Designed in the UK
Rapide
Ultimate
User Guide
W87-RH-P
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Contents
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Contents
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Machine Overview
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General Safety Information
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Getting Started
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How To Use
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Looking After Your Machine
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FAQs
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Other Information
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Guarantee
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Machine Overview
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Handle
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Solution trigger
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Clean water tank release button
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Clean water tank
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Recline pedal
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Solution tube port
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Dirty water tank release lever
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Dirty water tank carry handle
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Hose port
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Rotating brushbar
(hidden)
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(hidden)
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On/off pedal
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Power cord release lock
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Power cord
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Hose
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Wash tool
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Wash tool solution trigger
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Handle locking pin
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Vax pre-treatment carpet
cleaning solution
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Pre-treatment wand
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Pre-treatment wand holder
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Vax carpet cleaning solution
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Float chamber filter
(hidden)
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(hidden)
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NOTE: Some parts may vary according to model. Please check inside flap of box for more details.
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General Safety Information
This carpet washer is intended for household use only and NOT for commercial or industrial use.
Please keep instructions for further use.
When using the carpet washer, basic safety precautions should always be observed, including the following:
1. Do not leave the carpet washer unattended when plugged in. Unplug the appliance from the socket when not in use.
2. Only use the carpet washer indoors on dry surfaces.
3. Turn off all controls on the carpet washer before disconnecting or connecting from the mains supply.
4. Always unplug the carpet washer before connecting or disconnecting the hose and accessories.
5. Always unplug the carpet washer before carrying out any maintenance.
6. Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.
7. This appliance is not intended for use by children under eight years of age and persons with reduced physical, sensory or
mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use
of the appliance in a safe way and understands the hazards involved.
8. Cleaning and maintenance shall not be made by children without supervision.
9. The appliance should only be used as described in the quick start guide or in the full online user guide.
10. Only Vax recommended attachments and solutions should be used with this appliance.
11. Do not use this carpet washer if it has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors or dropped into water. Do not use this carpet
washer with a damaged cord or plug. If the supply cord is damaged return the carpet washer to a Vax authorised
Service Agent.
12. Do not pull or carry this appliance by the cord. Do not use the cord as a handle, close a door on the cord or pull the cord
around sharp edges or corners. Do not run the carpet washer over the cord. Keep the cord away from
heated surfaces.
13. Do not handle the plug or the carpet washer with wet hands.
14. Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers and all parts of the body away from openings and moving parts.
15. Do not pick up with the machine any hot coals, cigarette butts, matches or any hot, smoking or burning objects.
16. Do not pick up with the machine any flammable or combustible materials (lighter fluid, petrol, kerosene ect.) or use the
machine in the presence of explosive liquids or vapours.
17. Do not use the machine on areas where there may be harmful or toxic material (chlorine, bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner.)
18. Store the carpet washer in a cool, dry area.
19. Do not use an extension cord with this machine.
20. Do not carry the appliance while it’s switched on.
21. To prevent dirty water from running into the motor, do not hold the appliance upside-down or lay it on its side. Use the
appliance in a normal cleaning position.
22. Do not use without all water tanks and solution tanks in place.
23. Do not use the carpet washer unless the carpets have been dry vacuumed thoroughly first.
24. Keep the unit on the floor.
25. Do not put any objects into openings. Do not use with any openings blocked and do not restrict airflow. Keep all openings
free of dust, lint, hair or anything that might reduce airflow.
26. Do not attempt to remove blockages with sharp objects as they may cause damage.
27. Using improper voltage may result in damage to the motor and possible injury to the user. The correct voltage is listed on
the rating label.
28. Do not use without all of the filters in place.
29. Take extra care when cleaning on the stairs.
30. Keep the area you are cleaning well lit.
31. Do not unplug the machine by pulling on the cord.
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Getting Started
PLEASE READ SAFETY INFORMATION BEFORE USE (p3)
Assembling your carpet washer handle
Locate the locking pin and press in
points shown to remove.
Insert handle and re-fit locking pin.
Locking pin will ‘click’ when
in place.
Assembling your tool caddy and hose (Optional)
Attach caddy to unit
top first.
Rotate tabs 90°clockwise
to lock caddy onto unit.
Fit hose connector end
in first.
Ensure locking tabs
are horizontal.
