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How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Place the removed vacuum parts in a sink or tub filled with warm, soapy water. Soak and rinse everything well with hot water. Use a faucet sprayer to quickly remove tough dirt and sticky residue. If needed, scrub with a sponge or microfiber cloth.
Use the dust brush attachment – close the blind slats so they lie flat and vacuum. Reverse the blinds so that the slats are lying the other way and repeat. Repeat monthly or as needed. Use the upholstery attachment on mattresses and fabric surfaces.
Vacuum cleaners can be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. ELECTRICAL FACTS: Most electrical items are recyclable and some need to be disposed of safely. Please remove batteries from items before recycling.
I boil the water and pour it in carefully—boiling hot. Most home cleaners do not use the power of boiling water, but I do. I have done this for 14 years now, and without any problem.
Laundry Detergents aren`t Formulated for Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning solutions are specifically formulated to clean and not damage the machines they`re used in and the material they`re treating. Laundry soap is designed to be used in washing machines to clean clothing.

Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
After you get out your carpet cleaner, fill the clean tank to the line with hot (not boiling) tap water. Hot water does a better job cleaning than cold but, if you boil it, you run the risk of melting parts of your carpet cleaner. Add formula to the tank according to the bottle directions.
Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar and pour in your carpet cleaner`s reservoir tank. Clean your carpets as per your cleaner`s instructions. Yes, vinegar might leave a temporary pickle smell in your home but it dissipates and disappears as your carpets dry.
Although this can vary a little depending on the type of washing machine you have, or sometimes the type of liquid detergent you`re using, more often than not liquid detergent works best when applied directly to clothes, says Hugo Guerrero, certified cleaning technician.
Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
Take your time. Vacuuming slowly will allow your machine to suck up more dirt and dust, and ultimately get your rugs and carpets much cleaner. Slow vacuuming allows the brush to agitate the carpet properly and suck up the unclean bits that emerge.
Prepping Your Vacuum –

The first step before starting to vacuum should always be to check the filters and recovery bag. If the bag is anywhere near full, it should be changed before starting your job. A typical vacuum with a bag that is over 50% full can lose up to 80% of its vacuuming performance.

Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.
Some users can get away with very occasional brush cleanings, but once a month is safest for most – particularly if tangled hair is a regular issue for your vacuum brush roll. The more often you clean your brush roll, the easier it will be each time.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Roomba keeps saying clean brushes yet are clean!
ANSWER : Make sure you take off the little cap at the end (the one that spins — just grab it and pull it straight off) and clean under it too. The rest of the brush may look perfectly clean but what happens is that hair gets stuck under spinning cap and, like a slowly growing washer, it pushes the whole brush toward the gear box. When it gets pushed over enough, the large yellow ring starts to rub against the side of the brush deck making it harder for the motor to turn the brush and you get that “remove and clean brushes” message.

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Hoover Jet and Wash 1500w S6254 001. Used once with great difficulty as assembly and use instructions are hard to follow.Now will not work as carpet shampooer at all, although assembly is correct as far as I can see and both motor and pump appear to be working and I am using the recommended cleaning fluid.Hoover website is no use at all in solving the problem.No cleaning fluid is being drawn up from the tank in to the cleaning fluid hose.There is suction from the suction hose so the problem appe
ANSWER : I am having the same prob my uncle got me one i cant find the manual anywhere to set it up the prob i have is where does the handle to make the water go out connect tooo ??? on the main pipe that sucks it back up i have tried every which way but not the right way obviously lol as for it not spraying mine did for all of 2 secs but think it was because i got a bit happy with the solution so gunna just try water and if its too hot it stops it spraying properly too !!

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Bissell 8920 proheat x2 brushes not turning i only noticed this after i finished cleaning.. or kinda cleaning because of the brushes ntot turning.. water comes out fine suction is fine but its not scrubbing so its not as clean as it could be. manual part works well water coming out hot. I did take it apart and cleaned off all the hairs in hopes maybe that was it.. put it together still nothing.. No idea how the belts should look onit and i cant find a picture or a video showing how belts look o
ANSWER : Hello,
.
.Here’s a link to a very helpful video that shows you step by step on how to access and replace the belt on your machine. When the brushes stop spinning, but the rest of the machine works fine, this is a tell-tale sign that your belt has gone bad.
.
.Video Showing how to access and change belt:
.http://www.bissell.com/VideoRating.aspx?id=1555
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.If you open up your machine and find that the belt is still engaged, or you replace it and this doesn’t fix your problem, please feel free to use the comment form here on this repair page and I’ll be happy to walk you through some more advanced diagnosing.
.
.If you found this helpful, please be so kind and rate my repair helpful, or leave some feedback. This is really appreciated.
.
.Chris Jones
.GoVacuum.com

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My model F5906-900 — problem is the brushes have stoped working… I pulled the brush assembly out by holding the two tabs, and all seems clean and the brush assembly rotates easly… onced the brush assembly is removed. What I did notice is the female driver slot (found in the main assembly unit) that drives the brushes seems stuck..Is that normal when the machine is not hooked up to power? How can I get the brushed going??? it is a good machine, but the brush options is important too it’s ab
ANSWER : (1) Assure the Brush Control on the hood is NOT set to the OFF position.
.(2) Remove the brush assembly by pulling/unlatching it from base on each side.
.(3) Does one of the brushes have the drive pin present? It should be about ¼ inch square, and two inches long. It attaches the brushes to the drive mechanism.
.(4) Remove and clean the intake filter. One the base of the cleaner, behind the brushes, squeeze the two red abs together and pull the panel down to access the screen. Clean the hair/debris off the screen and reassemble.

