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The carpets in your home take quite a bit of abuse with plenty of foot traffic tracking in dirt, mud and other debris. Pets and accidental spills add to the carpet abuse, creating a dingy look that vacuuming alone cannot always tackle. When carpets (and even upholstery) start looking drab and discolored, a Hoover Steam Vac can have them looking like new.
Before you even think about cleaning carpets and upholstery with the steam vac, vacuum first. Once vacuuming is complete, the Hoover can concentrate on steam cleaning.
In order to know how to use a Hoover steam vac properly, first protect furniture and draperies from the steam vac's powerful cleaning. Pin up any draperies or curtains that brush the floor and wrap furniture legs with wax paper or foil to prevent discoloration from the detergent and steam. Next, for tough carpet stains, pre-treat them with a Hoover pre-cleaning detergent treatment and allow the treatment to set for at least ten minutes before steam vacuuming.
Start cleaning at the farthest end of the room from the door as this will help you avoid walking on damp carpet and possibly re-soiling the area with your shoes. Step on the handle release pedal on the bottom right hand side near the wheel to allow the handle to lower for proper push and pull operation.
Turn the steam vac on and squeeze the trigger in the handle to release a mixed solution of hot water and detergent into the carpet, while pushing the vac slowly forward. This movement equals one wet stroke. Keep squeezing the trigger as you slowly move the steam vac back towards you. This movement equals the second wet stroke. Over the same stroke, push the steam vac slowly forward again, except do not squeeze the trigger to release the cleaning solution, and then pull the vac back towards you. These are dry strokes. Repeat the dry strokes if you notice water still visibly passing through to the recovery tank.
To continue cleaning the carpet with the steam vac, repeat the cleaning process using the wet strokes and then dry strokes over new areas until the recovery tank is full and needs to be emptied of dirty water. As the recovery tank nears fullness, you will notice a decrease in suction power. This is your signal to turn off the Hoover steam vac and unplug it before removing the recovery tank for emptying. Once the recovery tank is empty; rinse and clean it out before using it again. You will likely have to refill the water tank and detergent container again as well.
For carpeted stairs and upholstery, many Hoover Steam Vacs have hose attachments to get into hard to reach places. These attachments work in much the same way as the steam vac itself. You press a trigger to release the cleaning solution over an area, and release the trigger to suck up the water from the carpet.
The most important thing to remember when learning how to use a Hoover steam vac is to always unplug it when emptying the recovery tank or filling the water tank. In addition, always clean the tanks before storing.
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