S5980_us
Operating instructions
Vacuum cleaner
S 5980
en - US, CA
To prevent accidents
and machine damage,
read these instructions
before installation and use.
M.-Nr. 07 176 510
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Contents
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Guide to the vacuum cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Before using the vacuum cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Included accessories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Power cord. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Turning the vacuum On and Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Adjusting the suction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Turning the Powerbrush on and off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Transport and storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Maintenance and care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Purchasing new dustbags and filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Which dustbags and filters are the right ones? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
When to change the dustbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
How to change the dustbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
When to change the exhaust filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Replacing the "ACTIVE HEPA" filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Exchanging Exhaust Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
When to change the dust compartment filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
How to change the exhaust filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
When to change the thread catcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Changing the thread catcher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Cleaning and care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Frequently asked questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Technical Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Optional accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Caring for the environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should always be followed,
including the following:
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE
USING THIS APPLIANCE
The manufacturer cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by
non-compliance of these Important Safety Instructions.
WARNINGTo reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock or injury:
Before using
~ Check the voltage rating of the
vacuum cleaner before connecting the
power cord to an electrical outlet. Your
power source should correspond with
the voltage rating plate located on the
underside of the vacuum. Use only
household AC outlets. Never use DC
power sources. If you are not sure of
your home’s voltage supply, consult a
qualified electrician. Connecting the
vacuum cleaner to a higher voltage
than indicated in these instructions may
result in damage to the vacuum cleaner
or injury.
~ To reduce the risk of electric shock,
this appliance has a polarized plug
(one blade is wider than the other.) This
plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one
way. If the plug does not fit fully in the
outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does
not fit, contact a qualified electrician to
install the proper outlet. Do not alter the
plug in any way.
~ A damaged vacuum cleaner can be
dangerous. Check the packaging,
vacuum cleaner and accessories for
any signs of damage. Do not use a
damaged appliance.
~ Do not use with a damaged cord or
plug. If the appliance is not working as
it should, has been dropped, damaged,
left outdoors or submerged in water,
bring it to a service center.
~ The electrical outlet must be fitted
with a 15 A fuse.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Use
~ Unwind the cord completely to aid
the vacuum cleaner in dissipating heat.
~ Do not use on people or animals.
~ Do not use outdoors or on wet
~ This vacuum should not be used to
~ Use only as described in this
~ Do not use the vacuum cleaner to
~ The manufacturer cannot be held
responsible for damage caused by
non-compliance with these Important
Safety Instructions. This appliance is
intended strictly for household use only.
~ Do not vacuum anything that is
~ Do not allow the vacuum cleaner to
be used as a toy. Close attention is
necessary when used near children.
~ Do not vacuum toner dust. Toner,
~ Never use the vacuum cleaner
without the dustbag or filters in place.
Otherwise it could be damaged.
~ Do not use to pick up any flammable
surfaces. Only dry surfaces should be
vacuumed.
manual with recommended
accessories.
~ If a dustbag is not inserted, the dust
compartment lid will not close. Do not
force it shut.
~ Do not leave the vacuum plugged
in. Unplug it from the outlet when not in
use and before servicing.
~ On the underside of the vacuum
handpiece is a metal insert designed to
absorb static electricity. Please make
certain that your hand remains around
this metal insert when vacuuming.
~ Persons which lack physical,
sensory or mental abilities or
experience with the machine should not
use it without supervision or instruction
by a responsible person.
entrap or retain any hazardous
materials.
pick up liquids or damp dirt. This could
impair the electrical safety of the
vacuum cleaner. Wait for freshly
shampooed carpets to dry.
burning or smoking such as cigarettes,
matches or hot ashes. The vacuum
cleaner could catch fire.
such as that used in printers and
photocopiers can conduct electricity.
or combustible liquids, such as
gasoline, or use in areas where they
may be present. The vacuum cleaner
could explode.
~ Do not vacuum up items which are
heavy, hard or have sharp edges. They
could cause a blockage and damage
the appliance.
~ Do not pull or carry by the cord, 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
appliance over the cord. Keep the cord
away from heated surfaces.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
~ Do not unplug by pulling on the
cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the
cord.
~ Do not handle the plug or vacuum
with wet hands.
~ Keep the power cord, hair, loose
clothing, fingers and all parts of the
body away from openings and moving
parts.
