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    Descaling

      How to clean  your garment steamer

      descale garment steamers

      Garment steamers

      How to clean your garment steamer

      descale garment steamers

      Garment steamers

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      You can find the product name on the box of your garment steamer

       

      It is very easy to find the name of your garment steamer. Just check the product box, it is written there such as StyleTouch Pure, EasyTouch Plus, Steam & Go etc.

      Why descale a garment steamer?

      Over time, garment steamers can build up scale. The harder the water in your area, the faster scale impurities develop and solidify. Regular descaling prevents problems such as brown stains on your clothes, brown water, and leaking. Cleaning your garment steamer regularly keeps steam output at its highest and extends the lifetime of your garment steamer.

      How to clean your garment steamers

      Quick Calc Release function

      StyleTouch Pure (GC440, GC442)

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      Your garment steamer should be emptied of scale approximately once a month — and more frequently if the water in your area is very hard

       

      1. Unplug and let cool completely (at least 1 hour). 
      2. Remove the cover marked "De-Calc".
      3. Hold over the sink, remove the rubber stopper and shake gently to empty water and scale.
      4. Place the stopper and cover back.
      5. Repeat this process once a month, or more if necessary.

       


      Important: Do not put water, vinegar, descaling agents or other chemicals into the garment steamer.

      See how to clean your garment steamer

      Auto De-calc function

      ProTouch (GC610, GC612) | ProTouch 2-in-1 (GC617, GC618)

      If you have a ProTouch garment steamer, your garment steamer will automatically descale due to innovative PureSteam technology. You don’t have to do anything, just go ahead and steam as much as you like with ordinary tap water.

      See how to clean your garment steamer

      Basic Rinse function 

      DailyTouch (GC502, GC503, GC504, GC506)

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      1. Unplug and let cool completely (at least 1 hour). 
      2. When cool, dismantle the pole, disconnect the steam hose and remove the water tank.
      3. Pour the water out of the base unit into the sink and shake gently. 
      4. Fill the water tank and place it back. Wait 10 seconds. Shake. Empty. Repeat several times. 
      5. Repeat this process once a month, or more if necessary.

      See how to clean your garment steamer

      Easy Rinse de-calc function 

      ClearTouch (GC532, GC 534, GC536) | ClearTouch Air (GC560, GC562, GC565, GC568) | ClearTouch Essence (GC535, GC537) | EasyTouch (GC499, GC500, GC507, GC508, GC509) | EasyTouch Plus (GC513, GC514, GC517, GC518, GC523, GC524, GC527 )

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      1. Unplug and let cool completely (at least 1 hour). 
      2. Make sure the water level is above the MIN mark. Hold the steamer over a bucket or drain.
      3. Turn the DE-CALC knob counter-clockwise to remove. Allow the water and scale to drain out. 
      4. When empty, place the DE-CALC knob back and turn clockwise to lock. 
      5. Repeat this process once a month, or more if necessary.

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      Auto Clean function 

      CompactTouch (GC410, GC420, GC430)

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      With regular use, your garment steamer should be descaled every 2 weeks.

       

      1. Fill the water tank and plug in the steamer near a sink.
      2. Point the steamer head into the sink. Press and hold the AUTO CLEAN button for 2 seconds.
      3. Wait 2 minutes until the steamer shuts off and the AUTO CLEAN light goes out.
      4. Repeat this process once a month, or more if necessary.

      See how to clean your garment steamer

      Frequently asked questions about garment steamers

      Should I use demineralized or ironing water to prevent limescale in my garment steamer?

      We recommend using demineralized water for all Philips garment steamers: it prevents limescale build up in the appliance.
       

      Please never use ironing or perfumed water in your Philips garment steamer. Using these contaminates the garment steamer and can damage it.

      I’m not sure what garment steamer model I have and which descaling routine should I use

      You can always find the correct instructions in the user manual, if you still have it! 

      If you do not have the user manual anymore, please try to find your appliance model number on your steamer (should look like GCXXX). Knowing this number, you can find all the product information on the Philips website. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact Philips Consumer Care

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