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Parts checklist
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Dirty water tank handle
Dirty water tank nozzle tab
Dirty water tank latch
Detachable tool storage
Extra long Stair Hose
Water supply connector
Upholstery wash tool
Upholstery tool trigger
Solution/hose clip
Quick cord release
Carrying handle
Clean water tank cap
Hose storage clips
Power cord
Cord wrap
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Soap on/off
Power on/off
Clean water tank release
Clean water tank carry handle
Clean water tank
Cleaning solution soap tank
Drain cap
Hose water supply port
Dual brushbars
Front suction nozzle
Dirty water tank
Floor/tools selector
Hose attachment cover
Putting your cleaner together
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Remove your Rapide XL from the
carton with caution. The handle is
connected to the body by a cord.
Note: Do not tug or pull on the
cord.
Line up the handle to the upper
body of the machine and slide into
place.
Secure from the back with the
two smaller screws.
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Putting your cleaner together
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Feed the cord through the slots on
the back of the handle and push
into place.
Place a nut into the recess in the
back of the upper handle. While
holding the nut in place insert one
of the large screws through the
front of the upper handle and
tighten.
Repeat the process with the second
screw.
Clean water tank
Remove the backing tape from the
screw cover and press into place.
Tool storage
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Note: Make sure the cleaning
solution tank is resting in place with
the solution tube pressed fully into
tube opening.
Line up the grooves of the clean
water tank with the support posts
inside the handle. Tilt the top of
clean water tank inward and push
until it locks into place.
To install the tool caddy, line up the
tabs of the tool caddy storage with
round tabs on the back of the
handle (above quick cord clip).
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Tool storage
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Slide the tool caddy
downwards until it is
secured in place.
Push the upholstery tool
onto the end of the extra
long stair hose.
Starting on the left of the
machine, wrap the hose around
the back section of the hose
caddy. Wrap the hose around the
back of the machine for a second
and third time, using the front
section of the hose caddy. Secure
in place using the hose clips. To
store the Power Wash Brush,
place on the left hand side of the
machine on the holder provided.
The carpet treatment wand is
stored on the right hand side of
Note: The tool caddy can
be removed for storage on
a wall.
the machine, clipping into place
at both the top and the bottom.
Attach the tube of the carpet
treatment wand into the carpet
treatment wand water supply
port. Press firmly until it locks into
place.
Note: Once the carpet treatment
wand is attached it can remain in
place between uses.
Pre-treating your carpets
with the carpet treatment
wand and solution
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Remove the clean water tank by
pressing the clean water tank
release and pulling the tank by
the handle. Put to one side to fill
later.
While the clean water tank is
removed, loosen the solution tank
by gently pushing out the solution
plug from the plug opening.
Note: The solution tank can be
filled while it is attached to the
cleaner but you should use care
when refilling.
Remove the solution tank by
pulling up and out.
Note: After spraying rinse the
machine and carpet treatment
wand with clean water. Wash the
carpet as described in this guide,
using VAX AAA carpet cleaner.
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Remove solution tank cap.
CAUTION: Do not overfill. You
should leave
1-2 cm of air space.
Fill the tank with pre-treatment
solution.
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Replace the solution tank cap.
Return the solution tank to the
cleaner making sure the solution
tube lines up with the groove in the
back of the solution tank. Firmly
press the solution tube into the plug
opening of the solution tank.
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Return clean water tank by lining
up the grooves of the clean water
tank with the support posts on the
inside of the handle. Rock clean
water tank inward until it locks into
place.
If you have not already done so,
attach the carpet treatment wand to
the carpet treatment wand water
supply port at the back of the
machine. Press firmly until it locks
into place.
N.B Once the carpet treatment
wand is attached it can remain in
place between pre-treatments
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CAUTION: Maximum water
temperature 40o C
Remove the clean water tank cap
and put in a safe place. Slowly fill
the clean water tank with warm tap
water (max 40o C) and replace the
cap.
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Pre-treating your carpets with
the carpet treatment wand and
solution
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Caution: DO NOT turn the soap
switch ON without solution in the
tank. DO NOT allow the solution
tank to run dry.
