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Shampoo system not foaming

Hi, I am having trouble getting my shampoo system to work and it is driving me crazy! I'm wasting a ton of cleaner; it is going on the floor in spots(where ever I stop to pull the machine back toward me). It used to cover the area with foam; what am I doing wrong? I have changed out the belt and cleaned up the brush, well housing, etc. I would like to have a manual for the shampoo system if possible. I cannot find mine. I am the original owner of the machine. Thanks, Renee

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  • Renee Palmer Jun 26, 2007

    I did get it working! I cleaned the black ring on the place where the solution carrier goes so it would seal, and I also found that the little strainer looking piece that goes inside the end of the hose that connects to the solution carrier( on the end nearest the carrier) had come loose. To fix that I put black electrical tape around the strainer piece(on the neck of this piece) and trimmed it to fit precisely then placed it back in its place on the carrier and it did fit more snug. My shampoo system is foaming again!

    Renee

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Thank you, Mine is doing the same thing, I talked to the Vacuum repair guy in my town and he says the berrings(?) go out alot on the Kirby shampooers. But I will definitly try what you did first before replace the Berrings. Thanks, Annie

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I am shampooing a berber carpet with my Kirby Ultimate G and no excess water or suds accumulate in tray. Either while suds dial is on or off. Why do suds come out under tray in straight line no matte


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Will work with:
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  • Kirby G4 vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby G5 vacuum cleaner
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  • Kirby Ultimate G vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby Ultimate G Diamond vacuum cleaner
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This is unused shampoo attachment. We buy new parts and assemble this shampoo attachment so you will be the first one to use it.
Set includes:
  1. Tray with shield
  2. Nozzle
  3. Brush roll
  4. Belt
  5. Container with cap
  6. Hose
  7. 12 oz. shampoo
NOTE - pictured Kirby Sentria shampooer box may not be included.
If you have never used this shampoo, we highly recommend reading our ONLINE MANUAL. This is a simple but very effective unit but you have to learn how to use it and "common sense" will not be enough! HOW TO - V I D E O S

Tank with soapy solution is attached in place of the bag. It utilizes the air coming out of the exhaust to blow soapy water on a small screen that turns it into thick foam. The foam is simply laid over the carpet (you must vacuum before you shampoo). Foam allows the spread of a small amount of water over the area so carpet is not soaked all the way through. Foam is left on the carpet for a few minutes so it has just enough time to moisten the fibers of the carpet and loosen the dirt (not too long otherwise foam may dry). Then foam maker is set to "OFF" and you slowly pull Kirby vacuum over the area where you laid the foam. The rotating brush in the shampooer nozzle rubs the moisture off carpet fibers and and throws it into the tray in front of the unit. You will not see gallons of dirty water but that is because you did not put it on the rug in the first place. Carpet should dry within 1-4 hours (depends how many times you laid the foam and what is humidity in the room). After it dries it has to be vacuumed. Solution that did not get picked up with the shampooer brush dries and shampoo additives do not let the dirt stick back to the fibers of the carpet. It is loose when it dries so in order to pick up what is left, you must vacuum again.
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You can use any carpet shampoo sold in your local store but make sure that this is carpet shampoo that makes foam and pay attention how much you have to dilute it with water as various shampoo products come in different concentration. Avoid using "just anything" that makes foam. Some household chemicals (such as dishwasher fluid) will do great job but it will leave carpet unprotected so dirt will stick to it so well that you will have a filthy rug in no time. Kirby Vacuum Shampooer


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Can i use a different cleaner in my kirby shampooer


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no!, use no shampoo system or cleaners on the memory foam . it will damage the foam itself, and you can almost never get the soap/ water completely out which will lead to molding and odors. contect the manf. and ask about how to properly clean the item.

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Carpet shampoo is popular way to clean your carpets. There are many different brands of carpet shampoo, so make sure that you follow the guidance on the label.
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  2. Use just enough carpet shampoo to cover the area.
  3. Do not make the carpet too wet - not only is this a waste of detergent, but it's also going to increase drying time.
  4. Scrub on the particularly stubborn areas using a hard-bristled brush.
  5. Let the carpet dry.
  6. Vacuum the shampoo once it has dried.
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Hi, each time i turn on the vacuum cleaner, the water in the tank will bubble and foam causing an overflow although the water level is just right. i will have to throw out the water and refill again....


Try changing the water before you turn it on the first time -- that will probably help you resolve the issue. It seems like there is probably some sort of soap or carpet shampoo in the system causing your foam issue. If your carpets have been shampooed or if you have spilled soap or detergent on your carpet at any point, the vacuum is probably picking up remnants of the soap when you are cleaning, and it is working its way into the water supply of the vacuum. This will continue to happen until you have completely removed the soap from your carpet -- and if you haven't cleaned out your vacuum very well. Try rinsing out the hoses and water tank really well, to make sure that the soap is not stuck in the vacuum itself and give it a try. Hopefully just rinsing out the machine will fix the problem.

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Can I use Rug Doctor steam cleaner shampoo in my Ultimate G series Kirby carpet shampoo system?


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Kirby Shampoo system not dispensing foam


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1. Valve under the sponge (water tank) is clogged. Replacement HERE.
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Does it matter what kind of cleaner I use on the Deep Cleaner Model F5821


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From what I understand as unorthodox as it is, it works well in small doses, and I don't believe that it causes any damage to the other parts of the steam cleaner as steam cleaners survive drawing up worse things into them than laundry soap.

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