Oreck Grab It & Steam It Review and Giveaway!!!

February 7, 2012

in reviews,toddlers

Vacuuming. I can’t say it is my favorite chore but there is something gratifying about seeing all the junk you sucked up. Add to that, a dog that has skin issues and sheds like a mofo and a toddler with a messy streak (his father just cringes me at typing that) and we need some good vacuuming tools.

We have a Dyson Animal for the majority of the house. It works for us but it isn’t the most portable. When there is a pile of sand from Landon’s shoes or the dog managed to track in mulch, lugging that thing downstairs is the last thing on my mind. We have always been in the market for a smaller vacuum to clean up the messes on hand. We have been through a few options over the years from simple dustbusters to small battery operated joints. They have all had their faults.

So a couple of weeks ago, the lovely folks at Oreck contacted me and asked if I would be interested in not only a quick vac but a steam mop, their Grab-It & Steam-It. I said, HELLS YEAH and quickly received this bad boy to get my instant gratification on. My OCD husband also drooled a little…we are some sick folks.

Steam Mop

Now to lay down some facts, we have laminate in our kitchen. I can’t steam mop it…with any product so that isn’t a set back of the Grab-It and Steam-It…just our situation. So I loaded it up (super easy to do) and headed over to my in laws who have all hardwoods and currently 2 messy dogs(mine included). I steam mopped a small portion of the kitchen to see what this puppy could do. It was really easy to use. Like I kept thinking I was missing a step. Add water, turn it on and go. It steamed up grimey puppy feet from the main foyer like a champ. The pad then could be removed and tossed in the washer. And no chemicals to hassle with or worry about for kids and pets. Just simple hot water. I can’t say I have steamed mopped much in my life (hmmm probably never) but this seemed like a great product for it and so easy to use. Hopefully our next house will have more hardwoods so I can use it!

Turbo Broom

This is where I spent the majority of my review. I did a first pass of our kitchen since Jack has been living with my in-laws for a month, the dog hair has been WAY less. I was shocked to see how much was really left on our floor with swiffering and quick vacuuming with our previous quick broom (for a couple of weeks!).

Exhibit A

Still hair and junk everywhere. Also, the little reservoir is easy to open and clean out. You could also wash it out in the sink if you needed. Much better than the bag types we have had before.

But for my big test, I broke out the big guns. Rice. I have written before about one of Landon’s favorite activities with rice. He loves it but boy does it make a mess. I usually put him in his high chair to contain most of it but this time I set him up in the middle of the kitchen with a cup of rice and things to pour into. I sat back and watched.

45 minutes of pure entertainment!

And then I got to my fun

Vroom

At least half a cup of rice to find on our camouflage floor. Could it do it?

Indeed!

Now I will say over the past week we have found a grain here and there. I think it has to do with it getting at the edges of the floor. The Grab-It and Steam-It can’t get in the crevices. I would say it is one set back. I understand the main part can’t do it due to size but I wish there was a way it popped out into a handheld or had a small attachment to handle that. It would be helpful to get those messes that get into tight spots. Like when the box of couscous tips over and goes beside the fridge (doh!). Overall, it did a great job of getting the rice up with few passes. It didn’t just push it around the floor.

So lets recap…

Pros:

  • Great pick up with little effort
  • Steam cleaning with no chemicals
  • The steam mop heats up very quickly
  • Reusable pads for mopping
  • Nice and easy to clean reservoir for the broom
  • Low volume while it is running. No giant whirling to contend with Thomas on TV or drive you batty.
  • No battery to wear down when you needed it most
  • Easy to maneuver and has great swiveling action
  • Lightweight. I can’t pick it up with a finger or anything but it was easy to throw in the car and carry around the house. It has to have some weight for the steam mop reservoir.
And then the cons:
  • No battery so you have to lug the cord around (see it is pro/con. I am just fickle)
  • Won’t do carpet at all – it would be nice if it could at least pick up a quick mess on the carpet(crumbs under the high chair). This is from a predominately carpet home too.
  • No telescoping handle – the machine is pretty tall. It would be nice if it telescoped down to store in the pantry or coat closet better.
  • Can’t get into crevices or up to the edge of the floor.
I can say I am excited to keep it around for cleaning our current floor and hopefully a hardwood floored house in our future (everyone send some juju for our house to sell). Especially when Jack comes back to the homestead in a week or so.

