entrant’s first name, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation, in perpetuity (except where prohibited by law). Winner may be required to provide full name and street address, sign an affidavit of eligibility, a release and a Publicity Release, where permitted.  Winner will be notified by a tagged Facebook post no later than June 24, 2015. Winner is not entitled to exchange, transfer the prize or obtain a cash substitute. Prize includes shipping and handling.  All applicable taxes, including all federal, state, local and other taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Sponsored by TTI Floor Care North America, 7005 Cochran Road, Glenwillow, OH 44139. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest at any time in its sole discretion.

By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by contest rules and by decisions of judges, which are final as to all contest-related matters.  In addition, by participating in this contest and accepting any prize that may be won, entrants agree to release the Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and the officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees of each (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize.  Entrants also authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data and city and state of residence in programming or promotional material or on a winner’s list (if applicable) without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

Sponsor is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled electronic transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software.  If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.  Sponsor shall not be liable for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site.  In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the Facebook account, not the name provided in the affidavit of eligibility.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dog Day Morning

By John Hitch

I’ll start out by admitting that I’m an idiot sometimes. My wife told me not to give that mammoth store-bought ham bone to our boxer, whose allergies include but are not excluded to: gluten, poultry, dust and grass. Ham wasn’t on the list, so I thought it would be cool. After the dog devoured that pig femur down to the marrow, my wife kindly showed me the warning label that advised against dogs doing such a thing. The shards could really do severe damage to a dog’s intestinal track, so we watched her closely for that Thursday night and the following day. She seemed fine, so I thought the crisis was averted. Stories where crises are averted don’t wind up on floor care companies’ blogs, so you can imagine what I woke up to the next day was pretty horrific.

Like napalm, nothing else smells like this type of carpet bombing. And you would have to be pretty twisted to love the smell of it in the morning. Our sand-colored low-pile carpet is less than a year old and I thought this was going to be a pretty dark mark on its permanent record. And our five-month old, now fussing in the next room, was about to start crawling. Not in this war zone, I dejectedly lamented.

The best action to fight any stain is immediate action. So I grabbed the trash can and roll of toilet paper and started scooping up the watery scat before my embarrassingly brash gag reflex kicked in and caused an even bigger mess. All the professionals say to blot pet stains with a paper towel and a white vinegar/water mix, a brand name solution or soapy water. That’s an arduous process for someone who hasn’t had a jolt of caffeine yet. Luckily, I had a secret weapon in the kitchen: my Dual Power Pro.

One of Hoover’s newest carpet cleaners, this Wal-Mart exclusive uses two tanks (for clean and dirty water) and a DualTech brush system. This feature makes it my most valuable cleaner. Using a rotating powerbrush up front and five SpinScrub brushes behind it, the Dual Power Pro beats the stains out of the carpet at every angle. I poured some hot water and Hoover Platinum solution in, turned the machine on and slowly and nervously drove over the mess, muttering to myself like Lady MacBeth. The clean boost button dispenses even more solution, and was liberally pressed. After about two minutes of slow and steady passes, the stain had completely disappeared. (Take a look at the picture above to see for yourself.)  I immediately took down the “Free Boxer” ad off of Craig’s List and after taking out the trash and dumping the dirty water in the toilet, life returned to the normal amount of controlled chaos.

Before I started working at Hoover and realized how affordable carpet washers are, I would rent one for $40-50 at the grocery store or Home Depot. Now, especially after this morning, I feel the need to evangelize the merits of owning one. I remember one frantic late December day fighting traffic to pick up and drop off the bulky machine, that’s been used by who knows who, to spiff up the carpets for our Christmas party. Now I don’t ever have to worry about that. My carpets and upholstery are clean any time guests arrive. Even if you use it four times within its two year warranty, it pays for itself. And for the unexpected, but inevitable, messy moments in life, a carpet washer may just make you look like a genius/hero to your family.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

De-winterize Your Floors (and rest of your home)

By John Hitch

After many months of sub-zero temperatures and an endless barrage of blizzards, the spring thaw has arrived. The cold, dark visage of winter has no doubt cast its icy glare on your home, but it’s time to shake it off and open your doors to the sun’s shining, happy smile.

Be prepared, though. All that light is going to reveal some pretty nasty stuff, down to every last salt and mud deposits dragged in by the family.

So now is the time to de-winterize your floors.

Follow these steps and you’re on the right path to a quick and painless spring cleaning:

Spray the way 
Usually when cleaning, you start on the inside and work your way out. Not this time. On the next sunny, warm-ish day you can, open the valves to your outside water supply and hook up your hose. If you have dogs, pick up all the decaying fossils the receding glaciers in your front yard have revealed. You don’t want to track that in. This valuable excrement excavation tool will help. Next, use your hose or a pressure washer to wash away all the salt build-up, laying down a few buckets of solution for an even better clean.

Start near your entryways and work down towards the sidewalk. Some sites will recommend you use bleach, which does eventually end up in your storm drains. An environmentally conscious alternative is a white vinegar or citrus solution.

Institute the draft 
What your home needs most is a breath of fresh air. Raise or remove your storm windows and let in a cool, refreshing breeze. If you have a furnace filter, now is a great time to change that as well.

Now vacuum out your window sills and get at your vents, too. Our new Air Cordless Lift gets these jobs done so quickly you could actually enjoy the nice weather.

Take ‘em to the cleaners 
That salt and dirt gets everywhere, especially your coats. And especially if you have had to navigate in between cars parked annoyingly close at the grocery store. Before you put them away, drop them off at the dry cleaner. They kept you warm all winter. It’s the least you could do.

Redecorate 
That red and green table cloth looked great during the holidays. Now it’s time to lighten your dining room up with brighter colors and wash and store the winter linen. If you have heavy winter curtains, time to change those out as well.

