Shampooer not delivering suds properly, and its not the suds screen....
Hello, my kirby shampooer used to work fine, now it does not. i too have had the problem of the suds screen coming loose and lodging in the hose. i took care of that with some glue. for a while, it worked OK. Now when i start to shampoo, for the first few minutes, it works fine and suds are the full width of the tray. after that, it goes into a little line about 4 inches wide unless i pull back super slowly. even then sometimes it will put out very little suds or none at all. what else can cause that? the switch fully opens in the ON position, the sud screen is present and not clogged, the hose is not clogged, everything is clean and assembled properly, and i use the correct amount of kirby shampoo. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
Re: shampooer not delivering suds properly, and its not...
I have had this issue numerous times. My husband fnally came up with the perfect solution. He wrapped teflon tape (PTFE tape) around the dumb screen and voila. No more screen coming loose. Mine has always been VERY loose. Infact it would simply fall down within minutes of it being inserted, before even turning on the device. poor workmanship, but niw it works great.
Re: shampooer not delivering suds properly, and its not...
Instead of glue I used a rubber band to help provide an air free grip to keep it in place. Just a thin tiny rubber band around the cap then insert and it should stay snug. Mine hasn't fallen out since but if I ever needed to clean it or clear debrie I could take it out still.
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My educated guess ot that the little suds screen is not in the hole on the tank where the hose plugs into it. Check to see if it is wedged sideways in the end of the shampooer hose. (this happens (OFTEN)
Here is a link to my online shampooer manual in case you need any more instruction...
here is a site that has detailed instructions for using your kirby shampooer.
the screen that goes in the hose is different from the filter (round flat sponge) that goes between the exhaust side of the kirby and the shampooer tank. The screen is what makes the suds...if its not seated properly or missing (or damaged) then it won't make suds.
this site shows a picture of the piece I'm describing...its the 3rd picture down, called the gauze filter...still its different from the sponge filter....
also...make sure you go slowly with the kirby (and lower it to its lowest setting) if your carpet is heavily soiled....the enzymes in the shampoo are what clean the carpet (oils, grime, etc) and if its heavily soiled the suds disappear almost immediately.
On the shampooer tank, remove the screen cap from the little hole that the shampooer hose plugs onto. Clean the screen and make sure that it is not plugged up with debris. Make sure that the screen is securely glued to the cap all the way around the edge. (they sometimes come loose and this will cause the absence of foam) That little (approx. 1 inch diameter) screen is the main ingredient for the foam. The screened cap should fit firmly onto the outside of the little hole in the bottom of the edge of the tank.
If none of this helps, remove the round sponge and look at the holes in the white plastic circle. Turn the on/off foam valve and make sure that the holes open up when the valve is turned to "on". You can purchase and replace the on/off valve if it turns out to be the problem. You can also buy a replacement tank if you're not inclined to mess with it.
If you need another shampooer manual, check out my guide....
make sure the brushes on the shampooer head are spinning and that you have the shampooer head lowered all the way down to its lowest setting. Also...shampoo at a slower pace than you would move when vacuuming...when both putting down the suds on heavily soiled areas and scooping them up. The more oils in the carpet, the less suds you'll see when the shampooer is working properly.
one more thing that may be mentioned in the guide is the little round sud screen that attaches to one end of the shampooer hose...make sure that little mesh screen is there and seated properly. It is what produces the suds from the shampoo solution.
There is a portable shampooer/sprayer that attaches to the hose ( the long one that makes the kirby a canister vacuum). It should have come with your attachments. Looks a bit like a gun without the tank attached to the bottom...the tank screws on.
To use it you would put the fingerguard attachment on the front of the kirby where the powerhead would normally go and the hose with the portable shampooer where the bag would go.
The tank on the portable sprayer/shampooer has lines to indicate how much water and shampoo are needed.
Be sure to put the mesh nozzle (sort of a triangular shaped thing with a piece of mesh along the front that attaches to the front of the portable sprayer) on the front of the portable sprayer if you want to shampoo..otherwise it will just spray a mist. The triangular piece with the mesh screen is what produces suds.
Vacuum the furniture thoroughly before shampooing. Once you've covered it with suds, pop the suds into the fabric using your hands...working the bubbles into any heavily soiled areas with a soft brush.
Then let it dry. 15 minutes to and hour depending on the amount of solution used.