Wrap hose around caddy
tightly anti-clockwise.
Clip in the last wrap of
the hose and wash tool
as shown.
Assembling your tool caddy and hose (Optional)
Wrap solution tube around
holder for storage.
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How To Use
Before you begin cleaning
Do not saturate your carpet.
• Vacuum your carpets thoroughly.
• Test for colourfastness – Wet a white absorbent cloth with the solution. In a small, hidden area of your carpet, gently rub the
surface with the dampened cloth. Wait ten minutes and check for colour removal or bleed with white paper towel or cloth. If your
carpet has more than one colour, check all colours.
• When cleaning an entire room, move furniture out of the area to be cleaned. If the furniture is too heavy to move, place aluminium
foil or wax paper under legs. This will prevent wood finishes from staining your carpet. Pin up furniture skirts and curtains.
IMPORTANT: Only use Vax carpet cleaning solution. Using other solutions may cause excess foaming. Excessive foam will prevent
the machine from working effectively. Using other solutions will invalidate the guarantee.
Operating your pre-treatment wand
Pre-treating your carpet before washing will help to remove stubborn stains. Do not saturate your carpet.
Pour required dose of
Mix solution with warm
pre-treatment solution
water. (max 40°C).
(approx.40ml per 1.0L of water).
Fill clean water tank with
solution mix.
Tighten cap before
returning tank to unit.
Remove pre-treatment
wand from holder.
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Remove clean water tank.
Unwrap power cord and plug unit in.
Attach pre-treatment tube by
alligning inserts and pushing
in. Turn clockwise to secure.
Spray evenly onto desired areas
and leave for 10-15 minutes
before washing carpets.
How To Use
Operating your carpet washer
Your dirty water tank is fitted with a float. When the dirty water tank is full or the floor head is not in contact with the carpet
the float will shut off the suction at the floor nozzle. You will be able to hear if this has happened as the motor noise on the unit
will increase. Once the float is activated, empty the dirty water tank if full. If the dirty water tank is not full then turn off your
machine at the power switch and wait for the float to settle.
Pour required dose of carpet
cleaning solution (approx.
40ml per 1.0L of water).
Mix solution with warm
water. (max 40°C).
Fill clean water tank with
solution mix.
Tighten cap before
returning tank to unit.
Turn the machine on.
Recline the machine. When
the machine is reclined, the
brushbar will rotate. In
an upright position, the
brushbar will not rotate.
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Remove clean water tank and ensure that it is rinsed
thoroughly and free of pre-treatment solution.
Unwrap power cord and plug unit in.
Press trigger to
release solution.
For best results apply
solution on the forward
stroke and release the
trigger to recover solution
on the backward stroke.
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How To Use
Picking up spills
Remove hose.
Pull wash tool back over
spill to pick up liquid.
Align inserts and push in.
Turn clockwise to secure.
Using the wash tool
Do not saturate your upholstery.
The clean water tank will need to be filled with Vax carpet cleaning solution and water before use.
Align inserts and push in.
Turn clockwise to secure.
Press trigger to
release solution.
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For best results apply
solution on the forward
stroke and release the
trigger to recover on the
backward stroke.
Looking After Your Machine
WARNING: To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn the machine off and unplug from electrical socket before performing
maintenance/troubleshooting checks.
Emptying the dirty water tank
NOTE: Rinse out tank with clean water and leave to air dry before storing your machine.
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Cleaning the float chamber filter
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40°C
max
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Rinse under water to remove debris
(max 40ºC). Allow to dry completely
before replacing or storing away
your machine. (24 hours).
Removing blockages from the brushbar
WARNING: To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn the machine off and unplug from electrical socket before performing
maintenance/troubleshooting checks.
Threads caught in
the brushbar can
be cut.
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Looking After Your Machine
Replacing the belt
WARNING: Do not open the motor cover.
Use a crosshead
screwdriver to remove
two (2) screws.
Remove damaged/broken
belt off the spindles.
Replace new belt on to
spindles and secure the
belt cover.
Storage
• Empty and rinse out clean and dirty water tanks and leave to air dry before replacing.
• You can remove the handle and tool caddy for convenient storage.
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FAQs
Warning: Always switch off and unplug the carpet washer from the electrical outlet before assembling, filling and emptying the
clean water tank, emptying the dirt water tank, or before connecting/disconnecting the attachments.
