Kirby Generation 3 Carpet Cleaner Instructions

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Kirby Generation 3 Carpet Cleaner Instructions
Keeping your carpet in top shape means keeping it clean. (woollen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from

The Kirby Generation Three vacuum and carpet cleaning system was the first model in the popular Generation series of Kirby vacuums, introduced in 1990. With it's hard-to-beat cleaning power, solid construction and innovative technological advances, the G3 made a name for itself and Kirby in home cleaning. Refurbished Generation Three Kirby vacuums are still being sold as of November 2010, proving the longevity of this incredible machine. The carpet shampooer assembly can be somewhat difficult to use, but with proper instructions, carpet cleaning with your Kirby G3 can be a breeze.

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Things you need

  • Kirby Generation Three vacuum with shampooer kit
  • Kirby brand carpet shampoo
  • Warm water

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  1. 1

    Vacuum the carpet thoroughly with the Kirby Generation Three vacuum to remove excess dirt. Turn off the vacuum.

  2. 2

    Remove the bag assembly from the vacuum by turning the plastic base of the bag away from the vacuum head and unbuckling the top of the bag from the bag holder.

  3. 3

    Remove the vacuum head from the power base by lifting the light, turning the belt catch until the red arrows are aligned, undoing the metal latch and releasing the head.

  4. 4

    Put the carpet cleaning brush and tray assembly together by pushing the brush roll into the brush holder and pulling the belt through the top.

  5. 5

    Attach the cleaning tray by turning the belt hitch to red, sliding the assembly onto the front of the power base, latching the metal latch to hold the assembly in place and turning the belt hitch until the green arrows line up.

  6. 6

    Fill the water tank with warm water to the line indicated for the size of room you are cleaning: the first line for small rooms, the second line for medium rooms and the third line for large rooms.

  7. 7

    Use the cap from the tank to measure the amount of Kirby carpet shampoo needed for the size of room you are cleaning: one cap for a small room, two for a medium room and three for a large room.

  8. 8

    Attach the tank to the side of the power head where the bag attaches by lining up the notch and turning the tank toward the power head until it clicks.

  9. 9

    Connect the tank hose to the tray on the indicated hole. This allows the foam from the carpet cleaner to flow underneath the tray onto the carpet while the brush scrubs the carpet fibres.

  10. 10

    Turn on the foam by turning the knob on the tank to the desired foam level and turn on the vacuum. Foam will begin to pump through the hose.

  11. 11

    Lay the foam on the carpet by pulling the vacuum backwards. Lay the foam over a four- or five-foot-square area, overlapping the edges of the foam lines to ensure good coverage. Do not over-saturate the carpet with foam, as it will be harder to clean.

  12. 12

    Turn off the foam by turning the knob on the tank to the "off" position.

  13. 13

    Run the vacuum back over the foamy area of the carpet to suck the foam into the tray. Repeat the foaming and removal process until all the carpet has been cleaned.

  14. 14

    Empty the tray into a sink and rinse the tray, hose, brush and tank when finished.

Tips and warnings

  • Vacuuming before you shampoo will help remove dirt from below the visible fibres and prevent streaking.
  • For best results, only use carpet cleaner that is made for Kirby carpet shampooers.
  • Do not overfill the tank or add too much cleaner. Doing this could create too much foam, leading to a more frequent need to empty the tray and making it more difficult to clean up all the foam.

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