Vax Rapide VX30 carpet washer Fresh User guide

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Parts checklist
Before using your VAX, please read ‘Important safety information’ on page 9
Cone filter unit
Motor unit
Clean water bucket
Dirty water bucket
2 Extension tubes
Transparent solution tube
(With black plastic clips for fitting to Hose and Extension tubes)
Hose and Hand grip
2 Dust bags
Combination tool
Dusting brush
VAX Carpet Cleaner
Crevice
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Upholstery tool
Dust bag connector
Carpet washing tool
8 steps for easy vacuuming
1 Fit a dust bag by pushing it firmly onto the
black knob on the dust bag connector.
Push the shutter down so the hole is open
The dust bag has diagrams showing exactly how to fit it.
2 Push the connector into the slot in the dirty
water bucket
3 Push in the connector on the end of the hose.
Turn it clockwise to lock
4 Fit the cone filter unit and motor unit
Ensure the two retaining clips are secured.
You may have to push down hard on the edges of the
motor unit above the clips. They are a tight fit.
5 Join the extension tubes and fit them to
the hand grip
Close the regulator hole on the hand grip for maximum
suction.
6 Choose suction power
Vacuum carpets on high power.
Vacuum fabrics and upholstery on low power.
Make sure that the cable is fully unwound.
Put the plug into a wall socket.
7 Choose the right tool for the job
The smaller tools can be fitted to the back of your VAX
when you are not using them.
8 Switch ON
UPHOLSTERY TOOL
Push the button on the handle marked
for on, push again for off.
COMBINATION TOOL
Use with lever in this position for
vacuuming hard floors.
Tip
As your VAX is very powerful, you may find that the dust
bag fills up quickly the first time that you use your VAX.
DUSTING BRUSH
COMBINATION TOOL
Use with lever in this position for
vacuuming carpets.
CREVICE TOOL
For cleaning in narrow gaps
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Looking after your VAX
BEFORE USE
1 Always ensure that the cable is fully unwound from
the motor unit
2 Do a dust bag check
The suction power of your VAX will decrease
considerably when the dust bag is full
REGULARLY (when you buy a new pack of 3 dust bags)
1 Replace the cone filter
Turn the retaining ring anti-clockwise and remove it.
Lift out the filter and put in a new one.
Replace the retaining ring.
2 Clean the black exhaust filter
Push upwards on the plastic grille, it will release. Pull it out.
Take out the filter and wash it in warm water.
Squeeze it dry and replace it.
Your VAX will work more efficiently if the black exhaust filter
is replaced with a new one occasionally.
Replacement filters are available from your VAX Service Agent.
3 Clean the blue filter
The blue filter is on the bottom of the motor unit.
Pull it out and wash it in warm water.
Squeeze it dry and replace it.
Your VAX will work more efficiently if the blue exhaust filter
is replaced with a new one occasionally.
Replacement filters are available from your VAX Service Agent.
ALWAYS AFTER USE
Re-wind the power cable around the motor unit
Always re-wind in a clockwise direction. This will avoid kinks and
strains on the inner wires which could cause damage to the cable.
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Getting ready to wash
1 Vacuum the area you intend to wash
2 Remove the motor unit, cone filter unit, hose, dust
bag connector with bag attached and vacuuming tool
Stop the dust coming out of the dust bag by closing the
shutter on the dust bag connector and leaving it on the bag.
3 Fill the clean water bucket with warm water, to the
level marked on it. Fit the clean water bucket into
the dirty water bucket
4 Add VAX Carpet Cleaner to the clean water
Refer to the instructions on the carpet cleaner bottle.
5 Slide the trigger (fixed to the transparent tube)
onto the hose handle
6 Clip the transparent tube to the hose and
extension tubes
7 Fit the washing tool and push the transparent
tube into it
8 Re-fit the hose
9 Locate the transparent tube in the groove on the
edge of the clean water bucket and ensure the
weighted end of the tube is at the bottom of the
clean water bucket
10 Fit the motor unit
Secure both side clips.
YOU ARE NOW READY TO START WASHING
Tip
You should pour VAX Defoamer into the dirty water bucket
(through the central hole in the clean water bucket) if your carpet has
been previously washed with a high foaming shampoo. VAX Defoamer is
available through your VAX Service Agent or from VAX direct.
