Vax's have moved on , and the up to the minute ones are a progression from our model , the 5130 . They have tweaked things but the principal is the same . I know the photo shows the 6131 model but that is exactly as ours looks , except it says 5130 on it . You never know you may get offered ... Read review
Yes you can but the machine MUST have the wash recovery bucket put in place as if you are washing the carpets. It is usually a black half bin in colour and fits inside the machine once the dust bag has been taken out. Failure to put the recovery bucket in means you'll be liable to break the machine and could get electrocuted! However, Vax also sell a fabric washable permanent cloth dust bag too, which may suit better.