Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (2022)

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POWERFRESH®
USER GUIDE

1IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

2Product View

3Assembly

4Operations

(Video) BISSELL Powerfresh Steam Mop first Use

6Troubleshooting

8Warranty

9Service

10Register your product today!

11Related Manuals / Resources

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING YOUR STEAM MOP.
When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should be observed, including the following:
Always connect to a polarized outlet (left slot is wider than right). Unplug from outlet when not in use and before conducting maintenance.

Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (3)WARNING
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE, ELECTRIC SHOCK, OR INJURY:

  • Do not direct steam at people, animals, or at electrical outlets.
  • Do not expose to rain.
  • Store indoors.
  • Unplug from outlet when not in use and before conducting maintenance or troubleshooting.
  • Do not leave steam cleaner unattended.
  • Do not expose hair, loose clothing, fingers or body parts to openings or moving parts.
  • Do not service steam cleaner when it is plugged in.
  • Do not handle steam cleaner with wet hands.
  • Do not use steam cleaner if it has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors or dropped into water, return it to a service center.
  • Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close door on cord, pull cord around sharp corners or edges, or expose cord toheated surfaces.
  • Do not unplug by pulling on cord.
  • Do not use appliance in an enclosed space filled with vapor given off by oil-base paint, paint thinner, some moth-proofing substances, flammable dust, or other explosive or toxic vapors.
  • Do not allow to be used as a toy.
  • Do not use on leather, wax polished furniture or floors, synthetic fabrics, velvet or other delicate, steam-sensitive materials.
  • Do not immerse.
  • Not for space heating purposes
  • Do not use for any purpose other than described in this User’s Guide.
  • Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments – use of attachments not provided or sold by BISSELL may cause fire, electric shock or injury.
  • Never put descaling, aromatic, alcoholic or detergent products into the steam cleaner, as this may damage it or make it unsafe for use.
  • Unplug by grasping the plug, not the cord.
  • Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE USE
This model is for household use only. Commercial use of this unit voids the manufacturer’s warranty.

(Video) BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop Review / How To Assemble And Use / Clean And Sanitize hard floors

THIS APPLIANCE HAS A POLARIZED PLUG
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). This plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install a proper outlet. Do not change the plugin anyway.

Thanks for buying a BISSELL hard floor cleaner

We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL hard floor cleaner. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this complete, high-tech home cleaning system.
Your BISSELL hard floor cleaner is well made, and we back it with a limited two-year warranty. We also stand behind it with a knowledgeable, dedicated Consumer Caredepartment, so, should you everhave a problem, you’ll receive fast,considerate assistance.
My great-grandfather invented the floor sweeper in 1876. Today, BISSELL is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and service of high-quality homecare products like your BISSELL hard floor cleaner.

Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.

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Mark J. Bissell
Chairman & CEO

Product View

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Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (6)WARNING
Plastic film can be dangerous. To avoid danger of suffocation, keep away from babies and children.

Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (7)WARNING
Do not plug in your hard floor cleaner until you are familiar with all instructions and operating procedures.

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To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn power switch off and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before performing maintenance or troubleshooting checks.

AssemblyBissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (9)

Your PowerFresh® Steam Mop assembles quickly and easily. It is packaged with the following items:

Handle Assembly with one screw
Lower Body
Maneuverable Mop Head
Removable Water Tank
Removable Easy Scrubber (attached to mop head)
PowerFresh® Steam Mop Pads (quantity may vary)
Spring Breeze Fragrance Discs (quantity may vary)

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Do not plug in your hard floor cleaner until you are familiar with all instructions and operating procedures.

  1. Attach lower body to mop head by snapping it into place.
  2. Slide handle assembly down and screwuntil tightened. PowerFresh Steam Mop assembly is now complete.

Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (11)WARNING
Exercise extreme care when using your steam mop on hardwood floors. Prolonged application of steam in one area increases the risk of damage to the surface treatment on timber floors. Test steam mop in an inconspicuous area before mopping a large area. The steam mop generates hot steam, so move the unit continuously when depressing the trigger. The trigger does not need to be depressed at all times. Regular foot traffic and direct sunlight will wear down timber floor surface treatment, making it more susceptible to steam damage. Check with your timber floor treatment and application specialist prior to steam mop operation.