Well now..guess what…YOU CAN WIN ONE! If you want to make your floors crumb and mess free, enter to win by:

Mandatory

  • Visit Oreck.com and tell us one thing you learned about the Grab-It & Steam-It. (you must do this one for any of your other entries to count)

Optional (leave a comment for each)

  • MANDATORY: Visit Oreck.com and tell us one thing you learned about the Grab-It & Steam-It
  • Like Mannlymama on Facebook
  • Like Oreck on Facebook
  • Follow @oreck on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this giveaway (sample: I want to win an @oreck Grab-It & Steam-It like @mannlymama http://www.mannlymama.com/?p=2152&giveaway)
  • Sign up for Oreck’s email list

The giveaway is open to residents of the US in the lower 48 states. The winner will be drawn at random on February 14th. Good luck!!

Disclosure: I received a free Grab-It and Steam-It in order to facilitate my review, but as always all opinions are my own. I dumped rice on my floor for it people! Oreck Corporation provided the prize for the sweepstakes but is not the sponsor of the sweepstakes.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED!  Congrats to our winner Trish!!!!!!!!!

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{ 154 comments… read them below or add one }

Gillian February 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Visited Oreck.com and learned that it has a 30-foot cord

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Gillian February 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

Liked Mannlymama on Facebook

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Gillian February 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

Liked Oreck on Facebook

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Dina Lane February 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

I visited Oreck.com and learned that the Grab it & Steam It holds 21 oz. of water.

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Dina Lane February 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

I like Mannlymama on Facebook!

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Dina Lane February 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

I Liked Oreck on Facebook!

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Dina Lane February 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

I signed up for Oreck emails!

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Dina Lane February 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

I followed @oreck on twitter!

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Trish February 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

I visited Oreck and learned that it holds 21 oz of water for 30 minutes of steam

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Trish February 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

I already like Mannlymama on facebook :)

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Dina Lane February 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

I’m tweeting about this sweepstakes!

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Trish February 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

I like Oreck on facebook

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Trish February 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

I follow @Oreck on twitter as @trishc721

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Trish February 7, 2012 at 10:45 am
Trish February 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

I signed up for their email list (and 50 cents was donated to Susan G Komen) :)

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Chelsea February 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I learned that it had a 30ft cord, perfect for my house or my parents!

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Chelsea February 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I liked you on facebook

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Chelsea February 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I liked Oreck on FaceBook

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Chelsea February 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I followed Oreck on twitter(@NotChelseaDA)

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atout February 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I visited the website and learned that it holds holds 21 oz. of water!

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atout February 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I follow Oreck on Facebook

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atout February 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

And I’m signed up for Oreck’s email.

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Courtenay G February 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I like the fact that it uses steam/heat. The swifter wet cloths don’t cut it! I also like that it’s one-step cleaning.

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Courtenay G February 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I already follow Oreck on twitter:-)

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Courtenay G February 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Signed up for the newsletter/email

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Melanie T February 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Visited the web site and learned that it weighs approximately 8.1 pounds with the cord but without water :)

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Surf Momma February 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love that you get steam in less than a minute! (from the Oreck site).

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Surf Momma February 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I liked Mannlymama on Facebook!

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Surf Momma February 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I liked Oreck on Facebook!

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Surf Momma February 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I follow Oreck on Twitter…

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Surf Momma February 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Ashley C February 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I learned it will hold 21 ounces of water which provides 30 minutes of steam!

demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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Mama Fisch February 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I learned that it can sanitize a surface in 15 seconds.

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Mama Fisch February 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I like your blog fb.

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Mama Fisch February 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway.

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Becky H. February 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I learned it can be used on low-pile carpets!

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Becky H. February 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I like you on Facebook:)

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Becky H. February 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm
Becky H. February 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I follow @Oreck on Twitter

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Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I visited oreck.com and learned that it works well on low pile carpet.

