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I have a Steam Buggy and have not used it for years. It is full of hard deposits some white some blue. I have rinsed it out and the water is clear, but how do I stop this from happening in the future? Is there anything to clean it with?

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Those are mineral deposits. The way to help that is to only use distilled water in the unit.

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