How to re-mineralize distilled water

Steam cleaner and distilled water

Numerous uses for a steam cleaner

Steam cleaners have become increasingly popular in recent years. After all, they can be used very versatile. Steam cleaners are even used against mites. The list could be extended almost indefinitely:

  • for cleaning radiators
  • for wooden floors
  • to remove moss, algae and lichen from outside
  • for an engine wash (observe water protection)

How is water used on your steam cleaner?

But the correct use of a steam cleaner has to be learned. This also includes the question of what requirements the water used should meet. However, this question is primarily important when it comes to a steam cleaner with its own water tank. On the other hand, there are steam cleaners that have to be connected to a water pipe or a water hose. Of course, only water from the local water network can be used here.

Steam cleaner with water tank: use distilled water

But with steam cleaners with their own water reservoir, the distinction is definitely important. In some regions the tap water is very hard and calcareous. While the water partially evaporates, the limescale remains in the heating area and collects. In the long run, the performance of the device is significantly reduced. Closed and clogged nozzles and valves can also be the result.

Alternatives to distilled water

Therefore, only distilled water should be used for steam cleaners with their own water tank. Distilled water is pure water, there are no more substances or particles in the water - not even dissolved. As an alternative to distilled water, under certain conditions you can also use the following water:

  • Rainwater
  • Condensation water from air conditioning (split air conditioning)
  • Condensation water from the condenser dryer

All of these types of water are ultimately distilled water. However, it can be contaminated with suspended particles during collection or through processes after the creation process (dirt particles in rainwater, lint in the condensation water from dryers). Therefore, water collected in this way should be filtered before use.

Distilled water is not easy to make yourself

Incidentally, making distilled water yourself should not be confused with boiling water. When boiling, germs are killed, but dirt and lime remain in the water. In principle, when boiling water, you would have to collect and condense the water vapor. Only then would you have obtained distilled water.

As an alternative to distilled water, vinegar water is repeatedly touted as a tip. However, water mixed with vinegar is also not advisable. If the amount of vinegar is too small, no effect on decalcifying can be observed. Too much vinegar in the water, on the other hand, can cause lasting damage, for example to rubber seals in the device. You should therefore only operate a steam cleaner with its own water tank with distilled water.