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notes contents contents page 1 introduction 2 general information 3 machine description 3 model 3 technical specifications 4 dimensions and weights 5 manufacturer 5 identification 5 symbols shown on the machine and/or on the accessories 6 list of the parts 6 safety 12 general safety instructions 12 use 13 use of the machine 13 improper use 13 unpacking the machine 13 steam hose with quick-fit coupling 13 using the accessories 14 mounting the swivel joint for brushes gaia 100c gaia 400 15 mounting the swivel joint for brushes gaia 100 16 mounting the cleaning clothes on the brushes 16 mounting the small brushes 17 filling the boiler gaia 100 gaia 400 18 filling the tank with water gaia 100c 18 connecting to the mains 19 turning on and using the machine 20 cleaning 21 cleaning large surfaces 21 cleaning pieces of furniture 22 cleaning glasses and windows 23 cleaning small or hard-to-reach surfaces 24 hints for a better cleaning 26 cleaning fabrics/upholstery 26 cleaning or removing wallpaper 27 use of the iron 28 hints for a better ironing 29 end of use 30 water shortage 31 refilling the tank with water 31 maintenance 32 maintenance jobs 32 cleaning the boiler 32 inactivity of the machine 32 troubleshooting 33 technical assistance 34 disposal 35 no part of this publication may be reproduced stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written permission from menikini s.r.l pictures descriptions references and technical data in this manual are indicative and not binding in pursuing a policy of constant quality improvement menikini s.r.l reserves the right to effect changes at any time without undertaking to update this manual every time © copyright 2005 menikini s.r.l all rights reserved 36 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 1

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introduction dear customer thank you for having chosen a menikini product by buying this product you showed confidence in us and we are committed to supply you a high quality performing and long lasting machine we strongly believe that life quality also relies on our house and time thus we always aim at designing building and supplying appliances that make your house clean and a place of wellbeing before using the appliance you bought we recommend performing some simple operations that will ensure you the greatest safety check the packing of the machine and make sure it is intact and has not been tampered with in particular make sure the label sealing the packing is intact check that the packing contains all the components envisaged and that they are in good conditions with no trace of tampering if not please contact your nearest dealer or service centre as soon as possible menikini will replace any damaged material or supply any missing part carefully read these instructions before turning on the machine by doing so you will discover all the functions of the machine you bought and you also will use it in safety conditions notes important carefully read this manual in order to prevent wrong operations it is also important to follow the instructions since menikini accepts no responsibility for damage to people or things deriving from an improper use of the machine incompetence incautiousness or negligence and from the lack of compliance with the instructions provided in this manual the pictures shown in this manual are indicative and useful to better explain the running safety instructions and maintenance operations of the machine menikini reserves the right to effect changes to its machines as a result of its constant search for performance optimisation attention this manual is an integral part of the machine kit therefore it must be carefully kept within reach and consulted in case of doubt or anytime the need arises if the machine is given to a third party even only if it is lent out the manual will have to be handed out together with the machine specifying to the new user to carefully read its content before going on with any operation 2 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 35

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maintenance technical assistance in the event of failures or breakdowns of the machine or any part of the same menikini recommends contacting the dealer or the nearest technical service centre where items will be repaired using menikini original spare parts general information in drawing up this manual three different degrees of potential risk have been found corresponding to the following symbols disposal machine description the machine has been designed to steam-clean and sanitise household surfaces it consists of a boiler fitted with an electrical heater which heats water and produces steam using the accessories supplied and the controls and adjustment devices of the machine only on gaia 100c and gaia 400 steam can be directed towards the surface to be cleaned in conjunction with the optional iron the machine can be used for ironing caution this signal word indicates a potentially hazardous situation exists which if not avoided may result in injury any product or packing bearing the symbol above cannot be regarded as a normal household waste and should be segregated and delivered to an agreed collection and recycling centre for waste electrical and electronic appliances by disposing of this product in the recommended way you will contribute to avoid potential negative consequences that could result from an improper disposal of the product for more information on the recycling of this product address to the municipal office the local waste disposal centre or the shop where you bought the product important the use of non-genuine spare parts by technicians not authorised by menikini or any attempt of repair carried out by non-authorised people will immediately make the warranty void and/or release menikini of any liability for possible damage to people animals or things attention this signal word alerts of situations or troubles which can affect the machine efficiency model the machine is supplied with the basic accessories as specified in paragraph machine composition important this signal word draws the attention to important information which do not involve the people s safety or the machine efficiency gaia 100c gaia 100 gaia 400 light gaia 400 digit gaia 400 mec attention immediately after you decide to dispose of the machine cut the power cord important the quantity of supplied accessories is subject to changes according to the product distribution area and the selling price this manual includes instructions for all accessories even if some of them could not be part of the basic equipment of this machine 34 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 3

