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How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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First, check to make sure the unit is plugged in and is in a working outlet. Next, check to make sure there is water in the tank. It is very important to make sure you are ONLY using water to fill the tank. Other solutions may cause breakdown of the gasket and/or other parts of the machine.
To get a steam iron working you need to have water. If you don`t have water, you won`t have any steam. Most of Morphy Richards` appliances come with markers that tell you how much water to add in as well. So, make sure you fill the tank up to the `max line` or you`ll quickly run out of water and you won`t have steam.
If the device isn`t producing steam, please try the following: Check for any debris or blockages in the head and main body. Empty and refill the tank. Check for any limescale/debris in the tank itself and descale if necessary.
Make sure that the steam cleaner is plugged into the mains power supply. Descale the steam cleaner using the instructions in the `Removing Limescale` section. Press the power button to the `On` position.
To use a steamer, fill its water tank with cool water. Then, check to make sure all parts of the machine are connected and in place. Plug the machine in and simply wait for it to heat. Once it`s hot, you`re all set to get steaming.
The spray tip may be clogged. Use a paperclip and insert it into the spray tip to remove a clog. Now plug back in, making sure you are using a working outlet. You will know, as the Ready light will begin to blink when plugged in.
Steam mops are great for cleaning and keeping sealed hard floors hygienic. But, they can easily become clogged if they get a lot of use or are not cleaned somewhat regularly.
Most steam cleaners are designed to be used without detergent, so stick to water only with these. Some models, on the other hand, can be used with detergent – follow the manufacturer`s instructions.
Do: Wipe up excess dirt before steaming. Steam mops essentially employ steam to loosen grime, which the mop head then clears away, but there`s no suction element in this appliance. This means that surface dirt will need to be vacuumed or swept up before you begin or you`ll only succeed in pushing dirt across the house.
Once it`s filled – replace the water tank cover and be sure to click it to the locked position. Then plug the steam cleaner in and switch it on – the button is just around the back. The machine literally takes just 15 seconds to heat up and be ready to use!
If the steamer doesn`t turn on, make sure the power is on at the electrical receptacle. Test the electrical cord with a multimeter. If the heating element tests faulty, replace the steamer. If the resistor tests faulty (see below), replace it or the steamer.
Many handheld garment steamers heat up in just a few minutes, and you might be tempted to start steaming your clothing as soon as the first tendrils of steam drift out of the nozzle. However, it`s best to let the steamer heat up all the way before putting it to your clothing.
For a thorough decalcification, run the steamer with the water tank filled with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 distilled water until half the amount has steamed. Then leave the steamer unplugged for 30 minutes before dumping out what`s left of the mixture in the tank.
Soap only lifts dirt and oil into water, making them suspend in water. Therefore, the more soap you use, the more your mop gets saturated with dirt. So, if you do not remove all the soapy water from the floor, the dirt remains, forming streaks on the floor.
Sticky floors after steam mopping are often the result of residue from cleaning products that had been used on the floor. Using a dirty mop pad also can cause sticky floors.
Lucky for us, hot steam can break down grease and oil! By cleaning with steam, it can easily penetrate fine cracks between greasy dirt and surface to loosen and dislodge stubborn dirt particles.
Mix your purchased descaler or mix 1 1/2 oz. of baking soda with one quart of clean water. Fill the empty tank with this mix. Seal the unit and turn the steam cleaner on so that it begins heating.
A steam cleaner does to stubborn dirt which a regular mop can never do without cleaning products. Since a steam mop uses water, it makes the grime and dirt loosen before the mop head absorbs it. Also, steam dries quicker than water, so you don`t have to worry about mold regrowth after you clean.
Do you use a steam mop to clean your floors? If so, adding a few drops of orange, lemon or lavender essential oil on the steam mop cover will not only disinfect the floors, but make your house smell great in the process!!!
Autoscrubbers offer a better way to clean hard surface floors. With features like pre-sweepers, automatic cleaning solution dispensers, and vacuums, the technology cleans more completely and much faster than a mop. Autoscrubbers also leave surfaces dry, cutting the potential for slips and falls.
Steam cleaning a floor should be your option for all routine maintenance washing. For most people, this means using it once a week, though it might need to be done more frequently in active families or during certain times of the year when more outdoor grime is carried in.
If you have hard floors and want a time-saving, deep cleaning solution, a vacuum mop may be worth the investment. If you prefer a more eco-friendly, versatile, and budget-friendly option, a steam mop may be the way to go. Always check customer reviews and warranty information before making a final decision.
What can I steam clean? Steam cleaners can be safely used on many household surfaces, including sealed tile, hardwood floors, grout, sinks, tubs, countertops, carpets, mattresses, upholstery, showers, ovens, stove tops, grills, glass, and more.
Power consumption is low, with just 0.231kWh recorded during a lengthy cleaning session in the kitchen.

