Deluxe steam mops can make cleaning easier and more environmentally friendly. The sophisticated technology that makes them so efficient can also cause problems that can leave you with a soaking wet floor or a mop that won't power up. Some repairs can be simple, but others require a manufacturer's support to fix.
The Mop Won't Steam
If your steam mop won't produce steam, check whether there is water left in the tank. Empty the water reservoir each time to prevent this from happening.
Prime the pump by pushing the handle up and down several times.
Check that the power light is on. If it is, feel the reservoir. If it is not warm to the touch, contact the manufacturer.
Spray Tip Clogged
The spray tip can clog so that no steam comes out of the mop. If this happens, unplug the mop and allow it to cool completely. Turn the mop upside down and check the spray tip. Depending on the manufacturer, you may have to remove a screw to check the tip. Use an unfolded paper clip to clear any debris out of the tip which may be clogging it. Once the tip is cleared, turn the mop right-side up and plug it in. If it still does not work, contact the manufacturer.
Mop Head Has Holes in It
Mop heads develop holes, which means that the mop doesn't clean evenly. If the mop head is less than a year old, contact the manufacturer. Some manufacturers, such as Bissell, have had design issues with their mop heads and will replace damaged ones free of charge. If the mop head has deteriorated from hard usage or simply age, most companies can arrange for you to purchase another one directly from them.
The Steam Mop Will Not Turn On
Otherwise, unplug your mop from the wall, and plug it back in firmly. Wait one minute. If it still doesn't work, check the outlet itself. Because the deluxe steam mop is a complicated appliance, two such demanding appliances on one electrical circuit can cause a blown fuse.
If you are using an extension cord, make sure that it is compliant with the ratings suggested by your manufacturer.
Check the wiring, which can sometimes mean removing screws from the body of the steam mop. If it shows signs of fraying, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Too Much Water on the Floor
One of the advantages to steam mops is that steam should dry almost instantaneously on your cleaned surfaces, but sometimes the mop leaves pools of water behind. You might need to change your mop's microfiber cover, as it might be too wet. Unplug the steam mop, and allow it to cool completely. Change the microfiber cover.
If the cover is not wet, check that is attached correctly..
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