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general information technical data all components are built with high-quality materials to ensure maximum safety and reliability in time gaia 100c boiler max volume capacity max steam pressure cleaning autonomy ironing autonomy tank clean water tank capacity power supply voltage frequency boiler power iron power control circuit voltage voltage at accessory handle voltage at iron control devices service pressure switch safety thermostat steam flow regulator cap with safety valve overpressure valve control pressure gauge degree of protection lt lt kpa h h lt v hz wwvv gaia 100 gaia 400 maintenance troubleshooting troubles · when switch 7 is turned on the indicator light 8 comes on models gaia 100 gaia 400 solution · ensure you have water enough in the boiler add water if necessary if the defect persists address to the technical service · consult paragraph refilling the tank with water · check the quick coupling is correctly connected · check the steam knob is not turned counterclockwise to position or turn the knob to position on models gaia100c gaia 400 · check the accessory is not clogged · check the pressure on the control pressure gauge stainless steel boiler stainless steel boiler stainless steel boiler with automatic filling 0.8 -400 unlimited unlimited 1.5 230 50 1500 850 12 12 xxxxx ip24 ip24 4.5 3.0 400 1.45 ~3 -230 50 1800 850 12 12 x x x 4.5 3.0 400 1.45 ~3 -230 50 1800 850 12 12 xxxxx ip24 · the red light 8 symbol model gaia 100c comes on only · the green light 5 is on but no steam comes out · the steam knob 12 is turned to max power but steam flow is poor models gaia100c gaia 400 · check the quick coupling is correctly fitted · check that the hose of the steam nozzle or the iron has not been crushed or caught somewhere · check that water is enough · extension wands or accessories are hard to fit · lubricate the gaskets with some oil 4 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 33

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maintenance maintenance jobs the machine is built with extremely reliable technologies and components therefore it does not require any special maintenance a careful use and strict compliance with these instructions are an efficient way to achieve the best possible results and high-level performances general information dimensions and weights the machine and the accessories it is equipped with are supplied in a practical and robust cardboard package that changes from model to model basic composition steam generator flexible hose with gun handle extension wands 2 pieces swivel joint for brushes rectangular brush triangular brush window squeegee bristle brush metal brush straight steam nozzle cleaning cloth filling bottle use and maintenance manual gaia 100c xxxxxxxxxxxx gaia 100 xxxxx gaia 400 xxxxx only for gaia 400 digit and gaia 400 mec xxxx inactivity of the machine attention disconnect the machine from the mains before doing the following operations cleaning the boiler only for model gaia 100c once you have finished using the machine do the following store the machine in a dry place which is not subject to sudden temperature changes in case of long inactivity empty the water tank or the boiler to prevent scale sediments from building up to do this job unscrew the closing cap 1 turn the machine upside down and drain the water into a suitable container bucket basin etc clean the machine with a soft cloth and some water do not use any solvent or detergent store the machine on a horizontal surface on the floor if possible to avoid it may fall down we recommend eliminating any scale deposits from the boiler at least twice a year as follows disconnect the machine from the mains place a container under the machine then remove plug x by turning it counter-clockwise using round nose pliers or the spanner provided fig 29 drain the boiler into the container then refit plug x with the relevant washer r xxxxxx x caution this job must be performed after the machine has cooled down completely gaia 100c packaging dimensions width length height weight mm mm mm kg without polystyrene 400 530 325 9,540 gaia 100 without polystyrene 400 530 325 9,540 gaia 400 with polystyrene 400 530 410 10,295 manufacturer menikini srl strada per castelletto 19/21 20080 albairate mi identification the data plate of the machine with ce marking of conformity is placed at the bottom of the steam generator attention r x fig 29 when asking for information and/or technical assistance always specify the model and the serial number stamped on the plate 32 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 5