Using the wand and the trigger,
apply pre-treatment solution to
carpets. Turning the spray nozzle
clockwise or anti-clockwise will
alter the spray pattern.
To pre-treat carpets be sure that the
unit is stood in the upright position.
Turn the power and soap switches
on. The pre-treatment solution and
water automatically mix within the
machine.
How to operate your
cleaner - setting up
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Releasing the trigger will stop
solution flow. The treated areas
should be left for 10 to 15 minutes.
For heavy stains, mild agitation may
be used.
Note: Do not over wet carpets.
Note: The float in your Rapide XL is the transparent, pivoting moulded part in the dirty water tank, it will shut off the suction
when the dirty water tank is full. For best results use a smooth steady motion keeping the nozzle flat against the carpet.
Tipping the cleaner and breaking the seal of the nozzle against the carpet will cause the float to rise cutting off suction. Once
the float is activated, empty the dirty water tank.
If the tank does not appear full turn off the power switch and wait for the float to settle. For best results use only VAX AAA
Carpet Cleaner.
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Remove the clean water tank by
pressing the clean water tank
release and pulling the tank by the
handle. Put to one side to fill later.
While the clean water tank is
removed, loosen the solution tank
by gently pushing out the solution
plug from the plug opening.
Note: The solution tank can be
filled while it is attached to the
cleaner but you should use care
when refilling.
Remove the solution tank by pulling
up and out.
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How to operate your
cleaner
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Remove solution tank cap.
CAUTION: Do not overfill. You should leave
1-2 cm of air space.
Fill the tank with VAX AAA Carpet Cleaner.
The cleaner can be stored with solution in the
solution tank. It does not have to be removed
after each use. However the solution tanks
should be rinsed out periodically.
Note: One fill up of the solution tank will last for
approximately 4 clean water reservoir fill ups.
How to operate your
cleaner
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CAUTION: Maximum water
temperature 40o C
Remove the clean water tank cap
and put in a safe place. Slowly fill the
clean water tank with warm tap water
and replace the cap.
Return clean water tank by lining
up the grooves of the clean water
tank with the support posts on the
inside of the handle. Rock clean
water tank inward until it locks into
place.
Replace the solution tank cap.
Return the solution tank to the
cleaner making sure the solution
tube lines up with the groove in the
back of the solution tank. Firmly
press the solution tube into the plug
opening of the solution tank.
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How to operate your cleaner
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Turn
on
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Caution: DO NOT turn the soap
switch ON without solution in the
tank. DO NOT allow the solution
tank to run dry.
Turn main power switch and soap
switch to the ON position
Plug the cord into an electrical
socket. Step on the handle release
pedal to put the cleaner into a
cleaning position.
How to operate your cleaner
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Burst clean feature
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To spray cleaning solution, depress
the solution release trigger (3a) and
move the cleaner backward and
forward. Release the trigger and
push the unit back and forth in the
same track to remove dirty water
and solution from the carpet.
For heavily soiled areas, repeat if
necessary.
N.B The brushbar starts rotating
automatically when the machine is
reclined.
How to carry your cleaner
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Turn
off
To rinse your carpet, turn the soap
switch to the OFF position. Repeat
the same process (as in step 3)
The burst clean switch is located on
the side of the machine and
illuminates when turned on. This
feature increases the brushbar
speed and pump flow rate to tackle
more stubborn stains and high
traffic areas. Switch off to wash
carpets as normal.
Grab the carrying handle on the
back of the cleaner to transport from
room to room.
Do not pick the cleaner up by the
clean water tank handle.
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Hose attachments
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Turn
on
Put the cleaner in its upright
position. Turn the soap and power
switches to the OFF position.
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Remove the hose from its stored
position on the back of the cleaner.
Lift the hose attachment cover
located on the top of the dirty water
tank.
Insert the end of the hose into the
tool opening and twist clockwise
until it locks into place.
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Turn
on
Attach the water supply connector
into the hose water supply port at
the side of the machine. Press
firmly until it locks into place.
Move the floor/tools selector to the
tools (upward) position.
Caution: DO NOT turn the soap
switch ON without solution in the
tank. DO NOT allow the solution
tank to run dry.
To wash upholstery, be sure that
the main power and soap switches
are both turned ON.
