Have a facial steamer treatment is an invigorating and relaxing experience along with the added benefits for your skin. However, a facial steamer definitely requires a cleaning, especially after repeated uses. If you don’t clean your facial steamer regularly, issues will arise. Mineral deposits can build up over time on the steamer, affecting its performance. Bacteria can also form on both the inside and outside, causing skin infections and breakouts. Regular facial steamer maintenance prevents odors and mold from forming as well, but remember, it is vital to clean your facial steamer the correct way.
First of all, never put essential oils or herbs directly into the water. Doing so can immediately impact the life and overall performance of the facial steamer. When dropped into a closed jar with boiling water, essential oils can cause spitting of water, clog the steamer or even break the jar from the pressure. Some steamers are equipped with a wick-type apparatus at the mouth of the nozzle. A couple of drops of essential oil can be placed here. Other models make use of a special container. These aromatherapy facial steamers are normally more expensive. However, this provides the esthetician with the added benefit of incorporating therapeutic herbs into the steaming process. You can also put a few drops of essential oils on your hands or a cotton pad and hold it close to the steamer for aromatherapy. If aromatherapy is a part of your facial steaming treatments, make sure to purchase one designed for essential oils.
Daily care of your facial cleaner will extend its life and keep it in top working order. Following these simple guidelines will keep your machine in peak working condition for years. At night, empty the jar and let it dry. Make sure that the rubber seal along the rim of the jar is clean. Refill the steamer with fresh distilled water each morning. Turn it on to give it a chance to warm up. This will save valuable time when receiving your first client of the day. To adequately maintain your facial steamer, follow these basic rules.
- Always use distilled water unless instructions indicate otherwise.
- Do not leave water in the steamer overnight.
- Neglected steamers have a tendency to spit hot water because of the build-up of mineral deposits that occur with daily use. Use a cleaning solution of plain vinegar and water.
When it is time to clean your facial steamer, follow these recommended guidelines for a general cleaning. The result will be afacial steamer that is effective and in top working order whenever you go to use it.
General Cleaning Guidelines for Facial Steamers:
1. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and fill to the top with water.
2. We recommend you just use warm water and do not turn on the steamer.
3. Let the solution soak for two to three hours.
4. Wipe off the heating coil to remove any remaining mineral deposits.
5. Drain the steamer completely and then refill with distilled water.
Please note that there is usually a reset button on steamers for additional safety in the event the steamer runs out of water. If the steamer is not running, check the reset button before you call for product assistance. The steamer should be trouble free if you follow this cleaning procedure and remember the general guidelines for daily operation.
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