Thread Number: 18398
Is it possible to use any shampoo solution on a Kirby G series?
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Post# 202181   9/28/2012 at 18:32 (2,738 days old) by SanitaireBoy97 ()        

I have been wondering for some time about this, Is it really possible to use any shampoo solution (i.e Bissell, Hoover, Rug Doctor) on a, or rather, any Kirby G series vac?

Post# 202182 , Reply# 1   9/28/2012 at 18:33 (2,738 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

i have been using miscelaniouse carpet shampoos for the kirby g4 but i got them from starks and they said it was ok

Post# 202229 , Reply# 2   9/29/2012 at 02:01 (2,737 days old) by troopersam (Perris)        

No. Kirby vacuums can only use a dry foam shampoo. They're not easy to find, outside of the Kirby brand. I've found some before, Franklin Super Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo. It works well, smells somewhat of bananas, but not unpleasantly.

Most importantly, the other products you've mentioned are intended for wet extraction, which a Kirby is incapable of. Dry foam gets into the carpet, captures and encapsulates the dirt, and then is vacuumed up when dry. Use a wet extraction product, and you'll just have a mess that won't come out of the carpet.


Post# 202231 , Reply# 3   9/29/2012 at 02:08 (2,737 days old) by troopersam (Perris)        

I found some other brands.


Post# 202232 , Reply# 4   9/29/2012 at 02:17 (2,737 days old) by troopersam (Perris)        

And another. You can probably find more with a google search. The important thing is PLEASE, do not use shampoo meant for an extraction system.


Post# 202258 , Reply# 5   9/29/2012 at 10:50 (2,737 days old) by trebor ()        
As proof...

that extraction type shampoos should not be used in the Kirby shampooer, Kirby now makes a solution for extraction type machines.

Post# 202262 , Reply# 6   9/29/2012 at 11:47 (2,737 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

what will hapen to your kirby if you use foamy shampoo? thats what ive been using.

Post# 202263 , Reply# 7   9/29/2012 at 11:48 (2,737 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

and it wasnt dry foam...

Post# 202266 , Reply# 8   9/29/2012 at 13:07 (2,737 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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If you don't use dry foaming shampoo in your Kirby, you'll end up leaving a lot of soap residue in the carpet.  All that soap residue will will just attract more dirt and grim.  On the other hand, dry foam shampoo is scrubbed into the carpet but leaves the carpet fairly dry.  When it is completely dry, the carpet is then vacuumed to remove the soap residue and any dirt that it gets out.  That won't happen if you use extraction shampoo. 

Post# 202310 , Reply# 9   9/29/2012 at 21:27 (2,737 days old) by SanitaireBoy97 ()        

So if I were to use what's left of my Bissell shampoo on a Kirby, its just going to leave a soapy residue on my carpets?

Post# 202317 , Reply# 10   9/29/2012 at 22:51 (2,737 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

Well atleast it didn't ruin my kirby bearings. But I vacuum the carpet regularlyand it looks fine. I gues Iwill be going to starks to get more shampoo

Post# 202324 , Reply# 11   9/30/2012 at 00:23 (2,737 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Don't do it!!!

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Set the bottle down and step away from the Kirby.

Kirby uses a dry foam, using something else will leave residue, could over saturate the carpet, and could damage the Kirby.

Post# 202328 , Reply# 12   9/30/2012 at 00:28 (2,737 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        

it could damage my kirby?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? if there is damage to my kirby, does that mean that starks scamed me into breaking my kirby so they can make more money fixing it????? i have been using the wet foamy stuff for 4 to 5 years now

Post# 202498 , Reply# 13   10/1/2012 at 17:17 (2,735 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        
Dry Foam only.......

Any DRY FOAM shampoo will work but def not one intended for extraction!!!

This works and is cheap!!



Post# 202521 , Reply# 14   10/1/2012 at 20:52 (2,735 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

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I used the legal "could"

Here is how the word is sometimes used. Don't play with BB guns you (could) put out an eye.

Driving without a seat belt (could) be dangerous.

If you over saturate a carpet, the liquid "foam" can be pulled back into the fan case where it could cause damage to the bearings.

See how this word is used? It is often used in a cautionary statement.

Post# 202522 , Reply# 15   10/1/2012 at 20:59 (2,735 days old) by kirbykid (Horseheads,New York 14845)        


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