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general information symbols shown on the machine and or on the accessories on the machine there can be the following symbols symbol meaning this symbol indicates a low level in the clean water tank this symbol indicates that there is no water in the boiler if the indicator light bearing this symbol comes on read paragraph refilling the tank with water steam symbol model gaia 100c steam cleaner 1 tank plug 2 handle 3 quick-fit coupling seat 4 main switch 5 steam pressure indicator green light 6 pressure gauge 7 iron switch 8 water level indicator red light 9 protection flap 10 plug 11 power cord 12 steam flow regulator 13 quick-fit coupling 14 safety catch 15 flexible hose with gun handle 16 steam control 41 water reserve indicator red light optional iron 17 quick-fit coupling 18 thermostat knob 19 steam control 28 iron rest standard and/or optional accessories 20 joint for brushes 21 rectangular brush 22 spring-fitted cloth holder 23 extension wand 24 locking spring-button 25 squeegee 26 triangular brush 27 spring-fitted cloth holder 29 straight steam nozzle 30 bristle brush 31 metal brush 32 curved handle 33 small brush ø 28 34 small metal brush ø 28 35 small brush ø 65 36 wallpaper remover 37 long straight nozzle 38 curved nozzle 42 filling bottle use water shortage for models gaia 100 and gaia 400 the red indicator light 8 comes on to warn there is no more water in the tank refilling the tank with water for models gaia 100 and gaia 400 disconnect the machine from the mains and proceed as follows 1 wait at least 10 minutes so the pressure in the boiler can drop then loosen the boiler cap 1 of two-three turns very slowly while holding the same pressed down to eliminate any residual pressure 2 unscrew and remove the boiler cap 3 pour water into the boiler from min 0.5 litres up to the max recommended level indicated on p 4 technical specification using a funnel being very careful to avoid any water spillage 4 close the cap by rotating it clockwise and hold it pressed down to screw it completely attention do not leave the boiler without water for a long time this could result in damage to the machine for model gaia 100c when the red indicator light 8 bearing the symbol comes on and an intermittent beep sounds the tank is running out of water and steam flow will be interrupted attention in this case you have two possibilities you can stop your cleaning or ironing and store the machine see paragraph end of use or you can refill the boiler see paragraph refilling the tank with water the water shortage is also signalled by a reduction of the steam jet iron symbol list of the parts caution first unscrew the boiler cap of two-three turns very slowly while holding it pressed down to eliminate any residual pressure then remove the cap important these instructions show all the available accessories that can be used with the machine for the basic composition of the model bought please refer to the data on the machine packing for model gaia 100c disconnect the machine from the mains and proceed as follows 1 remove the tank plug 1 by turning counterclockwise and pour water up to the max level for this operation we recommend using the filling bottle 42 provided 2 refit and tighten plug 1 and restart your work attention the water shortage is also signalled by a reduction of the steam jet important in order to use the optional accessories ref 3334-35 you have also to buy the accessory ref 32 important standard and/or optional accessories are extra outfits of the machine and increase the usage possibilities of the same in any case the proper functioning of the machine is not related to the quantity of accessories supplied 6 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 31

