How Often Should I Decalcify My Steamer?

Just like any other appliance, the clothes steamer can start losing the quality of its performance if it’s not properly taken care of. If you start to experience a slowing of the appliance’s steam flow when using it, or if it stops producing steam altogether, it’s a clear sign that calcium has deposited and that you have to decalcify the household appliance for it to work properly once again. This is an inevitable occurrence, all people who own such a product experiencing it at least once, no matter how great the quality of the appliance that they own is. For instance debate  more about this matter, more precisely about the decalcification process, how often you must perform it, and other generalities about garment steamer care and maintenance by reading the rest of this article.

How to perform the decalcification process

Although it might sound complicated, decalcifying the clothes steamer isn’t such a hard task to perform as long as you know what you have to do. To start the decalcification process, fill the water tank of the household appliance with one-third vinegar and two-thirds distilled water. These are products that you most probably already have around the house, so no special shopping is required when decalcifying. Now that you have filled the water tank with the upper mentioned products, run the unit until half of the tank’s content is steamed.

Unplug the appliance and let it rest for 30 minutes, after which you can proceed to dump the liquid that is in the tank. Rinse the tank with water thoroughly and repeat the process until the steam returns to normal. Be aware that you might have to repeat the procedure about 2-3 times, depending on the amount of calcium that has deposited. Now that you’re done, run a cycle using cold water before using the appliance on your clothes so that you make sure it won’t leave any stains or unpleasant odors.

How often you should repeat this task

Now let’s move on to answering the question that has brought you to our article, more precisely how often you should perform the task of decalcifying the clothes steamer. What we recommend you do is to repeat this procedure every 45-60 days in case you continue to use tap water in the appliance’s tank as calcium residues will inevitably be left behind. Of course, in case the upper mentioned signs appear, more precisely in case the appliance starts to perform poorly, you can repeat the decalcification procedure more often. Basically, there’s no set time to decalcify it, being advised that you do it when it’s needed or once every 2 months in case you’re not experiencing any problems when using it. To stop needing to decalcify the steamer altogether, what you can do is to use distilled water when de-wrinkling your clothes with it as it doesn’t contain any calcium.

Other care and maintenance tips that you should follow

Now that you know how to perform the decalcification process and you’re aware of how often you must do it, it’s time to move on to other care and maintenance tasks that you can perform to keep the appliance in a top notch shape for as long as possible.

  • A piece of advice that you should always take into consideration, after every use to be more precise, is to wipe it with a damp cloth when you’re done using it. This will help prevent water spots and buildup on the appliance.
  • After using it, don’t forget to empty the water that remains in the tank or reservoir. By doing this, you slow down the buildup of calcium and you ensure that fresh water will always be used when de-wrinkling fabrics with it.
  • Another care and maintenance advice that you should always apply is to not run the appliance without water in the tank. If you forget to do this, you might irremediably damage the wiring and the heating element, causing the steamer to be rendered useless until it’s fixed. This is an occurrence that you must avoid at all costs as no warranty covers defects that appear because of improper use, meaning that you will void the product’s warranty and you will have to pay to repair it.