The use of hard tap water leads to the formation of scale in the evaporator. As a result, the device begins to work poorly, instead of cleaning, it produces brown stains on clothes and things, leaks, and steam pressure drops. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary to carry out regular cleaning. We will talk about how to clean the descaler in this article.

An important nuance – we are talking about a steam cleaner or steamer for clothes. They are manual, similar to a hair dryer, clothes brush, or kettle with a long spout, or vertical, resembling a vacuum cleaner with a metal stand. If you are looking for how to clean an iron with a steam generator, you can read about it in this article .

How to clean the steamer from scale

How to determine when it’s time to clean

First, use only distilled water. Secondly, with regular use, regardless of whether scale has appeared or not, it is necessary to start the automatic cleaning of the evaporator. When you do not use the device for a long time, drain the water so that it does not stagnate, forming a plaque. By following these simple recommendations, you won’t even need to think about seriously cleaning the device.

Modern steam cleaners are equipped with pollution control sensors. This means that the device simply will not work if scale has appeared, or will signal you about it with a sound or light. If there is no sensor, then scale can be noticed simply visually, as on a kettle or pan.

It’s time to clean the vaporizer if:

  • the steam has acquired a brown tint or a strange smell,
  • white or yellow stains remain on the clothes,
  • steam supply power has decreased,
  • the device signals contamination.

It is forbidden to clean the vaporizer with the pump yourself! The scale settles on the walls of the tank, on the heating element, and on the pump itself. Attempts to clean the pump by hand without proper skills will lead to damage and loss of warranty.

Regular cleaning

Basically, the procedure is identical regardless of your company and model:

  1. Clean above the bathtub or sink.
  2. Fill the tank with distilled water to the highest mark, turn on the evaporator to the maximum temperature. Hold the nozzle over the sink. When the water boils, turn off.
  3. Unplug the device and let the water cool for 1-2 hours.
  4. Lift the steamer and shake it slightly so that the scale separates from the walls of the container.
  5. Open the drain valve and drain the water along with the rag of scale.
  6. Close the valve. Repeat the procedure.

Importantly! Do not use citric acid, vinegar, or descaling agents for cleaning. If you clean regularly, once a month, then no additional cleaning agents will be needed.

The cleaning process for a manual steamer is similar. You also pour water, boil, cool, drain, pour again, boil, etc. And so until the device is cleaned.

Automatic cleaning

Some vaporizers are equipped with an automatic cleaning function. Be sure to read the instruction manual, it should describe how to do it in the case of your model. If you have lost the manual, go to the manufacturer’s website and find the information there.

For example, there is a special AUTO CLEAN button on the nozzle of some models of Philips vaporizers. To clean the device, it is enough to pour clean water into the boiler, turn on the device and hold the nozzle over the bathtub or sink, pressing this button. The scale will dissolve and come out through the nozzle with steam. After 2-3 minutes, the steam cleaner will turn itself off, and the cleaning button will go out. Everything is ready, the steamer is clean of scale.

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The manufacturer does not recommend the use of any descaling agents, as they can damage the device. When resorting to additional detergents, keep in mind that you can lose the warranty on the vaporizer in the event of a breakdown.

When should you resort to cleaning products? If the warranty has already passed, and the layer of plaque is so large that ordinary cleaning with clean water does not help. In such a situation, you can take a risk and resort to purchased or improvised means:

  • Special descaling agents. Buy in household chemicals stores, it is better to take products from the same manufacturer as the brand of your steam cleaner. Read the instructions before use. Pour exactly as much product as indicated in the recommendations. More does not mean better.
  • Citric acid. Clean the scale from the coffee maker , the steamer, and the pan. Dilute the liquid in a separate container at the rate of: 25 grams of citric acid per 1 liter of clean water. Pour the required amount into the steam cleaner tank. Turn on the appliance while holding the nozzle over the bath to drain the steam. Let the water boil for a few minutes. Turn off, let cool, shake. Drain the remaining dirty water.
  • Vinegar. A popular descaling agent. Prepare a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1 to 2. Fill the steamer, repeat the same as with the citric acid. Note that boiling vinegar has a pungent smell. Be sure to turn on the hood and open the windows.
  • Soda and salt. Dissolve 1 tsp in a liter of warm water. salt and 1 tsp. of soda Stir. Pour the steam cleaner into the boiler to the top. Do not turn on. Just let it sit for 4-5 hours. Soda and salt affect scale, dissolving it, it will be easier to wash off. Drain the homemade cleaner. Pour clean water and repeat the procedure described for regular cleaning 2-3 times.

In no case do not use bleaching and foaming agents.

How to clean the steamer from scale