Kirby How-To Videos

How-To Vacuum Videos

Watch Kirby how-to videos to learn how to change your kirby bag, shampoo carpet, attach hose to kirby and more!
Change Disposable Filter Bag

How to change Kirby bag:

First make sure your outer bag is unzipped and the top adaptor is pulled out. Then, rest the cardboard faceplate of the disposable filter bag against the bottom of the adaptor. Pivot the faceplate against the flat surface of the adaptor and bend and press the tab at the top of the faceplate until it’s secure. The bag support strap should be connected through the small hole on the adaptor, which is over the stud. Once connected, place the whole bag inside the outer bag and close the zipper.

Install Power Nozzle

How to install the Power Nozzle:

First you’ll want to pull the belt lifter handle on the Power Nozzle, or the head of the vacuum, toward you and turn it counterclockwise until the red arrows line up. The hook should catch and stretch the belt inside the nozzle. Press the toe-touch pedal all the way down and raise the front of the unit and raise the headlight hood. Reset the two hooks on the back of the nozzle on the attaching bar, which is located on the front of the unit.
Press the nozzle against the unit and secure with the Accessory Lock. Then, pull the belt lifter handle toward you again and turn it clockwise until the green arrows line up.

How to use the Tech Drive

Tech Drive Power Assist will make it easy to push and pull the vacuum when in use. First turn the tech drive power assist on by pressing down on the side of the pedal marked as “D” for drive. This makes it easy to use while using the unit. Then, put the tech drive in neutralby pressing down on the side of the pedal marked “N”. The unit will move easily in neutral when turned off.

Adjusting Power Nozzle Height

How to adjust the Power Nozzle height:

To adjust the height of your vacuum, use the toe-touch control that is located over the front wheel. The numbered settings are for carpet and floors.
The dotted settings are for accessories and other cleaning needs. First, turn the unit on and press the toe-touch upper control pedal as often as necessary to lower the Power Nozzle to its lowest setting. Press the toe-touch lower control pedal one notch at a time to raise it to your preferred height. Listen for each click as it raises or lowers.

One click is for deep pile carpeting.

Two clicks are for long fiber carpeting.

Three clicks are for pet hair removal.

Four clicks and up are for hose and attachments.

Install Hose

How to install the hose:

Make sure your unit is turned off and is unplugged. Press the toe-touch pedal all the way down. Then, press on the left “N” neutral pedal. Lift up the headlight hood and pull the belt lifter handle out toward you. Turn the handle counterclockwise until the red arrows line up. Now, turn the accessory lock counterclockwise to release the power nozzle, or front of the unit. Simple remove the power nozzle and wipe down the motor shaft. Once you’ve wiped that down, place the hooks off the attachment hose over the attaching bar. Push the hose against the unit and turn the accessory lock clockwise to lock it in place. Lower the headlight hood and turn unit on for use.

Convert to Handheld

How to install the handheld:

Converting your upright vacuum into a portal cleaner gives you the power to conveniently clean your stairs or bed mattresses. First, make sure your unit is turned off and unplugged. The Tech Drive Power Assist should also be in neutral. Take off the outer bag by pressing the Bag Release Button. Then, remove the cord from the handle and push the handle release button at the bottom of the unit as your pull the the upright handle straight up and out of the slot. Once those are removed, insert the portable handle into the slot where the upright handle was connected. Bend the the outer bag in half and insert the bag latch tab into the slot of the handle with the zipper facing up.

How-to Use Tech Drive®

How to use the Tech Drive (Drive Mode):

Tech Drive Power Assist will make it easy to push and pull the vacuum when in use. First turn the Tech Drive Power Assist on by pressing down on the side of the pedal marked as “D” for drive. This makes it easy to use while operating the unit.

  • Easily move the Kirby system while vacuuming, shampooing carpet or scrubbing hard floors.

How to use the Tech Drive (Neutral Mode):

Put the Tech Drive in neutral by pressing down on the side of the pedal marked “N”. The unit will move easily in neutral when turned off.

  • Easily move the Kirby system while not in operation
  • Vacuum hard floors
  • Polishing hardwood floors with Miracle Shine High Gloss Floor Finish
How-to Change A Belt

How to change a belt

To change out a belt, use the handle, turn the nozzle belt lifter on your Power Nozzle clockwise until the green arrows line up. Turn the the Power Nozzle over and pull up on the belt to loosen and remove the brush roll that is currently inserted. Remove the current belt by sliding it off the brush roll then install a new belt in it’s place. Insert brush roll back in the power nozzle. While you are pushing up on the belt with your finger, use the handle on the belt lifter to turn it counterclockwise until the red arrows line up. The belt lifter hook will catch and stretch belt. Install the Power Nozzle back on the Kirby system and rotate the belt lifter until the green arrows line up.

How-To Shampoo Videos

Install Multi-Surface Shampoo System

How to install the Multi-Surface Shampoo System:

Use the MSSS for shampooing your carpets and cleaning your hard surface floors. First, remove the Power Nozzle, then remove the outer bag. Lift and remove the waste tray from the MSSS and set aside for now. The carpet brush roll must be used when shampooing carpet. Insert the baffle strip if necessary with the flat side facing the brush roll. Press the toe-touch control bottom pedal all of the way down to raise the front of the unit. Once that’s down, connect the hooks on the rear of the MSSS to the attaching bar. Push the MSSS up against the unit and turn the Accessory Lock clockwise to lock in place. Turn the nozzle belt lifter clockwise until green arrows line up, and lower the headlight hood.
Lastly, insert the waste tray.

