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The Hoover SteamVac Deluxe, technically known as the Hoover SteamVac F5914900 with Clean Surge, is one of the newest and most advanced carpet cleaners in the Hoover product line. It has the ability to clean carpets, upholstery, stairs, and bare floors. It effectively cleans spills, stains, and the day-to-day grime from carpets, and is easy to use.
The first step, when preparing to use the Hoover SteamVac Deluxe, is to fully vacuum the area to be cleaned, making sure to lift up as much debris as possible. Move any furniture out of the way and open windows to speed drying times before beginning. Make sure the cleaner is unplugged, and then remove the top tank. Use the cap of the tank to measure out five ounces, marked by the line partway up the side of the cap, of the Hoover carpet cleaning solution. Pour this into the water tank, and then fill the tank to the one gallon line with hot (not boiling) water. Put the top back on and return the tank to the cleaner. If you will be cleaning a high traffic or stained area, spray the area with the Hoover stain treatment. Be careful to not saturate the carpet. If you do not have the stain spray, use ten ounces, instead of five, of the cleaning solution in the clean tank.
After the clean tank has been secured back into the SteamVac, turn on the cleaner and begin cleaning the carpets. As the carpets are cleaned, and the dirty water gets lifted back up, the lower water tank will begin to fill. After reaching the top of the tank, the cleaner will stop lifting up water, and begin to make a higher pitched engine noise. Turn the SteamVac off, unplug it, and then empty the lower tank. Once it has been emptied and replaced, you can continue cleaning. Depending on how big of an area you are cleaning, you may have to do this step, as well as refilling the clean tank with more hot water and cleaning solution, several times to clean the entire carpeted area.
The Hoover SteamVac Deluxe has an additional feature, called clean surge, which allows users to get their carpets even cleaner. This feature, activated by a button on the top of the handle, squirts extra cleaning solution on areas that need more intense cleaning. Press this button no more than four times per area, passing over the area after each squirt, to prevent over saturating the carpet.
Although it is not necessary, some users choose to rinse the carpet after they have cleaned it with the Hoover SteamVac Deluxe. Rinsing can get any extra residue out of the carpets that may have been left behind, leaving the carpets with a cleaner feeling. To rinse, wait until the carpets have dried completely, and then go over the carpets again, with only hot water in the clean tank.
The carpet may take a few hours to dry, less if the area is well ventilated with fans blowing onto the carpets. Do not walk on the carpets, or return the furniture to its proper location, until the carpet is dry. If you need to walk across the wet carpet, set down lightly colored towels, or paper towels, to prevent the carpets from getting dirty again. After the carpet has thoroughly dried, go over the carpet with your regular vacuum to erase the lines left by the SteamVac.
It is essential to take apart and clean the SteamVac after each use. To do this, remove and rinse both of the tanks first. Let them air dry. If the filter has to be cleaned, rinse it off and then replace it while it is still wet. To clean the nozzle on the front of the vacuum, where the water is sucked up, there are two options. The first is to use the nozzle cleaner that comes with some of the carpet cleaners (depending on the model). The second is to dump a couple of cups of clean water onto a clean, bare floor and then suck it up with the SteamVac. Repeat until the nozzle is clean. Once you have cleaned the Hoover SteamVac Deluxe, and all the pieces have dried, reassemble it and store until next time.
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