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How to wash carpets
FOR LONG PILE
FOR SHORT PILE
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2 Metres (6 feet)
Set up your VAX as described on page 5
Switch ON
Turn the suction power to the suitable wash setting
Push the trigger forwards to the ON position
Lay the hose, hand grip and extension tubes on the
floor for a few moments
This helps the water get to the washing tool faster.
6 When you see water swirling in the washing tool
you are ready to start washing
7 Keep the bottom of the washing tool flat against the
carpet. Push it backwards and forwards
You are now washing the carpet.
8 Cover an area of 2 x 2 metres (6 x 6ft)
9 Pull the trigger backwards to the OFF position
and turn the suction power to maximum
Go back over the area you have just washed
You are now removing excess moisture from the carpet.
10 Move to the next area and repeat as from 3 above
11 When no more water reaches the wash tool you will
see air bubbles in the solution tube
Refill the clean water bucket with water and VAX carpet cleaner.
Empty the dirty water bucket when you refill the clean water bucket.
The ‘sound’ your VAX makes will change and the suction will drop
if the dirty water bucket is over-full. Time to empty it!
Tips
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ALWAYS TEST FOR COLOUR FASTNESS, WITH SOME UNDILUTED CARPET
CLEANER ON A HIDDEN AREA FIRST.
Start from the corner of a room and work backwards towards the door.
If you are washing very dirty carpets, you may have to wash them
several times over a period of time to bring all the dirt to the surface.
When washing stairs, place your VAX above the area you are
washing. ALWAYS ENSURE YOUR VAX IS STABLE. The castors on your VAX
will pull off, giving it extra stability on stairs or slopes.
DO NOT PULL EXCESSIVELY ON THE BLACK WASHING HOSE.
Metal or wooden furniture legs may mark a wet carpet. Wait until the
carpet is dry or place aluminium foil under the feet of furniture.
When washing deep pile carpets, move the washing tool in
the same direction as the pile lays.
Don’t allow children or animals onto the carpet until it is dry.
How to: Suck up spills
Unblock sinks
SUCKING UP SPILLS
If your washing machine floods or the deep freeze has been
defrosted, leaving pools of water about, your VAX can help.
1 Set up for washing, but don’t connect the
transparent tube or its trigger, or put water or
cleaning solution in the clean water bucket
If the spill is soapy, VAX Defoamer will be required in the dirty
bucket. VAX Defoamer is available from your VAX Service Agent or
from VAX direct.
2 Use the metal extension tubes or connect the
washing tools directly to the hand grip
3 Turn the suction power to maximum and switch on
4 Suck up the spill
The ‘sound’ your VAX makes will change and the
suction will drop when the dirty water bucket is full.
Time to empty it!
UNBLOCKING SINKS
1 Set up for washing, but don’t connect the extension
tubes, trigger and transparent tube or put water or
cleaning solution in the clean water bucket
If the water in your sink is soapy, VAX Defoamer will be
required in the dirty water bucket. VAX Defoamer is available from
your VAX Service Agent or from VAX direct.
2 Use the metal extension tube of the hose hand grip.
Wrap a cloth around the tube to create a seal
around the plug hole
3 Turn the suction power to maximum and switch on
The ‘sound’ your VAX makes will change and the suction will drop
when the dirty water bucket is full.
Time to empty it!
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Washing : If you have difficulties
What to do after washing
IF YOU HAVE WASHING DIFFICULTIES, CHECK..
1 The trigger is switched to ON when washing carpets
2 The weight on the end of the transparent tube is at
the bottom of the clean water bucket
3 The dirty water bucket may be full, causing the
automatic cut off valve to stop the suction
4 There are no kinks in the transparent tube
Remove kinks by rubbing the tube between finger and thumb.
5 The washing tool is flat on the surface
being washed
6 The variable suction power dial is on the
correct setting
FOR LONG PILE
FOR SHORT PILE
AFTER WASHING - ALWAYS
Clean your VAX thoroughly
Keep your VAX assembled.
Clean the washing tool, extension tubes and hose, by sucking up
some clean warm water.