Operations

Special Features

Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (12) WARNING
Do not attempt to use your PowerFresh Steam Mop without water in the tank. You may hear a knocking sound indicating there is no water.
Removable water tank
The water tank is located on the top of the PowerFresh® Steam Mop. It can be refilled with water any time during use. Distilled or demineralized water is recommended in place of tap water.
Do not use chemicals in the water tank of your PowerFresh Steam Mop.
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(Low, Medium, High) SmartSet™ Steam Control indicator light will stop blinking when PowerFresh® Steam Mop is ready to use. Then press the Steam Level button to choose the level of steam you desire.
Microfiber Mop Pads
Reusable microfiber mop pads are machine washable and safe for virtually all hard floor surfaces. Your PowerFresh may have come with two different pads. The white microfiber pad is best for everyday use on delicate flooring like sealed hardwoods and laminate. The gray and white striped pad can be used for scrubbing heavily soiled floors and cleaning tougher messes.
Removable Easy Scrubber
Quickly clean sticky messes by pressing the Easy Scrubber with your foot and locking it into position. Clean grout and crevices easily with this effective tool.

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Never put descaling, alcoholic, or detergent products into the steam cleaner, as this may damage it or make it unsafe for use.

The mop pad may have already come attached to the mop head, if not follow steps 1a and 1b below.

  1. Add Fragrance Disc and attach mop pad
    a. Insert Spring Breeze Fragrance Disc into pocket inside mop pad. Use the whole disc for a refreshing scent or cut in half for a lighter scent.
    b. Set mop head in mop pad, making sure quick-grip release tab is located on the back.
  2. Fill the water tank
    a. Remove tank by lifting straight up and away from unit.
    b. Unscrew cap at bottom of water tank.
    c. Fill water tank with water. For best results, water should be at room temperature.
    d. Replace the cap, tighten until snug.
    e. Replace water tank by gently sliding tank into place and press down firmly.
  3. Twist the Quick Release™ cord wrap clockwise to unwrap the power cord completely and plug into a 120-Volt outlet as described on the Important Safety Instructions, page 3.
  4. SmartSet™ Steam Select Indicator light will glow when PowerFresh Steam Mop is ready to use. Press the Steam Level button to choose the level of steam you desire.

NOTE: Upon first use of the PowerFresh® Steam Mop or first use after refilling the water tank, the pump may make a “knocking” sound. This is normal and should only last a few seconds.

Tip
» Use of distilled or demineralized water is recommended to prolong the life of your hard floor cleaner. To add a fresh scent as you clean, try BISSELL demineralized waters in various scents like Citrus, Eucalyptus Mint and Spring Breeze.

Before you clean

Thoroughly sweep or vacuum floor prior to cleaning with the PowerFresh® Steam Mop.

Cleaning hard floors

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Never put descaling, alcoholic, or detergent products into the steam cleaner, as this may damage it or make it unsafe for use.
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Tinted plates on foot may get hot while steam mop is in use. Do not touch while hot.

Your PowerFresh® Steam Mop is designed to clean hard floorings such as ceramic tile, laminate, marble, stone, and sealed hardwood floors. Use of your PowerFresh Steam Mop on waxed or some unwaxed floors may result in a diminished glossiness. The PowerFresh Steam Mop is not for use on unsealed wood floors. For best results test in an inconspicuous area and check the care instructions from your flooring manufacturer.

  1. Plug the unit in and wait 30 seconds for it to heat up. Choose the level of steam to clean your floor: Low (delicate floors), Medium (regular cleaning), High (durable floors or sticky messes). Begin cleaning by slowly passing the unit over the floor surface.
  2. To sanitize an area of your floor, (attack invisible germs and bacteria) place the PowerFresh Steam Mop over the spot for a minimum 15 seconds using continuous steam, but no longer than 20 seconds using continuous steam. For larger areas, overlap swivel head placement.
  3. To thoroughly clean dried-on sticky spots place the scrubby pad on the steam mop. Then press and lock the Easy Scrubber brush into place and slowly move the brush over the sticky spot to remove.
  4. To turn off the PowerFresh® Steam Mop, continue to press the Steam Level button until the blue light is illuminated above the Steam Level button.
  5. When the PowerFresh® Steam Mop stops emitting steam, unplug the unit. Simply remove the water tank, refill, and continue steaming.

