A steam mop, like everything else in the home, requires regular cleaning. It is recommended to clean it after every use. Doing so will help keep your floors clean and extend the life of your steam mop. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep your steam mop in use. Whether you are using a Shark or any other steam mop brand, the cleaning procedure is the same.
Cleaning a Shark steam mop requires proper storage, cleaning the steam mop pad, cleaning the mop head and nozzle, and descaling mineral deposits. Cleaning a Shark steam mop doesn’t have to take all day. There are just a few simple steps, and let’s look for it.
- Unplug your steam mop
Before you clean your Shark steam mop, always unplug first from the power source. Surely you don’t want an accident to happen, right? This is especially necessary for steam mop models that automatically release steam when plugged in.
Don’t forget that steam is water that’s heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, so it may burn your skin. After using your steam mop, allow 15 minutes to cool down completely before cleaning a Shark steam mop.
- Empty the water tank
If you haven’t used up all the water in the tank, you may be tempted to leave it in. You’re going to use the steam mop soon, right? Don’t. This is not a good idea because it can cause damage to the machine. Leaving water in the tank can damage the machine. Corrosion may occur and the life of your steam mop may be shortened.
The best thing to do for cleaning a Shark steam mop is empty the water tank every time you use your steam mop. To empty the Shark Steam Mop tank, hold the mop next to a sink; unscrew the Shark Steam Mop water tank lid and place it over the sink. Drain the water completely and put the lid back on.
- Clean the water tank
Take a cloth and clean around the inside of the tank. The mop may collect some dirt there. Depending on the water used for cleaning, the steam mop may have scales on it. This may look like a white haze on the plastic. An excellent way to remove them is to use vinegar. Dilute vinegar with plenty of water with a ratio of 1:2 is most suitable. While it is said to use vinegar in the water tank, this is only for descaling dirt, not for cleaning floors.
Before attaching the water tank back to the machine, wipe off the water with a cloth until dry. Remember, there is no need to fill the steam mop with water when you’re not using it.
- Clean the nozzles
Steam mop nozzles may need to be cleaned regularly. This is especially necessary if hard water is used in the tank. Hard tap water contains lime and minerals, and over time these can block the nozzle. Some brands of steam mops offer equipment to help with this step. For example, Shark steam mops come with a nozzle cleaner. Use this to unclog the nozzle by pushing it forward and backward.
If you don’t have the tool that came with your steam mop, you can use a paperclip. The mop head can be reinstalled and after cleaning, the nozzle is ready to use again.
- Change or wash the mop pads
An important step for cleaning a Shark steam mop is to wash or change the mop pad after every use. This can prevent contaminants and bacteria from accumulating.
If the mop is made from microfiber or cotton, you can wash it by hand or in the washing machine. Use 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent or baking soda, and mix with hot water. Soak the mop head for 30 minutes, then rinse with clean water.
- Wipe over the steam mop
Finally, simply wipe the outside of the steam mop clean. This also applies to any moist areas to prevent mold growth. Especially check the base where the mop pad was.
Clean the outside of the steam mop with a dry or damp cloth. Do not spray the outside of the Shark steam mop with water or use alcohol, benzene, or thinner for cleaning a Shark steam mop. Once the mop has been taken care of, it can be stored in the laundry room.
And here is a complete guide to maintaining and cleaning a Shark steam mop. Learning how to store it, cleaning the mop pad, cleaning the head and nozzle, and removing mineral deposits are all part to keep it in top condition.