~ Do not place anything into the
openings of the vacuum cleaner. Do
not use if any openings are blocked;
keep them free of dust, lint, hair, or
anything that may reduce air flow.
~ This appliance is equipped with a
power cord reel. Hold plug when
rewinding onto cord reel. Do not allow
plug to whip when rewinding.
~ Turn off all controls before
unplugging.
~ Use extra care when cleaning on
stairs.
~ Floor attachments, accessories and
wands must not be used at head level
to avoid injury to eyes and ears.
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~ Monitor the dustbag change
indicator and inspect all filters regularly.
For best performance, the dustbag
and filters should be replaced when
necessary. A full bag or blocked filter
will reduce the vacuum cleaner’s
suction power. A temperature limiter
automatically switches the vacuum
cleaner off if it gets too hot, see
"Frequently asked questions".
Using accessories
~ The hose and the telescopic wand
contain electrical wires. Do not use the
vacuum cleaner if these parts are
damaged, cut or punctured. Avoid
picking up sharp objects. Danger of
electric shock!
~ Unplug the vacuum when changing
accessories, especially the Turbobrush,
and Powerbrush.
~ To avoid the risk of injury when
vacuuming with a Miele Power or
Turbobrush do not touch the rotating
roller brush. Danger of injury.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
~ The socket on the vacuum cleaner
(depending on model) must only be
used for the Miele Powerbrush
specified for use with this appliance.
~ Danger of injury. The Miele
Powerbrush is a motor driven
accessory for use only with Miele
vacuum cleaners. The vacuum cleaner
must not be used with another
manufacturer’s powerbrush.
~ Do not use the vacuum cleaner
without an accessory attached. The rim
could be damaged and injuries could
result from sharp edges.
~ Miele dust bags are disposable and
~ The electro-suction hose and the
telescopic wand contain electrical
wires. The plug connectors must not
come in contact with water. These
items may only be cleaned with a dry
cloth, no moisture can touch them.
Danger of electric shock.
~ Repairs must only be performed by
an authorized service agent in
accordance with national and local
safety regulations. Unauthorized repairs
could cause injury or machine damage.
The manufacturer cannot be held
responsible for unauthorized work.
~ If the power cord is damaged it
should be replaced along with a new
cable reel by Miele Technical Service.
intended to be used only once. Do not
attempt to reuse. An over stuffed
dustbag will reduce the efficiency of the
vacuum cleaner.
Disposing of an old appliance
~ Only use genuine Miele dustbags
~ Before discarding an old vacuum
with the Miele quality signet and
original Miele filters and accessories.
Only then will the manufacturer
guarantee its safety.
cleaner, please cut off the power cord
and render the plug useless. Ensure
the appliance presents no danger to
children while being stored for
disposal.
Cleaning, maintenance and
repairs
SAVE THESE
~ Turn the vacuum cleaner off after
each use and before every cleaning /
maintenance. Pull the plug from the
outlet.
INSTRUCTIONS
~ Never submerge the vacuum
cleaner in water. Clean only with a dry
cloth or slightly damp cloth when
disconnected from the mains supply. If
moisture gets into the appliance there
is a risk of electric shock.
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Guide to the vacuum cleaner
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Guide to the vacuum cleaner
a Hand piece
b Suction power buttons + / –
c On/Off button for Powerbrush with LED
d Standby button with LED for vacuum pauses
e Power level display
f Lock release button
g Electro Telescopic wand
h Electro Telescopic wand release button
i Elbow
j Dust compartment lid release
k Dust compartment filter (motor protection)
l Dust bag
m Powerbrush (depending on model SEB 217 or SEB 236)
n Carrying handle
o Park-System (on both sides of the vacuum)
p Active HEPA filter
q Cord rewind switch
r Exhaust filter display and Reset button
s Power cord
t Thermo indicator ,
u Park-System
v Standby indicator
w Foot switch On/Off s
x Accessory compartment lid release
y Airflow indicator
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Before using the vacuum cleaner
Connecting the Electro hose
^ Insert the elbow into the suction
socket until it clicks. Use the inlet
guides to direct insertion.
Disconnecting the Electro
hose
^ Press the release buttons at the sides
of the elbow and lift the hose from the
socket.
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Before using the vacuum cleaner
Connecting the handpiece and
Electro Telescopic wand
^ Insert the handpiece into the electro
telescopic wand until it clicks. Use
the inlet guides to direct insertion.
