When using an electrical appliance, basic
precautions must always be followed.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this brush
machine has a polarized plug; one blade is wider than the
other. This plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one
way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse
the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified
electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not change the
plug in any way. Connect only to the outlet type specified
on the serial number plate underneath the machine.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock,
1. Do not leave vacuum while plugged in.
Unplug from outlet when not in use and before
2. Do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces.
3. Do not use near small children or pets.
Do not allow to be used as a toy. Use of this
product by children should always be supervised
by an adult.
4. Use only as described in this manual. Use
only manufacturer-recommended attachments.
5. Do not use with a damaged cord or plug.
If vacuum is not working as it should, has been
dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into
water, take it to a SEBO service center.
6. Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as
a handle, close a door on cord, or pull cord
around sharp edges or corners. Do not run vacuum
over cord. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.
7. Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To
unplug, grasp the plug – not the cord.
8. Do not plug in if power switch is in the
9. Do not use outlets above counters
to plug in vacuum – damage to items in the
surrounding area could occur.
10. Always carry the vacuum over steps and
11. Do not handle plug or vacuum
handle with wet hands.
12. Do not put any object into vacuum
openings. Do not use machine with any openings
blocked. Keep openings free of lint, hair, and
anything that may reduce air flow.
13. Do not re-use filter bags or wash the
14. Do not remove any screws from vacuum.
15. Do not vacuum up anything that is
burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches,
or hot ashes.
16. Do not use vacuum without filter bag
and/or filters in place.
17. Turn off all machine controls
18. Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
19. Do not use machine to vacuum up
flammable or combustible liquids such as
gasoline or use in areas where they may be
20. Machines can cause a fire when operated near
flammable vapors or materials. Do not operate
this vacuum near flammable fluids, dust or
21. Maintenance and repairs must be done by
22. Use only original SEBO replacement
23. Do not use vacuum as a step.
24. Do not use the handle assembly (5),
which inserts into the top of the filter bag
housing, to carry the machine. The carrying
handle is located on the side of the machine.
25. If vacuum is used on plush carpet or
carpet with thick padding, do not leave machine
standing in one place with machine turned on.
26. While the vacuum is in use, the power
cord should be unwound from the cable reel at
least two thirds of its length.
27. Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and
all parts of body away from vacuum openings and
moving parts. Do not place fingers or other body
parts under vacuum unless it is unplugged. Do
not touch the brush roller while the machine is
28. Do not place the power head over rug or
29. The vacuum has a manual reset thermal
protector. The protector is reset by switching
off the vacuum. The thermal protector needs some
time to cool down after switching off! Turn off
the machine and unplug it before trouble
shooting. Check the vacuum for air blockages or
mechanical failures before switching on.
30. Store the vacuum in a dry place at room
temperature. When the vacuum is not in use, you
should rewind the cord onto the cord reel
31. Any other servicing should be performed
by an authorized service representative.
32. The hose contains electrical wires. Do
not use if damaged, cut, or punctured. Avoid
picking up sharp objects.
33. Always unplug vacuum before connecting
or disconnecting either hose or power head.
34. Use a SEBO power head only in
combination with a SEBO vacuum cleaner.
35. Do not connect power head to a
malfunctioning or damaged vacuum.
vacuum is among the most technically advanced vacuum
cleaners in the world. Some of its unique features
• S-Class Filtration. Certified by leading Allergy
foundations in Europe, the FELIX vacuum provides the
user with S-Class filtration of 99.9% of particles
to 0.3 microns. This is accomplished by the SEBO
three-step filtration system. First, the three-layer
full-size filter bag (A) collects the vast majority
of the debris. Then, the remainder of the particles
are collected by the motor protection filter (B)
which is positioned underneath the filter bag.
Finally, the electrostatic exhaust filter (C) cleans
the exhaust air that the vacuum emits. With 250
square inches of surface, the exhaust filter absorbs
even the smallest particles. SEBO’s unwavering
attention to the complete sealing of the machine
ensures no dirt escapes around the filters. If the
filters are changed regularly (every 10-20 bags),
the FELIX is perfect for allergy or asthma
• Bag Full or Clog Warning Light – Auto Shut-Off. If
the vacuum’s air flow pathway becomes restricted due
to a full bag or the existence of a clog, the orange
“BAG FULL OR CLOG” indicator will display. If the
user ignores this warning, the suction motor will
heat up due to the lack of cooling provided by the
airflow. Once the motor reaches a certain
temperature it will shut off to protect itself from
damage. The user should turn the switch off, unplug
the machine and immediately insert a new bag or
remove the clog (to remove a clog, refer to the Clog
Removal section on page 10). After approximately 30
minutes, the motor will have cooled and the vacuum
can be restarted. If the airflow is still
restricted, the “BAG FULL OR CLOG” indicator will
again display and the machine will shut off.