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use important always make a test first on a part of the clothing that will not be seen once it is worn this test is required to make sure that the selected temperature and steam flow do not damage the fabric wash-and-wear fabrics all articles of clothing in 100 synthetic material that have machine-made pleats like dresses with pleats are not to be ironed for any doubts regarding a certain clothing consult a laundry or a dry-cleaner s before ironing general information gaia 100c 2 7 8 41 6 1 5 3-9 end of use once you have finished your cleaning or ironing and before storing the machine turn off the main switch 4 disconnect the plug from the socket and roll up the power cord 10 in the cord storage for mod gaia 100c gaia 100 4 to refresh men or women jackets on a hanger fig 28 adjust the steam flow of the machine to a mediumhigh position if knob 12 is fitted adjust the temperature of the iron plate turning the knob to the highest temperature hang the jacket on a coat hanger and stretch with a hand the part you want to refresh holding the sleeves by the cuffs and the tail of the jacket with your free hand direct the jet of steam evenly at the jacket keeping the iron at a distance between 10 and 15 cm make sure the iron soleplate never touches the fabric refreshing trousers or skirts is much more difficult we recommend laying such items on an ironing board protecting them with a cotton cloth and ironing by pressing the steam control 19 at the same intervals recommended for ironing synthetic fabrics 11 10 19 18 28 13 14 9 tipo type a attention if you have used the iron wait until it cools down before taking it away from its pad 32 35 19 37 34 42 33 38 24 15 30 29 31 24 23 26 27 21 20 20 16 25 24 important all the accessory parts that are not supplied with the machine can be purchased separately at one of our sales points or via the internet at www.menikini.com 17 type b tipo 23 12 15 22 21 36 fig 2 fig 28 30 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 7

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general information model gaia 100 steam cleaner 1 boiler cap 2 handle 3 quick-fit coupling seat 4 main switch 5 steam pressure indicator green light 7 iron switch 8 water level indicator red light 9 protection flap 10 plug 11 power cord 13 quick-fit coupling 14 safety catch 15 flexible hose with gun handle 16 steam control optional iron 17 quick-fit coupling 18 thermostat knob 19 steam control 28 iron rest standard and/or optional accessories 20 joint for brushes 21 rectangular brus with spring-fitted cloth holder 23 extension wand 25 squeegee 26 triangular brush 30 bristle brush 31 metal brush 42 cleaning cloth for rectangular brush 43 cleaning cloth for triangular brush 44 scraper 45 straight steam nozzle use hints for a better ironing important it is very important to remind you not to keep the steam control 19 constantly pressed while you are ironing instead you should press it at regular intervals while you press the fabric surface with the soleplate this avoids that drops of condensed steam form on the fabric ironing wool-synthetic blend fabrics adjust the steam flow of the machine to the minimum position if knob 12 is fitted adjust the temperature of the iron soleplate by turning the knob to the position corresponding to the fabric to be ironed protect the fabric with a clean cotton cloth press the iron on the cotton cloth while pushing the steam control 19 for a few seconds max 1 or 2 then press the iron again on the sprinkled area without letting the steam out to dry it repeat this operation on the whole surface to be ironed ironing hand-woven wool or wool-synthetic blend fabrics adjust the steam flow of the machine to the minimum position if knob 12 is fitted adjust the temperature of the ironing plate by setting the knob to the position corresponding to the fabric to be ironed press the iron on the surface of the fabric to be ironed sparkling it with continuous steam and keeping the iron plate slightly raised from the fabric this will liven up the fibres and make them more voluminous areas where the fabric is particularly creased must be protected during ironing with a cotton cloth ironing synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon or silk-synthetic blend adjust the steam flow of the machine to the minimum position if knob 12 is fitted adjust the temperature of the ironing plate by setting the knob to the position corresponding to the fabric to be ironed protect the fabric with a clean and dry cotton cloth and iron pressing the steam control 19 at regular intervals so that the steam flow is weaker than when it is used to iron wool cotton flax etc during these intervals press again the iron on the surface sprinkled with steam to dry it completely reverse all clothes before ironing them never dampen them before ironing general warnings always make sure that fabrics are perfectly dry before starting ironing when a droplet of dampness forms on the fabric press it with the hot soleplate until it has dried never leave the soleplate on the fabric without moving it we recommend reversing coloured clothes before ironing the same when ironing materials other than cotton flax or silk it is always advisable to iron them taking the precaution of putting a clean cotton cloth that you can make by yourself or buy at a specialist shop pleated trousers and skirts must be ironed on their reverse side so that the soleplate only touches the inside part when you finish ironing you can give clothes their right pleat if you wish to stress the pleat lay clothes on the iron board and press the hot soleplate on the pleat pressing the steam control 19 from time to time ironing cotton flax silk linen damask blankets adjust the steam flow of the machine to the minimum position if knob 12 is fitted adjust the temperature of the iron soleplate by turning the knob to the position corresponding to the fabric to be ironed press the iron on the fabric while pushing the steam control 19 for 1-2 seconds then press the iron again on the sprinkled area without releasing steam and dry it completely repeat this operation on the whole surface to be ironed iron coloured or embroidered clothes on their reverse side 8 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 29

