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Hey hey. This is my second george, the first being bought in 1998. That one had 4 years of use until some bright spark decided to suck up oil in it. This resulted in the entire machine being caked in greasy oil and me throwing it in the skip. After that, I bought a Bissel ProHeat deep cleaner, which I use for carpets. However, the tool suction is pathetic on it, so, on Monday (13/3/2006) I ordered a new George for the paltry sum of £155, which included VAT, delivery and 10 litres of solution. It arrived Wednesday.
This is the new design. This includes features such as a handle that runs from front to back, rather than side to side of the machine. This is a more natural position to hold, especially when full of water. Secondly, the on/off switches are on the top of the machine, rathe than at the back. This makes it easier to use them, as before I had to fumble about at the back of the machine to find the correct one, and often ended up turning the pump on rather than the suction. Thirdly is the inclusion of a shampoo hose. This hose is see-through, to detect blockages and to check if any water is being pulled up. But, this hose also includes the solution pipe, fitted inside the hose, so all you have is one hose, no pipes to clip on, and the great thing is there is a second hose, the standard black one, so switching from wet to dry is very easy, and enables you to have 2 tool kits. I made my own hose for the last george, as it only came with one, and kept it for sole wet use.
The tools that come with it are:
The motor. This is the 'head' of George, and incorporates the motor, handle, switches and solution pump
The recovery bucket. Has the famous face on it, and a carrying handlefor easy emptying. They come in 4 colours, Red Yellow Blue nad Green. I chose Yellow, just for the fun of having something different!
4 metal pipes (2 wet 2 dry)
1 combination floor head. This has been redesigned too, the neck, where the pipe fits into is longer, and makes for a better position to vaccum with. Also the sides are more rounded, and it sticks to the floor better.
2 bent handle ends with suction control via a twist valve (1 wet 1 dry. The Wet bent end has a trigger attachhed to it for turning the spray on and off. This is adjustable via a screw. It clamps onto the bend end.)
1 Wet use hose - Seethrough and incorporating the solution pipe
1 normal hose - for vaccuming = wet use is needed
1 Fishtail shampooingh ead - This is what you use to shampoo the carpets. Feels nice to use and doesnt clog up
1 Small upholstry tool - This is the best attachment I find. The small area makes for very powerfull suction plus the small area means you can concentrate more. This incorporates a trigger for turning the spray on and off.
1 Hard floor tool with rubber Squeegee. This has 2 uses. One is that you can scrub wash hard floors just like washing the carpet. Flip it over and the rubber strips dry the floor very well. One pass and its done. This also has the use of a hard floor dryer, ie for cleaning up spills, broken washing machine etc.
1 Upholstry tool - This is the tool you use for vaccuming the stairs, sofa, car etc. It has a brush strip that slides onto it for more agitated cleaning/medium hard surface cleaner, ie tables, walls etc. It can also be used for wet pickup.
1 Crevice tool. Gets into thin and small spaces. Can also be used for wet pickup.
1 Dusting Brush. I love Numatic dusting brushes, as they have a 50/50 mix of plastic nad horse hair bristles. Very soft and work very well.
1 double tapered short plastic convertor. This fits onto the hose, in place of the bend end, then the small tools fit onto this. This enables the tools to be used without the bent end, in confined spaces.
1 Tritex Filter. This filter is very good. It has a carbon middle layer sandwiched between 2 normal filter layers. I have a Hnery Xtra with this filter, been in daily household use for a year and no dust has passed through the filter, the underside of the motor is as clean as it was when it came out of the box.
1 Wet pickup float. This is essential for wet pickup. It has a built in safety device, to stop water entering the motor. It has a light plastic ball, rather like an oversized ping-pong ball, that rises with the water, until it reaches the top, where it blocks the suction hole. This makes the motor pitch change (place you hand over your vaccum cleaners hose and youll hear it) so you know it is full. Also stops the motor sucking all the water out of the bucket and spraying it everywhere!
