User Guide
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Hard floor cleaner
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Machine Overview
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CL EAN ING
SOL UTION
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Fig.1/1
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Soft hand grip
On/off switch
Solution trigger
Mode selector
Clean solution tank cap
Clean solution tank
Clean solution tank release
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Recovery tank release
Recovery tank lid and filter
Recovery tank
Nozzle release buttons
Nozzle
Squeegee
Bumper
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Soft-tread wheels
Carry handle
Upper handle release button
Cord hooks
Handle release pedal
Hard floor cleaning solution
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General Safety Information
FOR HOUSE HOLD USE ONLY.
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When using the hard floor cleaner, basic safety precautions
should always be observed, including the following:
o not attempt to remove blockages with sharp
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objects as they may cause damage.
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tore in doors put away after use to prevent
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tripping accidents.
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sing improper voltage may result in damage to the
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motor and possible injury to the user. The correct
voltage is listed on the rating label.
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o not leave the hard floor cleaner unattended when
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plugged in. Unplug it from socket when not in use.
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To prevent electric shock do not use outdoors.
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ot to be used as a toy. Children should be supervised
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to ensure that they do not play with the appliance.
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his appliance is not intended for use by persons
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(including children) with reduced physical, sensory
or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and
knowledge, unless they have been given supervision
or instruction concerning the use of the appliance by
a person responsible for their safety.
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Use only as described in this manual.
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o not use the cleaner if it has been dropped,
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damaged, left outdoors or dropped into water. Do not
use the cleaner with a damaged cord or plug. If the
supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer or a recommended Service Agent to
avoid hazard and invalidating the guarantee.
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o not pull or carry by cord/hose. Do not use the
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cord/hose as a handle, close a door on the cord/hose
or pull cord/hose around sharp edges or corners.
Do not run the carpet washer over the cord/hose.
Keep the cord away from heated surfaces.
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Do not unplug by pulling on the cord.
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o not handle the plug or hard floor cleaner with
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wet hands.
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o not put any objects into openings or operate with
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openings blocked, keep them free of anything that
may reduce airflow.
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eep hair, loose clothing, fingers and all parts of the
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body away from openings and moving parts.
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o not use the hard floor cleaner on any glowing,
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burning or smoking particles.
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o not use without the solution tank and dirty water
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tank in place.
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Turn off all controls before unplugging.
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o not use to pick up flammable or combustible
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liquids such as petrol, or use in areas where they may
be present.
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hazard may occur if the cleaner runs over the power
supply cord.
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o prevent dirty water from running into the motor, do
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not hold the appliance upside-down or lay on its side.
Use appliance in normal cleaning position.
22. Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
23. Do not carry appliance while motor is running.
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se only SAA approved 10 amp extension cords.
Non-approved cords may overheat. Care should
be taken to arrange the cord so that the cord cannot
be tripped over.
WARNING: Always switch off and unplug your
machine from the electrical out let before filling
and emptying the solution tank, emptying the dirty water
tank, before assembling, opening, before connecting/
disconnecting the attachments, or carrying out
maintenance or trouble shooting checks and storage.
NOTE: Hard floors should be dry vacuumed
thoroughly before washing.
IMPORTANT: Cleaning filters maintains cleaning
performance. Vax recommends that your filters
should be checked and cleaned periodically. If your filters
are washable make sure they are completely dry before
inserting back into the machine.
This machine is intended for house hold use only,
and NOT for commercial or industrial use.
PLEASE KEEP THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR
FURTHER USE.
Keep the unit on the floor.
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Operation
Installing Brushes and Nozzle
FIG. 3/1
To install brushes,
place handle in upright
position. Tilt cleaner
back so that it rests on
the floor. Align post (A)
on brush block with
hole (B) on bottom of
cleaner. Turn brushes
slightly until post fits
easily into hole.
FIG. 3/2
Unfold Handle
FIG. 3/5
Raise upper handle to
upright position until it
locks in place.