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My carpet cleaner (bissell proheat plus) is not steaming, dispensing cleaner. Seems like there’s a little thingy that should be spinning or turning….. When I work a small area of carpet, it just leaves behind dry blobs of carpet gunk like pet hair. I had to use a carpet sweeper to clean up. FYI – I filled the cleaning fluid container and after trying to clean the carpet, it did empty out but the carpet isn’t wet. Any tips? The manual doesn’t help.
ANSWER : You need to replace the pump belt. Here is the belt you need:

Bissell ProHeat Belt

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I cleaned out my brush in the bottom front, cleaned out the small tubing going into the canister, and the canister itself. I also changed the filter.I snapped everything back into place, but Since then, it doesn’t seem to have any suction and there seems to be a space between the canister and the bottom of the vacumm where the canister sits. At that area, you can feel air coming out when trying to vacumm and it just doesn’t pick up, it seems to be just blowing stuff around.
ANSWER : You need to really look at it some thing is out of line you shooed not have
.any spaces in the top or bottom
.pull the canister back out and look at the pins that you lined up with the
.top and the canister you might have missed arrows that need to be lined
.up so it fits tightly in its holder
.ive had the same problem with my hover mach5
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.i hope this helps you
.bob

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It’s been awhile since I have used my shampoo system on my Ultimate G series Kirby. Well, as instructed I took it apart and cleaned it. Now I can?t figure out where to put the ?screen cap? and ?sponge filter?. I have my manual in front of me and the only place it shows the filter and sponge (page 35 in the manual) is when it?s been taken apart to clean. It doesn?t show where to put it back. I don?t know what I would do without all the pictures in the Kirby manual. HELP! Thanx. Visual Kirby Vacuu
ANSWER : Hello,
.The littlew round screen goes in the hole where the hose attaches to the tank. The round foam filter goes up in the hole underneath the on/off valve for the foam. Here is a guide if you need any more help…
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.http://reviews.ebay.com/KIRBY-CARPET-SHAMPOOER-INSTRUCTIONS-MANUAL-DIRECTIONS_W0QQugidZ10000000004594992
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.Marci

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Eureka lightforce 300 poor suction, power paw doesn’t spin and self cleaning duster doesn’t clean its self when the button is depressed.
ANSWER : When this happens to me I do two things. The first is to empty the cannister but when you do (with the vacuum unplugged) stick your hand up inside of where the cannister goes.Sometimes that is filled with debris. Pull as much as you can out. There is another part inside there that you can twist and pull out – this will help you pull out more of the trapped debris. Replace that part and the cannister – usually there’s a blockage and just removing some of that debris will cause a bunch more to dump in to the cannister. You may have to repeat this process two or 3 times untill no more debris comes out when you turn the vacuum back on.

The second tip solution is to clean the filter which can be found on the front of the vacuum.There’s a clear plastic cover, a black rectangular this that hold the filter sponge and inside of that, the filter sponge. I just rinse the little sponge inside and shake off the thing that holds the sponge (Sorry, don’t know the technical terms). Put it back together and you should have suction – viola.

Hope this helps.

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I have a Hoover SteamVac SpinScrub with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner. I loaned the cleaner to my son, who lives 3 hours away from me. My son returned the Steam Cleaner to me on Easter Sunday. My son failed to return the Owner’s Manual. I need to clean my ottoman. I have never used the upholstery & stair cleaning tool. Would you be able to e-mail me the instructions for this chore? My e-mail address is: [email protected]. My name is Kay. Thank you!
ANSWER : Hi,

I would be glad to send that. But, you never Mention the Model Number and there are Various Models introduced by Hoover.

Let me know the Manual and within Few Minutes, i would be able to send you one more email which would have the Manual Details.

Let me know, if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ‘ Fixya ‘ and have a nice day!!

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While using my mop yesterday, it stopped letting steam come out. Tonight I plugged it up again and you could hear it trying to steam. I push the button in to release the square frame and it pushed out a burst of steam and pushed the head off. Put it back together and it still will not let steam out. No matter how much water is in it.
ANSWER :

.Hi,

Here is a tip that I wrote about the Euro-Pro Shark Steam Mop and why it maynot be getting steam to the head…

Euro-Pro Shark Steam Mop Problem

Here also is a link to get any of the Shark Manuals that you need.

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Cleaning solution does not come out of the rotating cleaning head or the hand-held nozzle

the solution pump seems ok but does not run (electrical continuity check between the two leads on the pump show very low resistance so they seem to be intact) – no dirt or blockage is apparent (it is a very simple device with 1 moving part

wires to the pump also pass a continuity check

THERE IS NO VOLTAGE on the pump leads from the control circuit board when I turn on the “manual” cleaning mode – a

ANSWER : You can contact Bissell directly at the following
.
.For UK inquiries:
.Monday – Thursday 9 am — 5 pm
.Friday 9 am — 4 pm
.
.BISSELL Homecare (Overseas) Inc.
.The Boat Yard
.105 Straight Road
.Old Windsor
.Berkshire, SL4 2SE
.United Kingdom
.Telephone: 0870-225-0109
.
.
.For Australian inquiries:
.24 hours a day 7, days a week
.E.D. Oates Pty Ltd
.76 – 82 Newlands Road
.Reservoir VIC 3073
.Australia
.Telephone: 1-800-811-183
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.
.For all other inquiries:
.Monday – Friday 8 am — 4 pm
.BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
.PO Box 1888
.Grand Rapids, MI 49501 USA
.Telephone: 01-616-453-4451
.Fax: 01-616-453-1383
.
.You can get Bissel Spares that the following
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.http://www.4bissell.co.uk/cgi-bin/pne.pl?display=entry&brand_id=454&f-10=

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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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