After sucking up the water, leave your VAX switched on, air
flowing through the hose will help dry it out.
AFTER WASHING - REGULARLY
Clean out the washing tool
Turn it upside down and wash it out under warm running
tap water.
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Important safety information
This ‘easy guide’ should be read completely and
referred to at all times before using your VAX.
This ‘easy guide’ should be retained with your VAX for future reference.
If your VAX is sold or transferred to a new owner, this guide should be passed on
so that the new owner can become acquainted with the machine and this
information. The following information is provided in the interest of safety.
Please read it before using your VAX.
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Avoid sucking up hot items, hazardous liquids or any other material which
could damage your VAX.
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Never leave your VAX running unattended.
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Never use without a dust bag except when washing or sucking up spills.
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If your VAX fails to operate, never attempt to repair it yourself as repairs
carried out by an unauthorised or inexperienced person may cause injury
to you or damage to your VAX.
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Never alter the specification or modify your VAX in any way.
Do’s
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Ensure the mains cable is fully unwound and straightened before use.
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Ensure the mains cable is kept well away from the revolving brushes
(where fitted) of your VAX, when it is turned on and running.
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Keep the mains cable away from heat, oil, sharp edges and rough surfaces
and avoid damage in any other way.
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Exercise extreme care when cleaning stair carpets. Ensure that your VAX is
in a stable position at either the top or bottom of the stairs without
over-stretching the hose or cable. When cleaning the stair treads, always
keep a hand firmly on your VAX. You may prefer to remove the castors.
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Follow the instructions in this user guide when fitting accessories or tools.
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Remove the plug from the wall socket before carrying out any maintenance
specified in this guide.
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Change dust bags and filters at regular intervals as specified in this guide.
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Store your VAX in a dry place.
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Have your VAX serviced by an authorised VAX Service Agent only using genuine
VAX spare parts. Refer to the section ‘Service’ on the back cover of this guide.
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Always use VAX carpet cleaner. Other products may damage your carpet and/or
machine.
Don’ts
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Never allow children to tamper or play with your VAX.
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Avoid dragging your VAX by the mains cable.
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Never tug at the mains cable to remove the plug from the wall socket.
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Never allow the complete coiled mains cable to drop on the floor as this
may result in kinks or knots occurring in the cable, causing
premature failure.
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Don’t let anyone touch the rotating brush bar (where fitted) unless your
VAX is disconnected from the mains.
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Never use your VAX in the presence of flammable gases.
EXTENSION CABLE
If using an extension cable always ensure that the insulation sheath is in good
condition and is not damaged in any way.
Make sure that the plug and socket are fitted to the extension cable
correctly, if in doubt have it checked by a qualified electrician.
Always use the cable in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
THE POWER SUPPLY CORD IN YOUR VAX HAS 2 INNER WIRES.
IT SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO THE PLUG AS INDICATED BELOW.
WARNING: THIS APPLIANCE MUST NOT BE EARTHED
IMPORTANT: When carrying out any maintenance or cleaning operations on this product, it
is essential that the plug is removed from the wall socket.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:
BLUE - NEUTRAL
BROWN - LIVE
If the plug provided is unsuitable for your socket outlets, the plug must be cut off and a
suitable plug fitted. The cut-off plug should be disposed of and must not be inserted into
any 13 amp socket as this can result in electric shock. The plug or adaptor or the
distribution panel should be provided with a 13 amp fuse. As the colours of the wires in
the mains lead of this appliance may not correspond with coloured markings identifying the
terminals in your plug, proceed as follows. The wire which is coloured blue MUST be
connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or coloured black. The wire
which is coloured brown MUST be connected to the terminal which is marked with the
letter L or coloured red. DO NOT CONNECT EITHER WIRE TO THE EARTH TERMINAL OF A
THREE PIN PLUG (TH1S 1S MARKED ‘E’ OR BY THE EARTH SYMBOL
OR COLOURED
GREEN OR GREEN AND YELLOW).
NOTE: After replacing or changing a fuse, the fuse cover in the plug must be replaced with
a fuse cover which corresponds to the colour of the insert in the base of the plug or the
word that is embossed on the base of the plug, and the appliance must not be used
without a fuse cover. If lost, replacement fuse covers can be obtained from VAX Ltd.
