I am having a problem with using my stem vac. I have made the solution and put to container back in the slot. I started to to clean the carpet and there is no waste water going into the container. So I wanted to know what am i doing wrong.
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This happens when the filter on the inside of the lid for the dirty water tank is pushed all of the way up. You need to leave a 1/4 in. gap from the top to the top of the filter, or the lid for the dirty water tank is not locked on top of tank.
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A good place to start is the owner's manual. If you don't have one, you can google the make and model of your multi-vac to get another copy.
Most wet-vacs work off the same principle. Pre-vacuum the carpet to make sure there is not normal surface dirt and dust. Next Squirt on hot soapy water, scrub it in - then suck up the dirt and collect the dirty water.
So after vacuuming the area to be wet-vacuumed and you are lucky enough to have a separate reservoir on the wet-vac unit - add pre-mixed carpet cleaner into hot tap water (with carpet cleaner mixed into it by the ratios described on the carpet cleaner soap bottle) to the multi-vac water reservoir (from a quick look, the Delonghi doesn't have one) . With the settings for wet vac (per the owners manual), squeeze the trigger for applying the carpet cleaner. Typically, you will go slower than normal vacuuming. Give it a chance to soak in and dissolve/lift the grim and dirt. Come back slowly to pull the dirty water out of the carpet.
There are multi-wet vacs (like the M31) that don't have a reservoir for the carpet cleaner. In that case, you need to pre-mix a couple of gallons of carpet clean in a separate container or bucket. Next spray or sprinkle carpet cleaner onto/into the carpet. Try to scrub the cleaner into the carpet to really get at the dirt and lift it. Next is to vacuum up the wet stuff.
Some carpet cleaners do not contain an anti-foaming agent. I recommend you either add an anti-foaming agent or buy a carpet clean product that already contains it - otherwise, it tends to be a big mess that takes a lot more time.
I had same problem. Remove all fluid from machine, I used a wet dry vac. As someone else said unscrew the 2 screws that hold the filter basket. Take out the filter basket and clean thoroughly. Find plastic hose that is now visible under basket and pull up and remove that (noticing where the slot is to put it back when finished) and pull the screen off top of hose and clean that as well. I then vacuumed out that hose with my wet dry vac. Reassembled everything and now works perfectly.
You have to take off the bottom plate that covers the brushroll and put the belt on the brushroll. Then stick the belt into the slot going to the motor part of the vac. Then you can put the plate back on. Next, you have to take the top of the vac off. With the vac upside down,using a straight edge screwdriver and release the pressure locks. There are two on each side of the vac,one near the rear and one up near the brushroll. Just put the screwdriver between the top cover and the base and pry. It should be fairly easy. Then you can put the belt on the pulley. I use a phillips screwdriver to strech the belt to the pulley. This is the hardest part to do. The belt number is 38528-040.
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Not sure this will help, but we have a Hoover Steamvac F5843 and our valve seal seemed to have shrunk so the tank was leaking. Bought a new seal and had the same problem. How to install? There weren't any instructions or pictures of the part(s) involved in the manual. Online there were a few pics but nothing helpful. After careful examination of the existing part and where it was supposed to be, I removed the original off the valve stem, placed the new one on it and carefully pressed the valve stem with the seal into place. It didn't look quite right and we were thinking "now what?". My wife and I got the idea at the same time...install the clean water tank (with the stem & seal in the bottom) back onto the steam cleaner. I took it back off to see what the stem & seal looked like afterwords and voila...the seal was perfectly inserted where it should be and the tank no longer leaks! The 'peg' that presses up on the valve stem pushed the seal perfectly in place.
Is the overfill valve (the yellow thing) in the waste container stuck in the up/full position? Maybe it just needs to be rinses welll to avoid it being stuck and shutting off the vacuum portion of the cleaner.
MOST COMMON PROBLEM IS THE ATTACHEMENT VALVE IS BROKEN WHERE YOU CONNECT FOR WATER ON SIDE OF MACHINE. THESE MODELS USE AN ELECRONIC SOLONOID TO ACTIVATE WATER TO NOZZLE IF IT IS COMING OUT THERE SOLONOID MAY BE BAD