Are you a steam Mop User?
If your answer is in the affirmative, you’d have to agree with me when I say: it’s really difficult to fix a blocked steamer.
Or is it?
Well, as a mere search on Google might tell you, there are number of ways with which you can clean a steamer. However, for a person who has tried almost all of them, let me tell you one thing:
Most of them DO NOT Work.
Which is the reason why I am writing this article. For, while the majority of those techniques didn’t work, there were at least three of them that did the trick for me.
Hence, if you are having trouble unclogging or troubleshooting your shark stream mop, you can use any of these three methods to get it working again.
Method # 1: Manual Cleaning
There are three things you need to make sure before cleaning your steamer.
Remember, these precautions are universal. Which means no matter which of the three methods you use, you need to follow them.
First, make sure that it isn’t plugged in. Second, the steamer should be completely cooled. That is, if you have just turned it off, give it some time to cool down completely.
Finally, you should disassemble the water tank before emptying it.
Once you have gone through these precautions, you’ll need four items to unclog your steamer. These items include:
- Cotton Swabs
- Screw driver (Any Model)
Steps To Follow
1. Pick the cotton swab
As your steamer has clogged, you should see from the outside the residue clogging its jets. Use cotton swabs to remove the residue.
2. Pick the screwdriver
Use the screwdriver to loosen the screw at the base of the stream mop. You need to loosen it because doing so will give you access to the spray tip of the steamer.
3. Insert the paperclip into the spray tip
This spray tip is normally located at the base of the steamer. Just move the paperclip around so that itwipes away maximum residue.If your steamer is severely clogged, you might have to use more than one paperclips for this step.
4. Reassemble your cleaner
Throughout the cleaning process, we disassembled only two items: the water tank and the screw. Reassemble both of them to move forward.
5. Pour Vinegar Into the Mop Head
No matter how hard you tried in the first few steps, there would still be clogs remaining in the jet. To remove them, a solution of vinegar with water would come handy. Just Pour the Solution into the empty tank and let the steamer run.
Remember, DO NOT try to clean anything yet. Once the water tank has gone empty, only then refill it to start cleaning.
Method # 2: Vinegar Cleaning Method
If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, here is a method for you. Despite being the easiest, it is still one of the most effective. But before we tell you how to do it, there’s one thing you need to make sure.
You will be using a 50% water – 50% vinegar solution in this method.Make sure that both water and vinegar are in distilled form. Otherwise, the method may not be effective.
Steps To Follow
1. Drain the Water Tank
A no brainer, you’d have to drain the water tank of any liquid which it contained.
2. Make the solution
As stated earlier, the solution would contain 50% water and 50% vinegar. After adding one component into another, homogenize the solution
3. Put the solution into the water tank
4. Plug the Steamer In
If you follow my recommendation, plug the steamer in the garage or anywhere outside your living room. For, you will not be using the steam for cleaning purposes. Rather, you should allow the steamer to run and vent out the steam. Once it has drained the water tank, you can fill it again – with only water this time, for cleaning purposes.
Method #3: Commercial Cleaner Method
While the abovementioned methods were also effective, this one has been tried and tested by the majority. Hence, there are more chances that you’d clean your steamer using this method.
For this method, you’d require a commercial cleaner. I’d recommend going for the CLR because it is what worked out for me.
Steps To Follow
1. Empty the Water Tank
Just like the abovementioned Vinegar Cleaning Method
2. Make a solution
In this step, instead of using vinegar, you’d be using a commercial cleaner. Once you have it, make a 50% water – 50% Commercial Cleaner solution before adding it to the water tank.
There is, however, one caveat here: you will have to let the solution sit idle for several hours for it to homogenize. Only after you can see both the components have homogenized then move on to the next step.
3. Plug in the Steamer
Once again, you’d be allowing the steamer to run with using its steam for cleaning purposes.
Bonus Ball: How to Prevent Future Clogs
Since you have arrived this far, we find it necessary to reward your loyalty. Consequently, we are going to tell you what methods to adopt to prevent future clogs.
Firstly, no matter what type of cleaning you are doing, always use distilled water. Being free of impurities like dust, sand and chemical deposits, it won’t clog your steamer. Hence,if you know how to make distilled water, it will give your steamer a long shelf life.
Secondly, if you want your steamer to last long, maintain it regularly. You don’t need to do anything extra difficult. Rather, if you can unclog your steamer every few months with any of the abovementioned methods, you’d be good.
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Finally, while we don’t pay much attention to this aspect, your steamer should be free of any debris or moisture for it to work effectively. For this purpose, after every time you use it, clean your steamer by wiping away dust particles.
As stated above, there is no rocket science involved in fixing a broken steam mop.
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As long as you follow any of the three methods mentioned above, your steamer would remain in working condition. If you want to be doubly careful, follow the tips in the last section to prevent future clogs.