Carpet Refresher Attachment (select models)
This accessory is recommended for the refreshing of carpets. Once the steam mop is cradled in the carpet refresher attachment, it will easily glide over the carpet.
NOTE: Always be sure a mop pad is in place before placing in carpet refresher attachment. Only white mop pads should be used with the carpet attachment. Do not use carpet attachment on spots or stains, or glide it over the same spot for longer than 20 seconds.

  1. Place the swivel mop head, with mop pad attached, in the carpet refresher attachment.
    NOTE: The PowerFresh® Steam Mop rests in the carpet refresher attachment (select models) and may not stay attached to the swivel mop head. It is meant to glide over the carpet.
  2. Fill the water tank with water. Begin refreshing your carpet or rug by pushing the PowerFresh® Steam Mop in a forward and backward motion, releasing steam as you go.
  3. When you have finished refreshing your carpet or rug, unplug the steam mop and remove from the carpet or rug.
    NOTE: Move the PowerFresh® Steam Mop and carpet refresher attachment in a continuous motion until you are finished. This product is not intended to be used as a carpet cleaner, only a carpet refresher or deodorizer. Never attempt to use the PowerFresh® Steam Mop on carpet without the carpet refresher attachment in place. DO NOT leave the mop in a stationary position.

Maintenance & Care

When you’re done

  1. Unplug power cord from the outlet.
  2. Carefully remove the mop pad using the Quick Release™ tab from the mop head. The mop pad and lower assembly may be hot. Remove Spring Breeze Fragrance Disc from mop pad.
  3. Any water remaining in the water tank should be emptied prior to machine storage.
  4. Mop pad can be machine washed in warm water. Use only liquid detergents. Do not use fabric softeners or bleach. For best results, air dry.
  5. Wrap power cord around quick release cord wrap on back of PowerFresh® Steam Mop.
  6. Wipe all surfaces of PowerFresh® Steam Mop with a soft cloth. Store upright in a protected, dry area.

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To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn power switch off and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before performing maintenance or troubleshooting checks.
CAUTION
Upright storage of the cleaner with a wet mop pad may result in the formation of white marks on your floor. To remove the white marks, clean area with vinegar.

Troubleshooting

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To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn power switch off and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before performing maintenance or troubleshooting checks.

ProblemPossible causesRemedies
Reduced steam or no steamWater tank emptyFill tank
Steam level not selectedSelect steam level by pushing steam level button

Please do not return this product to the store.

Other maintenance or service not included in the manual should be performed by an authorized service representative.
Thank you for selecting a BISSELL product.
For any questions or concerns, BISSELL is happy to be of service. Contact us directly at 1-800-237-7691.

Accessories

These items are available for your BISSELL steam mop. Call 1-800-237-7691 or visit www.bissell.com

(Video) Powerfresh Steam Mop Demonstration Video

PART #PART NAMEPART #PART NAME
5938PowerFresh Steam Mop Pad (2 pk) with Fragrance discs (4 ct.)Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (20)1095Spring Breeze Fragrance Discs – 8-packBissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (21)
10951Odor Eliminating Pet Fragrance Discs – 8-packBissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (22)1393Citrus Scented Demineralized Water (32 oz.)Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (23)
1392Eucalyptus Mint Scented
Demineralized Water (32 oz.)
Bissell 1940 Series Powerfresh Steam Mop User Guide - Manuals+ (24)1394Spring Breeze Demineralized Water (32 oz.)

Warranty

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state. If you need additional instruction regarding this warranty or have questions regarding what it may cover, please contact BISSELL Consumer Care by E-mail, telephone, or regular mail as described below.

Limited Two-Year Warranty
Subject to the *EXCEPTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS identified below, upon receipt of the product BISSELL will repair or replace (with new or remanufactured components or products), at BISSELL’s option, free of charge from the date of purchase by the original purchaser, for two years any defective or malfunctioning part.

See information below on “If your BISSELL product should require service”.
This warranty applies to product used for personal, and not commercial or rental service. This warranty does not apply to fans or routine maintenance components such as filters, belts, or brushes. Damage or malfunction caused by negligence, abuse, neglect, unauthorized repair, or any other use not in accordance with the User’s Guide is not covered.