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Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I like mannlymama on facebook.

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Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I like Oreck on Facebook.

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Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I followed Oreck on Twitter.

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Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I tweeted about this giveaway!

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Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I signed up for email updates.

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Ashley W. February 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I learned that the Oreck Grab it and Steam it is versatile and can be used on hard surfaces and low pile carpet!! double win in my book!

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Ashley W. February 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I follow Oreck on Twitter!

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Ashley W. February 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Ashley W. February 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I liked you on facebook!

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Jessica F February 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I learned that it holds about 30 minutes of steam!

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Jessica F February 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Kayla P February 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I learned it only takes a minute to heat up for steaming, awesome!

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Kayla P February 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I like you on facebook. :)

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Kayla P February 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Tweeted it! @kphillips907

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Kayla P February 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Liked Oreck on facebook.

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Kayla P February 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

& following Oreck on twitter!

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Shannon February 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Um as someone who has a kid, dog and all hardwoods downstairs I love that it is accessible and steams while it cleans. Plus!

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Katrina February 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

30 ft cord…yes please!

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Stacey February 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I’ve never wanted to win something so bad IN MY LIFE! What I learned? You can steam your little heart out for thirty minutes straight, shut the front door!

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Stacey February 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I’ve liked Mannlymama on Facebook for a while now : )

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Stacey February 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I liked Oreck on Facebook (God! I want to win)!

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Stacey February 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I followed Oreck on Twitter (did I mention I have a football field’s worth of tile in my house?!).

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Stacey February 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I tweeted about this giveaway though I selfishly want it all to myself!

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Stacey February 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

…and I signed up for Oreck’s email list (seriously, I want this).

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Jenny G February 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I learned it will give you 30 minutes of steam (probably long enough to do my whole apartment!)

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Trish February 8, 2012 at 10:29 am
Jamie @ Laughter Ever After February 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

I like that fact that it has a swivel head. =)

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Jamie @ Laughter Ever After February 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

I liked MannlyMama on Facebook =)

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Jamie @ Laughter Ever After February 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

I liked Oreck on Facebook =)

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Shannon February 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

I tweeted it!

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Shannon February 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

Also. I already LOVE you on FB ;) DUH.

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Shannon February 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

following oreck on twitter.

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Stacey February 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Tweeted again and prayed to the steam mop gods.

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Erica Best February 9, 2012 at 4:09 am

i learned that it will provide about 30 minutes of steam

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Erica Best February 9, 2012 at 4:12 am

Like Mannlymama on Facebook
erica best

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Erica Best February 9, 2012 at 4:12 am

Like Oreck on Facebook erica best

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Erica Best February 9, 2012 at 4:14 am

Follow @oreck on Twitter.
@purplelover04

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Erica Best February 9, 2012 at 4:15 am
Erica Best February 9, 2012 at 4:15 am

Sign up for Oreck’s email list

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Jessica Noel February 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

I learned that it holds 21 oz of water so that means less refilling! :)

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Jessica Noel February 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

Liked Mannlymama on Facebook :)

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Jessica Noel February 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

Liked Oreck on Facebook

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Jessica Noel February 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

Followed @oreck on Twitter

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Jessica Noel February 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Signed up on Oreck’s mailing list

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Jessica Noel February 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

Tweeted about the giveaway @JessicaBNoel

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Trish February 9, 2012 at 10:54 am
Kendra V. February 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

This would be AMAZING to have in my house! Our entire first floor is wood and tile. I love that it heats up in less than 1 second so no waiting around!

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Kendra V. February 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

Follow you on FB! (Kendra V)

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Kendra V. February 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

Follow Oreck on FB! (Kendra V.)

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Kendra V. February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Follow @oreck on Twitter. @butterfly1979_

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Kendra V. February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am
Kendra V. February 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Signed up for Oreck’s email list

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Jessie February 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

Visited Oreck’s website and learned it can be used separately as a broom vac or steamer.

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Lindsay February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Went to Oreck.com and learned that it heats up in about a minute. Fast!

