How To Clean & Maintain Your Garment Steamers

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We use garment steamers to keep our work blouses wrinkle-free and professional, as well as to keep our travel clothes looking new (even though we’re living out of a suitcase). However, when was the last time you washed your trusty clothes, steamer? If you have hard water and have never cleaned your steamer, you can be astonished by how much mineral particles have accumulated within the appliance. The worst part is that the mineral accumulation will clog the steamer and leave white chalky stains on your clothes. To save your steamer and your work clothes, begin by cleaning your steamer every few months, or anytime the flow of steam begins to slow, using the simple steps outlined below.

To avoid calcification in the first place, use only purified water in your fabric steamer. Since distilled water has no salts or minerals, you won’t have the chalky white stone stains on your beloved black jumper.

You Would Need

Vinegar, white

Water that has been distilled

Take the Following Steps

1. Fill the tank halfway with white vinegar and half with distilled water. Run the steamer until about half of the solution has been consumed.

2. Allow the water to cool fully before emptying the steamer.

3. Repeat the procedure if necessary before the clog is cleared or the mineral deposits are removed.

4. Rinse the remaining vinegar from the clothes before steaming it. Fill the tank halfway with purified water, then run the appliance until the water runs out. Allow to air-dry full after emptying the steamer.

Garment steamers need upkeep, such as washing and descaling, to ensure that they last a long time. The frequency at which you clean your clothes steamer is determined by how often you use it, but washing usually is prescribed bi-weekly for commercial use and daily for home use.

When the steamer has to be cleaned, the steam emits slowly or does not emit any smoke at all. Preventive washing on a regular basis will help to ensure that this does not happen to you. (1) To clean a garment steamer, follow these steps:


Step 1

Distilled water and white vinegar are used to rinse the dres’ steamer. Switch off the computer and disconnect it from the power supply. Wait for the steamer to cool down after use because it gets heated. Remove the hose and pole and store them. Check if there is no water in the steamer by releasing it through the drainage valve or turning it upside down, whether it is a handheld unit.

Step 2 

To keep the steamer clean, a large amount of water is needed. After shutting the drain valve, fill the water tank with a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts purified water. To see how much steam comes out, swish the answer in the tank or plug it and run it. The steamer should be operated until the steam output is natural.

Step 3

After checking that the steam is fully flowing out, unplug the steamer and leave it for around twenty to thirty minutes to cool. If the steamer did not produce as much moisture as it could, reverse the process by adding another vinegar solution until you are sure that it is clean. The procedure can be repeated as many times as necessary until the garment steamer is clean.

Step 4 

Using the drain valve, flush the steamer and rinse the tank with clean water before refilling it. To ensure that all residual vinegar is cleaned from the valve, run the steamer until at least half of the tank has evaporated. The interior may be washed with a toothbrush or other soft brush to remove any calcium or debris that has accumulated.

Step 5

Allow all of the water to drain from the tank and allow the container to dry before storing it for future use. This process can be performed as many times as necessary until the steam comes out perfectly and the dres’ steamer is now in good working order.

Step 6

Rinse the cleaning fluid out of the tank with filtered water (tap water is fine), then refill with pure purified water and reconnect the unit.

Step 7

Start the machine and let the steamer go into half of the distilled water. This will get rid of the leftover vinegar in the steamer.


At no point can additives be included in the reservoir. Dyes, salt, and perfumes can cause the system to clog and corrode.

Allowing a steamer to work without water is dangerous. This will strain the machine’s internal heating system and cause it to fail.

Standing, stale water will thicken into sludge over time. Water that has been sitting in the steamer for more than 30 days becomes stagnant and has the potential to clog and kill the machine.