Steam Cleaning Maintenance: How To Clean Your Steam Cleaner

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Steam cleaning is one of the most effective ways to clean your home.

It’s fast, efficient and it doesn’t leave behind any residue or chemicals that can be harmful to humans and pets. But with all this power comes responsibility – you need to know how to properly care for your machine so it lasts as long as possible! 

Why should I clean my steam cleaner?

You want the best performance from your steam cleaner every time you use it.

That means knowing how to clean it correctly after each use and before storing it away for months at a time. If you don’t take these steps, then the dirt will build up inside the machine which will eventually cause problems like clogs, leaks, limescale, and hard water scale in hoses.

And we know nobody wants that! 

Steam cleaner maintenance in 5 steps

Cleaning your steam cleaner is a necessary part of maintaining a healthy steamer. The following are three steps to clean your steam cleaner, so it’s in the best shape for you and your customers. 

  • Start by unplugging any connection to plug sockets from the steam cleaner.
  • Remove any attachments from the steam cleaner.
  • Remove dirt and grime with a damp cloth or sponge. If you have stubborn stains, use white vinegar to clean them off.
  • Rinse your machine in warm water (not hot) for about five minutes before turning it on again so that all of those nasty deposits are removed as well. You can also run some white distilled vinegar (1:10 vinegar and water mixture) through one cycle if there is an accumulation inside which will help dissolve calcium build-up.
  • Dry everything thoroughly because moisture left behind could lead up corrosion over time. Then allow to air dry before use.

How often should I clean my steam cleaner?

Most steam cleaners are self-cleaning but even steam cleaners can get dirty. Depending on how heavily you use your steam cleaner, you may need to clean it every month. 

Clean your steamer at least twice a year or after each season of heavy use (E.g. winter). Steam cleaners are designed for easy cleaning and maintenance so that they can be used in the best possible condition by both customers as well its owner. 

What chemicals can I use to clean my steam cleaner?

We recommend not using any harsh chemicals inside the steam cleaner as it can affect the water tank. Instead, try a Chemical-free solution like vinegar and water. Vinegar is used in many cleaning products and is used as a disinfectant. 

Mix vinegar and water in a glass spray bottle (450ml of water and 50ml vinegar), then shake well before spraying the inside of your steam cleaner with it to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated over time on its surfaces from use E.g. the hose.

Allow this solution to sit for about 15 minutes on all parts you sprayed.

Rinse thoroughly afterward using clean tap water again until there is no more vinegar remaining anywhere within reachable areas like hoses etc., dry completely by running hot air through the machine.  

If you are using a chemical-free solution, make sure to clean the wand head with soap before use as it can affect how well your steam cleaner works E.g. if there is residue from vinegar on top of dirt.

If not cleaned properly this could lead to clogging or corrosion in other parts inside the steamer which may require more extensive repair work. 

What happens if you don’t clean your steam cleaner?

If you don’t deep clean your steam cleaner every month it can cause limescale and hard water scales to build up which will make your steam cleaner less effective.

The average cost of a repair to a commercial steam cleaner is $125. So, keeping your correctly maintained will reduce repair costs. 

Limescale or calcium scales and hard water scale areas are formed when the water in the steam cleaner is left to evaporate and dry.

The calcium or lime deposits are then deposited on surfaces of your machine, clogging up any small holes that may be present which will affect how well it works! 

Limescale and hard water scales can be prevented with vinegar because it is an acid that can dissolve the deposits. 

The vinegar will also help to remove any odors and bacteria from your machine which may have been caused by a build-up of dirt or grime over time! 


Following the easy 5 steps provided above at least once a year or once a month, if heavily used, can maintain a well-working steam cleaner for longer. 

Also doing this can prevent dirt, grime, and limescale build-ups inside the machine, which could lead to breakages and expensive repairs. 

Using vinegar in your steam cleaner’s cleaning will help to break down any build-ups and won’t effective your machine performance. 

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