^ To release the handpiece from the
telescopic wand press the locking
button (see arrow) and pull the
handpiece away from the telescopic
wand.
Adjusting the Electro
Telescopic suction wand
One part of the electro telescopic wand
is fitted inside the other and can be
adjusted to your height for comfortable
vacuum cleaning.
^ Press the telescopic wand release
button (see arrow) to release the
tubes and adjust to the desired
height.
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Before using the vacuum cleaner
Using the Powerbrush
The Powerbrush is particularly suitable
for cleaning and restoring crushed
carpet pile of wall to wall carpeting and
floor coverings subject to hard wear,
especially in high traffic areas.
The Powerbrush can also be used on
smooth floor surfaces.
The standard floor brush or the Miele
parquet floorbrush should be used to
clean delicate hard flooring and floor
surfaces susceptible to scratching.
Do not use the powerbrush on:
– Floors with a variable or uneven
surface. The brush could come into
contact with the floor and cause
damage.
– High quality, hand knotted rugs, for
example Berber or Persian rugs, as
well as extremely long piled area
rugs and carpets. There is a danger
of the threads being pulled out. Turn
the Powerbrush off to vacuum these
types of floor coverings and use only
suction.
Connecting the Electro
Telescopic wand and the
Powerbrush
^ Insert the Electro Telescopic wand,
pointing down, into the Powerbrush
until it clicks into place.
For more information on use and
maintenance please refer to the
instructions supplied with the
Powerbrush.
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Before using the vacuum cleaner
Using the floor brush
Observe the cleaning instructions of
the floor manufacturer.
The floor brush is suitable for cleaning
carpets, rugs, and hard surfaces. For
flooring susceptible to scratching, use
one of the special Miele floor brushes
(see "Optional accessories").
Connecting the Electro
Telescopic wand to a floor tool
^ Fit the Electro Telescopic wand firmly
into the floor tool. Turn the wand in
opposite directions until it locks with
a click.
^ To release the handpiece from the
telescopic wand press the locking
button (see arrow) and pull the
handpiece away from the telescopic
wand.
Adjusting the floor brush
For vacuuming carpets and rugs:
^ Press the foot switch until the symbol
ö shows.
For vacuuming smooth floors:
^ Press the foot switch until the symbol
ä shows.
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Included accessories
The following accessories are included:
a Crevice nozzle
b Dust brush with natural bristles
c Upholstery tool
Taking the accessories out
^ Press the releasing lock (see arrow).
The accessory compartment opens.
^ Take out the accessory needed.
^ Close the lid securely.
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Included accessories
Crevice tool
For cleaning in folds, crevices and
corners.
Dust brush with natural
bristles
For cleaning moldings, ornate or
carved articles, etc.
The head of the dusting brush swivels
and can be turned to attain the best
cleaning position.
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Included accessories
Upholstery tool
For cleaning upholstery, mattresses,
cushions, curtains, covers, etc.
Standard floor brush
The standard floor brush can be used
for normal cleaning of carpets, rugs,
hard surfaces, carpeted stairs, etc.
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Use
Power cord
,Unwind the cord completely to
aid the vacuum in dissipating heat.
Unwinding
^ Hold the plug and pull out the power
cord.
,To reduce the risk of electric
shock, the vacuum has a polarized
plug (one blade is wider than the
other). This plug will fit in a polarized
outlet only one way. If the plug does
not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the
plug. If it still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrician. Do not alter the
plug in any way.
Danger of overheating and damage.
Rewinding
^ Unplug the vacuum from the outlet.
^ Press the rewind switch - the power
cord will rewind automatically. Hold
the plug so that it does not whip
around when rewinding.
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Use
Turning the vacuum On and
Off
^ Press the On/Off switch.
On the hand piece the Standby
indicator and the LED light.
The vacuum can be switched into
Standby mode during pauses.
^ Press the Standby button on the
handpiece.
The LED at the handpiece lights and
the vacuum turns off.
To turn the vacuum on:
^ Press the Standby button at the
hand piece.
The LED goes out and the vacuum
cleaner turns on to the last selected
power level. The respective symbol on
the hand piece lights green.
^ Press – to select the lowest power
level.
^ Press + to select the highest power
level.
Only use Standby mode for short
pauses during vacuuming. Do not
leave the vacuum in Standby mode,
there is a danger of overheating and
damage.