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use use of the iron only for models gaia 400 mec 400 digit gaia 100c gaia 100 general information gaia 100 2 7 8 1 5 attention before using the iron check that the connection tube to the machine is not damaged additionally when ironing check that the connection tube does not touch either sharp or abrasive edges or the ironing plate attention do not leave the iron unattended when it is powered up do not iron while children or pets are nearby 3-9 4 13 14 9 attention the iron can be supplied with button 19 in the central position or to one side according to the availability at the time of purchase 11 10 19 18 20 choose a level solid and heat-resistant surface place pad 28 on which the iron will always have to be put whether it is in its warming or cooling phase or during pauses on the chosen surface connect the iron to the machine using the quickfit coupling 17 and turn the steam adjustment knob 12 if iftted to the min position turn on the iron switch the red light will come on and select the fabric to be ironed by turning the thermostat knob 18 fig 27 use the clothing s label as a reference to select the best temperature wait a few minutes so the iron can reach the set temperature when the green light 5 comes on the iron is ready and you can start ironing type a tipo important during pauses in ironing rest the iron on the special pad 15 19 type b tipo 17 caution 16 never use the iron to clean surfaces or for operations other than ironing never let the radiant soleplate of the iron touch any body parts this could cause burns 23 21 20 26 19 28 19 18 42 43 45 44 23 17 fig 27 important all the accessory parts that are not supplied with the machine can be purchased separately at one of our sales points or via the internet at www.menikini.com 30 31 25 fig 2 28 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 9

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general information model gaia 400 steam cleaner 1 boiler cap 2 handle 3 quick-fit coupling seat 4 main switch 5 steam pressure indicator green light 6 pressure gauge 7 iron switch 8 water level indicator red light 9 protection flap 10 plug 11 power cord 12 steam flow regulator 13 quick-fit coupling 14 safety catch 15 flexible hose with gun handle 16 steam control iron 17 18 19 28 use cleaning or removing wallpaper only for models gaia 100c gaia 400 recommended accessories attention 36 wallpaper remover frequently check the cloth condition and wash it with clean water to avoid dirt residues to remain on the wall if necessary use a new cloth attention make a test in a rather invisible point of the surface to be treated and once the surface has dried check for damage attention mounting the paper remover 36 the machine can be used to remove wallpaper this accessory can be fixed directly on the gun handle 15 with one or both extension wands 23 according to the height to be reached for removing wallpaper · turn the steam knob to the maximum position · rest the paper remover on the wall and spray the steam by pressing the steam control 16 · slowly move the wall remover to detach and remove the paper for cleaning wallpaper · turn the steam knob to a low value · mount a clean cloth to the paper remover · rest the paper remover on the wall and spray the steam by pressing the steam control 16 · slowly move the wall remover on the wall with up and down movements to clean the wallpaper ensure the steam flow is not too high to avoid the wallpaper to detach quick-fit coupling thermostat knob steam control iron rest standard and/or optional accessories 20 joint for brushes 21 rectangular brush 22 spring-fitted cloth holder 23 extension wand 24 locking spring-button 25 squeegee 26 triangular brush 27 spring-fitted cloth holder 29 straight steam nozzle 30 bristle brush 31 metal brush 32 curved handle 33 small brush ø 28 34 small metal brush ø 28 35 small brush ø 65 36 wallpaper remover 37 long straight steam nozzle 38 curved steam nozzle 39 funnel 40 cotton cloth 36 23 fig 26 10 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 27

