Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat: A Hoover FH50220 MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner Review
Apr 20, 2012
We needed to clean our carpets, so I gladly chose to review the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner. However I also wanted a hard surface steam cleaner and determined from the description this Hoover carpet cleaner could accomplish this task as well.
The easy to use and easy to clean Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner, assembled in Mexico, utilizes pressurized edge to edge cleaning and a multiple SpinScrub counter rotating brush system to loosen dirt and tackle stubborn stains. The MaxExtract DualV nozzle provides powerful suction to remove dirty water combined with forced heated air to quickly dry the carpet. In addition to the FH50220 carpet cleaner, the box includes an upholstery tool and 9' hose, plus a 16 oz bottle of Hoover 2X concentrated professional strength carpet and upholstery cleaner.
Assembling the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner simply involved screwing the handle into place, then connecting the tanks and hoses. Preparing the carpet cleaner for use was just as uncomplicated as the clean water tank includes two reservoirs, one for water and the other for cleaning solution, with clearly marked fill lines.
Carpet cleaning was also uncomplicated, but time consuming. We started by preparing the carpet cleaner for use, moved furnishings as needed, vacuumed the carpets, and spot treated heavy stains with Resolve high traffic foam. When the treated areas were ready, I ran the carpet cleaner over the treated areas in rinse mode. Then I proceeded to clean the carpets by applying cleaner in a short forward then backwards motion. Then I repeated this procedure without applying cleaner to extract any remaining liquid until I could see nothing being extracted from the vacuum suction. If the area I just completed was in a high traffic area where the carpet didn't get as clean as I expected, I would repeat the process. Otherwise I moved on to an adjoining area.
While cleaning the carpets, the clean water tank would quickly deplete while the dirty water tank would fill up just as fast. The included bottle of carpet cleaner only cleaned about a quarter of the carpet in our large master bedroom. We finished the bedroom and the living room after purchasing and using two additional 48 oz bottles of Resolve carpet cleaner. Afterwards, cleaning and storing the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner was simple thanks to the pop-out bristles.
The only problem I ran into was the leaky seals from the clean water tank where it connects to the cleaner. Even when locked into place, water would leak out the back side when being pushed down the hallway, or when tilting the cleaner back to pull out the bristles for cleaning. This was all done on hard surface areas, so I wiped up the leakage with a towel.
Using the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner as a hard surface cleaner requires the purchase of a difficult to find Hoover squeegee assembly and Hoover bare floor 6 Brush. I found the parts at the Vac Parts Warehouse's website, but don't know anything about them and decided against purchasing at this time.
Outside of the leaky tank seals, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner effectively cleaned our dirty carpets and is easy to use. The scarcity of the hard surface attachments is disappointing and without them makes this cleaner less versatile. The Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet deep cleaner will get the job done, but I'd recommend researching other options before committing to purchasing this one.
PROS: Excellent carpet cleaning Easy to assemble and use Removable scrubbing brush for easy cleaning and versatility
CONS: Leaky tank seals Hard surface parts not included and difficult to find
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