• FELIX Flexibility. The unique design of the FELIX
offers flexibility and ease of use:
Suction Unit. When detached from the power head
or floor tool, the FELIX transforms itself
into a lightweight, powerful suction unit, which
can be carried around using its comfortable
Ideal for cleaning stairs, car interiors or
swivel neck – on-hand maneuverability. The
swivel neck of the FELIX gives 90º vertical and
horizontal movement, providing superb
maneuverability for easy cleaning around and
F. Flat and
flexible. With its 6-inch profile and
flat-to-the-floor design, the SEBO FELIX makes
furniture and hard-to-reach places easy.
the power head (16, 28) or floor tool (29, 30) on
the floor with the swivel neck (20) upright. Hold
the vacuum vertically and Insert the suction opening
of the vacuum into the swivel neck of the head or
tool. Push firmly and evenly downward until the tool
release button (14) snaps into the locked position -
see figure 1.
Insert the black end of the hose (6) into the
connection on the filter cover (8)- see figure 2a.
Insert the hose handle (19) into the suction opening
(18) on the side of the vacuum - see figure 2b.
Press the hose into place on the side of the
Install the attachment clip (21) to the handle
assembly (5) using the included screw. Insert the
crevice nozzle and upholstery nozzle into the clip -
see figure 3.
Machine - Figures 3, 4 & 5
Before turning on your vacuum cleaner, make sure
that the vacuum is in its upright locked position
and that you have a firm hold on the handle grip to
keep the machine from moving forward.
1. With the power switch (3) in the OFF position,
turn the cable hook (17) to the left or right to
release the cable (4). Lift the cable off the upper
cable hook - see figure 3.
2. Adjust the telescopic handle tube (5) to the
correct height by pulling out the release tab (32)
and gently pulling the tube out to lengthen, or
pushing it in to shorten. The tube will click into
place when it reaches one of the three lengths
available. Release the tab. If the tab does not fit
snugly in place, the tube is set at an incorrect
setting. Pull or push the tube until it locks into
one of the three settings.- see figure 4.
3. Plug the polarized power cord into a 120 volt
wall outlet located near the floor.
4. Slide the On/OFF switch (3) downward to the ON
position - see figure 5.
Operating the Machine - Figures 5 & 6
You may adjust the suction control with the power
control slider (3) as you vacuum different surfaces
or when using the accessory tools. Slide the button
upward for less suction or downward for more suction
- see figure 5
When changing power heads and floor tools, always
switch the vacuum off with the main power switch,
and then unplug the power cord. NOTE: When switching
off the power switch, always make sure the switch
“clicks” into the OFF position before unplugging the
When you have finished using the vacuum, turn it off
by sliding the on/off switch to the OFF position.
Then, unplug the cord and wind it onto the upper
cable hook and upper hook. The rubber tip on the end
of the handle allows the vacuum to be propped
against a wall without damage.
Using the Hose Handle, Hose & Attachments - Figures
6 & 7
The hose handle (19) is useful for vacuuming corners
and hard-to-reach areas. You may use the hose handle
with or without an attachment. Pull the hose handle
(19) from the suction opening (18) in the side of
the vacuum. Keep a firm hold on the handle grip
while using the hose handle as it could tip if the
hose is pulled too far. The standard attachments
[the crevice nozzle (22) and upholstery nozzle (23)]
and optional attachments [the hand-held Turbo brush
(24), dusting brush (25), straight tube (26) and
extension hose (27)] may be inserted onto the hose
handle. It is not necessary to turn off the vacuum
while switching the attachments.
NOTE: When using the hose and attachments, keep the
vacuum in its upright position.
Detachable Suction Unit - When detached from
the power head, or floor tool, the FELIX transforms
itself into a lightweight, powerful suction unit,
which can be carried around using its comfortable
carrying handle (figure 7). Ideal for cleaning
stairs, car interiors or upholstery. To remove a
floor tool or power head, switch off the power and
unplug the vacuum. Press the tool release button
(14) and pull the vacuum out of the swivel neck
To change a floor tool or power head, switch off the
power and unplug the vacuum. Press the tool release
button (14) and pull the vacuum out of the swivel
neck (20). Insert the vacuum into the new tool and
push down gently until it snaps into place. Plug the
vacuum in and switch the power on.