1 Clean water resevoir. This holds the clean water and sits inside the recovery tank. It is circular, about 2 inches thick and goes round hte outside of the tank, leaving hte middle bit to fill up with dirty water. It has an opening in the top for filling, and also for the pump hose to enter. The pump hose clips to the underside of the motor when not in use. The clean solution tank has a carry handle for easy moving.
Stupidly easy instruction book, all in pictures and very easy to follow.
Well, thats what comes with it, now for using it. I'll start with dry vaccuming.
Place a dustbag in the recovery bucket. The bags fit over the black plastic stump inside the bucket, where the hose screws onto. The bags have a thick plastic membrane, that fits very tightly onto the holder. When fitting, hold by the cardboard with your finger nad thumb, then puck through the paper bit ontop of the flat bit of the cardboard part, and it slides on. This creates a very good seal, which helps the suction.
Then, place the filter ontop. Then, place the black motor top on this. On the sides of the motor, are 2 plastic clips that slide out. Place the motor ontop of the recovery bucket and push these clips home. I find a clenched fist and a sidewards punch clicks them home very easily.
Then, screw the hose onto the faceo f George. This screw means the hose will never come off in use. Then puch the bent end onto the end of the hose, and the 2 pipes onto that. Then attach the floor tool. Plug in.There are 2 switches on George. One is the vaccum motor and one is the solution pump. Only turn on the vaccum motor and start to vaccum.
The rest is simple, I'm sure youve all used a vaccum cleaner before, so I'll leave it there. But here is where George is worth his weight in gold, Shampooing!
Firstly, locate the wet tools. Find the bent end, 2 pipes and shampoo head. You need to fit all this together, but it just clicks in place.
Take off the dry hose, and undo the motor. Find the clips again, but this time put your fingers underneath and pull out. Take the motor off, take the filter out and pull the bag off by the cardboard bit. The bag as a foldout cardboard plug that stops dust escaping. If the bag is full, throw it away, if not then keep it for refitting. Fill the clean water container, then place inside the recovery bucket. It will only go one way round, with the flat inverted bit at the front, so the plastic stumpt he bag fits onto has clearance. Then fit the conical wet filter/overspill valve. This fits on top of the solution tank, with a hole that corresponds with the fill hole in the resevoir. Pick up the motor, and look underneath it. Unclip the small length of plastic pipe, with the filter bit on the end, and place into the clean water tank. This is the feed tube for the solution. Clip the top back on and that part is done.
Locate the wet tools. Screw the hose onto the face as before, and get hold of the little solution tube. Facing George, on the left is a black stump. Push the metal end of the pipe into this. That is the solution pipe connected to the pump. To release, push the pipe into the cleaner slightly, then pull the black plastic collar. The collar is on the machine itself, and is ribbed. The pipe just uncliks and falls off.
Fit the bend end to the hose, but use the bend end with the trigger. You will find the solution pipe connects toi this the same way. The rest of the pipes are already connected, so that is that. Turn the machine on, but turn BOTH switches on. Squeeze the trigger, and water should spray out by the head. This sprays deep into the carpet, and you move the shampooingh ead just like normal vaccuming. It will take a few passes to start working well, when the carpet is damp. Then watch as it sucks up lots of brown liquid. When the water coming out of the carpet is clear, let go of the trigger. Then, move the head over the area again. This is sucking all the water out of the carpet. When no more water comes out move on. Keep doing this until all the area is clean.
The small upholstry attachment works in the same way, only fits the machine differently. Take th bent end off the hose, and unclip the solution pipe. The upholstry tool fits straight onto the hose, with a metal connector for the solution pipe to connect to. The trigger and operation are the same as the large head.
The hard floor attachment. Fit the wet pipes as per carpet cleaning, but remove the cleaning head. The solution pipes are not fitted to the head, merely to the pipes, so just the head comes off. Put the wet floor head on, brush side down. Turn both switches on, and squeeze the trigger. Make a small area wet, then let go of the trigger and scrub the floor. When its cleaned, flip the tool over, and just 'vaccum' the area. The water is sucked away and the floor left dry. Repeat all over the floor, until clean and dry. Use the tool in squeegee mode for just water pickup and drying.