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Use
Adjusting the suction
Use the + and - on the handpiece to
adjust the suction to suit the type of
flooring. By reducing the suction power
the floor brush can be pushed easier.
The symbols on the controls indicate
the type of use the settings are suitable
for.
a
curtains, lightweight fabrics
b
upholstery, cushions
c
thick pile carpets, rugs and
runners
(
energy saving, daily vacuuming
with low noise level
e
lightly soiled textured carpets
f
textured hard flooring, and for
intensive cleaning of carpets
^ Press and hold the + or - button until
the display shows the symbol of the
desired power level.
^ Press the + control to select a higher
setting.
^ Press the – control to select a lower
setting.
Each key press of the handpiece is
displayed by the indicator light.
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Use
While vacuuming
The vacuum cleaner can also stand on
its end for vacuuming stairs, drapes
etc.
,To prevent static electricity your
hand must touch the metal inlay on
the underside of the vacuum
handpiece. Be certain to
continuously touch this inlay when
vacuuming fine dust, flour or
sawdust as these materials are more
likely to create a static electricity. To
further prevent static discharge
while vacuuming, pull the vacuum
along by the hose with one hand
while continuing to hold the
handpiece in the other hand.
Turning the Powerbrush on
and off
The Powerbrush is turned on and off
separately from the vacuum cleaner by
pressing the j switch on the
handpiece.
The button allows you to turn off the
Powerbrush, e.g. when moving from
wall-to-wall carpeting to a persian rug.
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Transport and storage
Park-System
(Unable to be used with the
powerbrush SEB 236)
A Park-System has been designed to
conveniently park the telescopic wand
at the vacuum cleaner during pauses.
^ A special parking attachment is fitted
to all floor brushes. Insert the lower
clip on the floor brush into the slot on
the end of the vacuum cleaner from
above.
Turning on and off with the
Park-System
Parking the floor brush while
vacuuming automatically turns the
vacuum off. Lifting the floor brush out of
the Park-System turns the vacuum back
on.
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Transport and storage
Transport and storage
^ For easier transportation and storage
stand the vacuum cleaner vertically.
^ Insert both clips of the floor brush
into the two point holder on either
side of the vacuum (this function
cannot be used with the Powerbrush
SEB 236).
To use one of the following floor tools,
the supplied extension wand, a, must
be inserted between the floor tool and
electro telescopic wand.
– Standard floor brush
– Turbobrush
– Hard floor brush
This makes the vacuum easier to carry
and store. Push the parts of the electro
telescopic wand into each other for
greater stability.
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Maintenance and care
,Turn off and unplug the vacuum
cleaner before performing any
maintenance work.
The Miele filter system consists of the
following three components.
– Dustbag
– Exhaust filter
– Dust compartment filter
Purchasing new dustbags and
filters
Replacement dustbags and filters can
be purchased from any authorized
Miele vacuum dealer or Miele.
Which dustbags and filters are
the right ones?
Purchase original Miele dustbags with
the letter G/N.
Each of these filters must be changed
periodically to maintain the vacuum
cleaner’s efficiency.
,Use only Miele dustbags with the
Miele quality signet and an original
Miele filter. This ensures optimum
performance of the suction power
and also ensures that the bag is
used to capacity.
The use of non-Miele dustbags
could cause damage to the vacuum
cleaner and may void the warranty.
A "SUPER air clean" exhaust filter and a
dust compartment filter are supplied
with every box of Miele dustbags. If you
wish to purchase exhaust filters or dust
compartment filters separately, please
quote the model number on the data
plate located underneath the vacuum.
You can replace the exhaust filter
supplied with the vacuum cleaner with
another type of filter (see "Exchanging
exhaust filters").
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Maintenance and care
When to change the dustbag
Change the dustbag when the colored
marker in the airflow indicator fills the
display.
Miele dust bags are disposable and
made to be used only once. Do not
attempt to reuse.
Checking the airflow indicator
^ Attach the floor tool to the vacuum
cleaner. Perform this test with the
floor tool only, since other
attachments can affect the function of
the airflow indicator.
^ Turn the vacuum cleaner on and
select the highest power setting.
^ Lift the floor brush slightly off the
floor. If the marker completely fills the
indicator window, the dust bag needs
to be changed.
How the airflow indicator works
The airflow indicator is designed to
show when the bag is full of common
household dust and measures the
amount of air flow through the dustbag.