FIG. 3/3
Press brush assembly To install nozzle, make
firmly to snap into place. sure latches (A) are
out. Align middle
section of nozzle with
opening on cleaner.
Remove cardboard
packing insert from
squeegee area on
underside of nozzle.
FIG. 3/4
While holding nozzle
in place, slide latches
inward to lock in place.
Handle Release Pedal
FIG. 3/6
To lower handle, press
upper handle release
button and fold handle
to storage position.
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FIG. 3/ 7
Step on pedal (A) to
lower handle to
operating position.
Handle does not lock
into a single position,
but “floats” to allow
convenient operation.
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Operation
Transporting
FIG. 3/9
On/Off Switch
FIG. 3/10
To move your cleaner
from room to room,
put handle in upright
position, tilt cleaner
back on rear wheels
and push forward.
FIG. 3/8
The cleaner may also
be lifted using the
carrying handle (A) on
the front of the cleaner.
Push switch (A) once
to turn cleaner ON.
Push switch again to
turn cleaner OFF.
Your FloorMate cleaner can be used to both vacuum dry debris and wet clean non-carpeted
floor surfaces such as vinyl, tile and sealed wood. It is not intended for use on carpet or rugs.
CAUTION: To prevent damage to wood floors, follow the flooring
manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations.
NOTE: If using cleaner on sealed wood floors, inspect floor surface for worn finish, bare wood or
separated joints. Do not use the cleaner to wet clean sealed wood floors if any of these conditions exist.
Mode Selector Dial
FIG. 4/1
The Mode selector dial
(A) turns the brushes
on and off.
FIG. 4/2
For dry debris pickup, turn the dial to the DRY
VAC position. In this position, the brushes will not
rotate and are raised off the floor surface.
To wet clean with brushes turned ON, turn the
dial to the WASH position. For wet pickup, turn
the dial to the WET PICKUP position.
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Operation
Filling the Solution (Upper) Tank
The solution tank holds solution and clean water that is to be dispersed onto the surface being cleaned.
NOTE: Disconnect cleaner from electrical outlet.
FIG. 4/3
Place cleaner handle in
upright, locked position.
To remove tank,
squeeze release
button and pull tank
straight out.
FIG. 4/4
Carry tank to a sink.
Rotate tank cap
counter-clockwise and
lift up to remove cap (A).
FIG. 4/5
Turn cap (A) upside down to serve
as a measuring cup.
For hard surface floors such as vinyl, linoleum,
marble, laminate wood, polyurethane sealed
wood or other wood floors that can normally
be cleaned using water, use one cup of Vax
cleaning solution.
IMPORTANT: Check for worn spots or joint separations before using, as these conditions
could lead to damaged flooring when using water to clean floor.
FIG. 4/6
Pour cleaning solution
into tank (A). Fill tank to
fill line (B) with warm
water (Max 40°C).
FIG. 4/7
FIG. 4/8
If rubber ring (A) on cap Replace cap. Rotate
has become dislodged, cap clockwise until it
reposition it with uneven locks in place.
side against ledge (B).
Cap must be locked
in place for proper
performance and to
prevent leaking.
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FIG. 4/9
Slide tank straight
into position until latch
snaps in place.
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Operation
Emptying the Recovery (Lower) Tank
An automatic suction shut-off is built into the recovery tank to prevent the tank from overflowing.
When the shutoff activates, the cleaner will not pick up debris and the sound of the motor will
change. The recovery tank is full and must be emptied.
Turn cleaner off and disconnect from electrical outlet.
Although not necessary for satisfactory performance, it is recommended that the recovery tank
be emptied after dry vacuuming and before wet operation. Check the solution tank also. It may
need to be refilled at this time.
FIG. 4/10
To remove tank, press
down on release
button (A) and pull tank
straight out.
FIG. 4/11
Remove tank lid (A).
Empty tank.