Note: Do not allow upholstery to
become too wet.
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Hose attachments
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While depressing the blue solution spray
trigger, pull the attachment in a downward
motion. Release the trigger and push the
attachment forward in the same path to
remove dirty water and solution from
upholstery. For heavily soiled areas, repeat if
necessary. To rinse, remember to turn the
soap switch to the OFF position and repeat
process.
Note: Make sure upholstery is thoroughly
dry before using.
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Move the tool/floor selector to the
floor position (upward).
Remove the hose from the fitting by
twisting it counterclockwise to
unlock. Close the hose attachment
cover until it snaps into place.
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Return tools to their storage
position on the back of the cleaner.
Disconnect water supply connector
from the water supply port by
pressing the grey button and
pulling.
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Hard floor cleaning
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Before assembling the accessories
for hard floor cleaning, ensure that
the cleaning solution soap tank is
filled with Multi hard floor solution.
Please refer to the bottle for
measuring quanitites.
Do not use Vax AAA carpet cleaner.
Wrap the solution tube around the
hose and secure into place using
the clips provided.
Attach one end of the solution tube
into the hose water supply port at the
side of the machine. Press firmly into it
locks into place
Attach the other end of the solution
tube into the Hydrodry hard floor wash
head.
N.B The Hydrodry head should only
be used on sealed hard floors. If in
doubt, consult the flooring
manufacturer.
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Move the floor/tools selector to the
tools (upward) position.
Caution: DO NOT turn the soap
switch ON without solution in the
tank. DO NOT allow the solution
tank to run dry.
To wash hard floors, turn main
power and soap switch to the “ON”
position.
On the Hydrodry hard floor wash
head ensure that the rocker switch is
pushed down towards the back of the
head to allow water and solution to
reach the floor
To wash hard floors, move the wash
head, slowly and in even motions, over
the area to be cleaned.
To suck up excess water and dry hard
floors, the rocker switch should be
pushed forward. This prevents water and
solution flow from the clean water tank.
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Disconnect water supply connector
from the water supply port by
pressing the grey button and
pulling.
Disconnect water supply connector
from the water supply port by
pressing the grey button and
pulling.
Move the tool/floor selector to the
floor position (upward).
Disconnect all attachments and
allow them to dry before storing.
Power Wash Brush
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Battery Compartment 2
Hose Release Button
Power Button
Oscillating Brushes
Insert the four AA batteries into
your Power Wash Brush in
locations shown. Next see section
17 for machine preparation.
Battery Compartment 1
Now attach the Power Wash Brush
to the hose attachment by pushing
hose end into Power Wash Brush
until it clicks into place. In order to
release solution onto the desired
areas depress the blue solution
spray trigger. Release the trigger
and press the Power Button to
activate the Power Wash Brush.
Use Brush on desired areas, repeat
as necessary.
To rinse, remember to turn the soap
switch to the OFF position and repeat
process. If further drying is required
switch off the Power Wash Brush and
go over the area again. To remove
Power Wash Brush from hose push
Release Button as shown. When
finished See section 18 parts 8-11 for
disconnection and storage
instructions.
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Emptying the dirty
water tank
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1
Depress the dirty water tank latch
and simultaneously pull the dirty
water tank nozzle tab up and away
from the cleaner.
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Remove the dirty water tank by
lifting the dirty water tank handle
and pulling the tank out of the base.
Note: The nozzle does not need to
be completely removed to empty
the dirty water tank.
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Place the dirty water tank over a
large sink and remove the dirty
water tank cap by twisting it to the
left (counterclockwise) and out in a
safe place. Empty the water into the
sink.
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Dirty water tank can be rinsed out
with hot tap water to remove any
remaining debris. Wipe and let dry
thoroughly before storing to prevent
mildew from forming.
Note: Do not use any chemicals
when cleaning.
Return the dirty water tank cap.
Lift the dirty water tank handle and
pull out the filter to clean. Rinse
under hot water and return to the
dirty water tank.
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Emptying the dirty
water tank
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Return dirty water tank to the base
of the cleaner by tipping the nozzle
down into the basin and dropping it
into place.