Once all wet operations have been completed, its time to empty. Turn off, and take the hose and solution tube off the main cleaner. Unclip the head, and pull the solution tube out of the tank, and clip back underneath the moto, and lift the whole recovery bucket up by the carry handle nad take outside. Lift the wet filter out and put somewhere to dry. Take the net off nad rinse if covered in hair. Take the solution tank out, and if empty turn upside down and leave to dry. If solution left, pour into a bottle, mark it clearly and store ready for next time, or just leave in the solution wank if its not going to get nocked over. Pour contents of recovery bucket down sink/drain/onto garden, and rinse out. If you dont plan on vaccuming with george then leave to dry, otherwise dry with a towel. Then its ready for dry re-assemble. Take washing tools apart, rinse if needed and leave to dry before storing, otherwise the water goes stangant.
I have had really good results with it. My parents got a seocnd hand mid - eighties Bailey Maestro caravan a few months ago, and I have had George in there, cleaning the 20+ year old carpet nad its like new. The water was like sludge when i emptied him. I dont use the main washing head due to having a specific carpet machine, but I have had good results with the old one.
Well, think thats it. It pulls along nicely with the sturdy rubber wheels, but dont yank it about, otherwise the water slops everywhere. The only niggles I have is that it doesnt have cable rewind, but this is understandable as the solution pump takes up the space where this normally goes in a Henry, as it goes round the motor. The other thing is the motor is loud. It is a bypass motor, meaning that should water get sucked up it wont scrap the motor, indeed the last george did this, the float device got clogged up and it sucked water through. I left it to dry for a few days and it was fine.
So, I hope I have explained everything enough, and I await your feedback!
Way back in the fifties (so MALU tells me) the original sex kitten, Brigitte Bardot, was seen on film vacuuming a carpet wearing nothing but her perfume. In those days, not only would this have steamed up the censors' spectacles, but all vacuum cleaners were called hoovers. They were in the UK anyway. There were 2 kinds of hoover. One was a tall skinny thing with a cloth bag hanging off the side and the other was a heavy cylinder dragged laboriously behind the housewife. We were allowed to be called housewives in those pre-PC days. As we all know, things moved steadily on until the heady day when Mr Dyson arrived on the scene to captivate our innovation starved hearts. Just as wooden floors became fashionable! But my choice is not laminated flooring and my new carpet was celebrated with the purchase of a gaudy lime green and grey Dyson DC 4. "What has this to do with a Numatic vacuum cleaner?" you ask. Bear with me, I am getting there. This afternoon I ran the Dyson over my carpet, filling the machine magnificently, only to be faced yet again with white jack russell dog hairs still on the carpet. My "Oh bother" (or words to that effect) was followed by giving up on the gorgeous new machine, rummaging in the smallest bedroom and rescuing my old Numatic George cylinder cleaner. George was a present from my husband all of 12 years ago and still managed to pick up those dog hairs without as much as a grumble. George is the big brother to Henry, Basil, Edward and Charles. He is a deep, bright red canister (nowdays green, I believe) with a black hat on containing the motor, has a beaming smiling face and willing black wheels. He can hold 15 litres of dry material and 9 litres of wet. If you don't mind being followed around by a grin, this wet and dry, carpet-shampooing -when-you-want vacuum cleaner is the business. The Numatic company is the largest manufacturer of vacuum cleaners in
the UK and the leader in the commercial market I am told by their website. Fortunately they have seen fit to let the retail market benefit from their know how and quality has not suffered as a result. In fact I read a Which magazine report which said that Numatic are the most reliable of all cleaners. George has a 1000w motor which never loses it's edge. The electric lead is so long that I can plug it in from the kitchen, clean the downstairs carpets and stairs and then, by dint of hooking the flex over the kitchen door and then the upstairs bannisters, do the landing and bathroom. The extensions to the long black hose which hold the attachments are light to handle, bright, never-fading stainless steel and everything fits together with a gentle push. The attachments which come with George include a standard large brush for carpets, a smaller brush, dear little round upholstery brush and crevice tool. These are interchangeable in a moment. The control of air to lessen suction should you wish is beneath your hand. The joy of this machine is that I can move from carpet to kitchen floor without any adjustment being needed. For more detail about putting George together:- the hose screws easily onto the front of George's "face". The lid is removed by pulling out 2 wide clips which release a lock and the lid containing the motor lifts off. This is the heaviest part of the machine. What amounts to a light empty container beneath has a circular filter which just lifts off. A bag is attached to the short pipe leading to the hose. Here I have a confession. It is years since I have bothered to replace the bags. I found that they filled quite quickly and, when I ran out of them one day, just didn't bother again. The dust goes straight into the container and when it starts to fill I take off the lid and carry George's bottom by the handle to the dustbin before turning it upside down and emptying the contents.