Picking Up Spills
Your cleaner may also be used to pick up small liquid spills (max 5mm in depth) on non-carpeted
floors. Turn Mode selector dial to the WET PICKUP position and release the trigger. Continue to
move cleaner over the area to pick up the spill.
IMPORTANT: Do not use the cleaner to pick up flammable or combustible liquids or
chemicals. Do not use the cleaner to pick up detergents that contain solvent based ingredients.
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Operation
Recommended Cleaning Sequence
Use your Vax FloorMate to:
Turn Mode selector dial to WASH position.
• Dry vacuum to remove loose dirt,
hair and debris.
Dry hands and plug cleaner into a properly
earthed outlet.
• Wet clean the floor surface. The brushes will
provide light agitation to help loosen dirt.
Step on handle release pedal and lower handle
to operating position. Turn cleaner ON.
• Wet pickup reduces drying time of the
floor surface.
The Mode selector dial turns the brushes on
and off as described in section 4.
Your Vax cleaner may be used to clean wood
floors that have been sealed with a
polyurethane coating and can
be cleaned with water.
FIG. 5/1
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to wood floors, follow the
flooring manufacturer’s cleaning
recommendations.
If using cleaner on sealed wood floors,
inspect floor surface for worn finish,
bare wood or separated joints.
Do not use the cleaner to wet clean
sealed wood floors if any of these
conditions exist.
Set Mode selector dial to DRY VAC position
and vacuum floor.
Turn cleaner off and disconnect from electrical
outlet. Empty recovery tank (see previous
section). See “Cleaning the brushes” for removing
and replacing brushes.
Fill solution tank with cleaning solution and
clean water (see section 4 – “Filling the Solution
(Upper) Tank”).
Do not use solvent based cleaning concentrates
in your cleaner. Do not use any type of wax in
your cleaner.
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To release solution,
squeeze trigger (A)
as needed and slowly
move cleaner forward
and backward over
area to be cleaned.
Overlap strokes by one inch to help prevent
streaking. The cleaner’s suction will pick up the
dirty solution throughout cleaning.
To greatly enhance drying of the floor surface,
release trigger and turn Mode selector dial to
the WET PICKUP position. Continue to move
cleaner over the area to pick up the dirty solution.
To continue cleaning another area, turn Mode
selector dial to WASH position and repeat
previous steps.
NOTE: When cleaning sealed wood floors,
make sure all areas are completely dry. Ensure
that no water remains on the floor.
NOTE: When switching between wet
cleaning and wet pickup, it is not necessary to
turn the cleaner off. Simply move the Mode
selector dial between the two settings.
Empty recovery tank or clean the filter when
the motor sound becomes higher in pitch and
there is a loss of suction (see previous section).
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Maintenance (Keep your Vax as good as new)
Cleaning the Filters
The tank lid contains a washable, reusable filter. Clean this filter when suction is low or reduced.
Turn cleaner off and disconnect from electrical outlet.
FIG. 6/1
Remove recovery tank
and lid as described in
Section 4.
Remove filter lid (A),
then remove filter (B).
FIG. 6/2
FIG. 6/3
Remove loose debris
from filter by tapping
the filter or gently
brushing using your
hand. The filter may
also be rinsed for
additional cleaning.
Allow filter to air dry
between uses (allow
24hrs to dry completely).
Reposition filter. Replace
filter lid. Press down
firmly until snapped
in place.
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Dry or loose debris will
also collect on the filter
screen located in the
tank lid.
To remove debris from
screen, remove the
pleated filter from the
lid. Remove debris
from screen (A). The
filter screen may also
be cleaned by rinsing it
under running water.
FIG. 6/4
Reposition pleated filter
in lid. Replace lid onto
recovery tank, pressing
down firmly until
snapped in place.
To replace recovery
tank, place bottom of
tank behind ledge (A)
and push tank straight
into cleaner body until
it is locked in place.
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Maintenance (Keep your Vax as good as new)
Cleaning the Nozzle
Turn cleaner OFF and disconnect from electrical outlet. The cleaner’s nozzle can be removed
for easy cleaning.