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use hints for a better cleaning as dissolved dirt tends to run down start cleaning from the top and use steam to convey dirt to a lower point then wipe with a dry cloth when treating points which due to their inaccessibility have been seldom cleaned you must be prepared to collect a lot of dirt for this reason it is advisable to use a first cloth to remove most of the dirt then a second clean cloth to wipe off any residual dirt when cleaning sanitary ware doors frames tile interstices skirting etc some drops of dirt could stain the floor for this reason we recommend cleaning the floor last using the jet of steam collect the dirt in a single point then wipe off with a dry and clean cloth general information gaia 400 cleaning fabrics/upholstery recommended accessories 19 18 12 2 1 4 7 5 8 6 19 type b tipo type a tipo a 26 triangular brush optional for model gaia 100 28 attention especially for this kind of cleaning it is really important to make a test in a rather invisible point of the surface to be treated and to check -after drying that the surface has not been damaged the machine can be used for cleaning carpets and sofa or armchair upholstery to do this job always use the triangular brush 26 ref 43 for mod gaia 100 with a cloth and turn the steam knob to the low-medium position often check that the brush bristles do not pierce the cotton cloth and ruin the fabric to remove stains cover the whole surface but especially the stain many times with the triangular brush fitted with cloth paying attention not to press down too much use steam at regular intervals of about 5 seconds between two jets of steam continue covering the fabric with the brush and the cloth let dry and check if the stain has disappeared if the result is not satisfactory repeat the operation 17 11 10 26 27 21 3 9 22 20 15 24 23 24 16 attention due to their nature scale deposits cannot be dissolved by steam therefore the machine is not suitable for the removal of calcareous sediments after every pause of at least 3-4 minutes remember to direct the first jet of steam towards a cloth or a bucket the bristles of the small brush significantly increase the cleaning effect of the nozzles but may also scratch the treated surface therefore the greatest attention is required when using this accessory 32 20 35 30 34 31 33 39 21 23 15 24 40 caution never clean electric household appliances caution do not clean the machine or its components using the steam jet or plunging the same into water the machine does not need any internal cleaning so just disconnect it from the mains and clean it outside with a soft damp cloth 37 13 14 9 38 36 caution important do not direct the steam at persons or animals 29 all the accessory parts that are not supplied with the machine can be purchased separately at one of our sales points or via the internet at www.menikini.com 25 fig 2 26 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 11

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safety general safety instructions this chapter provides a list of the general precautions for a safe use of the machine which if the need arises will be completed by specific safety instructions in the following chapters thoroughly read and understand these instructions before turning on the machine do not connect the machine to the mains with wet or damp hands or in the vicinity of wet surfaces or jets of water never plunge the machine into water or other liquids do not shift or move the machine by pulling its power cord or accessories do not leave the machine on raised surfaces before connecting the machine to the mains make sure the power cord is not defective or damaged during use make sure the power cord does not come in contact with hot sharp or abrasive surfaces to avoid damage to its protective sheathing do not allow children to play with the machine and do not use it for purposes other than those specified in paragraph use of the machine if the power cord is not long enough use approved extensions if you buy coiled extension cables always unwind them completely before use do not cover the machine when it is running the machine should be used in sheltered and ventilated places do not reduce the steam passage in the tubes with obstructions or anomalous torsions do not direct steam at appliances with electrical parts such as ovens do not direct steam at persons animals plants hot or cold objects foodstuff and foodstuff containers always unplug the machine from the mains before storing it do not attempt to open repair or modify the machine or its components always use a filling bottle to fill the boiler on model gaia 100c the filling bottle comes along with the machine always check that the voltage of the mains match the voltage indicated in paragraph technical specifications always make sure that the surfaces being cleaned can withstand the temperature given in paragraph technical specifications without suffering from damage use on model gaia 100 caution recommended accessories 44 30 31 45 scraper bristle brush metal brush straight steam nozzle during use do not touch the accessories before replacing them wait some 5 minutes to let them cool down always keep at a safety distance of 80 cm from steam these accessories let you treat difficult surfaces with rather inaccessible or persistently dirty points they allow to clean interstices between tiles or floor-tiles skirtingboards and areas close to pieces of furniture and radiators for these surface we recommend using the steam nozzle 45 fig 24 coupled to the crevice nozzle 30 fig 25 elements standing scratches car engines or its components cast iron cooker rings etc for these surfaces in addition to the accessories above the crevice nozzles 31 with metal bristles are recommended fit the chosen accessory to the steam nozzle and depending on the height to be reached add one or both wands set the steam knob to a low-medium position according to the dirt and the delicacy of the surface low=dirty or delicate surface medium=very dirty or resistant surface spray the steam on the surface and using the steam pressure collect the dissolved dirt in a single point then wipe off with a clean cloth keep the nozzle 5-10 cm apart from the surface to be treated 45 fig 24 45 30 fig 25 12 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 25

