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Water on floor around humidifier

My vicks cool mist humidifier leaves the carpet area around it wet.  I have it on top of a two step stool in my daughters room.  I have to lay towels all around it & on the first step of the stool.  Is there something I need to do ~ I was under the impression that the water should just dissapate in the air not leave the carpet soaked.    Thank you!

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Re: Water on floor around humidifier

I haven't had any problems with my Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier other than the fact that the area surrounding it is slightly wet after operating for a couple of hours....While I understand that I was using this to moisturize the air during a cold, I knew this would happen, because the air in my room is not dry. If the room isn't dry, the mist that it's putting out in to the air has no where to go but surround the humidifier. All I did to stop this was to buy a water proof mat. I suggest you do the same -- Also, in regards to the water smelling -- You should be cleaning out and drying the basin after every use. Water shouldn't smell unless you let it stagnate inside the plastic -- Try running distilled vinegar through the machine for a couple of minutes -- Also, I would use an extension cord and let it run outside so that your house doesnt smell like Vinegar.

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Re: Water on floor around humidifier

Its bc the air in the room isnt circulating well. If you have a ceiling fan turn it on where the air is sucking up not blowing down and this will circulate the air

Posted on Dec 21, 2009

Re: Water on floor around humidifier

We had the same problem and here's how we solved it. I put a wash cloth about 80% covering the slot on the unit where the mist comes out. It can now run all night keeping our little one breathing free and the carpet (we actually have it set on a couple towels) is only slightly damp. The ceiling fan and a portable heater dry it out in 30 minutes or so.

Now I wish someone could post a manual for it (or Vicks "support" would respond to my request for a PDF manual - it's been 2 weeks now with no response - so much for customer service)

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Re: Water on floor around humidifier

Cool mist humidifiers will do this if they need cleaned or if the humidity in the room is already over 25%. To clean the unit, disconnect the electricity, remove toe top of the unit and let it drip out. Remove the screws around the impeller and then while holding the larger **** area, turn the canter post counter clockwise. Clean all the dirt, dust, hair ste. out of anywhere you can. Let it dru completely. This will kill most bacteria. Reassemble, fill with FRESH water. This should be done weekly.

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