Swiffer Wet Jets are a convenient alternative to mopping floors. Instead of filling a bucket with water, mixing in floor cleaner and lugging the bucket around the house, just make sure there's cleaning solution in the pre-mixed bottle, place a pad on the floor, and you're good to go.
Unfortunately, these miracle mops can sometimes stop spraying, leaving you scratching your head as you grimace at your dirty floors. In this article, we discuss the most common reasons why your Swiffer Wet Jet isn't spraying and how you can troubleshoot the problem.
Why isn't my Swiffer Wet Jet spraying?
There are some common issues that can cause it to stop working. For example, you may have installed the cleaning solution or pad the wrong way round. You could also have dead batteries, clogged spray nozzles, or clogged pump motors.
How to fix a Swiffer Wet Jet that isn't spraying
Now that you understand a few things that can cause a Swiffer Wet Jet to stop spraying, let's talk about how to fix them.
Replace the batteries
Swiffer Wet Jets require four AA batteries. If your mop makes no noise when it stops spraying, the problem is with the motor. In this case, the first thing you should do is replace the batteries.
If you have used your Swiffer Wet Jet a lot since you last changed the solution, you may need to put in a new bottle.
If you run out of cleaning solution while mopping your floors and don't have new bottles on hand, you can make your own solution.
To make your own solution for a Swiffer Wet Jet, uncap the empty bottle and rinse to get it readyfor your homemade floor cleaner.
To make a mild cleanser, add three dropsof detergentinto the bottle, fill halfway with white vinegar and top up with distilled vinegar.
Replace the cap, shake vigorously to combine the ingredients and put the bottle back into the machine as usual.
Make sure the solution bottle is installed correctly
If your Swiffer Wet Jet has stopped spraying but the batteries are fine and there is enough solution, you may have inserted the bottle incorrectly.
Follow these simple steps to use the cleaning solution properly.
- Turn your mop upside down.
- Align the flat side of the bottle with the Swiffer handle.
- Push the bottle firmly into the holder. You will hear a click when the solution is installed correctly.
Make sure the cleaning pad is properly attached
If your Swiffer Wet Jet stops spraying after you apply a new cleaning pad and the batteries or cleaning solution are fine, you may have applied the pad incorrectly and blocked the spray.
To properly install a cleaning pad on your Swiffer Wet Jet:
- Remove the two strips of paper from the backing of the pad to reveal the adhesive strips underneath.
- Line up the adhesive strips with the corresponding strips on the underside of your Swiffer, making sure the rough stripe on the front of the pad faces the back of the mop head.
- Hold the pad in place for three seconds to ensure adhesion.
Block the spray nozzles
If your Swiffer Wet Jet is properly assembled and has fresh batteries and plenty of cleaning solution, the problem may be with the spray nozzles.
Follow these simple steps to free the nozzles.
- Remove the cleaning solution bottle and set it aside.
- Fill an 8-ounce glass ¼ full with white vinegar, then fill up the rest with warm water.
- Dip a small brush in the vinegar solution and use it to scrub the buildup off the spray nozzle above the mop head.
- Gently insert a toothpick into the hole on the spray nozzle to loosen any debris that may have become trapped. Be careful not to push too hard or you could damage your swiffer.
- Place the mop head in the sink or bathtub, pour the vinegar solution into the container where the cleaning solution bottle is usually located, and squeeze the trigger as if cleaning the floor. This forces the warm vinegar solution through the spray hoses and breaks up any dirt that is clogging them.
- As soon as the sprayer works again, you can pour out the vinegar solution left in the machine, dry it and put the bottle with the cleaning liquid back in place.
Clog the pump motor
If your Swiffer Wet Jet is assembled correctly, has fresh batteries and plenty of solution, and you have tried unsuccessfully to clean the spray nozzle, you may have a clogged pump motor.
Freeing the pump motor is a little time consuming, but if you want to avoid buying a new Swiffer Wet Jet you can follow these instructions to try and get it working again.
- Take out the cleaning solution and set it aside.
- Remove the two screws on each side of the hole where the solution bottle is located.
- Remove the large screw that holds the mop head to the handle.
- Pull the cover apart by squeezing the smaller half and releasing the tabs inside.
- Manually turn the motor with a flathead screwdriver.
- Apply a dry lubricant to the pump motor and around the connector ends.
When you're done, you should hear the motor whirr as you press the trigger, releasing the cleaning solution.
The Swiffer Wet Jet is a convenient alternative to lugging around a mop and bucket when your floors need cleaning.
When your Swiffer stops spraying, don't throw it away! Most of the time the solution is very simple.
Some of the most common reasons why spraying stops include:
- Dead batteries
- Missing cleaning solution
- Improper assembly
- Clogged spray tip or pump motor
With a little troubleshooting, you can have your Swiffer Wet Jet up and running again in no time.
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- 4 cups hot water.
- 1 cup lemon juice.
- 3 cups plain white vinegar.
- 1 tspn Blue Dawn dishwashing liquidPour all ingredients into a bucket or other large container. Mix thoroughly and using a funnel, pour the mixture into the recycled Swiffer WetJet container.
It should give a bit of resistance, feel tight as with any spray bottle. If it doesn't, then it could be because of trapped air. Sometimes air blocks the sprayer, but there's a simple solution. Lay the mop flat on the ground and pump the trigger a few times, to release trapped air pockets.How do I fix spray not spraying? ›
If you think your spray bottle has a clog, Poepping says to take the top off and place the tubing (with the nozzle still attached) in a cup of hot water; pump the spray top until water sprays out with ease. Once you're satisfied with the mechanism, place the top back onto the bottle and continue using.How do you make mop spray? ›
Combine 1/8 cup white vinegar, 1/8 cup baking soda, 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap, and 1 gallon warm water. Make sure baking soda is dissolved before adding mixture to your spray mop. This cleaning solution does not need to be rinsed from your floor, just mop and go.Do you have to sweep before using a Swiffer WetJet? ›
Sweep or vacuum the floor before you mop.
You can use a broom and dustpan, a vacuum, or a Swiffer sweeper. Get all the excess dust and hair off your floor, so that your mopping can focus on the hard-to-remove spills and stains.
This product is designed to run for 10 to 13 minutes. F: Charge for 16 hours before you first use it, then for 16 hours between each use. Charge for 12 to 19 hours before each use.Do the Swiffer Wet Jets have batteries in them? ›
The Wetjet uses 4 AA batteries. You can use disposable ones, or rechargeable AAs for a more environmentally friendly cleaning experience.