Breathing can be such a big problem when you catch a cold or even when you have a sinus problem. Vicks Cool Mist humidifiers are made in a way that they help you get relief from cough and congestion temporarily. Running a humidifier especially during winter when the air is drier makes you sleep even better and also comfortable.
These humidifiers are made using special filters that help to remove dust, pollen, odors, and other contaminants during the operation. The filters in the humidifiers become dirty and require changing with use.
But changing the filters alone is not guaranteed to keep your cool mist hygienic because scales from hard water and other contaminants can clog the humidifier; hence bacteria and germs can grow inside the humidifier.
By keeping your cool mist clean helps you feel better by performing regular maintenance. Hence the importance of cleaning it.
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Keeping your Vicks humidifier clean ensures it lasts long and also helps you to relief and fight cold and sinus problems generally. Thus the need to clean it to ensure your cold issues are dealt with because if it is not well cleaned, there is health risking because it breathes back contaminated air into your body hence making your breathing problems even worse.
You have to understand the need of cleaning your humidifier if you use it on a regular basis. After a cycle of using the humidifier which most people preferably use when taking a nap a nap for young kids or overnight.
You first need to turn it off and unplug it from the source of power. Move the whole humidifier on a large table or counter which is stable to prevent it from falling.
Next, you pull out the water tank and then the tray with a container that is easily removable. Both parts of the water tank and the tray should attach well to the cool mist base; this should be followed by removing the water tank and the tray. This part of your work should be done carefully to prevent the damage of the filter.
If by any chance you have a model that does not have a water tank then the top housing section should be taken off and laid upside down on the spacious working table or counter. You need to be very careful when going about this work, not to rest on anything on the water pick up tube because this can cause the water tubes to crack.
The next step should be taking off the cap of the tank and emptying any remains of water inside. You should then flush the container using Luke warm water. For the cool mist humidifier that has a water tank, you should separate it from the tray.
And for cool mist models that do not have a water tank and uses the base as a water reservoir instead, then all water should be emptied. It should be followed by wiping off the remaining water using a clean, dry cloth or a paper towel to dry it.
For all the areas that you are capable of reaching on the water tank and tray make sure you wipe them dry. An extremely dry cloth should do this because by use of a damp clothing electric shock is likely to occur on the exterior of the top housing. The remaining parts of the humidifier like the base or the cord should be cleaned using a damp cloth in both the models that are cool and warm.
The humidifier should not be fully merged in water, and also great caution should be taken for the dials and vents mechanical and electrical attachments not to get wet. Daily cleaning is not a tiresome process because it only takes a few minutes for the efficiency and effectiveness of your Vicks humidifier. Once contented that the humidifier is clean it should be refilled with fresh water as required.
Weekly cleaning is a thorough cleaning that is done to ensure the untouched parts or forgotten parts are well cleaned. Although daily maintenance and cleaning take place on a regular basis, you need to do a thorough cleaning to your humidifier to allow even enough air to pass through.
Weekly cleaning does not come with a lot of difference from daily cleaning because the process is almost the same only that weekly cleaning takes a little more time. You first have to the water tank and flush it with warm water, as you always do on a daily basis only that now you have to put the water tank aside for the time being.
Now that the water tank has been removed and the humidifier is running, you should let air pass through the wicking filter until it is scorched. Once the wicking filter is dry, the unit should be turned off and also unplugged from the source of power.
In case you are using a humidifier model that does not have a removable tank then the humidifier should be removed from the wall without allowing air flow step, you should then remove the top housing next, and this should be done with a lot of caution to avoid it resting on the tubes. Any remaining water should be dumped out and then wipe it dry as done on a daily basis cleaning.
The next step that should be taken is removing the filter from the water tray, and a lot of caution should be taken to avoid the filters from tearing. If you are using the v400 Vicks model, then easy cleaning of the filter can be done, but replacement of the filter is what that is needed.
You should then pull the water tray from the base and add a cup of white vinegar. You should then allow it to rest for half an hour allowing it to loosen all the scaling that has formed from water deposits. And if the humidifier model that you are using does not have a removable filter, then the filter should be wiped in a sponge that has been soaked in white vinegar.
The water pick-up should be detached at all times when you are planning to clean the unit. To clean it, you need to do it in several ways in a strategic way. The top housing section should be turned upside down and as you do that you should rotate the tube toward the arrow. You should have some vinegar ready in a basin and drop the tube in the vinegar allowing it to soak.
Soak a sponge into the vinegar and squeeze but leave just a little for use. Wipe the housing of the interior of the humidifier unit using the sponge as you wait for the tube to soak. After soaking, prepare some clean, warm water and rinse off the vinegar from the units' components by running the clean, warm water over the components. The water should run on top of the tube as well as through it to ensure that no vinegar is left on them.
Do not clean the inside of the humidifier and forget about the outside. The exterior look is vital since when it is clean, it has an appealing look to the eye. You need to wipe dust and any dirt that may have got on the humidifier on the outside.
White vinegar is the best to use to clean the outside part of the humidifier. If you do not have white vinegar, then do not worry about what to use since warm soapy water will do. However when cleaning, never dip the whole unit in water as it is dangerous to use afterward.
Cleaning a humidifier is essential since all the dust, germs and unwanted particles have been removed which enhances the performance of the humidifier. Disinfecting the unit is much more important especially if it had been used in a room where there was a person with flu or a cold.
The disinfection kills any bacteria that may have survived and prevented it from spreading to other people when the humidifier is up and running again.
Mix some bleach and water in a basin and fill the reservoirs with the solution. The water picks up tube should be detached from the unit and soaked in the bleach mixture for further disinfection. Let it stay for around 20 minutes. You need to stir the mix for the 20 minutes to make sure that the bleach does not settle at the bottom.
It settles and does not dissolve when left untouched for the 20 minutes. Stirring it ensures it mixes well with the water and touches all the parts of the reservoir.
After the twenty minutes are done, prepare some clean, warm water and rinse the components with running warm water until all the smell that is left by the bleach is all gone. If it still has the scent, run more warm water on it until it fades.
When it is thoroughly rinsed to your satisfaction, use a clean paper towel or soft cloth to dry the unit components. Reassemble the unit carefully and test it to make sure you have done it as expected.
Cleaning your humidifier is very crucial and needs to be done every once in a while. Do not forget to disinfect the unit every time you clean it to ensure that it is safe for use always. To make sure the humidifier serves you for long, replace any old or worn out parts for maximum performance.
Allow air to pass through the humidifier when you are not cleaning it to prevent dust from clogging the unit. It ensures the unit provides you with the relief you deserve always.
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