How to Clean With Vinegar in a Shark Steamer

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How to Clean With Vinegar in a Shark Steamer
Replace your old mop and cleansers with a Shark steamer. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Using a Shark steamer is an easy way to clean and sanitise floors without the use of chemicals. The steam mop heats up water from the water tank and releases steam through a microfiber pad, quickly breaking up dirt and stains on hard floor surfaces. If you want to boost the steam mop's disinfectant power, add a vinegar solution to the water tank. The acetic acid in the vinegar helps rid the floors of bacteria, mould and germs while the heat from the steam disinfects.

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Things you need

  • Shark steam mop
  • Microfiber mop head
  • Filling flask

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  1. 1

    Unplug the Shark steam mop.

  2. 2

    Lay the mop on the floor, a counter top or table. Line up the mop head with the bottom of the unit.

  3. 3

    Push the mop head onto the unit until you hear a soft click indicating that the mop head has locked into place.

  4. 4

    Place the Shark steam mop flat on the floor or counter top.

  5. 5

    Turn the water tank cap counter clockwise to remove it. Set it aside.

  6. 6

    Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar into the filling flask. Fill it up the rest of the way with water.

  7. 7

    Pour the water-vinegar solution into the water tank until it reaches the tank opening or maximum water-level mark.

  8. 8

    Replace the water tank cap.

  9. 9

    Plug the unit in and turn it on. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds.

  10. 10

    Release the handle and begin mopping back and forth to release the steam.

  11. 11

    Replace the mop head with a clean one if dirt begins building up on it, leaving streaks on the floor.

  12. 12

    Turn the unit off and unplug it once you have finished mopping. Remove the mop head and wash and dry it.

Tips and warnings

  • If you live in an area with hard water, use distilled water to prolong the life of the steam mop.
  • Putting anything besides water in your steam mop may void the warranty.

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