How to Delime a Steamer

A steamer provides an alternative to cooking many types of foods.
The machine, commonly used in restaurants, uses the steam from hot water to cook food. To keep your steamer in the best shape possible and extend its life, clean and care for it regularly. This includes deliming the steamer. Limescale builds up on the interior parts of the steamer due to water usage. This can be removed with the right cleaner.

Step 1

Put protective goggles and gloves on before handling the descaling cleaner. Most descaling cleaners are made with chemicals that can be dangerous if they are inhaled or get on your skin.

Step 2

Power the steamer off and let it cool down. Make sure all water has been drained from the steamer. Check the directions for your particular steamer to ensure you're following the correct procedure for leaving vents or compartments open or closed while deliming.

Step 3

Open the deliming port and pour the deliming solution into the port. You may need a funnel to do this. Some solutions need to be mixed with water, so check the directions to make sure the solution is prepared properly. Once the solution is inside the deliming port, press the deliming button to start the cycle if necessary, or wait for the cycle to start by itself.

Step 4

Allow the cycle to complete itself, or allow the solution to soak in the steamer for approximately an hour before the rinse cycle. Some steamers will automatically go into rinsing mode once the cycle is done. If your steamer doesn't enter rinse mode on its own, press the necessary buttons to rinse the steamer free of deliming solution before the steamer can be used to cook again.

Things You Will Need

  • Gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Descaling cleaner
  • Funnel


  • Some steamers have a "Delime" button that lights up when it's time to descale the steamer, so you will know when it needs to be cleaned.
  • Check your steamer to make sure it needs to be manually delimed before beginning this process. Some steamers run their own automatic deliming cycles with no intervention necessary.

About the Author

Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.