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Roomba Discovery My Roomba turns on and moves but the brushes won’t turn. Someone told me that I had forgotten to put in the yellow and black end bearings, but I did. Help, I miss my Roomba
I have a Roomba 530, I have had it for 2 weeks and really loved it. I have followed all the cleaning instructions etc.. Then the Roomba wanted it’s brushes cleaning “please clean Roombas brushes” So thinking that something was stuck I removed and cleaned the brushes, (yellow tabs on and in place by the way)
ANSWER : I read somewhere that you need to clear the software in case there is a glitch. To do this, take the battery out and then, simultaneously hold down the “spot” and “clean” buttons for 30 seconds. Replace battery. This has worked for my Discovery model.

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How do I attach and use the shampooing attachment so I can clean my couch?
ANSWER : Http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=11557&thid=579274
.How do I attach and use the shampooing attachment…
.Posted by rottylvr on May 08, 2008
.I have a Kirby Vacuum and Carpet Cleaner that I know how to use, all except the attachment that I am not sure about. I am not sure if it is a vacuuming attachment or can I attach it and use it to clean my couch, I do not have the user guide for my vacuum as I got it from my son’s ex girlfriend in lieu of money she owed me. It looks like it should be used for shampooing things like stairs and furniture, but for the life of me I cannot figure it out! Can you please help me? Tell me how to attach it if it is supposed to be used to clean stairs and furniture or tell me where I can find the user guide to look at and see how to use it……Oh by the way I have a 160 pound rottweiler that tries to live on my furniture and my couch is in desperate need of cleaning, this is my only day off and I have spent all day cleaning carpets due to my dog and would love to clean my couch before returning to work and putting my dog in the back yard now that it is warm enough for him to be outside all day.
Thanks,
Desperate to reclaim her couch


.
.Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. My suggestion is that you contact the Kirby Co in Cleveland listed below and they will instruct you either to down load a owner’s manual or they will mail one out to you, there might be a local Kirby dealer in your area that might have a manual as well. Also, there is a separate shampoo head that will be in the owner’s manual, you remove the vacuum head and bag assm and attach the shampoo head, make sure you use genuine Kirby shampoo for the carpet. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

.http://kirby.com/ Customer Service – United States & Canada 1-800-494-8586
.Hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) U.S. & Canada Fax # 1 (216) 529-6146
.Mail To:
.Consumer Relations
.The Kirby Company
.1920 West 114 Street
.Cleveland, OH 44102
.Thanks, Don the Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

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Hoover steam vac, brushes won’t rotate, have cleaned filter by brushes, removed brushes and they rotate okay when off steam vac, tried to ajust level for carpet cleaning and brushes still don’t move
ANSWER : There are three things to check when experiencing ‘no spin’ on the cleaning brushes. 1) Check the small pull out filter screen under the machine. It must stay clean for air to pass to the turbine which powers the brushes. 2) Check that the long shaft on the brush assembly is not broken off. This shaft inserts into the turbine motor and powers the brushes. If you’re handy you can replace just the long shaft brush rather than replacing the whole brush assembly. Look for the brush on Ebay 3) If you’re handy you can dissemble the machine and inspect the turbine motor which powers the brushes. In all cases the bearings seize in the turbine. You can often free them up and re-lube them to get more service from them or simply replace the turbine assembly. Don’t throw your Steam Vac out because the brushes no longer turn…you can fix it!

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I do not have my users manual and have never vacuumed wet with this vacuum. How do I change it from a dry to wet vacuum.
Can’t find my manual and I need to use the shop vac for water in basement, do I have to change the filter or what
lost my user manual never used it to pick up water. need to know how to puit it in wet mode i want to clean the dirty water out of my pool.
ANSWER : .Vacuuming Liquids
.1. When picking up small amounts of liquid
.the filter may be left in place.
.2. When picking up large amounts of liquid
.we recommend that the filter be
.removed. If the filter is not removed, it
.will become saturated and misting
.may appear in the exhaust.
.3. After using the vac to pick up liquids,
.the filter must be dried to reduce the
.risk of possible mildew and damage to
.the filter.
.4. When the liquid in the drum reaches a
.predetermined level, the float mechanism
.will rise automatically to cut off
.airflow. When this happens, turn off
.the vac, unplug the power cord, and
.empty the drum. You will know that the
.float has risen because vac airflow
.ceases and the motor noise will
.become higher in pitch, due to
.increased motor speed.
.IMPORTANT: To reduce the risk of damage
.to the vac do not run motor with float
.in raised position

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