Why Is My Upholstery Tool leaving Wet Lines?

Spooney

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Hi guys,

I use an internal jet upholstery tool. Just recently it has been leaving a 1" thick wet line (directly in the middle) of each cleaning pass. To get rid of this I need to now do dry passes where I never had to in the past. I am doing nothing out of the normal with psi or hose length for this to suddenly occur. Any ideas guys?

Could it be the jet is worn?

To much psi?

Maybe something to do with the trigger/valve? I swear it has gotten harder to press the trigger of late but I can't be 100% sure either.

If I do not get it figured out tomorrow I will post some photos to help with diagnosis.

Thank you carpet cleaning family.

Benn.
 

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Hi guys,

I use an internal jet upholstery tool. Just recently it has been leaving a 1" thick wet line (directly in the middle) of each cleaning pass. To get rid of this I need to now do dry passes where I never had to in the past. I am doing nothing out of the normal with psi or hose length for this to suddenly occur. Any ideas guys?

Could it be the jet is worn?

To much psi?

Maybe something to do with the trigger/valve? I swear it has gotten harder to press the trigger of late but I can't be 100% sure either.

If I do not get it figured out tomorrow I will post some photos to help with diagnosis.

Thank you carpet cleaning family.

Benn.
If it leaves wet pass it must be the suction where some things are stuck not picking it up
 
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As the jet wears it will start doing that. Usually it's worse on the forward stroke and the back stroke is drier. I embrace it with a certain tool and use different/other upholstery tools for the task at hand. You can decrease the flow with the ball valve on the solution line and reduce it as needed, but you will need to replace the internal jet to restore the original performance. Buy a couple jets and a couple valve rebuild kits and keep them in your toolbox, it's a 5 minute fix.
 

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Hi guys,

I use an internal jet upholstery tool. Just recently it has been leaving a 1" thick wet line (directly in the middle) of each cleaning pass. To get rid of this I need to now do dry passes where I never had to in the past. I am doing nothing out of the normal with psi or hose length for this to suddenly occur. Any ideas guys?

Could it be the jet is worn?

To much psi?

Maybe something to do with the trigger/valve? I swear it has gotten harder to press the trigger of late but I can't be 100% sure either.

If I do not get it figured out tomorrow I will post some photos to help with diagnosis.

Thank you carpet cleaning family.

Benn.
My first instinct is to check the jet - even internal jets can rout out over time with chemical flow, especially brass. Also check to see if there's a smidge of sand or something else non-soluble blocking part of the jet - this can make flow uneven and cause streaking as well.

If the problem is in the trigger/valve assembly, those usually show up as leaks when the tool isn't triggered, or even a dribble from up near the valve itself, so I wouldn't assume it's a valve problem until I've checked the jet thoroughly first.

Check the lips of the tool thoroughly to make sure there's no rolling or scratches that may impede vacuum. That will tell you whether the problem is irregular flow or irregular suction.
 

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As the jet wears it will start doing that. Usually it's worse on the forward stroke and the back stroke is drier. I embrace it with a certain tool and use different/other upholstery tools for the task at hand. You can decrease the flow with the ball valve on the solution line and reduce it as needed, but you will need to replace the internal jet to restore the original performance. Buy a couple jets and a couple valve rebuild kits and keep them in your toolbox, it's a 5 minute fix.
Thanks Jim, will do.
 

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My first instinct is to check the jet - even internal jets can rout out over time with chemical flow, especially brass. Also check to see if there's a smidge of sand or something else non-soluble blocking part of the jet - this can make flow uneven and cause streaking as well.

If the problem is in the trigger/valve assembly, those usually show up as leaks when the tool isn't triggered, or even a dribble from up near the valve itself, so I wouldn't assume it's a valve problem until I've checked the jet thoroughly first.

Check the lips of the tool thoroughly to make sure there's no rolling or scratches that may impede vacuum. That will tell you whether the problem is irregular flow or irregular suction.
Thank you Mama Fen.
 

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I’ve dealt with this for the last 20 years, it’s actually a real easy fix.

If you look in the end of the upholstery wand the jet needs to be centered, not only left to right but front to back as well. Occasionally the jet will move forward so the jet is up against the front of the wand and when this happens it will do exactly what you are seeing.

I’ll make a quick video in the morning on how to easily fix this. All you will need is a hammer. The fix takes about 10 seconds.
 

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I’ve dealt with this for the last 20 years, it’s actually a real easy fix.

If you look in the end of the upholstery wand the jet needs to be centered, not only left to right but front to back as well. Occasionally the jet will move forward so the jet is up against the front of the wand and when this happens it will do exactly what you are seeing.

I’ll make a quick video in the morning on how to easily fix this. All you will need is a hammer. The fix takes about 10 seconds.
Todd mate, I didn't see this reply till now. If you have made a video please leave a link. Thank you.
 

Spooney

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As the jet wears it will start doing that. Usually it's worse on the forward stroke and the back stroke is drier. I embrace it with a certain tool and use different/other upholstery tools for the task at hand. You can decrease the flow with the ball valve on the solution line and reduce it as needed, but you will need to replace the internal jet to restore the original performance. Buy a couple jets and a couple valve rebuild kits and keep them in your toolbox, it's a 5 minute fix.
Thanks for the reply Jim. Where do you buy the jets and rebuild kits from?