So Mr. Dyson was a little behind the times. I had been there before him. The on/off switch is on the side of the lid and there is one for wet and one for dry use. Here I must mention a small disadvantage which won't lose it a star. The flex does not return into the cylinder. I need to wrap it round the machine when I have finished with it. I do the same with the hose and just carry it to where I need it, before unwrapping. The sturdy wheels follow me obediently although they won't climb obstructions. There is more. George is the Numatic vaccum which also shampoos carpets. The filter needs to be replaced with a flat circular lid placed on top of the cannister. This has a conical net attached containing a plastic ball which, I presume, would float to the top and stop water getting into the motor. Water and shampoo is poured into the cannister and the motor replaced. A good carpet shampoo is necessary. Next a long, thin and very flexible hose is clipped up the side of the extensions. The shampooing attachment is flat clear plastic. The shampoo is directed in a fine spray as you push the attachment over the floor and then excess water returns to the machine, so the carpet does not become too wet. It really does clean brilliantly, although I find the connection of everything a bit wearing. Provided you replace the filter with it's wet equivalent, George handles water brilliantly. When the filter of my washing machine became blocked and left the machine full, I was able to use George to empty it easily via the filter and without a flooded kitchen floor. Do dry it out before you use it again on a carpet though. Wet dust smells awful. The price nowdays is £213 although there should be some leeway, depending where you buy. At present there is a superb offer of £160 from Lloyd Jones at lloyd-jones.com If George is so good, why the Dyson? This was not any lack of co-operation on George'
s part. I decided on a whim that I wanted an upright and I am very happy with it. I also find the upright a tad easier to carry upstairs as it doesn't have a hose dangling from it. But, when all is said and done, it was George that I turned to when the dogs hairs had me expleting "Oh bother!" (or words to that effect).
We bought a Vax in 1986,for £149.00 - one of the first ever models. It finally gave up the ghost after an engine burn-out in 2000! Our old dog had increasingly become incontinent, and I, having spent months with scrubbing brushes and disinfectant had scrubbed enough. I rang a local Numatic dealer, who had a brand new George for £167. I had used Numatic before in various cleaning jobs, and had always been impressed by their robust appearance, their cleaning ability, and the fact that they don't tip over (unlike the Vax) if they run over their leads. I took posession of the George, and was impressed by the vast array of accessories that came with it. It certainly served the purpose for which it was intended. Not content with just cleaning the "doggie" patches, I cleaned the carpets of the whole house! Just to think I was going to hire a carpet cleaner from the local DIY shop, and I would still have my dog wee problem afterwards! To my mind, the George was a brilliant investment. I have set the George up in Vacuum mode, and have on the whole remained thoroughly impressed with the power, even more so than the Dyson which I usually use for general household cleaning. I can't say that there are any disadvantages to this piece of equipment, It knocks the spots off anything I've used before, both at home and at work. ******************************************** As this was my first opinion, I am sure you will let me off for not including the attachments and bits and bobs. Here they now are!!! Cheesy illustrations showing people being happy about their George, but fairly self-explanatory all the same! For shampooing: 5 piece chrome tubing (used for vacuum as well and has to be rinsed thoroughly and dried before use)Trigger for dispersing solution - easy to operate! Separate switch on body of vacuum operates the shampoo thingy. Quality heavy duty tubing with brass push-on
fitments which supplies the shampoo solution to carpet. Plastic clips to clip shampoo tubing to chrome tubes. Wide transparent carpet cleaning thingy which doesn't clog up like the vax ones. Narrow transparent hand held thingy for cleaning upholstery. Sturdy reservoir with handle, and lovely washable net filter inside. Wide squeegy type thing for mopping up spills on the lino. (can be used both sides, with/without sponge) Normal vacuuming bits and bobs:- Large interchangeable hard floor/carpet head cranny nozzle, small round cobweb brush, upholstery cleaner (with removable brush) washable filter and extension tubing (which I haven't found the use for yet. It also came with 5 disposable bags. All in all more than capable of vacuuming gerbil bedding, budgie seed and horse hair from the carpet one day, and shampooing it the next. Oooh it feels like Christmas, and the kids have had fun with the box too!
