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Removal of Outer Bag for washing

I want to soap up the outer bag on my G5. How do I remove it from the hard plastic foot that connects the bag to the vac head suction nozzle. It has a strap on it like a zip do i remove that to clean in there

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Re: Removal of Outer Bag for washing

Here is a link to my guide for cleaning the Kirby cloth bag...


It should be helpful. :0)



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