Only 13 amp fuses approved to B.S. 1362 A.S.T.A. should be used. This appliance conforms
with the requirements of EEC Directive No. 82/499/EEC relating to radio interference.
In the interests of product improvement, the Company reserve the right to
introduce modifications or alterations without notice.
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VAX parts and accessories
Items below are available from your Vax Service Agent
or from VAX Direct.
Paper dust bag (double walled)
Available in packs of 3, including 1 cone filter.
Cloth bag
For heavy duty use, these bags can be cleaned up to 5 times.
Cone filters
Supplied in each pack of 3 VAX double walled paper dust bags.
Blue filters
Available from your VAX Service Agent or from VAX Direct.
Exhaust filters
Available from your VAX Service Agent or from VAX Direct.
Accessories below are not supplied with this (5100) model
Powerbrush
Attach the Powerbrush vacuuming tool to the extension tubes of
your VAX. Switch on and the brush bar inside will rotate
at high speed dislodging trapped dust from within the carpet pile.
The automatic air adjustment feature allows air to drive the
brush bar for effective cleaning on light or heavy pile carpets.
Automop
Attach the Automop to the extension tubes of your VAX.
The Automop cleaning head, washes and dries hard floors.
Suitable for vinyl, ceramics, terrazzos, quarry tiles and most other
hard floor surfaces.
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All VAX Cleaning Solutions are approved
for use on wool and wool rich carpets
VAX Cleaning Solutions and Service
Carpet Cleaner
Specially formulated for use with your VAX its colour care formulation
will keep colours true, whilst gently lifting out deep down dirt quickly
and efficiently. The anti-resoiling system ensures carpets stay clean longer
and the unique fragrance will leave them smelling fresh.
VAX Carpet Cleaner is available in 500 ml, 1 litre and 2 litre bottles.
Defoamer
Formulated to prevent the build up of foam in the dirty water tank.
Foam may be caused by cleaning fluids previously used on carpets, or
when clearing up soapy spills. Routine washing will not require Defoamer
because VAX Carpet Cleaner is designed to be low foaming.
Wool Carpet Cleaner
Developed specifically for cleaning carpets that are made from wool only
or are predominantly wool in construction.
Sponge or Brush-in Shampoo
For cleaning your carpets by hand. Whilst this process will clean the
surface of the carpet it will not remove deep down dirt as effectively as
washing your carpets with your VAX.
Spill Absorbing Crystals
Super absorbent crystals which provide fast aid for water based spillages.
By absorbing the spillage, this unique product helps to reduce staining.
Deep Action Gel
Features a soft bristle, dispensing head which works the gel into the
carpet fibres and controls the area to be cleaned, preventing the stain
from spreading.
High Foam Mousse
With a gentle ‘dry cleaning’ action avoids excessive wetting of carpets
and upholstery.
High Foam Spray
A mild anti-bacterial formula which helps to kill germs and eliminate
odours left behind from accidental spills.
Hard Floor Cleaner
Specially developed for use with the VAX Automop (see page 10), VAX
Hard Floor Cleaner achieves excellent cleaning results on hard floors.
ALL VAX CARPET CARE PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN INDEPENDENTLY TESTED AND APPROVED AS SAFE FOR USE ON WOOL/WOOL RICH AND MAN MADE FIBRE CARPETS.
THEY ARE AVAILABLE FROM SUPERMARKETS AND MANY ELECTRICAL STORES
Service
Helpline
If you have any queries or concerns about using your VAX, please call
our FREEPHONE HELPLINE on 0500 005987.
All calls are free of charge. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to
5.30pm. An answerphone is available outside these hours to receive your
message. Please make a note of the serial number and model number
of your VAX before calling. They can be found on the label on the
handle of your VAX.
There are over 700 approved VAX Service Agents in the UK offering
quality repair and a spares service. For details of your nearest Service
Agent, please call the FREEPHONE HELPLINE on 0500 005987.
VAX Ltd., Kingswood Road, Hampton Lovett, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 OQH, UK. - Telephone (01905) 795959
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