BISSELL IS NOT LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT. BISSELL’S LIABILITY WILL NOT EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCT.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so theabove limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
*EXCEPTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS FROM THE TERMS OF THE LIMITED WARRANTY

THIS WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTIES EITHER ORAL OR WRITTEN. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES WHICH MAY ARISE BY OPERATION OF LAW, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO THE TWO YEAR DURATION FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts so the above limitation may not apply to you.
NOTE: Please keep your original sales receipt. It provides proof of date of purchase in the event of a warranty claim.

Service

If your BISSELL product should require service:
Visit BISSELL.com or contact BISSELL Consumer Care to locate a BISSELL Authorized Service Center in your area.
If you need information about repairs or replacement parts, or if you have questions about your warranty, contact BISSELL Consumer Care.
Website or E-mail: www.BISSELL.com
Or Call:
BISSELL Consumer Care
1-800-237-7691
Monday – Friday 8am – 10pm ET
Saturday 9am – 8pm ET
Sunday 10am – 7pm ET

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BISSELL Consumer Care

For information about repairs or replacement parts, or questions about your warranty:
Call:
BISSELL Consumer Care
1-800-237-7691
Monday – Friday 8 am – 10 pm ET
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm ET
Sunday 10am – 7pm ET
Email:
www.BISSELL.com/email-us

Visit the BISSELL website: www.BISSELL.com
When contacting BISSELL, have the model number of cleaners available.
Please record your Model Number: ___________________
Please record your Purchase Date: ___________________
NOTE: Please keep your original sales receipt. It provides proof of purchase date in the event of a warranty claim. See Warranty on page 15 for details.

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FAQs

How do you use a Bissell Powerfresh steam mop? ›

Use the included water cup to fill the water tank. Don't overfill or water may spill from the tank.

Why won't my Bissell steam mop work? ›

The water tank from the unit. And check to see if there are any cracks. Or leaks in the tank. Itself

How do you fill a Bissell steam mop? ›

The water tank cap straight up to open it. Then use the water cup provided to fill your tank with a

How do I know when my Bissell steam mop is ready? ›

Getting ready
  1. Attach mop pad. A. ...
  2. Fill the water tank. A. ...
  3. Twist the quick release cord wrap to unwrap the power cord and plug into a 120-Volt grounded outlet as described in the Important Safety Instructions.
  4. The ready light will illuminate when the Steam Mop is ready for use.
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Can I use tap water in my steam mop? ›

Yes, you can, although distilled water is recommended and preferred. Using tap water will shorten the life of the mop, although how much it will be shortened depends upon the mineral content of your local tap water.

Can I use vinegar in my BISSELL steam mop? ›

Vinegar is regarded as a descaling agent. According to Bissell, you should not add anything else to the steam mop apart from distilled or demineralized water. This is because it may cause damage to the internal components of your Bissell steam mop.

How do you fix a steam mop that won't steam? ›

You'll spot a small hole -- this is the nozzle from which the mop releases steam. Simply insert the end of your cleaner or paper clip into the hole and gently move it up and down a few times to clear away steam-stopping buildup.

How do you fix a steamer that won't steam? ›

No Steam or Loss of Steam

If the steamer runs out of the water, then steam will not produce. If you've been using the steamer consistently, the flow of steam will decrease until there is nothing left. All you have to do is refill the steamer with more water and this should rectify your problem.

Why is no steam coming out of my steamer? ›

The steamer does not produce steam or produces only intermittent steam. Mineral deposits can clog a clothes steamer over time. This common situation may cause the steamer to stop producing steam because it is clogged with mineral deposits. The most common culprit is calcium deposits that build up over time.

What can you put in a steam mop to make it smell nice? ›

You should not add anything other than water to a steam cleaner/mop tank, unless it is recommended by the manufacturer. If the manual says to add water only, adding any kind of cleaning solution, essential oils, dish soap, or other cleaning fluids puts the machine at risk of damage and voids the warranty.

Can you put cleaner in a Bissell steam mop? ›

You cannot use the product in the steam cleaner. A: Glad you asked! For the PowerFresh Steam Mop we recommended distilled water be used. A: Not to worry you can always order extra pads for your PowerFresh direct from BISSELL.

Can you use Pine Sol in steam mop? ›

Q: Can I use Pine-Sol® Squirt 'N Mop in a steam cleaner? A: No. Pine Sol® products were not designed to be used in steam cleaners.