Important: Carpets should be dry vacuumed thoroughly before washing.
Caution: The carpet washer is a very powerful unit. Before plugging the cord into the electrical outlet, make sure all controls on
the unit are turned off. Hold the carpet washer firmly when starting and in use.
Important: If the hose or tools are blocked, switch off the carpet washer and remove the blockage(s) before re-starting your
machine.
Important: Cleaning filters maintains cleaning performance. Vax recommends that your filters should be checked and cleaned
periodically. If your filters are washable make sure that they are completely dry before inserting them back into the vacuum cleaner.
Important: The motor is equipped with a thermal cut-out. If for any reason the unit should overheat, the thermostat will
automatically turn the unit off. Should this occur, unplug the carpet washer from the electrical outlet and turn off the switch. Check
the hose for blockages. Clean the filters. Allow the unit to cool for approximately one hour (if you have cleaned the filters you will
need to wait twenty four hours for the filters to dry before putting them back in the machine). To re-start the machine, plug it into an
electrical outlet and switch it back on.
Warning: To reduce the risk of personal injury, unplug the carpet washer before performing maintenance/troubleshooting checks.
Is there an accessory missing?
• Check the ‘This pack contains’ panel on the box to make sure the part is definitely included in your unit
Why won’t the carpet washer turn on?
• It may not be plugged into the electrical socket correctly: ensure that the plug is pushed in securely and switched on
• The power button on the unit hasn’t been fully depressed
• If the unit cuts out during use, disconnect the unit from the electrical socket, allow to cool for one hour. Then, clean the filter, empty
the dirty water tank and check the hose and brushbar for blockages.
Why won’t the cleaner pick up solution/spills?
• The float in the dirty water tank may have been activated. Empty the dirty water tank if full. If the dirty water tank is not full
then switch the machine off and wait for the float to settle before re-starting your machine
•The dirty water tank may be full and the auto shut off engaged. Empty the dirty water tank
•Ensure the dirty water tank is fitted correctly and the tank cap is securely fitted
•Check the hose for blockages
•Check the brushbar for blockages
Why won’t the solution/clean water dispense?
•Ensure the clean water tank is fitted securely
•The solution/clean water tank may be empty
•Ensure the dirty water tank is fitted securely
Why won’t the brushes rotate?
•The brushes will only rotate when the unit is reclined and turned on
•Check the float chamber filter and clean if necessary
•Belt may be broken – replace if necessary
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Other Information
Machine Overview
UK Service & Help
Any queries or concerns about using your Vax, simply visit; vax.co.uk/support – vaxireland.ie or call the
Vax Careline. Calls are charged at the UK local rate. Please make a note of the serial number and model
number of the vacuum cleaner before calling.
Vax Careline:
(UK) 0844 412 8455
(ROI) 1-800 928 308
Monday-Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm
Saturday-Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Consumables
To purchase spares and accessories, please visit vax.co.uk
The use of genuine vax spare parts helps to maintain optimised
performance and validates your guarantee
Float chamber filter kit: 1-9-130494-00
Belt kit – Type 16: 1-9-130510-00
Ultra+ solution: 1-9-130422-00
Pre-treatment solution: 1-9-127045-00
Technical Specification
Voltage: 220-240V ~50Hz
Wattage: 1000W
Capacity: Clean water tank 4.0L
Dirty water tank 2.5L
Cord length: 8.0m
Weight: 10.6kg
Filter: Float chamber filter
Subject to technical change without notice.
EEC Statement of Compliance
Manufacturer/EEC importer: Vax Limited, hereby on our own responsibility, declare that the Rapide Ultra series
is manufactured in compliance with the following Directives:
Safety: 2006/95/EC Low Voltage Directive
EMC: 2004/108/EC Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive
Waste electrical products should not be disposed of with household waste. Please recycle where facilities exist.
Check with your Local Authority or retailer for recycling advice.
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Guarantee
Guarantee
It’s quick and easy to register for your
FREE 2 year guarantee
online at: vax.co.uk/guarantees
Please retain your original receipt for proof of purchase.
UK based customer care centre — Open 7 days a week
Monday-Friday
Saturday and Sunday
8:30am-18:30pm
9:00am-17:00pm
we’re here if you need us
Instead of taking me back to the shop, simply visit:
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