Release the knob.
Adjusting the suction head (fig. E)
For vacuuming on carpets, switch the floor surface
selector (24) into the up position.
For vacuuming on laminates, tiles, etc., switch the floor
surface selector into the down position.
Switching on and off (fig. A)
The on/off switch (1) can be operated by hand or foot.
To switch the appliance on, press the on/off switch (1).
To switch the appliance off, press the on/off switch again.
Setting the suction force (fig. A)
The speed control switch (2) allows for a precise setting of the
Slide the speed control switch (2) to the desired setting.
For vacuuming on hard surfaces (e.g. floors), choose a
high speed setting.
For vacuuming on soft surfaces (e.g. upholstery), choose a
low speed setting.
Adjusting the airflow (fig. A)
Move the airflow control switch (7) to adjust the airflow
When operating the appliance, make sure that the hose is
not trapped, twisted or blocked.
In case of overheating, a cut-out will operate and the
appliance will automatically stop.
If the appliance stops operating, unplug the appliance and
allow it to cool for 2-3 hours.
Hints for optimum use
When working in confined spaces, temporarily remove the
accessory holder from the tube to improve your scope.
When vacuuming stairs, always start at the bottom and
work your way up. Position the appliance on the floor and
do the stairs until halfway. Then carry the appliance to
a stable position which is at least one stair below your
working position, and do the top half of the stairs.
VL2040 - Using the turbo brush
Take care that the speed control switch is at the highest
setting. Move the slider on top of the brush as necessary
to optimise the suction force.
Move the brush steadily back and forth. Do not keep the
brush on the same place for a long time, as this might
damage the surface.
Carrying the appliance (fig. H)
During use the appliance can be carried using the handle (4).
Tilt the handle into position as shown.
Temporarily parking the suction head (fig. I)
Use the park position (25) for a temporary parking of the
Storing the appliance (fig. J)
Warning! When storing the appliance, switch the appliance
off and unplug it.
Make sure that the cord is fully rewound.
Place the appliance in an upright position.
Park the tube by placing the ridges on the head and the
tube in the corresponding slots on the appliance as
shown. The locking device (26) engages automatically.
Store the appliance in a dry location. The appliance can
be carried at the integrated handle (27).
To take the tube from the appliance for use, press one of
the lock buttons and lift the tube and head out of the
Your Black & Decker appliance has been designed to operate
over a long period of time with a minimum of maintenance.
Continuous satisfactory operation depends upon proper
appliance care and regular cleaning.
Warning! Before performing any maintenance or cleaning on
the appliance, unplug the appliance.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your appliance
using a soft brush or dry cloth.
Regularly clean the motor housing using a damp cloth.
Do not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner.
VL2040 - Clearing the turbo brush (fig. K)
Remove any hair or threads collected onto the brush (28).
Use a pair of scissors if necessary.
Remove the cover (29) to remove any foreign objects
blocking the air turbine (30). Re-fit the cover.
Emptying the container (fig. L & M)
The container (31) must be emptied when the red container
full indicator (17) is lit or if the container is visibly full.
Remove the container from the appliance by releasing the
container retaining clip (32) and lifting the container at
the handle (33) (fig. L).
Slightly retract the hook (34) to remove the cover (5) from
the container (31) (fig. M).
Empty the container as necessary.