Lift the front of the cleaner base off
the carpeting with one hand. Line
up the black tabs with the grooves
of the front nozzle. Lift the front
nozzle upwards towards the cleaner
and press under the latch until it
locks into place.
Post-treating your carpets
with the carpet wand and
post-treatment solution
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N.B The carpet treatment wand will
need priming before using to allow
the correct solution to run through.
Holding over the sink, depress the
trigger for approximately 20
seconds. The wand will then to
ready for post-treatment.
Remove the clean water tank by
pressing the clean water tank
release and pulling the tank by the
handle. Put to one side to fill later.
While the clean water tank is
removed, loosen the solution tank
by gently pushing out the solution
plug from the plug opening.
Note: The solution tank can be
filled while it is attached to the
cleaner but you should use care
when refilling.
Remove the solution tank by pulling
up and out.
Note: After spraying rinse the
machine and carpet treatment
wand with clean water. Wash the
carpet as described in this guide,
using VAX AAA carpet cleaner.
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Remove solution tank cap.
CAUTION: Do not overfill. You
should leave
1-2 cm of air space.
Fill the tank with post-treatment
solution.
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Replace the solution tank cap.
Return the solution tank to the
cleaner making sure the solution
tube lines up with the groove in the
back of the solution tank. Firmly
press the solution tube into the plug
opening of the solution tank.
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CAUTION: Maximum water
temperature 40o C
Remove the clean water tank cap
and put in a safe place. Slowly fill the
clean water tank with hot tap water
(max 40oC) and replace the cap.
Return clean water tank by lining
up the grooves of the clean water
tank with the support posts on the
inside of the handle. Rock clean
water tank inward until it locks into
place.
Ensure the carpet treatment
wand is still attached securely to
the carpet treatment wand water
supply port
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Caution: DO NOT turn the soap
switch ON without solution in the
tank. DO NOT allow the solution
tank to run dry.
N.B The carpet treatment wand will
need priming before using to allow the
correct solution to run through. Holding
over the sink, depress the trigger for
approximately 20 seconds. The wand
will then to ready for post-treatment.
Using the wand and the trigger, apply
post-treatment solution to
carpets. Turning the spray nozzle
clockwise or anti-clockwise will
alter the spray pattern.
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To post-treat carpets be sure that
the unit is stood in the upright
position. Turn the power and soap
switches on. The post-treatment
solution and water automatically mix
within the machine
Belt removal and
replacement
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Remove dirty water tank and front
nozzle (see page 20) put them to
one side.
Releasing the trigger will stop
solution flow.
The treated areas should be left to dry.
Once dry, vacuum thoroughly.
Empty the dirty water tank as
previously directed.
Note: Do not over wet carpets.
Phillips screwdriver required
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Use a Phillips screwdriver to
remove two (2) screws.
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Remove the belt cover.
Remove the broken belt.
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Brush removal and
replacement
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1. Loop the belt around the rear shaft.
2. Loop the top of the belt above the small
pulley and the bottom of the belt around the
lower small pulley.
3. Feed the entire belt over the first large
pulley.
4. Loop the belt around the front large pulley
and rotate the front brushbar forward until
the belt is in place.
Note: Make sure the entire belt stays on top of
the first large pulley by lightly placing a finder
on top to guide it.
Return the nozzle cover to the
original position.
Secure by replacing the two (2)
screws.
Remove the screw that holds the
brushbar in place.
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Tilt cleaner off the carpet. Grasp
the brush bar and pull the right side
of its chamber.
Tilt the brushbar down to the
ground and remove the silver cap.
Slide the worn brushbar out of the
cleaner.
To install a new brushbar. Feed the
brushbar through the opening until
the screw plate and screw hole are
lined up (as above).
Replace the silver cap to right side
of the brushbar. Lift the brushbar up
and align with the brushbar
chamber. Push the screw plate
towards the screw hole until the
flush and replace the screw.
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Note: The black cap behind the
silver screw plate will be through the
hole.
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Troubleshooting
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Problem
Possible Cause
Possible solution
Cleaner won’t run
• Power cord not firmly pushed into
a mains socket.
• Blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
• Plug cord in firmly.