Can you put disinfectant in a steam mop? ›

As such, it is a good idea to only use a disinfectant that you purchase from an authorized dealer of your brand of steam cleaner. You can then add the disinfectant to the water tank of your steam cleaner (if there is a water tank) according to the manufacturer's directions.

Can you steam mop hardwood floors? ›

Solid Hardwood Floors

Sealed hardwood floors can withstand the moisture and heat from a steam mop, and they clean really nicely with a streak-free finish. However, avoid using a steam mop on unsealed hardwoods, as they're more vulnerable and easily damaged by excessive moisture.

Can I steam baseboards? ›

First, if you detach the foot, it becomes an extended reach surface cleaner, meaning you can steam clean baseboards without having to get on your hands and knees. The steam mop also converts into a portable handheld steam cleaner with an on-hand tool kit, allowing you to carry tools and switch them out as you clean.

Can I put lemon juice in my steam mop? ›

Then I get out my trusty Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop. This thing is literally a lifesaver. Gone are the days of a mop, icky water, and puddles that get left on the floor. Simply fill the compartment with 1/2 cup vinegar, the rest of it with water and if you want, a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Do steam mops ruin floors? ›

Although it may be tempting to deep clean your hardwood floors with a steam mop, don't. “Drastic temperature changes and moisture may warp the wood,” says Steve Stocki, manager of marketing and merchandising at Lumber Liquidators. That's true whether you have solid or engineered wood floors, and for bamboo, too.

Can I put detergent in my steam mop? ›

Can I use detergents with my steam cleaner? Most steam cleaners are designed to be used without detergent, so stick to water only with these. Some models, on the other hand, can be used with detergent – follow the manufacturer's instructions.

How do you make a steam mop solution? ›

  1. Place 2 cups of water, 2 cups of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of vinegar into a mixing bowel.
  2. Place three drops of dishwashing soap into the mixture of water, alcohol and vinegar.
  3. Mix everything together with a mixing spoon and then pour the mixture into the steam mop.

What do you put in a Bissell Powerfresh steam mop? ›

Use Water Cup provided and fill with distilled or demineralized water, recommended in place of tap water. Close the Water Tank Cap after filling.

Can I use Pine Sol in my Bissell? ›

The main reason not to use cleaners like bleach and pineSol is they can damage your crosswave. They can eat away at the seals and gaskets and end up either breaking suction or allowing water to go where it shouldn't. For the longevity of your unit use the suggested solutions.

How do I unclog my steam cleaner? ›

Fill the Tank With Vinegar: Fill the water tank with distilled white vinegar or cleaning vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit in the tank for at least 30 minutes (up to two hours is best) to help break apart the limescale and mineral deposits.

How do you fix a clogged steam cleaner? ›

Use vinegar to dissolve any mineral deposits that are still causing problems. You can pour the vinegar directly into the nozzle or use a cotton swab to break down the blockages. If you don't have white vinegar, any descaling cleaning products will do the trick too.

How long do steam mops last? ›

As for the unit itself, a Shark steam mop lasts between 1 to 3 years, depending on how often you use the steam mop and how well you maintain it, including decalcifying the steam mop and unclogging the nozzles.

How do you test a heating element in a steamer? ›

Test a steamer heating element:

Disconnect the heating wire from one terminal. Set the multimeter at RX1 (resistance times 1) scale to measure resistance. Touch the tester probes to the two terminals. The heating element is okay if the meter reads near zero ohms.

Why is my steamer clicking? ›

The internal boiler system may make a clicking sound as the pump starts to engage. This is normal and should quiet once the internal pressure has been built up. If you notice a persistent clicking sound (accompanied by no steam output) check to make sure the water intake tube is fully submerged.

Why is my steamer spitting water? ›

When too much water is added to the water tank, the boiling water will start to “spit” out of the steam nozzle. To prevent this from happening, please be sure to only fill the water tank to the “MAX” line as indicated on the water tank of your Hand Held Steamer.

Can leaving a steamer on cause a fire? ›

Steam doesn't cause items to catch fire.

Why is my Bissell steam mop leaking from back vent? ›

The most common reason why a Bissell steam mop is leaking out from the back vent is because of a cracked or damaged cap on the water tank. Often, the rubber gasket on the tip is damaged, causing the machine to not produce an efficient steam and leak water out the back vent.

