How to Set-Up a Hoover Steam Vac Jr

The Hoover Steam Vac Jr.

The Hoover Steam Vac Jr. removes pet hair and stains from upholstered couches.The Hoover Steam Vac Jr. removes pet hair and stains from upholstered couches.
is a compact steam cleaner that is recommended by its manufacturer for small cleaning jobs, and stain removal on carpets and upholstered furniture. It can also be used for removing stains and spills on bare or tiled surfaces. As of this writing, the Steam Vac Jr. is discontinued, but new and refurbished units are available from private sellers. You set it up before use by adding detergent and water to the fill tank, and the unit has its own measuring device for the detergent.

Unwind the power cord from the carrying handle of your Steam Vac Jr. and remove the nozzle from its cradle on top of the unit so that you can extend the hose.

Pull out the fill cap that is located in the indentation at the top of the steam cleaner lid, near the handle and at the opposite side of the pour spout.

Measure one or two ounces of Hoover Steam Vac Jr. detergent and pour it into the fill port hole, which is the hole you exposed when you removed the fill cap.

Add 1 quart of water for each ounce of detergent; if you use one ounce, the solution should reach the "1/2 Capacity line" on the side of the fill tank, and if you add two ounces, the half-gallon of solution you mix should reach the "Full capacity" line.

Replace the fill cap.

Plug the power cord into a three-hole electrical outlet, or attach a three-prong to two-prong grounding adapter to the cord and plug it into a two-hole outlet.

Turn the power switch forward (away from the fill cap) to start your Hoover Steam Vac Jr.

Things You Will Need

  • Hoover Steam Vac Jr. concentrated detergent
  • Measuring cup or measuring spoons


  • Hoover Steam Vac Jr. detergent may no longer be readily available as of this writing. Substitute another detergent concentrate made by Hoover for steam vacuum cleaners according to the directions on the label if you cannot find Steam Vac Jr. detergent.

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John DeMerceau is an American expatriate entrepreneur, marketing analyst and Web developer. He now lives and works in southeast Asia, where he creates websites and branding/marketing reports for international clients. DeMerceau graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.