How to Clean Out a Shark Steam Cleaner

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Shark steam cleaners are compact and portable cleaners that can clean many surfaces in your home, including countertops, floors, sinks and windows. Tap water in some residential areas has a high amount of calcium, which could result in a white, scaley substance forming on the inside of the boiler tank. The calcium deposits should be cleaned out of the tank every 10-15 uses to ensure proper operation of the machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet and let the steamer cool off.

  • Press down on the boiler safety cap and turn it counterclockwise to remove it from the boiler.

  • Measure 8 ounces of vinegar, pour it in the boiler and add 40 ounces of water. Let the cleaning solution sit in the boiler for approximately 8 hours. Do not put the safety cap back on the boiler.

  • Turn the steamer upside down over a sink to dump the solution out of the boiler.

  • Rinse out the boiler with water to remove any of the remaining solution left in the boiler.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not run the machine while the cleaning solution is in the boiler. The vinegar will ruin the motor.

References

  • Shark Ultra Steam Blaster Hard Surface Cleaner Owner's Manual; Euro-Pro Operating LLC; 2006
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