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Install Hard Floor Brush Roll

Install the Hard Floor Brush Roll:

When you are converting your machine to clean hard surface floors, you first need to remove the power nozzle, or head of the machine, and the outer bag. Then, remove the Waste Tray from the MSSS. To remove the carpet brush roll and insert the Rotary Mop, turn the MSSS nozzle belt handle clockwise until the green arrows line up. Turn the nozzle upside down and pull on the belt until it’s lose and remove the carpet brush roll. Take the belt off the carpet brush roll and place onto the Rotary Mop. Once the belt is on the appropriate brush roll, insert it back into the MSSS. Push up on the belt with your finger and turn the belt lifter handle counterclockwise until the red arrows line up. Raise the unit by pressing all the way down on the toe-touch pedal. Then, connect the hooks on the back of the MSSS to the attaching bar. Push the MSSS up against the unit, turn the Accessory Lock clockwise, and turn the belt lifter clockwise until the green arrows line up. Lower the hood and put on the waste tray.

Install Tile & Grout Brush Roll

Install the Tile & Grout Brush Roll:

When you are converting your machine to clean tile & grout, you first need to remove the power nozzle, or head of the machine, and the outer bag. Then, remove the Waste Tray from the MSSS. To remove the current brush roll and insert the Tile & Grout Brush Roll, turn the MSSS nozzle belt handle clockwise until the green arrows line up. Turn the nozzle upside down and pull on the belt until it’s lose and remove the carpet brush roll. Take the belt off the carpet brush roll and place onto the Tile & Grout Brush Roll. Once the belt is on the appropriate brush roll, insert it back into the MSSS. Push up on the belt with your finger and turn the belt lifter handle counterclockwise until the red arrows line up. Raise the unit by pressing all the way down on the toe-touch pedal. Then, connect the hooks on the back of the MSSS to the attaching bar. Push the MSSS up against the unit and turn the Accessory Lock clockwise, and turn the belt lifter clockwise until the green arrows line up. Lower the hood and put on the waste tray.

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Install Air Pump

Convert to Air Pump (Inflater):

To convert your vacuum to a blower, simply attach the hose to the exhaust port. First, remove the power nozzle, or front head of the vacuum (see page 22 of the owner manual). Place the hooks on the back of the air guard over the attaching bar located on the front of the unit. Push the air guard against the unit and turn the accessory lock clockwise to secure it in place. Remove the outer bag by pressing the bag release button on the top of the bag and rotating the bottom base of the bag away from the unit to remove. Then, connect the hose to the air exhaust port. Simply line up the arrow on the end of the hose with the arrow on the port; twist the hose clockwise until it locks.

Convert to Air Pump (Deflater):

To convert your vacuum to a blower, simply attach the hose to the exhaust port. First, remove the power nozzle, or front head of the vacuum, (see page 22 of the owner manual). Place the hooks on the back of the air guard over the attaching bar located on the front of the unit. Push the air guard against the unit and turn the accessory lock clockwise to secure in it in place. Remove the outer bag by pressing the bag release button on the top of the bag, and rotating the bottom base of the bag away from the unit to remove. Then, connect the hose to the air exhaust port. Simply line up the arrow on the end of the hose with the arrow on the port; twist the hose clockwise until it locks.

Install Portable Sprayer

How to install the portable sprayer:

The portable sprayer can only be used in the blower mode, so please visit page 26 of your owner manual first. Once your unit is set up in the blower mode, it’s time to set up your sprayer. Unscrew the jar and fill it ¾ full with non-flammable liquid. The dip tube needs to be attached to the sprayer before screwing in the jar. Then, attach the sprayer to the end of the hose. Hold sprayer horizontally and turn the unit on. Squeeze the trigger to spray the solution onto a newspaper to check that it works. Turn the control on the trigger to adjust the spray pattern.

Install Portable Shampooer

How to install the portable sprayer:

The portable sprayer can only be used in the blower mode, so please visit page 26 of your owner manual first. Once your unit is set up in the blower mode, it’s time to set up your sprayer. Unscrew the jar and fill it ¾ full with non-flammable liquid. The dip tube needs to be attached to the sprayer before screwing the jar. Then, attach the sprayer to the end of the hose. Hold sprayer horizontally and turn the unit on. Squeeze the trigger to spray the solution onto a newspaper to check that it works. Turn the control on the trigger to adjust the spray pattern.

Install Turbo Accessory

How to install the Turbo Accessory:

The Turbo Accessory can be used as a sander, polisher, or for scrubbing. It is used with the hose on the front of the unit. First, assemble the turbo sander and unsnap the sander dust shroud and lift off. Then, rotate the clamp levers up on the side of the turbo accessory, slide a sheet of sandpaper into the front clap and lock lever. Tightly wrap the sandpaper around the bottom of the turbo accessory and tuck the end into the rear clamp and lock. On a level surface, reattach the sander dust shroud with the opening to the back, and insert the hose. Hold the turbo accessory at the top and bottom and turn your Kirby on. Then turn the turbo accessory on.