Where does the dirt go when you steam clean? ›

Where does the dirt go when you steam clean? When steam cleaning, the dirt does not "go anywhere". Instead, the dirt is broken down by the heat from the water vapor, but remains in the area. To remove the loosened dirt from the area, you need to manually wipe it with a steam mop, cloth, or vacuum it.

How can I make my house smell luxurious? ›

If you're looking to pick out your own fragrances, here are some luxurious scents you should explore:
  1. Citrus. If you want a lighter, energizing scent that still smells fancy, look no further than citrus. ...
  2. Spices. ...
  3. Wood. ...
  4. Candles. ...
  5. Diffusers. ...
  6. Soap and Lotion.
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Can you put cleaner on floor before steam mop? ›

Steam mops only require water to function. Topping them up with your own cleaning solution may damage it, as well as your flooring. Some steam mops have additional accessories, such as scented demineralized steam mop water.

Why is my floor sticky after I steam mop? ›

Why is your floor sticky after you steam mop? The reason why your floor is sticky after steam mopping is using too much cleaning chemicals. Even the mildest of cleaning solutions, if used in heavy dilution, will cause floors to become sticky. The soapy residue dries and is left behind.

Are steam mops better than regular mops? ›

The Steam Mop Advantage

Unlike traditional mops, the mop head absorbs the dirt, and the heat of the steam is able to kill most of the bacteria and dust mites on the floor. It is not only a faster means of cleaning but also a more sanitary one.

Can I add essential oil to steam mop? ›

If so, adding a few drops of orange, lemon or lavender essential oil on the steam mop cover will not only disinfect the floors, but make your house smell great in the process!!!

Can I put hydrogen peroxide in my steam mop? ›

Don't fret! Using a steam cleaner with a hydrogen peroxide 3% solution will remove stains and dirt that are muddying up your carpet's appearance.

Can you put Murphy oil Soap in a steam mop? ›

Steam cleaning hardwood floors helps to sanitize the floors without exposing the finish to harsh chemicals. Follow your product's safety guidelines for a successful steam session, and follow up with weekly use of a safe, natural cleaner like Murphy® Oil Soap.

Can I put Fabuloso in my Bissell carpet cleaner? ›

The bleach helps remove stains but doesn't lighten your carpet and the fabuloso cleans and smells amazingly! Fill the tub with Fabuloso and put in a capful of bleach -- it does a WAY better job spot treating carpet than the Bissell products do!

Do steam mops clean grout? ›

Steam cleaners are fantastic to clean porous tiles, smooth tiles and the are the best way to clean grout lines. These surfaces are usually hard to clean because of their crevices and pores, but hot steam flows deep into every nook and cranny to effectively loosen dirt, grime and grease.

What actually does the cleaning when using steam? ›

How Steam Cleaners Work. Water is heated past the boiling point and forced out as pressurized steam through a nozzle, brush, or other attachment. The vapor loosens dirt and kills dust mites, mold, staph, and other allergens and harmful bacteria. No suction is required, since the high-heat moisture dries quickly.

Is it worth getting a steam mop? ›

In Conclusion

If you're looking for one that sanitizes your floors and is safe for kids and pets, consider the steam mop. It might be able to deal with stubborn dirt, mold, and stains too. A traditional mop might be better for capturing dust and debris.

How often should you mop your hardwood floors? ›

In high-traffic areas, like the dining room and kitchen, sweep or vacuum daily if possible and mop hardwood floors once or twice a week. Mop less-trafficked areas once a month or once a season.

Is steam mop good for laminate floors? ›

Unfortunately, no. Laminate flooring is sensitive to heat and moisture, so the humidity from your steam mop can cause harm. It won't cause as much damage as a wet mop, but could eventually cause your floor to warp, loosen or peel.

Is it OK to damp mop hardwood floors? ›

Do mop a wood floor with a damp mop or cloth. String mops are less common these days, and that's not a bad thing for cleaning wood floors. They can be tough to evenly wring out and use. Microfiber cloths are great for using with wood flooring.

Can I use a steam mop to clean walls? ›

Yes! Steam cleaning is safe for your walls and won't impact the other members of your household. It also offers plenty of other benefits, including: Minimal streaking.

Can you steam clean mirrors? ›

Mirrors can be cleaned without the need for any detergents or household remedies when you use a steam cleaner.

How far away do you hold a steamer? ›

Hold it at least one inch away from the fabric surface. If you are not sure that is safe to steam the fabric, read the care label or test the steamer on a hidden area.

