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How to shampoo carpet...

I have all these attachments for my vacuum (kirby g5) but no idea how to set it up to clean my rug. Can someone walk me through it and maybe recommend a shampoo that works super well...

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How To Attach The Carpet Shampooer To A Kirby Generation 5 (G5) Vacuum Cleaner



The Kirby carpet shampooer is an attachment that is used with the Kirby upright vacuum cleaners. It converts the Kirby from being used as a dry pickup vacuum, into a carpet shampooer and extractor. Unlike other carpet shampooers and carpet extractors, the Kirby shampoo system does not saturate the carpet with a lot of water when cleaning. Kirby shampoo systems use a special dry foam formula that gently cleans the carpet without saturation.

Installation

The link below is to an excellent, easy to follow and understand video that will explain step by step how to convert the Kirby Generation 5 (G5) from a vacuum cleaner into a carpet shampooer. Please note that the vacuum in the video is actually a newer Sentria model, however the repair procedure is identical on the G5 as it is on the Sentria.

Video Demonstration of Converting Kirby Generation 5 From Vacuum Into Carpet Shampooer:

http://kirbywhq.powweb.com/videos/Carpet_Shampoo.mov


If you have any questions about the procedure of converting the Kirby G5 into a carpet cleaner, please feel free to request clarfication on this video right here on the Tip page. I hope that this video was helpful. If you did find the video helpful, please kindly rate this Tip as helpful by clicking on the Thumbs Up Icon in the lower right hand corner of the page.


Thank you very much for watching,

Chris J.

on Mar 21, 2010 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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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


SYSTEM:
Will work with:
  • Kirby G3 vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby G4 vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby G5 vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby Gsix vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby Ultimate G vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby Ultimate G Diamond vacuum cleaner
  • Kirby Sentria vacuum cleaner
  • Sentria II (Sentria2)
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.
Shampoo:
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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Feb 14, 2015 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Not sure about the parts and what they do


Hi There,

First for your Shampoo attachment, all Kirby generation models came with this carpet shampoo attachment. It really does do a nice job at cleaning carpeting and rugs. In terms of how you use it, here's two links for you, the first is written instructions on how to use it, and the second is a video that shows you how to attach it to your Kirby and use it. In the video it's actually the Kirby Sentria that they use, but the procedure on converting it from a vacuum into a carpet cleaner are the exact same for the Sentria as they are for your G5.

Written Instruction Manual For Kirby Carpet Shampooer

Video Instructions On How To Install & Use Kirby Carpet Shampooer Attachment.

Now in terms of the other part that you were asking about. I believe the part your asking about is called the Intake Guard. I think this is the part that you're asking about, here's a picture of the Intake Guard:

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The Intake Guard is connected to the front of the machine only when you want to convert your Kirby from a vacuum cleaner into a blower. This protects anything from going into the fan while it's being run, as well as pushing the safety switch that allows the machine to turn on.

I really hope that this information was helpful to you. If you have any follow up questions, or need further help with your new Kirby G5, please don't hesitate to add a comment here on the Fixya repair page, and I'll be more then happy to answer any and all of your follow up questions.

If you found my repair helpful to you, please be so kind and rate my repair helpful, or leave feedback. This is greatly appreciated by the Fixya community.

Thanks again,

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

May 11, 2010 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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How do we convert our Kirby G5 vacuum into the shampoo part?


Hi There,

Here's a link to a very helpful video that explains step by step the exact procedure to convert your Kirby into a carpet shampooer.

If you ever need to purchase the dry foam shampoo made specifically for Kirby vacuums, we have a great selection and prices (free shipping both ways):
Kirby Carpet Shampoo's & Cleaning Products

Here's the videorepair link:
http://kirbywhq.powweb.com/videos/Carpet_Shampoo.mov

I hope this was helpful to you. If it was helpful, please be so kind and leave some feedback, thank you.

Chris J.
GoVacuum.com

Apr 17, 2010 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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How can I use my shampoo system for my Kirby? I


how can i use my shampoo sysemfor my kirby??

Mar 14, 2010 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Does my kirby come apart to where i can shampoo furniture . can i use kirby on berber carpet. i have the G series


YES there is Kirby upholstery shampoo attachment that comes in a standard set of attachments - HERE is the instructions. Try it on inconspicuous area first just to make sure that this is going to work on your upholstery. But I would just buy a can of upholstery foam. If you can not find it in a store - try automotive store - they definitely have it. Spray can is just much more simple. Still try it somewhere where you would not be afraid to damage the color first.

Using shampoo attachment on berber carpets is not as effective as on the regular carpet. Brush cant get to brush the fiber from all sides. You may have to shampoo berber rugs from several directions to get the better result.

Mar 12, 2009 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Shampoo attachments...


We have manual with plenty of pictures HERE.

Good Luck

Feb 26, 2009 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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I have lost My Kirby G5 Manual


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I have lost My Kirby G5 Manual
Posted by Marie1231 on Apr 23, 2008
Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum
I need to know how to use the attachments that came with the Kirby. I know how to use the shampoo/vacuum, but not the other attachments or the upholstery cleaner. Does anyone have any idea?

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure.
1st, you need to un-hook the lever @ the top of the Kirby head, dial off the belt from the Kirby Vacuum Head using the Kirby emblem in the front of the vacuum, that also serves as a hook/spoon to dial the belt off the fan pulley. Once you have removed the vacuum head you now hook up the attachment hose to use the attachments by locking the attachment hose to the top lever. All regular Kirby attachment will fix on the attachment hose end including the spin brush if you have one with your Kirby --- using the Kirby Shampoo spray the soiled area and use the spin brush to agitate the carpet and or upholstery, try not to use to much water. If you have a Kirby shampooer – use the recovery tank on the exhaust port of the Kirby (this means that the cloth/paper bag needs to come off and install the clear recovery tank. Please refer to the Kirby owners manual for any type of trouble shooting that you might need – or please feel free to contact your local vacuum dealer in the yellow pages or contact your Kirby factory manufacturer listed below:
http://kirby.com Contact Us by Phone
United States and Canada 1-800-494-8586
Between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST
Monday thru Friday
Thanks, Don – The Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Apr 23, 2008 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Vacuum brush roller with belt attached is off


It is meant to come apart for cleaning it up afterwards. Slip the belt over the roller. One triangular end of the roller is bigger than the other, so keep this in mind when sliding it into the cleaning head. Turn the knob to pick up the belt, just like on the vacuum's regular nozzle. Mount the cleaning head, then turn the knob to set the belt onto the motor spindle.

Apr 02, 2007 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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