The Prima Bathing System comes ready to use out of the box. There is no installation necessary. The Prima Bathing System can be placed just about anywhere. It is recommended that it be located near the bathing station for ease of filling the tank. The Prima Bathing System can be used in any 115v electrical outlet, but it is recommended to be plugged into a GFI electrical outlet for safety considerations.
Quick Start Dilution Chart
Because your Prima uses so much less shampoo you can dilute your shampoo 3 to 4 times more than the recommended dilution ratio found on your shampoo bottle. A waterproof hard copy of the following chart was included with your machine. If you have misplaced your chart you can either download a chart to print, or order a replacement waterproof chart.
Operation of your system
Once you have your Prima plugged in and filled with water and shampoo, you will be ready to begin using it. Once warm water and shampoo have been added, thoroughly mix the shampoo solution by recapping the lid, turning the OUT valve to MIX SHAMPOO, the IN valve to MAIN TANK, and the on/off switch to ON. See fig 1.
WARNING: TO AVOID SOLUTION SPLASHING OUT OF THE TANK WHEN THE LID IS OFF, ALWAYS HAVE LID ON SECURELY WHEN MIXING YOUR SHAMPOO SOLUTION.
Ready to Apply
Let solution mix for a couple minutes before turning the OUT valve to the APPLY SHAMPOO position. See fig 2.
Let’s get Sudsy!
The pump will not turn on until the trigger on the gun is opened. Hold the spray nozzle about 2-3 inches off the coat of the animal to maximize the effectiveness of this unit. See fig 3.
The soap will foam when it is released from the gun and the pressure will push it directly to the skin of the animal lifting away dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and loose hair.
The Prima Bathing System will allow you to spray under the belly and between the toes easily. Gently lather coat and rinse.
Using More than one Shampoo
If you typically use more than one shampoo a day, you can switch easily between solutions. Mix the solution you wish to apply to the animal in an auxiliary bucket which can be bought here. Remove the secondary pickup line from the tank and drop the line into the bucket. Switch the IN valve to the AUX TANK position. Make sure the OUT valve is in the APPLY SHAMPOO position before clearing the line of the existing shampoo. See fig 4. You are now ready to apply a different solution. This method may also be used to apply disinfectants to cages, trays, floors, bathing areas, and any other needed area.
WARNING: DO NOT PLACE THE “OUT” VALVE TO THE “MIX SHAMPOO” POSITION AND THE “IN” VALVE TO THE “AUX TANK” POSITION AT THE SAME TIME. THIS WILL MIX YOUR SECONDARY SOURCE WITH THE SOLUTION IN THE TANK.
The secondary pickup line has a strainer attached to the end of the tube. The strainer keeps large particles from entering the pump. This will need to be cleaned as needed. There is also a suction strainer on the inside of the tank that needs to be cleaned as needed.
The sprayer wand used on this unit is lightweight and has a paddle lock on it. Squeeze the wand and push forward on the gray flip lock to lock the paddle into the open position. To release the lock, simply pull back on the flip lock. See fig 5.
In order to keep your Prima running for years to come there are some maintenance steps that will need to be performed at regular intervals.
At the end of the day, shut the power switch off and relieve the pressure on the system by depressing the paddle on the wand.
The Prima Bathing System features an easy clean double filtration system. There are two filters on the system, one located internally inside the tank, and the second filter is located externally on top of the tank and behind the lid. The second filter has a clear cap that allows you to see when the filter is getting clogged. The filters should be checked and cleaned daily. To clean the filters, follow the following steps.
Remove lid and pull the internal filter out through the top.
Wipe the surface of the filter to remove hair and dirt.
Turn the filter until the clear cap is facing up.
Unscrew the clear cap and remove the filter screen.
Run the filter under a faucet to remove the hair and dirt. Return the filter to its filter seat and screw on the clear cap. Turn the external filter back to its original position.
Weekly, rinse the main tank out with a solution of 1 oz. of vinegar, 2oz of Hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water to clear shampoo buildup and hair. After this, do a flush with clean water. With the tank empty, place it in a tub or convenient rinsing tank. Remove the drain plug from the bottom side of the tank. Spray clean water inside the tank and let it drain out, rinsing away any hair and dirt.