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Lindsay February 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Liked Mannlymama on FB

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Stacey February 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Tweeted agaiiiiin : )

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Schmidty February 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I learned that you can use regular tap water in the steam it and there’s no need to add any chemicals to sanitize.

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Schmidty February 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I am following you on facebook (Rust Hawk).

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Schmidty February 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I am following Oreck on facebook..

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Schmidty February 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I follow Oreck on twitter @rusthawk.

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Schmidty February 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Schmidty February 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I subscribed to Oreck’s email newsletter.

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Trish February 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Stacey February 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Another day, another tweet :o )

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Tabitha Evans February 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

learned 30 ft cord

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Elena Volovich February 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

I learned that it holds 21 ounces of water

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Elena Volovich February 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

Liked Oreck on facebook

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Elena Volovich February 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

I follow Oreck on Twitter ( as LifesDeepColors)

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Trish February 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Stacey February 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Another tweet. *will die if I don’t win

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Trish February 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm
Stacey February 13, 2012 at 12:05 am

I tweeted again. This would be the best Valentine’s Day ever!

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Emily February 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

I like Oreck on Facebook!

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Emily February 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

I signed up for Oreck’s email list!

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Emily February 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

It can sanitize the floor!!!

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Emily February 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

I like mannlymama on Facebook!

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Joanna February 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

I learned that it could probably REALLY help me since the majority of my house is tile.

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Joanna February 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

I like you on facebook!

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Joanna February 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

I like Oreck on facebook!

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Joanna February 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

I follow Oreck on twitter.

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Joanna February 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

tweeted.

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Trish February 13, 2012 at 11:25 am
SANDY February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

30 ft cord is amazing

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SANDY February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

like oreck on fb

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Tom C. February 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

The 30 ft cord is interesting – I am now curious to see how long my current cord is

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Christina Brundick February 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

it holds 21 oz of water= 30 mins of steam

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Mandy@ asortafairytale February 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

I learned that it has 30 ft of cord (awesome!), and it holds 21oz of water.
mandychiappini@gmail.com

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Mandy@ asortafairytale February 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

I like Oreck on FB!

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Christina Brundick February 13, 2012 at 11:46 am
Mandy@ asortafairytale February 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

I follow Oreck on Twitter.

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Ashley Hughes February 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I visited Oreck and learned it’s lightweight. Weighs approximately 8.1 pounds. It heats up fast and is ready to go in about a minutes time. Very cool!

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Ashley Hughes February 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I like Mannlymama on Facebook

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Ashley Hughes February 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I like Oreck on Facebook. Love their stuff!

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Ashley Hughes February 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I already follow @oreck on twitter

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Ashley Hughes February 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm
jeannine s February 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I like that it is also a broom and doesn’t stain clothes

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jeannine s February 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Like Mannlymama on Facebook (jeannine drenchek-scavo)

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jeannine s February 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Like Oreck on Facebook (jeannine drenchek-scavo)

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jeannine s February 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

follow oreck on twitter @mellanhead

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jeannine s February 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm
Ashley Burnett February 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I liked your Facebook page.

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Ashley Burnett February 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

21 oz of water for 30 minutes of steam! Awesome!

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Ashley Burnett February 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I like oreck on Facebook.

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Ashley Burnett February 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I follow oreck on twitter.

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Misty @ The Family Math February 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

I learned that it is a versatile little bugger! I really like that you can use it on multiple surfaces (we have tile and some carpet in our house that we could use it on), that it has a long power cord, and that it’s able to get in tight/awkward spaces!

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Misty @ The Family Math February 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

I like mannlymama on Facebook.

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Misty @ The Family Math February 14, 2012 at 10:18 am
Misty @ The Family Math February 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

I follow @oreck on Twitter.

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Laura February 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

I learned that it can clean AND sanitize. I need that with 3 dogs!

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Laura February 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

I like you on FB!

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Laura February 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

I Follow Oreck on twitter!

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Laura February 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

I like Oreck on Facebook!

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Trish February 14, 2012 at 11:21 am
Stacey February 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Tweeted for the last time, praying to the Orek gods!

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