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Steri-Steam Electric Steam Sterilizer

  • Getting Started
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    GETTING STARTED

    Do you have a question about using your Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer? Find the answers here.

    This sterilizer is designed for use with Tommee Tippee bottles and feeding accessories (except the bottle brush). The sterilizer will hold a maximum of 6 Tommee Tippee bottles or a combination of fewer bottles plus pacifiers and breast pump parts.

    PARTS GUIDE

    A step by step guide to all the component parts, how they fit together and what they do.

    Setting up your Electric Steam Sterilizer for first use

    Clean your electric sterilizer before first use (refer to the cleaning instructions below) Then:

    1. Remove all items from inside the sterilizer base.
    2. Pour exactly 3 fl oz (80ml) of water into the sterilizer base.
    3. Assemble the lower tray (A) with logo facing the front and upper tray (B) and place in the steriliser base.
    4. Add the lid (G)
    5. Connect the power lead and plug into the mains supply. Switch on at mains supply. 
    6. Press the power button (play) and it will light up amber to show the sterilizing has begun.
    7. The light will switch off when sterilizing has finished.
    8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning off at the mains, removing the plug and sterilizer lid.
    9. Remove the upper and lower trays, pour away any remaining water and wipe dry. Your sterilizer is now ready to use.

     

    Using your Electric Steam Sterilizer

    Before sterilization, wash all bottles and feeding accessories in warm soapy water or in a dishwasher (top rack only) to remove any milk residues. Separate all components for washing and reassemble teat and screw ring for sterilizing.

    1. Place on a flat, heat resistant work surface. Pour exactly 3 fl oz (80ml) of water into the sterilizer base. Your Tommee Tippee bottles have a handy 80ml measure to help you.
    2. During the sterilization process hot steam passes through the vent at the top of your sterilizer, so position it away from walls and make sure it is not underneath any overhanging shelves or cabinets.
    3. Assemble the lower tray into the sterilizer base with the Tommee Tippee logo facing forwards on the right-hand side.
    4. Place the bottles neck downwards into the locators of the removable tray. This includes locators for advanced anti-colic valves.
    5. Place the upper tray onto the lower tray.
    6. Place the assembled nipples and screw rings onto the upper tray. It is important not to have the hoods fitted onto the nipples and screw rings.
    7. Place the hoods on the hood locators of the removable upper tray so that they hang over the nipples and screw rings but are not fully assembled.
    8. Place the lid onto the sterilizer base and plug the power lead into the mains power.
    9. Press the power button (play) to start the machine. An amber light will come on. This shows that the sterilizer is in its warm-up phase and will automatically begin the sterilizing phase when it reaches the appropriate temperature.
    10. When the sterilizing stage finishes, the light will automatically switch off.
    11. The stop button is there in case you need to manually stop your sterilizer mid cycle. If you do this, you will have to restart the sterilizing process from the beginning as the contents will not be sterilized.
    12. After the cycle has finished, allow your sterilizer to cool for at least 5 minutes before opening. Hold the lid by the two side handles, lift vertically until you have cleared the upper tray then tilt the lid away from you to allow the water to drain.
    13. The contents will remain sterile for 24 hours if the sterilizer is unopened.
    14. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the sterilized items. Take care as the items may be hot. You can use nipple tongs to remove small items.
    15. You can use the trays separately as a drying rack or sterile surface.
    16. To help in the reduction of limescale, pour away any remaining water from the base and wipe it dry with a soft cloth after every use.

  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Cleaning & Maintenance

    To clean your electric steam sterilizer

    Allow to cool and unplug before cleaning. After each use pour away any remaining water from the sterilizer base by tipping it sideways over a sink. Wipe clean with a damp cloth only. Do not clean with abrasive cleaners or allow it to come into contact with solvents or harsh chemicals as this could cause damage.

     

    To descale your electric steam sterilizer

    A build-up of limescale can negatively affect the performance of your sterilizer. To keep it working effectively we recommend carrying out the descaling process using these frequency guidelines:

    Hard water: 14 days

    Medium: 21 days

    Soft: 28 days

    You can find out your water quality via your water provider. Living in a hard water area can produce limescale more quickly, so we recommend descaling more frequently.

    1. After each use pour away any remaining water from the base by tipping it sideways over a sink and wipe with a damp cloth only. 
    2. Use a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines.
    3. Alternatively, you can use neat white vinegar leave until limescale is removed no longer than 24 hours.

    DO NOT use metal objects or scourers to clean your sterilizer.

    DO NOT use bleach or sterilizing fluid to clean. DO NOT use abrasive or anti-bacterial materials. DO NOT scrub the heat plate.

     

    Why should I de-scale?

    De-scaling removes the limescale that can build up around the heat plate, just as it can inside a kettle. Descaling regularly helps your sterilizer enjoy a long and happy life.

     

    How do I de-scale?

    1. We recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturers guidelines.
    2. Alternatively, you can use neat white vinegar leave until limescale is removed no longer than 24 hours.

     

    How often should I de-scale?

    This really does depend on the area in which you live and how often your sterilizer is used. If the water in your area is hard then you may need to descale every 14 days. If it’s medium, then you’ll need to descale every 21 days and if the water is soft it’s around every 28 days. If you do notice any limescale before the descale is due, you can descale your steriliser earlier or more frequently. You can find out the quality of your water from your water provider.

     

    How should I store steriliser?

    If you want to store your steriliser to use again, we’d suggest that you run a full descaling programme to ensure all limescale is removed and to give it a clean. Ensure the unit is thoroughly dry and securely wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard to keep it nice and snug. When deciding where to store it, we’d suggest somewhere nice and dry to avoid any damage.

     

  • Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting

    My sterilizer isn’t working – what can I do?

    • Check the mains lead is plugged into the unit and the mains socket is switched on.
    • Check the fuse is in the plug (in a US plug only)
    • Check the socket by plugging in another appliance 
    • Check the sterilizing by plugging it into another socket

     

    How long should my sterilizing cycle be?

    Your cycle time can be between 6 to 10 minutes this includes warm up before the sterilization phase.

     

    Help, my sterilizer is producing lots of steam

    Check that bottles and other items are correctly loaded in the trays of your sterilizer. Ensure the lid is firmly in place without any obstructions. 

    Use exactly 80ml of water in your sterilizer. More than 80ml of water in the sterilizer base will increase the cycle time. Less than 80ml may not sterilize.

     

    My bottle are coming out of the sterilizer with a chalky mark

    If you are seeing chalky residue on items in your sterilizer, that’s a sign that it needs descaling. Refer to the descaling instructions.

     

    There are flaky bits in the machine - what's causing it?

    This will be due to a build-up of limescale that's loosened from the heatplate at the base of your machine so we'd recommend giving it a good descale. We recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines. 

     

    Should there be water left in the bottom once its finished?

    Yes its pretty common to have droplets of water remaining, the majority of the 80ml water should have evaporated during the sterilization cycle. Just empty it out once you’re finished and dry thoroughly to use again.

     

    My heat plate looks rusty

    This will be due to limescale we recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines. 

     

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