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Important Safeguards!

When using an electrical appliance, always follow basic precautions,
To reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock, or injury:
• Use only on surfaces moistened
by the cleaning process. Do not
immerse product.
• Connect to a properly grounded
outlet only. See "Grounding
• Do not clean over floor electrical
• Do not use without tanks in place.
• Use extra care when cleaning on
• Use carpet cleaner only for its
intended use as described in the
• Use only attachments recom-
mended by Hoover; others may
cause hazards.
• The use of an extension cord is
not recommended. If an extension
cord is absolutely necessary, use at
least a 16 gauge 3-wire cord which
has a 3-prong grounding type plug
and a 3-pole receptacle that accepts
the machine plug.
• Disconnect from electrical outlet
when not in use. Turn off all con-
trols before unplugging.
• Do not leave appliance when
plugged in.
• Always disconnect cord from electri-
cal outlet before servicing the carpet
• Do not unplug by pulling on
cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not
the cord.
• Never handle plug or appliance
with wet hands.
• Do not pull or carry by cord, use
cord as a handle, close door on cord
or pull cord around sharp edges or
corners. Do not run appliance over
cord. Keep cord away from heated
• Do not use with damaged cord or
plug. If appliance is not working as
it should, has been dropped, dam-
aged, left outdoors, or dropped into
water, take it to a Hoover Sales and
Service Center or Authorized
Save these instructions!
including the following:
Hoover Warranty Service Dealer.
• Close supervision is necessary
when any appliance is used by or
near children. Do not allow carpet
cleaner to be used as a toy or to run
unattended at any time.
• Do not point tools toward people
or pets.
• Use only commercially available
Hoover SteamVac™ cleaners
intended for machine application.
Do not use any type of wax with
carpet cleaner.
• Keep detergents and other clean-
ers out of children's reach.
• Do not use to pick up flammable
or combustible liquids such as
gasoline or use in areas where they
may be present.
• Do not pick up chlorine bleach,
drain cleaner, gasoline or any other
toxic material with this appliance.
• Do not pick up anything that is
burning or smoking, such as ciga-
rettes, matches, or hot ashes.
• Avoid picking up hard, sharp
objects with the carpet cleaner.
They may damage the machine.
• Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers,
feet and all parts of body away
from openings and moving parts.
• Do not put any object into open-
ings. Do not use with any opening
blocked; keep free of dust, lint,
hair, and anything that may reduce
air flow.
• To help prevent matting and
resoiling, avoid contact with carpets
until they are dry. Keep children
and pets away from carpets until
they are completely dry.
• Store in a dry place indoors. Do
not expose machine to rain or to
freezing temperatures.
This product contains chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer. WASH HANDS AFTER
Fig. 1
This appliance must be grounded. If it
should malfunction or breakdown,
grounding provides a path of least resis-
tance for electrical current to reduce the
risk of electric shock. This appliance is
equipped with a cord having an equip-
ment-grounding conductor (C) and
grounding plug (A). The plug must be
plugged into an appropriate outlet (B)
that is properly installed and grounded
in accordance with all local codes and
Improper connection of the equipment-
grounding conductor can result in the
risk of electric shock. Check with a quali-
fied electrician or service person if you
are in doubt as to whether the outlet is
properly grounded. Do not modify the
plug provided with the appliance - if it
will not fit the outlet, have a proper out-
let installed by a qualified electrician.
This appliance is for use on a nominal
120 volt circuit and has a grounding
plug that looks like the plug (A) illustrat-
ed in sketch (Fig. 1).
Fig. 2
A temporary adapter (D) may be used to
connect this plug to a 2-pole receptacle
(E) if a properly grounded outlet is not
available (Fig. 2). The temporary adapter
should be used only until a properly
grounded outlet (B) can be installed by a
qualified electrician (Fig. 1). The green
colored rigid ear, lug, or the like (F)
extending from the adapter must be con-
nected to a permanent ground (G) such
as a properly grounded outlet box cover
(Fig. 2). Whenever the adapter is used, it
must be held in place by a metal screw.
NOTE: In Canada, the use of a tempo-
rary adapter is not permitted by the
Canadian Electrical Code.

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