How do you clean floors with a steam mop? ›

How to Clean Hard Floors with your PowerFresh® Slim Steam Mop

How do you use a Bissell PowerFresh steam mop 2 in 1? ›

Plug machine into an outlet. Push the trigger on the handle to release steam. Attach Mop Pad by wrapping around bottom of foot, making sure gray stitching is located on the front of foot and the quick grip release tab is located on the back. Step on the back of the foot to recline the body of machine to begin cleaning.

Can I add soap to a steam mop? ›

You should not add anything other than water to a steam cleaner/mop tank, unless it is recommended by the manufacturer. If the manual says to add water only, adding any kind of cleaning solution, essential oils, dish soap, or other cleaning fluids puts the machine at risk of damage and voids the warranty.

Are steam mops good for tiled floors? ›

Do steam mops work on tile floors? In general, steam mops can be used on tile floors, including ceramic and porcelain. They will remove dirt from the tile surface, and they can even clean grout.

Why is my floor sticky after I steam mop? ›

Why is your floor sticky after you steam mop? The reason why your floor is sticky after steam mopping is using too much cleaning chemicals. Even the mildest of cleaning solutions, if used in heavy dilution, will cause floors to become sticky. The soapy residue dries and is left behind.

Where does the dirt go when you steam clean? ›

Where does the dirt go when you steam clean? When steam cleaning, the dirt does not "go anywhere". Instead, the dirt is broken down by the heat from the water vapor, but remains in the area. To remove the loosened dirt from the area, you need to manually wipe it with a steam mop, cloth, or vacuum it.

Does steam damage grout? ›

Does steam cleaning tiles damage grout? No, steam cleaning doesn't damage tiles or grout that has been properly sealed. If not fully sealed, the grout may crumble slightly from the steam and moisture thus needing to be resealed, although this should be done anyway.

Can you put cleaner in a Bissell steam mop? ›

You cannot use the product in the steam cleaner. A: Glad you asked! For the PowerFresh Steam Mop we recommended distilled water be used. A: Not to worry you can always order extra pads for your PowerFresh direct from BISSELL.

Can you use Pine Sol in steam mop? ›

Q: Can I use Pine-Sol® Squirt 'N Mop in a steam cleaner? A: No. Pine Sol® products were not designed to be used in steam cleaners.

Can you steam mop hardwood floors? ›

Solid Hardwood Floors

Sealed hardwood floors can withstand the moisture and heat from a steam mop, and they clean really nicely with a streak-free finish. However, avoid using a steam mop on unsealed hardwoods, as they're more vulnerable and easily damaged by excessive moisture.

Can Dawn be used in steam cleaner? ›

When using a steam cleaning carpet machine, liquid dish soap solutions are not appropriate. For a homemade steam cleaning solution, fill the machine's reservoir with hot water.

What should you not steam clean? ›

What NOT to Clean with Steam Cleaners
  1. Anything that can be damaged due to heat exposure, such as water-based paint and cardboard.
  2. Porous surfaces, such as stucco, brick, and marble.
  3. Large industrial spaces and food plants.
  4. Large areas of carpet.
  5. Delicate items, such as silks, thin plastics, and velour upholstery.
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What detergent do you use in a steam mop? ›

The Best Detergents to use with a steam mop or steamer are: Windex Multi-Surface & Disinfectant Spray (Works really well with a steam mop or steamer to clean & disinfect your floors & other surfaces) Puracy Multi-Surface Spray (A mild cleaner that uses organic & eco-friendly ingredients)

Does a steam mop clean better than a regular mop? ›

The Steam Mop Advantage

Unlike traditional mops, the mop head absorbs the dirt, and the heat of the steam is able to kill most of the bacteria and dust mites on the floor. It is not only a faster means of cleaning but also a more sanitary one.

Will a steam mop clean dirty grout? ›

Yes. Steam mops can help you scrub even the toughest grime and stains from your tiles. A good steam mop can blast grime off of tile flooring, and even reach into tile grout to clean and sanitize.

Is it worth getting a steam mop? ›

In Conclusion

If you're looking for one that sanitizes your floors and is safe for kids and pets, consider the steam mop. It might be able to deal with stubborn dirt, mold, and stains too. A traditional mop might be better for capturing dust and debris.

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