My Numatic vacuum cleaner, George, is twenty-two years old, and has needed one new hose costing me under ten pounds, after all these years of regular use, both domestically and commercially. That alone is a tribute to the quality and dependability of its sturdiness and design. Even more so as Numatic International Limited is a British company based in Chard, Somerset, exporting worldwide, though it can hardly be called a household name outside the West Country area, with other preferred well-known brands being the first choice for most people Nationwide. I am now the proud owner of a brand new Numatic George ‘Wet ‘n’ Dry’ vacuum cleaner, carpet and upholstery shampooer, and most importantly for me at the moment, a wet suction power machine or ‘The Sucking Machine’ as we’ve now christened George. Six weeks ago my personal nightmare began: My cottage is seven hundred years old, with three feet thick Dorset stonewalls. The land adjacent to my outside wall has been banked up over the years to a height of ten feet, and been built on. We’ve had rain before, but apparently never like this, as we awoke one morning in October to find the entire downstairs, thickly carpeted living area sopping, squelching and sodden from wall to wall. A rapid telephone call to the local hire centre gave us the use of the Numatic Wet ‘n’ Dry for 24 hours, at the life saving price of ten pounds. George did the job admirably with the carpets dried out, and we returned the machine with gratitude, but one week later we were back after the next heavy deluge and subsequent soaking. In all we’ve hired it six times at a total cost of £60.00, but the storms of the weekend ending 9th. December left us still wet through after a constant 24-hour battle, taking it in shifts, against the seepage from the saturated earth banked up against the outside wall and having to find somewhere to go, into my living room
. I returned the hired machine and came home with my brand new CT-370 CVE-370 Numatic George Wet ‘n’ Dry for £199.99. Assembling George was comparatively easy as Numatic International have provided three instruction sheets using only illustrations to avoid the written directions that often lead to confusion, and bearing the World Market in view. We of course only needed the ‘Sucking’ choice. George slides easy around the floor on easy moving castors. An inner bucket with a filter to prevent blockage has a handle for trouble-free emptying. The two different shaped, strong, clear reinforced plastic nozzles, one for upholstery the other for floors, show the amount of water being drawn up, in my case, rather alarming, but if shampooing in the normal way, an indication as to how dry the carpet or soft furnishings are. Two switches on the side of the large red cylinder are covered with heavy-duty protective casing for safety. One switch is for drawing up as in vacuuming, or drying the carpet after shampooing, and the other for discharging the shampoo with a good-sized sponge head, one edge foamed for application, and the reverse for drawing the foam into the internal bucket. When the bucket is full, the George gives a warning sound telling you to empty it. I know this sound well! The new version of the George is far lighter than my twenty two year old model. He is still bright red with a silly face drawn on him, smiling, and over the last few weeks I’ve just wanted to wipe the silly grin off his face with a good kicking, but that’s to be understood. George the vacuum cleaner, needs bags, which are clean and simple to attach and empty without mess escaping, and are available in main electrical suppliers. George Mark 1 is upstairs to be used on the top two floors, and as soon as I can vacuum again, George Mark 11 will be kept downstairs. This machine has saved my sanity over the last few weeks
. It’s well made, reasonably priced, quite light weight, has strong attachments and is a very powerful vacuum, carpet shampooer and for us, mopper-upper. Numatic International Limited: Chard. Somerset. TA20 2GB (01460) 1460 68600