Numatic George cleaner -- learning hypercurvature


I've just bought a Numatic George wet'n'dry cleaner thingy, and am scratching my head for inspiration on how to use it! The instructions that came with it were a little book of drawings, showing how to assemble it for various configurations, but not much clue as to how the thing's used!
Can someone describe its operation in a paragraph or two? There seem to be two switches, one with a "wet" symbol and the other with a "dry" symbol; clearly the dry switch used on its own does ordinary dry vacuuming, but how does one involve the "wet" switch when shampooing a carpet, for example?
Oh, and some tips for the right kind of shampoo to buy for it would also be useful -- it didn't come with any.
Matti -- perplexed
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On Mon, 30 May 2005 13:49:22 +0100, "Matti Lamprhey"
said:

The head of the machine contains a vacuum motor turned on by one switch and also a simple ball bearing type water pump turned on by the other switch.
In normal vacuum mode you put a bag inside the machine, use the normal hose and only turn on the vacuum pump.
In water suck mode you remove the dust bag and put the transparent bit with the float in the drum. The float is to block the air flow when the water level reaches the maximum level, so you can empty the machine.
In full cleaning mode, you fill the inner tank (Containing the float) with NON FOAMING soap. Anything is effective, we use 1001 non foaming. Drop the tank into the drum, after releasing the small water take-up pipe into the water tank and put the top on. You then use the wet hose with the pipe in in. One end of the water pipe is plugged into the lid and the other into the tool that you want to use. Turn on both switches in the head and release water by the lever on the tool end of the pipe. Which head you use is your choice but it is sometimes better to spray the cleaning solution on a carpet and then vacuum it off, even though they recommend you simply pull the head across the carpet at the same time as you vacuum, an on/off process. You will soon find which you prefer.
***Critical point***
Flush clean water through the pump for several minutes to get rid of all the soap in the pump. Otherwise you will be spending a couple of hours dismantling the pump to clear soap jamming the ball bearing pump. This is most easily done by putting the machine head on the draining board with the little take-up pipe dangling in a washing up bowl of clean warm water while you sguirt it down the plug hole.
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Thanks very much for that, Eric -- will give it a go straightaway...
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