I recently borrowed a friend's Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Power Washer and it was amazing. I mentioned in a previous post about finding a solution to clean pet accidents on carpets. So far, I've tried the enzyme spray solution and a wet-vac. Both are great, but nothing beats the Hoover carpet cleaner. I really feel the carpet cleaner does the best and most thorough job of getting rid of pet urine and stains. I've hade puppy urine stains and browned water stains on carpets that I was too lazy to clean for weeks. I just used the carpet cleaner on these areas and they were all gone.
The cleaner comes with 2 removable parts. The first section contains the cleaning solution. You fill the top portion with the concentrated cleaning solution, and fill the bottom portion with water. There are separate openings for both with these easy to twist on/off caps. The solution portion comes out really easily with a handle and lever to snap in/out. It also sits securely on a mounted platform to ensure it is properly placed back into the cleaner.
The second part is a container to hold the dirty water from washing the carpets. It has a mesh filter but I didn't find it very effective. Gunk from the carpet floated in this container. This container has an opening that allows you to poor water out and a second opening that lets you open up the container to clean it. I really like this design. I can quickly poor out the dirty water and go back to cleaning the carpets. When I'm done cleaning for the day, I can open up the compartments more to rinse out the entier container and let it dry.
I used the Hoover 2X PetPlus Pet Stain & Odor Remover solution wiht the carpet cleaner. When in use, the machine automatically mixes the solution and water for you so you don't have to worry about measuring the correct parts. There is a wash and rinse cycle. I start with the wash cycle and go through the carpet on the forward strokes while pressing the release handle to let the cleaning solution out. On the back strokes, the machine sucks up all the water that was released from the forward strokes. During the back strokes, I don't release the handle. The machine dries and the brushes at the bottom scrub the carpet on each pull back motion. After this, I go through the entire area again on the rinse cycle. The rinse cycle uses water whereas the wash cycle uses the cleaning mixture. After each wash and rinse cycle, I go through the area without releasing the handle so that the machine can dry the wet area. You can find the company's YouTube video on how to use the machine here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3kZtOzGLZU
Like all other cleaning machines, the carpet cleaner is a bit heavy because of all the water it is holding. I wish it would give me an indicator when I run out of water or solution. While cleaning, I didn't realize that I was out of water until I saw that water wasn't getting sucked into the dirty water container. Perhaps this is the indicator, but I didn't notice until maybe halfway through cleaning a particular area. The power cable is also shorter compared to a vacuum cleaner's power cable. It is not a big deal but it would be nice if it was longer so that I can plug it far behind me to avoid having the cable get in the way of cleaning. Both of these are minor issues. All in all, this cleaner is great and I love how effective it is with cleaning my carpets. I would recommend this for any pet owner who has to deal with pet accidents.