How to Clean a Garment Steamer

Are you ready to tackle the tricky task of cleaning a garment steamer? Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting as it sounds. With this step-by-step guide, we’ll help you through each process with ease. From preparing your machine for cleaning to descaling and finishing up – get ready to have your garment steamer clean and sparkling like new in no time. So grab your supplies, roll up those sleeves, and let’s dive into how to clean a garment steamer today.

Table of Contents:

Preparing to Clean

Before you begin cleaning your garment steamer, it is important to make sure that you have all the necessary items and tools. You will need a soft cloth or sponge, some mild detergent or soap, distilled water (if possible), a bucket for collecting waste water, and protective gloves.

Once you have gathered all of the necessary items and tools needed for cleaning your garment steamer, it is time to start preparing. First off, unplug the device from its power source before beginning any kind of maintenance work on it. Then remove any attachments such as brushes or lint removers if they are attached to the machine.

The next step is to empty out any remaining water in the tank by either pouring it into a bucket or simply using a damp cloth to wipe away excess moisture inside of the tank. Once this has been done properly, fill up half of the tank with warm distilled water and add 1 teaspoon of mild detergent or soap into it while stirring gently until everything has dissolved completely.

Preparing the garment steamer for cleaning

Finally, turn on your garment steamer so that steam can be generated, which helps loosen dirt particles stuck onto different surfaces within its interior parts like tubes etc. This allows them to be easily removed later during the rinsing process with clean water after turning off the machine once it has finished generating steam. Make sure not to leave too much residue behind when wiping down these surfaces, as this could cause clogging issues in future use.

Once you have gathered all of the necessary materials and taken safety precautions, it’s time to begin cleaning your garment steamer. Now, let’s move on to how to clean the water tank.

Cleaning the Water Tank

Cleaning the water tank of a garment steamer is an important part of keeping your appliance in top condition. To begin, unplug the steamer and remove any remaining water from the tank. Empty it into a sink or bucket and then rinse with warm soapy water to remove any residue. Once you’ve emptied and rinsed the tank, dry it off with a soft cloth before proceeding to clean.

Using white vinegar, fill up the tank halfway and let it sit for about 15 minutes before draining out all of the liquid. This will help dissolve any mineral deposits that may have built up over time due to hard water use or other factors. Afterwards, rinse out the inside of the tank thoroughly using clean running tap water until there are no traces left behind from the vinegar solution.

Finally, make sure everything is completely dry before plugging back in your garment steamer for the next use.

Once the water tank is cleaned, it’s time to move on to cleaning out any clogs that may be present in the garment steamer. This can help ensure a longer life for your device and more efficient performance.

Cleaning Out Clogs

Clogs in garment steamers can be a real nuisance. Not only do they prevent the steamer from working properly, but they also take away from its lifespan. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to clean out clogs and keep your steamer running smoothly.

The first step is to turn off the power supply and unplug the unit before attempting any cleaning or maintenance work on it. Once that’s done, remove any water tank filters, if applicable and empty out all of the remaining water inside of it.

Next, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down both the outside and inside of the tank as well as around all of its components, including hoses, nozzles, valves etc. This will help get rid of any dirt or debris that may have built up over time which could potentially cause clogging issues in future uses.

Afterwards, inspect each component for signs of blockages, such as mineral deposits or limescale buildup which can occur due to hard water being used with certain types of steamers. If these are present, then descaling may be necessary (more on this later). Otherwise, proceed by using an old toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water to scrub away at any stubborn grime stuck onto parts like nozzles or hoses until everything looks clean again.

Finally, rinse off all surfaces with plain cold water before reassembling everything back together again once dry – making sure not to forget about those filters. Doing this regularly should help reduce chances for further clogging problems occurring in future uses; however, if you still experience them, then descaling might be needed next time around instead – something we’ll cover more thoroughly in another post soon.

Once you’ve finished cleaning out the clogs, it’s time to move on to descaling the steamer and ensuring that it is in peak condition.

Key Takeaway: Regularly cleaning and descaling your garment steamer can help prevent clogging issues and extend its lifespan.


Descaling is an important part of cleaning a garment steamer. It helps to remove the build-up of minerals and other debris that can accumulate over time, reducing the efficiency of your machine. Descaling involves using a special descaler solution or vinegar and water mixture to dissolve any mineral deposits on the heating element and in other parts of the steamer.

A mixture of water and white vinegar

The first step in descaling is to turn off your garment steamer and unplug it from its power source. Next, fill up a container with either a descaler solution or a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. Place this container under the steam nozzle so that it will catch any runoff liquid as you pour it into the tank. Now carefully pour your chosen solution into the tank until it reaches just below where you would normally add water for regular use (check your manual for exact instructions).

Once all of the liquid has been added, plug in your garment steamer again and switch it on at its lowest setting for about 10 minutes before turning it off again. This will allow enough time for all areas inside to be thoroughly cleaned by circulating through them with each cycle during this period. After 10 minutes have passed, unplug once more before emptying out all remaining liquid from both tanks (the main one plus any overflow containers).

Finally, rinse out both tanks several times with clean cold water until no traces remain of either vinegar or descaler solutions used earlier on – check each individual section if necessary too. You should now have successfully completed descaling which should help improve performance when using your garment steamer next time around. Enjoy.

Key Takeaway: Descaling your garment steamer regularly with a descaler solution or vinegar and water mixture helps keep it running efficiently and optimally.

Finishing Up

After the descaling has been completed, there are a few steps to take in order to ensure that your water tank is properly maintained.

Clean the Tank

Once all of the scale and debris have been removed from the tank, it’s important to clean out any remaining residue. Start by filling up the tank with warm water and adding a mild detergent or cleaning solution. Let this sit for at least an hour before draining it out completely. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe down the inside of the tank, paying special attention to any areas where scale may have built up previously. Once you’ve finished wiping down the interior, rinse out with fresh water until all traces of soap are gone.

Check for Leaks

Now that your tank is clean and free from scale buildup, check for leaks around any fittings or valves on both sides of your system (inlet/outlet). If you find any signs of leakage, such as wet spots on either side, replace those parts immediately, so they don’t cause further damage over time.

Refill Your Tank

Finally, refill your tank with fresh cold water and make sure everything is running smoothly before turning off again once full capacity has been reached. This will help prevent future build-up while also ensuring that no air pockets remain in your system, which can lead to corrosion over time if left unchecked. It is also important to remember to not only drain but also flush out your system every 6 months or so, depending on usage levels, in order to maintain optimal performance levels throughout its lifetime.


Cleaning a garment steamer is not as difficult as it may seem. With the right preparation and cleaning steps, you can have your garment steamer running like new in no time. From emptying the water tank to descaling and unclogging any clogs, these simple steps will help keep your garment steamer clean and working properly for years to come. Now that you know how to clean a garment steamer, there’s nothing stopping you from keeping yours looking brand new.

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