Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner {Review}

Holy moly, my carpets are nasty. Don't get me wrong, they look clean enough. It's just...when you're a mom, you know better. You know exactly what goes on on the carpet, exactly what gets ground-in or seeps underneath the vacuum cleaner's reach. Juice, bananas, even the occasional pee-leak...the list goes on and on.

So you can imagine how insanely excited I was to be chosen to review an amazing carpet deep-cleaner from Hoover! (I practically *squeed* and did a dance.) Let me introduce you to the Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner.





When living in an apartment, unless new carpet was put down when you moved in, you can never be too sure what rested on/in your carpet before you got there. I decided to give our Max Extract 60 it's first run in our highest-traffic room: the living/play room.

Assembly was a cinch, only requiring a screwdriver to put together the handle-to-body connection. The water compartments are already set up and ready to use, including the dirty water and clean water/detergent containers. Just fill the detergent cylinder up with the appropriate amount of cleaner, then the clean water compartment with HOT tap water and get ready to be shocked by what comes out of your flooring!



Having only lived in our current apartment for about 3 years and only had a baby/toddler for the past one and a half, we don't have very many full-on stains. It's more of an all-over dingyness and gross feeling when your bare feet touch it. We did have one noticeable blemish though, and it was pretty ground in. It seemed to be some kind of gummy substance that, over time, had been mashed into the carpet fibers to form a kind of hard surface. Yuck!  But I was confident that the Hoover cleaning fluid included with the machine would do the trick.


  Okay, so now we're ready to start cleaning! Maneuvering the Max Extract 60 is a little bit difficult due to its non-rotating wheels. Being restricted to going only forward and backward, not side to side, makes it a little hard to move on to the next area to clean.

Since we were unsure as to how long it'd been since our floors had been cleaned I figured it'd be wise to do a test patch with just water (no detergent) to see what we were dealing with.

Hubs getting ready to clean-it-up!

After cleaning about 1/4 of the living room with JUST water! Gross!
 Needless to say, the dirty water compartment was filled with dirt and grime, showing us just how well the Max Extract 60 was working. And that was a rinse-run without any carpet soap! To use the machine with detergent, all you have to to is flip the switch from RINSE to WASH, squeeze the trigger while moving slowly forward once, then backwards once, then release the trigger and go over the area as many times as it takes to suck up all the water in the carpet (about 4-5, we found.)  It took about an hour or so to do the whole living room, which wasn't too bad. The only downside is that it's so repetitive...you're pretty much stuck for an hour+ going forward-backward-forward-backward-forward-backward. As annoying as that can be, I'd still rather save the money and do it ourselves rather than pay a cleaning company to come out time and time again.

Here's where the stain was. Completely gone! I knew it could do it!
The only real complaint I have, and this might be 100% first time user human error, is that the carpet took quite a long time to completely dry. It felt damp immediately after until the next day, so about a 24 hour period. This could also be because here in Maine we've been suffering through insane humidity spells, which make it hard to dry anything fibrous. Either way, when using the machine make sure to run as many dry passes as needed until you see little to no water coming through to the dirty water compartment.


(Me and a few of Jace's stuffed animals smelling the uber-clean carpet!)


We also decided to try out the upholstery hand attachment on one of our little man's huge stuffed animals. The poor thing seemed to have poop smeared and mated onto one of it's furry cheeks. After using the attachment to spray some cleaning fluid onto the bear and scrubbing the bristles back and forth over the spot, the stain was completely gone!


 Overall, I'm SO pleased with the performance of the Hoover Max Extract 60. I am confident that our carpets are clean and safe for my little man to play and grow on, and very happy that I have the machine in-home in case any sudden spill occasions arise!

You can purchase your own Hoover Max Extract 60 online from Hoover, Amazon, or Target.

~Sam

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.”