Bissell 5990 User Manual

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U S E R ’ S G U I D E

5770/5990/6100/6405 SERIES

3Safety Instructions

4Product View



10-15Maintenance and Care


18Consumer Services

19Replacement Parts



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Thank you for buying a BISSELL Healthy Home Vacuum™

Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this complete, high-techhome cleaning system.

We trust that it will bring you many years of satisfaction. It is backed with a limited two-yearwarranty. We also stand behind it with a knowledgeable, dedicated Consumer Services department, so, should you ever have a question, you’ll receive fast, considerate assistance.

My great-grandfatherinvented the floor sweeper in 1876. Today, BISSELL is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and service of high quality homecare products like your Healthy Home Vacuum.

Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.

Mark J. Bissell

President and Chief Executive Officer

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When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should be observed, including the following:


Always connect to a polarized outlet (one slot is wider than the other). Unplug from outlet when not in use and before conducting maintenance.

WARNING:To reduce

the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury:

Do not modify the polarized plug to fit a non-polarizedoutlet or extension cord.

Do not leave vacuum cleaner unattended when it is plugged in.

Unplug from outlet when not in use and before servicing.

Do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces.

Do not allow children to operate vacuum cleaner or use as a toy.

Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.

Do not use for any purpose other than described in this User’s Guide.

Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments.

Do not use with damaged cord or plug.

If appliance is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into water, have it repaired at an authorized service center.

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 appliance over cord. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.

Do not handle vacuum cleaner or plug with wet hands.

Do not put any object into openings. Do not use with any opening blocked; keep openings free of dust, lint, hair, and anything that may reduce air flow.

Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of body away from openings and moving parts.

Turn off all controls before plugging or unplugging vacuum cleaner.

Use extra care when cleaning stairs.

Unplug before attaching the TurboBrush.

Do not pick up flammable materials (lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene, etc.) or use in the presence of explosive liquids or vapors.

Do not pick up toxic material (chlorine bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner, etc.).

Do not use vacuum cleaner in an enclosed space filled with vapors given off by oil base paint, paint thinner, some moth proofing substances, flammable dust, or other explosive or toxic vapors.

Do not pick up hard or sharp objects such as glass, nails, screws, coins, etc.

Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.

Do not use without filters in place.

Use only on dry, indoor surfaces.

Keep appliance on a level surface.

Do not carry the vacuum cleaner while it is running.

Brush may unexpectedly restart. Unplug from outlet when cleaning or servicing.



To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance 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 a proper outlet. Do not change the plug in any way.

This model is for household use only.

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Upper Handle



Dirt Container





Furniture Protection


Power Switch


Release Button

Carrying Handle

Brush Switch

Filter Door Latch

HEPA Filter

Cartridge (inside)

Power Cord

Filter Tray (foam filter inside)

Hose Collar

Brush Window


Combination Brush


Handle Release


Lower Hose Clip

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Quick Release

Cord Wraps

Crevice Tool



Wand Base





Foot Hose

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Assembling your vacuum















Do not plug in your

Tool required: Phillips screwdriver




vacuum cleaner until




you are familiar with

1. Slide upper handle onto lower handle. Insert







all instructions and

one screw into hole marked with an arrow




operating procedures.

and tighten until snug.





2. Attach hose by lining up the tabs on the





collar with the corresponding notches on



the back of the vacuum as shown. Turn





clockwise to lock the hose into place.





3.Wrap the hose by routing it down and into the lower hose clip then up and over the top of the handle. Insert the hose wand fully into the hose base.

Note: It is important that the hose is fully

inserted into the base for the suction air to



be directed properly to the foot during floor






4.Store TurboBrush on the front of the handle by aligning the slot at the bottom with the tab and snapping into place.

5.Place crevice tool inside telescoping extension wand. Store tools on vacuum as shown.


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Using your vacuum cleaner

Transporting your cleaner

Use the handle on the front to carry the cleaner or place the cleaner in the upright position and tip back to roll on the rear wheels.

Releasing the power cord

The upper and lower cord wraps rotate to allow for quick and easy removal of the power cord.

Fingertip power switch

The power button is located at the top of the vacuum handle.

To turn cleaner on, press

button once.

To turn cleaner OFF, press

button again.

Note: The rotating brush will not turn on unless the unit is in the reclined position and the brush switch is on.

Handle positions

Use your foot to pull the handle release pedal back to recline the vacuum cleaner.

Height adjustment

There are seven height settings available for various floor surfaces. Turn the dial on the foot of the cleaner to the desired setting.

Lowest setting – For bare floors.

Medium settings – For short and medium pile carpets.

High setting – For plush carpet.

Note: For optimal cleaning performance, adjust to the lowest practical setting. If your cleaner is difficult to push, adjust to the next higher setting.

If the dial is difficult to turn, tilt the cleaner back slightly to take the weight off The foot while turning.