Vacuum won’t pick up/loss of
suction
Water escaping from the
Vacuum
Cleaner attachments won’t
spray
Cleaner won’t dispense
solution
No soap dispensing
• Nozzle hose attachment cover not
closed.
• Dirty water tank is not installed
correctly.
• Nozzle not installed correctly.
• Floor/Tool selector in wrong position.
• Dirty water tank is full.
• Brushbar worn.
• Broken or worn belt.
• Nozzle/Dirt passage clogged.
• Clogged hose inlet.
• Dirty water tank is full.
• Dirty water tank not installed correctly
• Hose not installed correctly.
• Solution tank not installed correctly.
• Water supply hose not connected
properly
• Solution tank not installed correctly
• Pick up tube blocked.
• No soap.
• Soap switch off.
• Soap tank empty with soap power ON
Will not dispense water
• Check fuse/breaker. Replace fuse or
reset breaker.
• Close the hose attachment cover.
• See ‘Emptying the dirty water tank’
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See ‘Emptying the dirty water tank’.
Move selector to the correct position.
Empty dirty water tank.
Replace the brushbar.
Replace the belt.
Remove hose, remove obstruction.
Remove hose, clean inlet.
See ‘How to operate your cleaner’.
See ‘Emptying the dirty water tank’.
See ‘Emptying the dirty water tank’
See ‘Hose attachments’.
See ‘How to operate your cleaner’.
See ‘Hose attachments’.
• See ‘How to operate your cleaner’.
• Clean pick up tube by soaking in water
• Fill soap tank with Vax AAA Carpet
Cleaner.
• Turn soap switch on.
• Fill soap tank or shut soap power OFF.
Safety
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• Do not leave the appliance when plugged in. Unplug it from socket when not in use.
• To prevent electric shock do not use outdoors
• Not to be used as a toy. Close supervision is necessary when used by or near children or the infirm.
• Use only as described in this user guide.
• Do not use with a damaged cord or plug.
• Do not pull or carry by the cord, use the cord as a handle, allow the cord to come into contact with hot or sharp surfaces
or close a door on the cord.
• Do not unplug by pulling on the cord.
• Do not handle the plug or appliance with wet hands.
• Do not put any objects into openings or operate with openings blocked, keep them free of anything that may reduce
airflow.
• Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of the body away from openings and moving parts.
• Do not vacuum any glowing, burning or smoking particles.
• Do not use without the solution reservoir and dirty water tank in place.
• Turn off all controls before unplugging.
• Do not use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as petrol, or use in areas where they may be present.
• Keep the carpet washer on the floor.
• Do not use an extension cord with this carpet washer.
• Do not attempt to remove blockages with sharp objects as they may cause damage.
• Store the carpet washer indoors. Put the carpet washer away after use to prevent tripping accidents.
• Using improper voltage may result in damage to the motor and possible injury to the user. The correct
voltage is listed on the ratings plate.
• If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer, its service agent or similarly qualified
persons in order to avoid hazard.
• This carpet washer is intended for household use only.
• The appliance must be unplugged from the mains socket outlet after use, and before cleaning or maintaining the
appliance.
• A hazard may occur if the appliance runs over the power supply cord.
• Carpets should be dry vacuumed thoroughly before washing with the Rapide XL and Rapide XL Pro.
For further information in the UK, call the VAX HELPLINE : 0870 606 1248
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Vax Ltd., Kingswood Road, Hampton Lovett, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 0QH, UK
email: info@vax.co.uk - website: www.vax.co.uk
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.
Manufacturer/EEC importer: VAX Limited, hereby on our own responsibility declare that the product
V-027Y Rapide XL Ultimate is manufactured in compliance with the following:
Safety: 73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive as modified by 93/68/EEC
EMC: 89/336/EEC Electromagnetic compatibility Directive as modified by 93/68/EEC
EEC STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE
VAX CARELINE 0870 6061248
Easy Guide
Please read carefully before using the carpet washer.
Always fully extend the mains cable before use.
Please retain these instructions for future reference.
VAX Model Number: V-027Y
Instruction Manual
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Please make a note of the serial number and model number of your VAX before calling. There are over 400 approved VAX Service Agents in the UK. For your nearest Service Agent please call VAX Care.