How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

Nov 14, 2019

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

In this video, Dustin shows everyone how you’re supposed to use Kirby tools! With Kirby, there’s a tool for every job and they all work great.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 


Let’s start by reviewing each tool and what it does! Note: Dustin uses common industry names for some tools and they may not be Kirby’s official terms.

The first tool in the caddy is the hardwood floor tool. As the name suggests it works great on hardwood floors, tile, etc.

The next tool is the wall and ceiling tool. It can also be used on the floor and the tops of ceiling fans.

In the back are two extension wands.

And we also have a crevice tool.

Next to the crevice tool is the upholstery tools.

Then we have the duster brush.

The duster brush can be removed from this other tool we call the corner wand.

You’ll notice that the corner wand has a suction release valve. This is useful for when you need to vacuum delicate surfaces, like some fabrics, and your Kirby has too much power

Next up is the shampooer.

Now we have a tool we call the handheld tool. This attaches to the Kirby vacuum and allows it to be more mobile. A common use is when you’re vacuuming a mattress.

Then we have another tool we’ve nicknamed Miss Piggy, because your vacuum looks like a pig when it's attached. You can put fragrances in here and it will make your house smell nice as you vacuum. You will also use this instead of the vacuum head if you’re using it to blow or inflate.

Speaking of blowing or inflating, here we have the blower/ inflator tool! You can dust your keyboard or inflate an air mattress with this.

Now we have the pet tool! If you’ve got one of those animals that holds still while you vacuum this works great to remove loose hair or fur. Oddly enough, it also matches the normal outside distance of a lightbulb, so you can hook it up to an extension wand and unscrew the lightbulb!

Finally, here is the foamer for your shampooer.

Now we’ll show you how to use them! The principle for attachment works the same for all tools and wands. They are friction fit, so you push and twist them together at the same time. The tool will not come off if it is done correctly. If it does come off you haven’t twisted it enough. To remove the tool or wand, just untwist.


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