The DO’s & DON’Ts for Operating Your Optima Steamer

Before turning on your steamer, always do the following:

  • Wear protective gear: gloves, eye protection, ear protection (NRR: 25 dB)
  • Use softened water -or- water below 40 ppm TDS
  • Use clean, reliable #2 diesel
  • Use proper, reliable voltage consistent with your machine’s specifications. e.g. for a 230 volt EST, don’t use 220 volt or 240 volt electricity
  • Always keep unit on level ground
  • Engage the wheel brake before and during operation
  • Check that the grounding chain is on hard ground, not an insulated material like rubber or foam
  • Close moisture control valve completely
  • Close both Steam Outlet Valves and the Boiler Drain Valve
  • Make sure you have adequate ventilation
  • Do your homework regarding local codes, regulations, laws, restrictions and ordinances regarding the use of commercial equipment and operating businesses

Before starting your machine (and anytime during usage), make sure you DO NOT do any of the following:

  • Don’t put anything on top of the machine. This can result in melting the covers.
  • Don’t use your foot to open or close valves. This can result in leaking valves.
  • Don’t put additives, chemicals, or fragrances in the either of the tanks. This can permanently damage the boiler.
  • Don’t run the machine under or near anything that can be damaged by heat or exhaust. The heat can easily damage overhangs and kill trees.
  • If operating a diesel unit, don’t attempt to create or attach exhaust systems directly to the flue. This will result in melting top covers.

Once you turn on your machine, make sure you follow these rules:

  • Allow your machine to reach full pressure before operating
  • Open steam outlet valves when the machine is ready for use
  • Spray steam guns to release built-up water in hose before spraying on surfaces
  • Test steam on materials in an inconspicuous place before cleaning to make sure it is safe
  • Start steamer in dry mode until you know you need more moisture (keep the Moisture Control Valve closed)
  • Only open moisture valve to 30% when spraying for longer than 60 seconds
  • Stop machine and observe all warning lights when buzzer goes off
  • If you won’t be using the spray guns for more than 5 minutes, close the steam outlet valves
  • If the machine won’t be in use for longer periods of time, turn off the “STEAM” switch

Here’s what you DON’T DO while operating your steamer:

  • Don’t spray towards people, pets, plants. NEVER.
  • Don’t step on or run over steam hoses with cars or heavy equipment. This can break the hose’s Teflon core.
  • Don’t pull machine by the steam hose. This can cause the hoses to leak.
  • Don’t move the machine while it’s running. This can damage the machine.
  • Don’t spray back into tanks or into machine. This can damage the machine.
  • Don’t spray close to or into cracks or crevices of electronics. Steam is water and water can damage electronics.
  • Don’t spray steam into vents or areas where contents can’t be seen. Many modern vehicles hide electronics and other instruments inside of vents. If you don’t know exactly what you are steaming, don’t risk it.
  • Don’t open moisture control valve for more than 1 minute at a time. This will result in the Pump Overrun Alarm and the machine will lose pressure. Reset the machine and close the Moisture Control Valve
  • Don’t attempt to tamper with the machine’s settings or safety features to change performance. This is dangerous and potentially fatal. SJE, Steamericas and it’s Authorized sellers bare no responsibility for altering the machine’s features or neglecting to operate the machine in accordance with the Operator’s Manual.
  • Don’t bypass alarms or sensors. If there is an Alarm being signalled, stop and refer to the Operator’s Manual.

When shutting down your steamer, always do the following:

  • Turn off the “STEAM” Switch first and allow the exhaust fan to stop running if it is on.
  • Turn off the “POWER” switch and unplug the machine.
  • Close both Steam Outlet Valves.
  • Pull gun triggers to purge steam from hoses. Detach the steam hoses once no more steam comes out. Careful, the fittings will be very hot.
  • Open the Steam Outlet Valves and allow the pressure of the steamer to drop to 2 bar / 30 psi
  • Once the pressure is below 2 bar, open the Boiler Drain Valve and allow all boiling water to drain completely. This process can take up to 20 minutes.
  • Leave all valves open and store equipment in an area protected from weather conditions
  • If the temperature is getting cold in your area, follow the freeze prevention instructions in the manual to ensure no damage to the pipes and pump occur