WARNING! The quality, condition, coating, texture,
age and manufacturing technique of all floor
surfaces vary. Therefore, vacuums with rotating
brushes, including your SEBO, may damage some floor
coverings or surfaces. Some types of high-gloss
hardwood floors, cushion vinyl, berber carpets, long
shag, and delicate or hand-woven carpets are
particularly vulnerable to damage by rotating
brushes. When possible, consult the materials
supplied by your flooring manufacturer for
information on proper upkeep and cleaning. To ensure
that your new SEBO vacuum cleaner is compatible with
your floor, please test the vacuum cleaner on each
type of flooring surface in a small inconspicuous
area to determine if any damage occurs. If damage
occurs, stop using the vacuum cleaning immediately!
with the ET Power Head - Figures 8, 9 & 10 When the power head is on with the handle in the
upright locked position (see figure 8), the brush
roller on your ET power head will not spin.
To release the ET-1 or ET-2 power head from the
upright locked position, press down on the foot
pedal (#15, figure 9) and lower the handle into the
normal operating position. The brush roller will
then start spinning and the green light on the power
head will illuminate. The handle can be lowered to a
horizontal position useful for vacuuming under beds.
NOTE: the brush roller is off and stopped
only when the machine is in an upright position and
the handle is completely locked in place, or when
the hose handle is removed from the side of the
vacuum. If you have the machine at an angle, the
brush roller will spin. Leaving the machine in a
stationary position for an extended period of time
while the brush roller is spinning may cause damage
to your floor or carpet. You may also switch off the
brush roller by pressing the on/off switch (#35,
figure 11) on the top of the power head.
You may adjust the suction control with the power
control slider (#3, figure 5) as you vacuum
different surfaces or when using the accessory
tools. For optimal cleaning and brushing, operate
the machine at the maximum suction power setting and
push the power head slowly over the carpet.
Always turn the power switch off when changing
heads or unplugging the vacuum. Slide the power
control slider on to its OFF position, then unplug
the vacuum when changing heads or storing the
vacuum. NOTE: When switching off the power switch,
always make sure the switch “clicks” into the OFF
position before unplugging the power cord.
The use of a power head is recommended for the
optimal cleaning of carpets. The rotating of the
swivel neck (#20, figure 10) allows the power head
to move in any direction.
The Brush Height Adjustment Feature - Figure 11 To manually adjust the brush height, rotate the
dial (33) for high carpet (dial setting 4) and
progressively lower to bare floor (dial setting 1).
The amber light located on top of the power head
(34) will illuminate if the height setting is too
high. Dial down to the next number until the amber
light turns off. If the amber light does not turn
off, the brush roller may be worn.
Indicator Lights - Figure 11 By pushing the foot pedal (figure 9) and
lowering the handle, you activate the power head and
the brush begins spinning. Failure to use the foot
pedal will cause lasting damage to the machine. The
electronic brush control constantly monitors the
status of the brush, communicating the status
through the lights on top.
Green and Amber Light: The brush is not
fully engaged in the carpet. The height
adjustment should be lowered. If the (34 and 35,
figure 11) height adjustment is at its lowest
setting, the brush is worn and needs to be
Green Light Only: Brush is working well. We
strongly recommend selecting a brush height that
is only one level (35, figure 11) beneath that
at which both the green and amber lights are on.
For maximum cleaning performance, the brush
height adjustment can be lowered to its lowest
Amber Light Only: The brush is blocked. Turn
off the machine, unplug it, and then remove the
blockage. (34, figure 11)
delicate or hard floor surfaces, the power head is
equipped with an on/off switch. When this switch is
used to turn off the brush roller, the green
indicator light is also turned off.