Carpet Diem! 
We mentioned all those salt and mud stains tracked in from outside, which by now you may have forgotten aren’t an avant garde pattern. The Dual Power Pro uses rotating SpinScrub brushes and a spinning Power Brush, which is like a deep scalp massage for your carpets.

Don’t be surprised if the family thinks you got new carpets while they were gone at work and school!

Hit the Decks 
You’re almost done. The last thing to do is scrub away all your hard surfaces. You don’t want to track grit and grime back on to your newly washed carpets, after all. Sure, you can get on your hands and knees to scrub away like Cinderella, but we have a more elegant solution: the FloorMate Deluxe.

A grime-fighting mix of water and solution scrubs away winter’s last remnants, and then gets sucked back into the other tank. Our latest version, the FloorMate Cordless has even more bippidi-boppidy-boo. We replaced the cord with a LithiumLife battery. And it doesn’t turn back into a mop and bucket after midnight!

Now you’re all ready for your next cleaning assignment: Spring Cleaning! If you have any other helpful tips, share them with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Spring (Cleaning) Training

By John Hitch

As baseball’s spring training winds down in preparation for the season, most of us are gearing up for spring cleaning, in preparation for not living in a pigsty.

While we can’t wait for Opening Day and America’s past time starts up again, we will pass the time getting our homes clean. (They’re not dirty, per se, but the windows were closed for six months and humans shed all their outer skin cells in about four weeks.) We thought that while coaches are busy tinkering with their rosters, we should create our own batting order to beat up on dirt. So here’s our fantasy team, along with a detailed scouting report, on the Hoover products to draft for a successful cleaning season.

1) You want a nimble cleaner leading off. You can’t do much better than the seven-pound Air Cordless 2-in-1. It works double duty as a stick vac and hand vac. Bare floors, carpets, couches, cars. You name it, the 2-in-1 can get to it, even stuff above the wall. It’s like this.

2) You need a little more power, but don’t want to sacrifice maneuverability or increase the weight? Then plug in the Air Steerable. Using our WindTunnel 3 technology, this 13-pounder has plenty of pop. And watch it turn the corner. Oh, did we mention it’s under $140 and comes with a five-year limited warranty? That’s a contract any GM would love.

3) Your best, most versatile slugger should always fill the three-hole. Pull the ball, go to the opposite field, just make contact. Whatever you, the coach, asks of the Air Cordless Lift, it will produce. Upright vacuum that can do carpet and bare floors? Check. Lift away canister to get stairs, cars and anywhere in your home? Check. Two fade-free LithiumLife batteries that supply the same power in the 9th inning as in the 1st? Check! And when you need to enhance the performance at rally time, just press the Boost button. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly legal in this league.

4) So your once pristine carpet has been battered and bruised, stained and abused. That’s why you should have the Dual Power Pro on your team. Your vacuum sets things up by getting rid of all the little dust bunnies and lint balls, but when you need to go deep, you want this powerhouse up to bat. Implementing the DualTech system— a power brushroll and SpinScrub brushes— the Dual Power Pro obliterates set-in mud and gunk at every angle. It’s 15-inch Wide Path nozzle ensures the job is over quickly, too. An 8-foot hose, SpinScrub Spot Cleaner tool, pre-treater wand and upholstery tool are included to ensure no stain is out of reach.

5) Our perennial all-star, the FloorMate Deluxe may seem like a luxury to have in your home if you already have a mop and bucket. Use a FloorMate and you will consider a mop and bucket as outdated as a horse and carriage. After spraying and scrubbing solution into your sealed hard floors, it sucks it right back up into a separate tank. Your knees never have to touch the floor, so it saves time and cartilage. And the last thing you want to do is blow out your knee or back at the beginning of spring cleaning. If you want to go ’27 Yankees, pick up the new FloorMate Cordless and really wipe the floor with the competition.

6) If you have a baby at home, find a spot on your squad for the Steam Scrub Touch, which sanitizes, kills and removes 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria on sealed hard floors. If the FloorMate is your workhorse, this steam mop is your specialist that comes in once a week to eradicate the germs in your crawling baby’s path. It heats up in less than 20 seconds and its SteamStream Technology allows your solution and/or steam to funnel through the front nozzle to blast away tough messes. An array of sturdy bristles is tucked into the base, which pops off so you can scrub off all that dried ketchup and mustard from your last hot dog binge.

7) Speaking of dogs, if you have any, the WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet (a little more than $100 on Amazon) could be an everyday player or nice utility vacuum for shedding season. It’s a gold glover when it comes to fur. The rubberized tools snag hair due to electrostatic attraction, and the turbo tool scoops it out of the stairs and upholstery. There’s a little razzle dazzle, too, if you consider watching a cord wind up into a vacuum razzle dazzle.

8) For vacuum purists, nothing can ever replace a bagged vacuum. It’s like the debate about the designated hitter. Well, if you think the only thing dirt cups are good for is batting practice, you’ll love the Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight. Using direct air flow, it’s a throwback to the days when vacuums rarely, if ever, clogged. Its cool LED fingertip controls and two-speeds of suction tip you off that it’s a modern classic. You also get a canister to take care of bare floors and above floor cleaning.

9) Steam is really hot right now, so we thought we’d add another to cap off the line-up. That’s exactly what the Steam Scrub 2-in-1 does: it’s the finishing touch on your cleaning, like a sanitized cherry. And it can do everything the Touch can do, and has a pull out portable steam for sinks and crevices. Sometimes the team needs hit, sometimes a well-placed bunt. With the 12 tools it comes, with you’re guaranteed to handle any situation, whatever the scenario.

Let us know if you agree with our list, and what you would add on Facebook or Twitter. Now play ball!