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use cleaning small or hard-to-reach surfaces on models gaia 100c and gaia 400 recommended accessories 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 37 38 straight steam nozzle bristle brush metal brush curved gun small brush ø 28 small metal brush Ø 28 small brush ø 65 long straight steam nozzle curved steam nozzle spray the steam on the surface and using the steam pressure collect the dissolved dirt in a single point then wipe off with a clean cloth keep the nozzle 5-10 cm apart from the surface to be treated use use of the machine the machine has been designed and built exclusively to steam-clean and sanitise household surfaces to iron clothing if it is combined with the iron to vacuum household dusts the room temperature must be between +5° and +40° steam hose with quick-fit coupling coupling this operation is necessary to couple the cleaning accessories to the machine 1 seize the quick-fit coupling 13 at the end of the steam hose and check that the safety catch 14 is turned upwards fig 3 2 with the other hand lift up flap 9 and push the quick-fit coupling into its seat 3 ensure the safety catch 14 is hooked up perfectly caution improper use during use do not touch the accessories before replacing them wait some 5 minutes to let them cool down always keep at a safety distance of 80 cm from steam any use other than those stated above shall be considered as improper in particular it is forbidden to use the machine in areas or places classified as potentially explosive attention if the catch is not perfectly hooked up lift up the flap again and push the quick-fit coupling in its seat until limit stop these accessories let you treat difficult surfaces with rather inaccessible or persistently dirty points they allow to clean interstices between tiles or floor-tiles skirtingboards and areas close to pieces of furniture and radiators for these surface use either the curved gun 32 fig 21 fitted with the small brush 33 fig 22 or the steam nozzle 29 coupled to the small brush 30 door jambs frames blinds shutters venetian blinds for these surfaces in addition to the accessories above the large brush 35 ø 65 fig 23 is recommended elements standing scratches car engines or its components cast iron cooker rings etc for these surfaces in addition to the accessories above the crevice nozzles 34 and 31 with metal bristles are recommended choose the accessory which best suits the cleaning to be carried out fit it to the curved gun and depending on the height to be reached add one or both wands set the steam knob to a low-medium position according to the dirt and the delicacy of the surface low=dirty or delicate surface medium=very dirty or resistant surface attention conformity with and strict respect of the use and maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturer are the essential basis for a proper use an improper use of the machine makes void any warranties besides being dangerous for the user third parties or the machine 32 fig 21 unpacking the machine 32 unpack the machine and make sure it is in perfect condition if you are in doubt about anything do not use the machine and address to your dealer or the technical service centre fig 22 13 14 9 33 gaia 100c gaia 100 keep the package for any return to the manufacturer should an intervention under warranty be necessary 35 fig 23 gaia 400 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 13 14 9 fig 3 24 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 13