Normal household dust is a mixture of
dust, hair, carpet fluff, threads, sand,
etc.
However, if fine dust, such as drill dust,
sand, plaster or flour is vacuumed, the
pores of the dustbag may become
blocked. The marker will indicate that
the bag is "full" even when it is not. The
dustbag should be changed as the
suction power is greatly reduced.
If the bag is bulging with pet fur, hair,
carpet fluff, etc. the indicator may not
register "full". This is because the air
flow of the dustbag may still be high
enough not to activate the marker to
show maximum. The dustbag should
still be changed.
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Maintenance and care
How to change the dustbag
^ Lift the release button for the dust
compartment, raise the lid until it
clicks into place.
^ Grasp the collar by the two finger
holes and pull it out from the dustbag
holder.
The dustbag has a flap which closes
automatically to prevent dust from
escaping when the dustbag is
removed.
^ Insert the new dust bag as far as it
will go into the dustbag holder. Do
not unfold the dustbag when taking it
out of the box. Keeping it folded will
prevent it from getting caught when
the dust compartment lid is closed.
^ Close the dust compartment lid until
it clicks into place. Take care not to
jam the dust bag in the lid.
,An empty-operation-barrier
blocks the dust compartment lid
from closing if no dustbag is
inserted or if it is not inserted all the
way. Do not force it closed.
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Maintenance and care
When to change the exhaust
filter
Always change the ACTIVE HEPA filter
when the filter change indicator (Reset
button) lights. It is designed to light
after approximately 50 hours of
operation which is about a year of
average use. You can continue to
vacuum. However, the suction power
will be reduced as will the effectiveness
of the filter if it is not replaced.
You can replace the "ACTIVE HEPA"
filter supplied with the cleaner with a
"SUPER air clean" or an "ACTIVE air
clean" filter (see "Exchanging exhaust
filters").
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Maintenance and care
Replacing the "ACTIVE HEPA"
filter
^ Open the dust compartment lid.
Do not use more than one filter at a
time.
^ Lift and remove the filter.
^ Insert a new filter and press it
downwards.
If you wish to replace the SUPER air
clean filter with an ActiveAirClean
filter or Active HEPA filter see
"Maintenance and care Exchanging exhaust filters".
^ Close the dust compartment lid firmly
until it clicks into place.
Resetting the filter change indicator
The filter change indicator (Reset
button) must be reset each time the
filter is replaced. To do this, the
vacuum cleaner must be plugged in.
^ Press and hold the filter change
indicator light until it goes out.
The display is now reset.
The indicator is only reset if pressed
while lit. If the indicator is pressed
while not lit, it will not be reset.
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Maintenance and care
Exchanging Exhaust Filters
You can replace the c ACTIVE HEPA
filter which is fitted as standard to your
vacuum cleaner with either the:
a Super Air Clean
b Active Air Clean (black)
If replacing c with a, please note:
If you are using exhaust filter a you
have to insert it into a filter frame, see
"Optional accessories".
Do not use more than one filter at a
time.
The dust filter reset button is
designed for the changing cycle of
the Active Air Clean filter and the
Active HEPA filter.
If a Super Air Clean filter is used, the
reset button can be disregarded.
The Super Air Clean filter should be
changed whenever a new box of
Miele dustbags is opened. The
indicator goes out when the reset
button is pressed.
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Maintenance and care
When to change the dust
compartment filter
Change the filter each time you open a
new box of genuine Miele dustbags. A
dust compartment filter is supplied with
every box of Miele dustbags.
How to change the exhaust
filter
^ Open the dust compartment lid.
^ Lift the filter frame and remove the
used exhaust filter at the clean side.
^ Insert the new filter.
^ Close the filter frame.
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Maintenance and care
When to change the thread
catcher
The thread catcher pads on the bottom
of the rug and floor tool and the
upholstery tool should be replaced as
soon as they appear worn.
Changing the thread catcher
^ Use a knife or similar object to
remove the thread catcher pads from
the slots.
^ Press the new thread catcher into the
slots.
Servicing the floor roller
^ Use a coin to release the roller pin
and pull it out.
^ Push and take out the roller axle.
^ Take out the roller.
^ Remove all threads, hair, etc. and
reassemble the parts.
New thread catcher pads can be
purchased from any authorized Miele
vacuum dealer or Miele.
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Cleaning and care
,Turn off the vacuum and unplug
it from the outlet before performing
any maintenance work.