Always unplug vacuum from outlet before dismantling
any part of the machine!
the “bag full” indicator (7) displays, airflow is reduced
due to a full filter bag, dirty filters, or a clog. If the
filter bag is empty and the filters are clean, you may have
Changing the Filter Bag - Figures 17 & 18
To change the filter bag, set the canister upright, open the
filter bag cover (8) by pulling the cover release flap (10)
upward (figure 17). Seal the filter bag with the sealing cap
(42). Grasp the sealing plate (44) of the filter bag with
your thumb and forefinger as shown in figure 18 and lift the
filter bag (43) out. Lower a new bag into the holder, making
sure that the 4 small tabs (indicated by arrows on the
sealing plate) fit into the appropriate grooves. The front
tab (45) of the sealing plate will fit loosely over the wire
latch lock. Push the filter bag cover (8) down firmly and
snap the cover release flap (10) into place. For your
convenience, there is a diagram on every filter bag showing
the correct placement of the bag. Do not re-use the filter
bags. NOTE: the nature of the contents of the filter bag
will affect the point at which it needs changing. Fine dust
may require an earlier change even though the bag is not
full. Fluff or hair allows air to pass through easily, so
the filter bag may overfill before the orange “bag full”
Changing the Motor Protection Filter - Figure 19
After 10 to 20 bags have been used, change the motor
protection filter (46). To remove the micro-hygiene filter,
set the vacuum upright, pull the cover release flap (10)
outward and open the filter bag cover (8). Remove the filter
bag (see above). Grasp the handle (47) on the filter and
pull it out. To replace, use the handle (47) to hold on to
and slide the new filter down into the bottom of the filter
bag housing. When correctly seated, it will snap into place.
Insert the filter bag, close the filter bag cover.
Changing the Exhaust Filter - Figures 19 & 20
The exhaust filter (12) needs to be changed when it becomes
extremely dirty or clogged with dust, or after approximately
10 to 20 filter bags have been used. To remove the exhaust
filter, set the vacuum upright, and remove the filter
retaining rings (13). To release the filter retaining ring,
use your thumb to push the retaining ring clip the direction
of the arrow, then pull the clip up. Pull
the reinforced strips out of the housing slot (48), and
remove the filter. To replace the filter, insert the
reinforced strip on one end of the filter into the housing
slot (48) and hold in place with one hand while wrapping the
filter around the machine, pulling it taught. While holding
the filter together, insert the top of the reinforced strip
into the slot. While holding the top of the strip in place,
push the rest of the strip firmly into the slot. Replace the
retaining rings. NOTE: when reassembling, please ensure that
the exhaust filter is fitted correctly in the housing slots
and the filter retaining rings are installed correctly.
Otherwise, the filter will be ineffective.
Note: Never operate the vacuum with incorrectly
attached filters or without filters, filter bag, or filter
bag housing cover (8). Do not re-use filter bags. Do not
wash and re-use filters.
ET Power Head
the power head, switch off the power and unplug the
vacuum. Then, press the tool release button (12) and pull
out of the swivel neck.
Removing the Brush Roller - Figure 12 To remove the brush roller, press the button marked
“PRESS” (36) and turn the brush roller end cap (37)
downward. Turn the brush (38) slightly to the right and pull
it out. We recommend regular removal of threads and hair
which have wound around the brush roller.
Cleaning the Brush Roller Unplug the vacuum before attempting to clean the brush.
The brush should be cleaned regularly. Fibers and hair can
be pulled out of the brush while manually rotating the
roller, or the roller can be removed from the power head to
Maintenance of Floor Tools and Brushes
Parquet Brush - Figure 13
The Premium parquet brush is specially designed for use on
hard surfaces. The brush should be cleaned regularly. Remove
the parquet brush from the vacuum to clean. Fibers and hair
can be pulled out of the bristles manually, or vacuum the
bristles using the flexible hose.
Kombi Nozzle - Figure 14
The Kombi nozzle is adjustable for carpet or hard floors. To
set for carpet, slide the up arrow button (39) to the right
until it clicks into place. The hard floor dusting brush
will raise up allowing the head to move over the carpet. To
set for hard floors, slide the down arrow button (40) to the
left until it clicks into place. The brush will lower to
gently sweep your floors. The slider in Figure 14 is set in
the position for carpet. The brush should be cleaned
regularly. Remove the Kombi nozzle from the vacuum to clean.
Fibers and hair can be pulled out of the bristles manually,
or vacuum the bristles using the flexible hose.
Always unplug vacuum from outlet before removing any
the “bag full” indicator (7, figure 21) displays,
airflow is reduced due to a full filter bag, dirty
filters, or a clog. If the indicator is still
displayed after the filter bag has been changed and
the filters are in good condition, there is likely a
blockage in the system.
