Let me give you a little background. Our carpets: 14 years old, inexpensive, synthetic fiber. They get a lot of wear because someone is almost always home. Me: Never rented or used a carpet steamer. Not the most mechanically inclined.
The assembly was a snap: I just had to attach the handle to the lower part of the cleaner. Only one bolt requires tightening with a screwdriver.
Because I'd never used a carpet steamer, I approached it with caution. I read the manual and studied the diagrams. The instructions are, at times, so detailed that I had to reread them. I decided that I'd start with only hot tap water in the tank--no detergent--at first.
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Next I tackled the stairs. (Who doesn't dislike cleaning stairs? I skipped the pre-cleaning vacuuming here.) Using the upholstery attachment, I did just the bottom four steps. The hose could certainly reach farther than four steps, but probably not the full flight. Again, when I was finished, the carpet was damp and fluffy, but I couldn't tell whether it was cleaner.
I emptied the clean water tank. (The MaxExtract 60 has separate tanks for clean and dirty water, so the dirt isn't returned to your carpet.) Finally I lifted out the dirty water tank:
The picture is out of focus, but you get the point. Remember, I cleaned about ten square feet of carpet and four stair steps, and I used plain water. I think the Hoover MaxExtract 60 works!
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own. This post contains an affiliate link. If you click through my Amazon.com link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Thank you!