Tip & How-To about Euro-Pro Shark Steam Mop - Gray/ Purple Vacuum

How to repair a Shark Steam Mop Model S3101CP (Canada) (not steaming)

My Steam Mop had recently stopped steaming. After reviewing many web sites, most offered that just using a 50/50 solution of CLR/Water or Vinegar/Water would solve the problem. After many repeated tries of both, sadly it did not.
Other online solutions mainly deal with cleaning the core. (see video with a detailed disassembly at the end of this post).
This also did not work!
I did try ripping apart my Model S3101CP (Canada) and testing each section. All the components appeared to work, but no steam. Further investigation found that the nozzle at the end of the steamer was clogged. I tried pushing a coat hanger up the nozzle but it was apparently too large. I took it apart and used a drill bit (by hand) to carefully remove the clog material. Presto! Mop works again. Just wish it wasn't the last thing I tried as I did shortened the heater hose as removing it damaged the ends.

EASY CHECK BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE!!
Find a small diameter wire (e.g. over-sized paper clip straightened out) and try pushing it up the nozzle (see photo) to clear any sediment build up. This would have solved my immediate problem.
NOTE: Had allot of trouble uploading photo's with Fixya editor. Please let me know if these are not readable.














A 50/50 solution of CLR/Water or Vinegar/Water would still be a good idea for regular maintenance to extend the life of the mop, if you are not using distilled water (which I stupidly did not). Lesson learned! Use Distilled Water ONLY! It is allot cheaper than replacing your mop and would save you time in repairs.

As promised, here is the video with detailed tear down of your mop (similar model) should the above not work. (not my video).

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