How to Use a Kirby Carpet Cleaning System

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How to Use a Kirby Carpet Cleaning System
Learn how to use your Kirby Carpet Cleaning System properly. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Kirby is a brand name that sells various types of carpet cleaning equipment. If you are looking to buy or rent a carpet cleaner, you should research all of the major brands carefully before deciding. If you decide that Kirby is the right brand for your carpet cleaning needs, learn how to use the Kirby carpet cleaning system properly before you attempt to use it to clean the carpets in your home.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Carpet shampoo

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  1. 1

    Fill the tank of your Kirby carpet cleaning system with water up to either the first, second or third line. Each line indicates the number of standard-sized rooms you plan to clean.

  2. 2

    Add carpet shampoo. Any regular, non-concentrated carpet shampoo will work, but keep in mind that not using the Kirby brand shampoo designed for your system could void your warranty. If you filled the tank to the first line, add one cap full of cleaner. The second line gets two caps and the third line gets three.

  3. 3

    Hook the tank to the side of the Kirby carpet cleaning system once it's full. Connect the hose from the front of the carpet cleaner to the front of the tank.

  4. 4

    Press the level on the side of the carpet cleaner with your foot to lower the front tray to the ground.

  5. 5

    Turn the valve on top of the tank about halfway to release the cleaning solution, and set the tech drive to "Drive" to turn the carpet cleaning system on. The tray in the front will start to fill with foam.

  6. 6

    Pull the Kirby carpet cleaning system backward to apply the foam to the carpet over an area that is about 4 by 10 feet in size.

  7. 7

    Turn the valve on top of the tank to "Off" when you're done applying the foam. Wait approximately three minutes for the foam to settle before removing it.

  8. 8

    Place the carpet cleaning system in front of the line of foam and again pull it backward. This time, the system will remove the foam, along with dirt and debris, from your carpet.

  9. 9

    Continue applying foam and removing it until you clean the entire floor.

Tips and warnings

  • Use either warm or cool water in your Kirby carpet cleaning system. Hot water will cause damage.

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