Clean Your Rainbow

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A dirty Rainbow will create more work and expense for you because it doesn’t pick up and clean like it did when you first bought it. Clean your Rainbow once a year (or every six months if you’re motivated) to keep it in peak condition. Not only will you have to work less during each cleaning session, but your Rainbow will last a lot longer, too.








Note: Check your owner’s manual for more detailed instructions on performing any of these steps.

Unplug the Rainbow. This is important to prevent electrocution. After you unplug it, check your power cord for signs of damage. If you see any frays or nicks in the cord, call your distributor. Water and electricity don’t mix and electrical tape isn’t the answer.

Clean the Separator. To work properly, air must be able to flow through louvers, un-obstructively. So, you should remove and brush your separator with a brush and water, regularly. Tip: Do not put the separator in the dishwasher.

Remove the bottom sole plate to your Power Nozzle. This is a cover located on the bottom of your Power Nozzle. Depending on your model, there may be latches or screws that need to be unfastened or removed before the plate will come off. Once removed, you will have access to the brush roll and any obstruction that may be blocking the airway. Remove any debris and clean with a cloth and a spray cleaner.

Clean the brush roll. This is the spinning part on the bottom of your Rainbow Power Nozzle that agitates dirt and dust from your carpet pile. Over time, things like hair and carpet fibers can get tangled in the roll, which will reduce your Rainbow’s efficiency. Pull the brush roll-off (this can usually be done with just your hands) and then remove anything wrapped around the roller. Note: If you have a pet or a hairy family member, you might need scissors for this part.

Inspect the belt. The belt will loop around the edge or middle of the roller bar and another thin, circular metal rod called the driveshaft. Look at the belt, checking for cracks, unevenness, melting or other signs of wear. If it’s either loose or extremely damaged, it should be replaced. TIP: Change a belt when you change your clocks. Rainbow belts are not that expensive and replacing them every 6 months will give you the same pick-up ability as when it was new, It may increase the life of the motor or the roller bar. Tip: To keep your Rainbow in top shape, replace the Roller Bar every 10-12 years, the bristles wear down.

Clean the air passage. This is located behind the roller bar, or where the hose connects to the Rainbow. Wipe away any excess dirt or debris with a clean cloth. It may be easier to use a stiff brush for this step if you have a lot of build-up.

Replace the roller bar with a new belt and bottom cover. Simply reverse the process you used to remove them.

Replace your Hepa Neutralizer. This should be replaced every two years. This cartridge left dirty can affect the performance of your Rainbow and the on-board controller. Replacement of the Neutralizer can vary with conditions, so check with your Authorized Rainbow Distributor and your owner’s manual’s instructions.

Further maintenance. If you’ve cleaned your Rainbow, but it still has low pick-up ability, the hoses may be clogged. Push a broomstick or similar object gently through the hose to remove any obstruction. If you’re still having problems, Call your Authorized Rainbow Distributor for repairs.