Vacuum cleaner and accessories
The vacuum cleaner and other plastic
accessories can be cleaned with a
damp cloth or a cleaner suitable for
plastics.
,Do not use abrasive, glass or all
purpose cleaners! They will damage
the surface.
Dust compartment
The dust compartment can, if
necessary, be cleaned using a dry
cloth, dusting brush or a second
vacuum to remove any dust.
Monitor the dustbag change indicator
and inspect all filters regularly. Clean or
replace them when necessary
according to these Operating
Instructions.
,Do not submerge the vacuum in
water. If moisture gets into the
appliance there is the risk of an
electric shock.
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Frequently asked questions
What if the vacuum turns off
automatically. A warning light ,
comes on to indicate overheating.
The vacuum has overheated. The
temperature limiter automatically turns
the vacuum off.
This can occur if, for instance, large
articles block the suction tube or when
the filter bag is full or contains particles
of fine dust. A heavily soiled exhaust or
dust compartment filter can also be the
cause of overheating. Turn the vacuum
off and pull the plug from the outlet.
^ Check for any blockages and allow
the vacuum to cool for 30 minutes.
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Technical Service
In the event of a fault which you cannot
fix yourself please contact the Miele
Service Department at the phone
number listed on the back of this
booklet.
^ Please quote the model type of your
appliance.
This can be found on the data plate on
the bottom of the vacuum.
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Optional accessories
Some models come equipped with one
or more of the following accessories.
Turbobrush
Observe the cleaning instructions of
the floor manufacturer.
The Turbobrush is recommended for
cleaning short to medium pile
carpeting. It is mechanically driven by
the suction power of the vacuum. In
addition to dust particles it also
removes stubbornly adhered threads,
hairs and carpet fluff.
Hand Turbobrush
The Hand Turbobrush is intended for
vacuuming upholstery, mattresses, car
seats, carpeted stairs and other areas
inaccessible with the standard
Turbobrush.
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Optional accessories
Hard floor brush SBB 235-3
To vacuum sturdy hard floors, e.g. tiles
and stone floors.
Parquet floor brush SBB-3
Special brush with natural bristles
intended for cleaning parquet and
laminate floors, especially those
susceptible to scratching.
The parquet floor brush can be cleaned
with the vacuum cleaner using the
crevice nozzle if necessary.
Parquet floor brush with swivel joint
SBB 300-3
For cleaning all hard flooring,
e.g. parquet and tiles. Especially
suitable for vacuuming niches and tight
spaces.
Parquet floor brush with swivel joint
SBB 400-3
3 ½" ( 90 mm) wide
For cleaning all hard flooring,
e.g. parquet and tiles. The wide head
makes this brush ideal for cleaning
large surfaces.
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Optional accessories
Universal brush
For dusting books, shelves, etc.
Mattress tool
For cleaning deep crevices, mattresses
and upholstery.
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Optional accessories
Radiator brush
(only usable with the crevice nozzle)
For cleaning radiators, narrow shelves
and crevices.
Crevice nozzle 12" (300 mm)
For cleaning in folds, crevices and
corners.
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Optional accessories
MicroSet
This set is specially designed for
cleaning small objects and difficult to
reach areas (such as PC keyboards,
stereo equipment, carved furniture,
ornaments, models, etc).
The set consists of:
– Micro hose with combi nozzle
(crevice nozzle and dust brush)
– Micro dust brush
– Micro crevice nozzle
– Extension
Active Air Clean filter
A special active charcoal filter which
absorbs odors from the dust collected
in the dustbag, helping to prevent
odors. The "ACTIVE air clean filter" can
be used in place of the existing exhaust
filter.
Filter frame
The filter frame is needed if you would
like to exchange a SuperAirClean filter
with an Active air Clean or HEPA filter,
see "Maintenance and care Exchanging exhaust filters".
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Caring for the environment
Disposal of the packing
materials
Disposing of the dustbag and
filters
The cardboard box and packing
materials protect the appliance during
shipping. They have been designed to
be biodegradable and recyclable.
Genuine Miele dustbags and filters are
made of environmentally friendly
materials. They can be thrown out with
the household trash provided the
vacuum cleaner has been used only for
normal household dust.
Ensure that any plastic wrappings,
bags, etc. are disposed of safely and
kept out of the reach of children. These
items pose a danger of suffocation.
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