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use uncoupling 1 with one hand lift up flap 9 fig 4 2 with the other hand seize the quick-fit coupling 13 and with your thumb press on the safety catch 14 and pull outwards to remove it use cleaning glasses and windows recommended accessories using the accessories attention do not carry out the following operations if the accessories have just been used because of the high temperature they may reach 25 window cleaning tool fix the window cleaning tool directly on the gun handle or the wand depending on the height to be reached then set the steam knob to the minimum position spray the steam over the whole surface by keeping the nozzle at 10 cm wash the glass using the sponge element of the cleaning tool caution do not carry out this operation if you have wet hands also check that the protection flap is placed correctly and is not blocked in the open position assembly press the spring button 24 and fit the accessory b you wish to the handle 15 or extension wand as shown in fig 5 make sure the spring button 24 enters its seat a dismantling to remove the accessory hold the spring button 24 pressed and pull out the accessory 15 attention during the coldest months increase the distance to 20 cm to avoid excessive thermal changes between the cold of the glass and the heat of the steam after spraying run the rubber element of the cleaning tool up and down on the whole surface to remove any humidity from the glass fig 20 13 14 9 attention the up and down movement is fundamental for a correct cleaning but it is also important to periodically wipe off the dirt collected by the rubber part with a clean cloth gaia 100c gaia 100 b 24 a gaia 100c gaia 400 24 a 15 gaia 400 13 14 9 fig 4 b gaia 100 fig 5 gaia 100c gaia 400 14 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 gaia 100 fig 20 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 23

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use run the cloth evenly on the surface without pushing down on it work bad areas over for a better cleaning in case of ceramic floor use the brush without cloth to remove persistent dirt always wipe the surface with a dry cloth to remove the melted dirt wax removal from ceramic floors use the brush without cloth and work bad areas over as needed then collect dirt and humidity with a dry and clean cloth waxing squirt the wax on the floor then evenly polish the surface with the rotating brush and cloth if the result is not satisfactory run over with a soft cloth with the brush stopped use assembling and removing the swivel joint for the brushes models gaia 100c gaia 400 to use the rectangular brush 21 and the triangular brush 26 you have to mount the swivel joint 20 first of all mount the joint following the instructions in the previous paragraph make sure selector f fig 8-9 on the brush is in position 1 then seize the joint with your right hand and holding part g upwards insert it into the brush seat fig 6 till it clicks into place turn the joint 90° counter-clockwise fig 7 and set selector f to position 2 fig 8-9 to rotate the brush to the right or the left set selector f to position 3 now the joint is perfectly connected to the brush and this can be fitted to the gun handle or to the wand as a normal accessory to disconnect the joint turn until both red buttons are face upwards and set selector f to position 1 then rotate 90° clockwise and remove the joint important in case of a protracted use or of an excessive pressure the brush bristles could pierce the cloth and scratch the treated surface be very careful to the pressure exerted and check the cloth conditions regularly always take into account that a correct cleaning depends on the steam power rather than on the pressure exerted on the brush 1 2 3 f attention when cleaning delicate surfaces or handpainted tiles always mount the cloth on the brush and set the steam knob to positions 2-3 in any case always carry out a preliminary test by spraying the steam on a rather invisible point of the surface and by checking the results fig 9 other large surfaces use the triangular brush 26 or the rectangular brush 21 with or without extension wand this set is recommended for walls tiled with majolica blinds shutters rolling shutters to clean these surfaces please refer to the instructions above cleaning pieces of furniture recommended accessories 26 triangular brush optional for model gaia 100 always mount the cloth supplied ref 43 for mod gaia 100 on the triangular brush 26 and set the steam knob to an intermediate position minimum for ordinary cleaning or delicate surfaces like ancient lacquered or upholstered pieces of furniture maximum to remove grease stains from kitchen elements or resistant formica furniture run the cloth evenly on the whole surface without pushing down on it work bad areas over as needed if necessary increase the steam flow at the end wipe the treated surface with a dry cloth g important when cleaning vertical surfaces always remember that steam dissolves the dirt which runs downward therefore it is necessary to be prepared to collect the dissolved dirt using a dry cloth fig 6 fig 7-8 22 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 use and maintenance serie gaia 1st edition 12/2005 15

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