FIG. 6/5
Slide the two nozzle
release latches (A)
outward.
FIG. 6/6
Remove nozzle by
pulling straight out.
FIG. 6/7
Rinse nozzle under running water. Remove
debris from squeegee (A) and wipe with a
damp cloth.
To replace nozzle, make sure latches are out. With the cleaner in the upright position, align middle
section of nozzle with opening on cleaner and slide latches inward as described in Section 3.
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Maintenance (Keep your Vax as good as new)
Cleaning the Brushes
The brush assembly can be removed for easy cleaning. Turn cleaner OFF and disconnect from
electrical outlet.
Place handle in the upright position. Remove tanks to prevent leaking. Set aside.
Pull the two nozzle release buttons out and remove nozzle as Fig.6/3. Tilt cleaner back so handle
rests on floor.
FIG. 6/8
Push two brush
release buttons (A) and
remove the brush
assembly.
The brushes can be
washed with a mild
detergent and rinsed.
Do not use a solvent
based detergent.
FIG. 6/9
FIG. 6/10
To replace brushes,
align post (A) on brush
block with hole (B) on
bottom of cleaner. Turn
brushes slightly until
post fits easily into hole.
Press brush assembly
firmly to snap into place.
Return cleaner to
upright position.
Replace nozzle,
making sure latches
(A) are out.
Align middle section of nozzle with opening on cleaner. While holding nozzle in place, slide latches
inward to lock in place. Replace tanks
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FAQ’s
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, unplug the hard floor cleaner before performing
maintenance/troubleshooting checks.
Problem
Cause
Solution
Cleaner won’t run
No electricity in the electrical outlet
Check fuse or breaker
Blown fuse/tripped breaker
Reset circuit breaker or replace fuse
Automatic shut-off activated
Turn cleaner off and then on again or
empty the dirty water tank (See page 7).
Filter or filter lid missing or not positioned
correctly
Ensure dirty water tank filter and filter lid
are positioned in the dirty water tank lid
Dirty water tank or clean water tank not
positioned correctly
Ensure both tanks are locked in place
Filter is dirty
Clean filter
Nozzle not properly positioned
Ensure nozzle is replaced properly
and locked
Cleaner won’t pick up/loss
of suction
Water puddling behind cleaner
Cleaner does not pick
up dirty solution
Cleaner solution won’t
dispense
Brushes won’t rotate
Excess cleaning solution foaming in tanks
Use only Vax Floor Cleaner
Clean water tank not correctly installed
Ensure tank is installed correctly
Dirty water tank is full
Empty tank
Cleaner not set to PICKUP
Set mode selector switch to PICKUP
Dirty water tank not properly installed
Ensure that the dirty water tank is
correctly installed
Dirty water tank full / Automatic
shut-off engaged
Remove and empty the dirty water tank
Filter or filter lid missing or not
positioned correctly
Ensure dirty water tank filter and filter lid
are positioned in the dirty water tank lid
Clean water tank not firmly in place
Ensure tank is securely locked in position
Clean water tank empty
Refill clean water tank.
Handle not assembled correctly
Refer to page 4
Mode selector switch set to PICKUP
Move mode selector switch
to SCRUB position
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Other Information
Vax Service & Help
Vax Careline:
Australia 1300 361 505
New Zealand 0800 800 900
Monday-Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm
If you have queries or concerns about using your Vax, call the Vax Careline. Calls are charged
at the standard local rate. Please make a note of the serial number and model number of the
vacuum cleaner before calling.
For the nearest Service Agent, please call the Vax Customer Careline or visit www.vax.com.au
Technical Specification
Voltage:
220-240V ~50Hz
Wattage:
700W
Capacity:
olution / clean water tank: 1.1 Litres
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Recovery tank: 1.6 Litres
Cord length: 8m
Weight:
7.3kg
Filter:Filter screen – washable
Main filter – washable
Subject to technical change without notice.
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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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