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Why Is My Tineco Leaving Streaks? Solved!

Tineco manufactures several very popular bare floor wet-dry vacuums/mops that enable users to quickly and more or less easily thoroughly clean their floors.

However, from time to time, users do complain that their Tineco floor cleaners leave streaks and other marks on their floors. There are several reasons for that, and here are the most common ones.

Published: February 17, 2023.

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The most common reasons why Tineco iFloor Wet Dry vacuums/mops leave streaks on the floor include:

Hard Tap Water

During operation, Tineco iFloor cleaners pick up most of the liquid found on the floor, but some is left on the floor. Hard tap water, after drying, leaves some residue on the floor, preventing it from being shiny and clean.

The solution is to use demineralized or preferably distilled water which contains only water without dissolved minerals which could leave a residue on the floors.

Such water costs more than tap water, but in areas with a rather hard tap water, this is the best option.

Full Dirty Water Tank (DWT)

When Dirty Water Tank fills to the Max Fill Line, it must be emptied even if the cleaning task is not completed.

When the DWT is full, Tineco iFloor can't pick up dirty liquids from the floors, which in the end, means that the floor is left dirty.

Wrong Cleaning Solution

Tineco iFloor wet-dry vacuum/mops use Tineco Cleaning Solution, which is the only one recommended for Tineco iFloors vacuums/mops.

If foam or simile cleaning solution/detergent is added to the Clean Water Tank, it may create foam, which prevents the unit from operating properly, thus leaving streaks on the floors.

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Note: when adding a Tineco Cleaning Solution to the Clean Water Tank (CWT), add only one bottle cap to the full CWT - it is better to add less cleaning solution than to add too much. If your floors feel sticky after cleaning, add just half a bottle cap to the full CWT, or repeat the cleaning using plain or distilled water without the cleaning solution.

Also, third-party cleaning solutions, especially cheaper ones, can have issues when dissolving in water, or can be contaminated, or ...

For short: use Tineco Cleaning Solution (Amazon link, opens in the new window) with your Tineco iFloor vacuum/mop, and don't look any further.

Dirty Tineco iFloor Vacuum/Mop

If there is some dirt in the Tineco iFloor vacuum/mop, it may not only cause issues with cleaning, but the dirt may also be left behind the unit during the cleaning.

Thus, after each cleaning task, initiate the self-cleaning function of your Tineco iFloor cleaner and let the unit clean itself thoroughly.

However, such a cleaning cycle may not always be enough - thus, it is up to the user to clean the unit completely, including the Dirty Water Tank (DWT), brushroll, brushroll cover, filter, floater, and pre-filter, and to check if there is any dirt left in the unit, especially one that may cause clogs and blockages.

Worn Brushroll

The proper function of the brushroll is very important for the proper operation of the unit. After some time, usually 3-6 months, sometimes more, sometimes less, the brushroll must be replaced with a new one.

New brushroll ensures that the Tineco iFloor cleans the floors completely, leaving no dirt and very little clean water on the floor, which dries quickly, with no streak marks.

Few Final Words

Tineco iFloor wet-dry vacuums/mops are easy to use, but to operate as intended, they must be maintained properly.

Self-cleaning mode is a great aid in keeping the unit clean and ready for the next cleaning task, but the user should also periodically clean the machine manually.

Also. replace the parts that must be replaced periodically using OEM parts.


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