If you read steam cleaner reviews on a regular basis, then you might have come across some where people complain that there steam machines don’t last as long as they think they should. However, this usually isn’t due to poor manufacturing standards of these machines, but by people not taking proper care of them. Like anything that is used on a regular basis, it needs to be properly maintained in order to work as efficiently as it can and have as long a life as possible.
With the goal of extending the life of your steam cleaner as long as possible firmly in mind, I have included some of the best steam cleaner maintenance tips that I could think of. If you follow these guidelines, then you should not only get the maximum lifespan possible out of your machine, but you should also get improved performance and efficiency out of it.
Cleaning Your Machine’s Pads and Towels
Depending on what type of steam cleaner you have, then there are probably one of several different cleaning materials that you use with your machine. These can include pads, towels or bonnets. No matter what cleaning materials your machine has however, you have to realize that it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. These cleaning cloths should be washed out with hot water on a regular basis. No excuses allowed.
Some brands require that these materials be washed out by hand, but the vast majority of them can be tossed in your washing machine. Just be sure that when you are washing them you don’t use liquid fabric softener in the load. You also shouldn’t use dryer sheets when you dry them in the dryer. You don’t want the chemicals from these things hanging around your pads and possibly staining the next thing you clean with your steam machine.
Wipe Down Exterior Of Machine
All of the attachments of your machine should be wiped clean on a regular basis. Also make sure that you clean the bristles on the attachments by rinsing them out under running water to be sure all debris is removed.
Always make sure that you drain your machine’s tanks after each use. If possible, you should also rinse out these compartments and let them air dry before reinserting them back into the machine.
Don’t Use Hard Water Or Softened Water
If the water that comes out of your taps is hard, then you should not use it in your machine. Instead, use purified water as much as possible. Nothing damages a steam machine faster than hard water deposits that are allowed to form in its tank and tubes. You also shouldn’t use your tap water if you have a water softener system installed. That’s because the sodium can dramatically shorten the life span of your steam cleaner and render it unusable in no time flat.
Descale Your System
If you have used hard water in your machine, then be sure to descale it on a regular basis. You can use one of the commercial descaling products on the market, or use a solution of baking soda and clean water. Just be sure to follow all the directions listed on both your machine and the cleaning solution.