Product: Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner
Rating: Strong Recommend*
When living with light carpets and having kids and pets, dirt and stains seem to continually pop up and grow like mold patterns. Instead of strategically arranging your furniture or going through the trouble and expense of renting a cleaner / having a professional come out to your home, you'll be very pleasantly surprised at the ease of use and fair cost of buying your very own carpet cleaner. Come see how the Hoover MaxExtract 60 fared in our test lab.Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner is massive, but thinking back to the unwieldy Home Depot rental unit we had a few weeks ago this thing was compact and extremely easy to handle. When unpacking the MaxExtract, be careful not to miss the little accessories that are just tossed in the box. While working through the quick setup guide we spent quite some time searching for the scrub hand tool and hard floor squeegee tool accessories before reading later on that they were "available on select models only."
One screw holds the handle to the base and we wonder about the long term durability of the plastic. We'll see in the long run how it holds up to constant use and lugging around by the handle. The clean water tank has two fill holes, one for water and one for solution, and installs with a satisfying heavy click, although it requires a little more muscle than some might be used to (my sister struggled with it while her husband and I easily clicked it in).
Be sure to use a regular vacuum cleaner on the carpet/rug first to remove dirt and dust. Also be careful around furniture, wood flooring, and trim that might get wet and stain your carpet because of the moisture from the MaxExtract. So move/cover your stuff as necessary before getting started.
How to Use the MaxExtract
Hoover recommends at minimum these two forward and backward sweeps per line, once with wash and a second time with just vacuuming to aid in drying. You can repeat any cycle as often as you want, depending on how dirty the area is or how quickly you want to aid the drying process versus air dry. Our very first attempt was quite a success, although instead of the minimum two wet strokes and two dry strokes as suggested we tripled the number of sweeps. We also use a few rinse cycle sweeps now and again as the carpet was quite sudsy after the wash cycle. The stains we first tested on weren't crazy but on a white carpet and after years of trying to manually clean them up, the MaxExtract knocked it out on the first try. Excellent.
The results as shown in the before/after pics came out beautifully. You can see the dirty water tank above and compare the color to the carpet (as well as see some dirt pieces in the tank floating around).
We did try a much worse stain on another rug though that did not clean up much at all, which was a bit disappointing. The stain itself was pretty severe though so we don't knock it too much in terms of performance of the MaxExtract.
Retailing for around $200, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner is quite reasonably priced. The size and weight are compact for the type of vacuum and it's ease of use and slickness of components are extremely smooth. Despite the $200 cost of entry and expensive solutions that get used up quickly, it still beats the cost of having to drive out and lug home a rental unit from the local hardware store. All in all a very sturdy and well performing carpet cleaner that operates smoothly and effortlessly.
Pros: Manageable size and weight compared to rental models; very clean and easy to operate; gets out reasonable spots and stains; extra long handheld hose; big clean water and dirty water tanks that snap in and out easily;
Cons: Flies through expensive cleaning solution; Couldn't pick up the most terrible of stains;
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