An important factor with a steam vapour cleaning system is that no chemicals are added to the water. If something extra, such as detergent, degreaser or rust remover, is needed, pre-spray directly on the stain before cleaning it with steam. Or if equipped as on the Vega Plus & Contractor models use the chemical injection facility. In those cases where there is danger of causing a stain to ‘run’ if the surface is sprayed directly, you can spray a light mist onto the surface of a towel and pass vapour through the towel to clean the stain.
NOTE: Because heat makes chemicals work faster, the rule of thumb is to use so little that you do not get the stained surface wet. An easy way to do this is to use a spray bottle that you can adjust to a fine mist. a 2 second press of the chemical injection switch will deliver approx. a teaspoon of chemical to the steam.
Avoid exotic chemicals and use “natural” chemicals where possible.
Lemon juice will soften hard water deposits in bathroom areas, and is also a natural bleach. A paste of lemon juice mixed with salt is a good rust remover. Vinegar is also a natural acid for removing hard water deposits but has no bleaching action like lemon juice. Either baking soda or plain carbonated water will polish stainless steel if you need to leave it looking extra bright after you clean it.
A STEAM vapour cleaning system eliminates the need for cleaning chemicals in most ordinary jobs, which involve water-soluble dirt or substances. However, some stains are not water-soluble, such as grease. If a degreaser or solvent has to be applied, keep in mind that heat makes any chemical work better. Use only about 1/10th as much of the cleaning agent as you would without the STEAM.
Adding Chemicals to the Tank
Never put anything in the water tank or boiler but water. Distilled water is better than local tap water.
Using Distilled Water
If you are in a hard-water area, use de-mineralised or distilled water to eliminate the possibility of creating hard water stains while you are cleaning fabrics and to prevent build up of mineral deposits around the valves in the system.
Important: Your Steam machine will work with hard water, but minerals will build up on the heating element and around the valves if you don’t take the time (once a month) to run a mixture of white vinegar and water through it. These mineral deposits can eventually cause the valves to stop working.
Preventive Maintenance (For Steam only machines)
For continuous fill models, consult Steam It Deep Cleaning service department on 1300 665 556
Your STEAM Cleaning System is designed to provide years of service under constant use. However, there are several things that you can do to avoid annoying problems that might necessitate the need for repairs.
1. Normal tap water contains a variety of elements and minerals which can collect on the heating element and the pressure switch. This will eventually cause the heating element to lose effectiveness, and the pressure switch to fail. While ordinary tap water is fine to use in the system-with normal cleaning, you can extend the life of your system by using either distilled or filtered water. Use any normal filter that you would use to filter drinking water!
2. Drain your Steam machine once a week! While it is fine to leave water in your system between uses, it is highly recommended that you drain the water from the system once a week to flush out any collected elements or particles. Simply use the tool on the bottom of the pressure cap to unscrew the drain plug on the bottom of the unit, and let the water drain into a bucket or basin. Run a tank of water through, then replace the drain plug. (Note: It is not necessary to use undue force to replace the drain plug!)
3. Clean your Steam machine once a month! This will remove any collected ~ elements and mineral deposits from the heating element, and dramatically extend the life of the system!
- A. Add two to five oz of White vinegar, Lime Away, C.L.R., or other commercial coffee maker or humidifier cleaner to 32 oz of water and pour into stainless steel tank.
- B. DO NOT turn on the system power.
- C. Allow the mixture to sit in the tank for 12 hours.
- D. Unscrew the bottom drain plug and drain the tank.
- E. Fill and drain the tank 3 times with clean water to totally flush out the cleaning solution. Replace the drain plug. Your system is now ready to be filled with clean water and restarted!
WARNING: CONSULT THE MANUAL APPLICABLE TO YOUR MODEL BEFORE
ATTEMPTING ANY MAINTENANCE. THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS A GUIDE ONLY.