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What should I do if the steam cleaner does not heat up? Check the power cord and fuse, as well as the thermostat and pressure switch. Top up the water. If the water shortage light does not go off, please consult one of our service partners or contact us directly.
First, check to make sure the unit is plugged in and is in a working outlet. Next, check to make sure there is water in the tank. It is very important to make sure you are ONLY using water to fill the tank. Other solutions may cause breakdown of the gasket and/or other parts of the machine.
Fill the Tank With Vinegar: Fill the water tank with distilled white vinegar or cleaning vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit in the tank for at least 30 minutes (up to two hours is best) to help break apart the limescale and mineral deposits.
Steam cleaning – natural and chemical-free

Kärcher steam cleaners can be used in lots of ways, from cleaning home surfaces and appliances to ironing and textile care.

Only Use Water in the Reservoir

With the exception of a few models that have dual functions, steam mops are typically designed to be used with water and nothing else. The steam alone does a great job of cleaning the floor. Always read the manual on your mop model thoroughly for complete use guidelines.

If you`ve recently purchased a steam cleaner, or are thinking about buying one, you may have wondered if you need to use distilled water in your unit. After all, you probably don`t stock your cleaning closet with gallons of distiller water. For all Vapor Clean machines, and most other brands as well, the answer is NO.
Chemicals for Steam Cleaning Carpet

You will need ¼ cup of cleaner for every gallon of water. The machine will hold about four gallons of water. As far as the water is concerned, it should be hot. You can either use the hottest water your tap can make or you can boil the water.

The verdict: Kärcher steam cleaner SC 3 easyfix

It might not have the highest steam pressure, but at 3.5 bars it`s more than adequate and its other features – whether it`s the descaling cartridge or the quick-release tab on the microfibre cover – make this one of the best out there for some seriously speedy cleaning.

Ultimately, running your vacuum over your carpets after a professional deep clean is great but remember to do it only after your carpet is completely dry. Vacuuming your carpet when it`s still damp could cause dirt to be transferred from your vacuum cleaner, so patience does pay off.
We have had some customers who have had their steam cleaners for 5-8 years and are still going strong. For less expensive models like the steam mops or handhelds, you should probably expect more like 3-6 years of consistent use.
So, where does the dirt go when you steam clean? Actually, it doesn`t go anywhere. Instead, the heat and vapour of steam cleaning ensure that all the unwanted substances or stains are fully broken down and easy to get rid of.
For ideal utilization and perfect results we recommend the use of Kärcher cleaning detergents. Other hard floor cleaners can be used, but we advise to test a small inconspicuous area before you begin cleaning, as we do not test other brands of detergents for proper dilution ratios and cleaning results.
The more steam that escapes, the longer the vegetables will take to steam. If the lid on your pot begins to rattle, you can slightly crack the lid to allow ventilation for the steam. If you do not have a lid for your pot, you can use a piece of aluminum foil and seal it around the top of the pot.
Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Give the paint roller a final cleaning in the soapy water. Rinse well in fresh water and gently squeeze out the excess moisture. Set the roller on its end or hang to air dry.
Our testing has found that all steam mops remove stains fairly well, with marginal differences, and are likely slightly better than a regular mop and bucket due to the heat and vapour produced by the steam.
Soap only lifts dirt and oil into water, making them suspend in water. Therefore, the more soap you use, the more your mop gets saturated with dirt. So, if you do not remove all the soapy water from the floor, the dirt remains, forming streaks on the floor.
If you have “hard” water, mineral deposits will most likely accumulate (eventually) in the machine and cause it to stop steaming. (Hard tap water is probably the #1 reason for premature failure in appliances that use water like steam irons, coffee makers, steam mops etc.).
Tap water left in a steamer thickens due to calcium carbonate, resulting in a mineral buildup inside the steamer. That buildup eventually causes steamers to foam, which can potentially stain clothes and clog/break the steamer.
Filtered Water

Of course, not all chemicals and unwanted materials are filtered out because the process isn`t the same or effective as the one that distilled water goes through. Because of this, you should avoid putting filtered water in your steamer. The same goes for bottled water, as it is also filtered water.

Tips for Using a Clothes Steamer

If your steamer is sputtering, the vents are probably clogged. Clean them by adding a 50:50 mix of distilled white vinegar and water to the steamer. Run for the entire steaming cycle with the nozzle pointed into a sink. Add distilled water and run another cycle to flush the steamer.

Distilled water is safe to drink. But you`ll probably find it flat or bland. That`s because it`s stripped of important minerals like calcium, sodium, and magnesium that give tap water its familiar flavor. What`s left is just hydrogen and oxygen and nothing else.
We recommend draining the water from your steam appliance every 30 days, in other words – do not let water sit in your steam appliance for more than 30 days.
Steam cleaning can remove tough stains on synthetic carpets. It can also deeply clean the carpet. Hot water extraction is better for carpets that are made out of natural fibers. Steam cleaning can cause the carpet fibers to shrink.

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Oreck XL How to remove rear wheel. Removed all viewable hair, thread, etc., but one wheel is still hard to turn. I think there’s hair stuck inside the wheel core. Can I remove the wheel & take it off the metal post?
ANSWER : You can take a medium size flathead screwdriver and slide it in beside the wheel and under the pin. Then pry carefully on one side and then the other it will start to come out but work both sides alternately so you won’t put too much pressure on the plastic. Once it is out you can clean it and put it back in. Line up the pin and use a blunt end tool like a punch to tap it back in. You can use the same screwdriver but don’t hit it too hard. You can tell when it is in all the way when it bottoms out. Make sure you look closely at it before you take it out so you will know what it is suppose to look like.

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No steam My SV1000 steam cleaner will not make steam. It heats up, but I think the small portholes where the steam comes out are clogged up. Are parts available to change the steam line?
ANSWER : I used the straw to prime the lines and 50/50 mix of vinager and water and it worked perfectly. I then mixed the water container with the same mix and ran it through the system. All works fine now.

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I own a Eureka Optima 437 and one of the rear wheels are broken and cannot find parts for this. Where can I find parts for real wheel?
I have a rear wheel that came off too. The wheel seems fine, but the plastic base that the wheel clicks onto on the underside of the vac seems to have cracked. I need a new plastic bottom. Any ideas?
ANSWER : Called Eureka Customer Service and ordered another part. They are mailing it to me free of charge!

No more problem.

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For some reason, our shark steam mop stop working. Usually after I plug the steam mop, the power light would light up then you would hear & see steam coming out of the mop’s head but all of

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My karcher indoor steam cleaner won’t heat up properly or emit steam. I mught need to descale it,can I ue ordinary vinegar instead of buying the karcher descaler, or is there something else readily available that I can use?
ANSWER : Have you tried fizzy cola?

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My Europro shark steam mop won’t steam, light on but no steam.
ANSWER : Hard water deposits. I ran some white vinegar through mine, like a coffee maker, and it worked for a while, but clogged again. So I unplugged it, let it cool and turned it over in the bathtub and squirted a small amount of Lime-Away into the hole where the steam comes out. Let it soak for 5- 10 minutes and it is working like is is brand new.

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Steam cleaner does not get it to steam pressure
ANSWER : Scaled up temp sensor, faulty thermostat

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Front wheel problem
ANSWER : I would send it to protechrobotics. they will test all your components and let you know what needs to be done. if the repair is more than it’s worth–they will help you out too.


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