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Upholstery conversion I can't find where to attach the end of the upholstery hose so that I get suction.  I have a Hoover F5888 Steam Vac Spin Scrub.

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Re: upholstery conversion

Take out the duct in front of the tank (#3), the hose end will have a duct on it that you insert in its place. This provides the suction for the hose. Don't forget to put that duct you took out back in place, or you won't have suction when you use the steam cleaner.


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