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Some Berber carpets have a tendency to fuzz with wear. Repeated strokes in the same area may aggravate this condition. Consider setting your cleaner on a higher than normal setting for this type of carpet.

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Using your vacuum continued

Fingertip brush switch

The rotating brush is turned on or off using the switch at the side of the top of the handle. The brush will start rotating when the unit is reclined. The brush should be on for most carpeted floors. You may want to turn the brush off for bare floor cleaning or other delicate surfaces.

To turn the brush ON, press

button once.

To turn the brush OFF, press

button again.

Brush auto shut-offfeature

When your cleaner is in the upright position, the brush will not rotate. The brush will rotate only when the cleaner is in the reclined position and the brush switch is on.

Microban® antimicrobial product protection

Microban® antimicrobial protection fights the growth of odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew in your vacuum. It isbuilt-into key components during the manufacturing process and won't wash off or wear away. Microban provides continuous antimicrobial product protection for the useful lifetime of the product keeping your vacuum cleaner and fresher.

Note: This should not replace normal cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Microban is a registered trademark of Microban Products Company.

Acarosan® Dust Mite Control

As part of a complete cleaning program, use BISSELL Acarosan dust mite powder and spray. To kill dust mites lurking in your home, use the Acarosan powder on your carpet and rugs, and use the spray on your bed, pillows and upholstery. The Acarosan spray comes with a

trigger for easy use. Just untwist the cap on the bottle, and replace with the trigger which has been provided. Twist the trigger on to secure. For complete use instructions and further information, please see the labeled products or log on to To re-order,see Replacement Parts on pg. 19.

Acarosan is a trademark of Allergopharma.

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Using the tools

1Make sure the cleaner is in the upright position.

2.Remove the hose wand from the wand base. This automatically diverts the suction to the hose. Unwind the hose from the cleaner.

Note: To help prevent the machine from tipping, the hose should remain in the bottom hose clip.

3.Use the hose and wand alone or attach any of the tools to the end of the hose wand.


Use rotating brush action for small areas such as stairs and upholstery.

Note: Press gently when using the TurboBrush to gain maximum cleaning. Too much pressure could cause the brush to stop rotating.

Combination brush

Use longer soft bristles for dusting.

Remove long bristle portion and use shorter stiff bristles when agitation is needed to remove debris.


Always place the vacuum cleaner on the floor in its fully upright position when using tools. Placing the vacuum in this position automatically stops the rotating brush.


Crevice tool

Use in tight narrow spaces

Telescoping extension wand

Use with desired attachment for a longer reach. To extend the wand, twist the collar to “Unlock” and push away from you. Twist the collar to “Lock”

to lock into place. To retract, twist to unlock, pull toward you and twist to relock.

All items may not be included with your model. Other tools are available; to order, please refer to page 18-19.

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To avoid personal injury and to prevent the cleaner from falling when cleaning stairs, always place it at the bottom of the stairs.

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Emptying the dirt container

Empty the dirt container as soon as the dirt reaches the “Full” line on the side of the container.

1.Press the release button on top of the carrying handle to remove the dirt container.

2.Choose an emptying method. Method #2 is recommended for allergy sufferers.

Method #1 – hold the dirt container over trash can and push the emptying button to open the bottom (2a). Close the bottom after the dirt empties.

Method #2 – place a plastic bag over the bottom of the dirt container. Push the emptying button through the plastic to open the bottom (2b). After the dust settles, close the bottom and remove the bag to discard.

3.Replace dirt container on cleaner by aligning the bottom and pushing back until it snaps into place.


Make sure vacuum cleaner has been switched off and unplugged before removing dirt container.





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Maintenance and care

Cleaning the dirt container

Additional steps can be taken to clean the dirt container as necessary.

1.Ensure the dirt container has been emptied.

2.Remove the lower portion by pressing the front and back latches on the upper portion as shown.

3.Clean the screen with a cloth or soft brush to remove dust or debris.

4.If desired, the lower dirt container may be washed in warm water. Make sure it is completely dry before reassembling.

5.To reassemble, hold the carry handle and place the upper portion into the lower portion, lining up the front and back latches. Push down until both latches click into place. Make sure the dirt container is securely assembled before replacing it on machine.

Cleaning the foam filter

The foam filter should be checked monthly and washed as needed to maintain performance. More or less frequent cleaning may be required based on individual vacuuming habits and types of debris picked up .

1.The foam filter is located in the tray labeled "Filter" underneath the dirt container. Pull the tray out to access the filter.

2.Remove foam filter from tray and hold under running water to wash. Mild detergent

may also be used if desired. Wring excess water from filter. Air dry thoroughly before replacing.

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To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn power switch OFF and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before performing maintenance or troubleshooting checks.





Do not operate the cleaner with a damp or wet filter or without all the filters in place.


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