People who suffer from sinus problems, coughs, colds and nosebleeds greatly benefit from using humidifiers. A humidifier wick is an evaporative type of humidifier, and can help improve respiration by making the air a bit moist, and not too dry. It is popular among users because of the ease of maintenance it offers.
The purpose of a humidifier wick is to increase humidity (moisture) in a room. The wick absorbs water stored in the humidifier tank. The wick, then, allows water to evaporate to add moisture in the air. However, if the wick is not regularly cleaned, it will no longer absorb water from the reservoir properly, causing the device to malfunction. To prevent this problem, it is best to keep the humidifier wick clean at all times.
Here are some easy steps to clean a humidifier wick.
Prepare all the materials needed. To clean a humidifier wick, you will need warm water, tap water, distilled water, bleach, two cups of vinegar and a dry cloth.
Turn off the humidifier. Disconnect the plug of the humidifier prior to removing the wick. This prevents untoward accidents such as electrocution, fire or burns. This also gives you better access to the parts. For easier cleaning, bring the whole apparatus somewhere accessible, like a kitchen sink.
Drain the reservoir. Remove all the water inside the reservoir and pour in warm water. Then, add one tablespoon of bleach. This will kill most of the microorganisms that may have accumulated inside the reservoir.
Take the wick off the humidifier. Check your humidifier's manual for a guide on how to do this. Most of the models have wicks that are easily detached and need no tools to remove. Note thatyou have to be careful in removing the wick. You do not want to damage your wick.
Clean the wick. Wash the wick from top to bottom under a cold tap. Do this until the water is clear, and the wick looks clean. Reattach the wick to the humidifier afterwards.
Wash the reservoir. Rinse it thoroughly, until no bleach or other residue remains.
Clean the wick using vinegar. Pour in water and about a cup of vinegar. Let it stay for about half an hour.
Empty and refill the reservoir. Pour out the reservoir water and replace it with distilled water.
Wipe the humidifier dry. Make sure that the humidifier is kept dry after cleaning the wick.
Schedule wick changes. To optimize the humidifier, throw out and change the humidifier wick every two to three months, or as often as needed.
It is typical for humidifier wicks to look quite faded after cleaning it. Do not be worried if the wick of the humidifier has a dyed color, it is normal.
Remember to pour out the water out from the humidifier when it is not in use, to prevent buildup of unwanted minerals or materials on the wick or in the reservoir. Also, use distilled water instead of tap water, since this does not contain minerals and other elements, which may cause the humidifier to malfunction after prolonged use.