Clogs in the Hose - Figures 21, 22, 23 & 24 Check for suction at the end of the hose (6) by
pulling the hose handle (19) out of the suction
opening (18). If you can only feel a small amount of
suction, the clog is in the hose. To clear a
blockage in the hose, hold the hose handle upright
with one hand blocking the top and switch on the
machine. Quickly lift your hand on and off the end
of the hose. If that does not clear the clog, you
may also clear clogs by reversing the hose. To
remove the hose from the machine, lift the filter
bag cover. Loosen the safety ring (#49, figure 23)
located inside the cover by pushing the lever
clockwise as shown in figure 23. Remove the hose.
Close the filter bag cover and insert the hose
handle into the connecting tube (#50, figure 24) of
the filter cover. Hold the hose upright with one
hand blocking the top and switch on the machine. If
necessary, quickly lift your hand on and off the end
of the hose. When the clog is cleared, remove the
hose handle from the connecting tube. Loosen the
safety ring (49) and insert the other end of the
hose back into the connecting tube. Release the
safety ring so that it secures the hose. Make sure
the hose is connected, then close the filter bag
Note: Do not insert a wire or stick into the hose.
Doing so may cause damage to the hose.
Clogs in the Swivel Neck - Figure 25 To check for a clog in the swivel neck (20),
remove the head by pressing the release button (14).
Pull the vacuum out of the swivel neck. Clean out
in the ET Power Head
in the Airflow Pathway - Figure 26 Many clogs can be removed by accessing the airflow
pathway via the orange colored access door (51) located on
the underside of the power head.
Clogs in the Swivel Neck - Figures 26 & 27 To check for a clog in the swivel neck (20), remove the
head by pressing the release button (14). Pull the vacuum
out of the swivel neck. Push the obstruction down the neck
with a stick or long screwdriver and remove it through the
orange access door (51).
Three Year Non-Wear Parts - Five Year Motor - One
authorized SEBO dealer or SEBO will provide the
original product purchaser with replacement of Non-
Wear Parts which fail due to a material or
workmanship defect for a period of three (3) years
from the original date of purchase of new product.
SEBO America will provide a five (5) year warranty
on suction motors and brush drive motors.
2. SEBO will repair (or will cover labor charges
associated with repair) a defective SEBO vacuum
cleaner or power head at no cost to the original
purchaser, within one (1) year of original purchase
of new product.
3. SEBO America or an authorized SEBO dealer must
complete all warranty repairs.
4. To locate an authorized SEBO dealer in your area,
or to register a warranty claim in the United States
of America, please call SEBO America at (303)
5. To locate an authorized SEBO dealer in your area,
or to register a warranty claim in Canada, please
call Floor Care Equipment, Ltd. at (403) 250-5005.
6. The warranties provided for above apply
exclusively to SEBO Vacuum Cleaners and power heads
which are used residentially. No warranty is
provided for SEBO Vacuum Cleaners used commercially.
7. The Wear Parts excluded from warranty coverage
include filter bags, motor protection filters,
exhaust filters, the cable (external cord), the
hose, the crevice nozzle, the upholstery nozzle and
all of the optional attachments. (See “Optional
Attachments” on page 5 of this manual). The Wear
Parts excluded from warranty coverage on the ET
power heads include the brush rollers, the front
bottom plate and the rear bottom plate.
8. This warranty applies only while your SEBO Vacuum
Cleaner is physically located within the United
States of America and its territories or Canada.
9. The purchase receipt showing the date, price, and
item of purchase is the initial document of proof of
purchase and determines the validity of warranty. To
be certain that your warranty claim can be processed
as quickly and efficiently as possible, please
retain your original purchase receipt and mail in
the warranty card provided with your new SEBO vacuum
10. This warranty gives you specific legal rights.
You may also have other legal rights, which vary
from state/province to state/province.
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY: The remedies provided under
the terms of this warranty are the purchaser's
exclusive remedies and are in lieu or any other
remedies otherwise available.
THE WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER: - Used or secondhand products.
- Products outside of the warranty period.
- Items not manufactured by Sebo.
- Normal maintenance service.
- Equipment damaged by improper use, accident, other
casualty or negligence.
- Machines equipped with non-authorized attachments
- Machines on which the serial number has been
altered or removed.
Limitations and exclusions: Sebo makes no other representations or
warranties, expressed or implied and specifically
excluded the implied warranties of merchantability
and fitness for a particular purpose.
Sebo will not be liable for incidental or
consequential damages of any kind or nature.
This disclaimer of implied warranties shall not
apply to the extent said disclaimer is not allowed
by applicable state/provincial law.
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