How To Use The Conair® Deluxe Fabric Steamer

The Conair® Deluxe Fabric Steamer (model # GS11DR) conveniently rolls to any spot in your home to quickly smooth out wrinkles–from upholstery and slipcovers on furniture to hanging drapes and curtains. It removes wrinkles from clothing and small fabric articles without risk of scorching, burning or shining.

Before Filling the Water Container
Filling the Water Container
Steamer Assembly
Using the 360° Rotating Hanger
Using the Pant Clip System
Operating the Steamer
Cleaning and Storing
Low Water Indicator Lamp
Other Important Notes
How to Steam
Troubleshooting the Steamer

*Due to continuing improvements to our products, pictures may differ slightly from actual product.


Turn the water container upside down and inspect to make sure the valve and spring assembly are functioning. Place the container in the reservoir and check that it is seated securely. If the container has been stored with water inside, it may be necessary to remove the water and clean the container. Follow the steps for care and cleaning.


Remove the water container with the handle and turn upside down. Unscrew the valve in the center of the base. Fill container by holding container under a source of cold running water until the container is filled to the desired level. Do not overfill. Screw the valve cap onto the water container and return the container to the upright position. Place the water container on the base and make certain it is seated properly in the cavity.



STEP 1 - Attaching the Telescopic Pole and Rotating Hanger

Insert the bottom of the larger metal telescopic pole into the holder on the unit base and screw the set screw until tight. (Caution: Do not over-tighten.) Then attach pieces as shown.

STEP 2 - Attaching the Steamer Hose

Be sure the unit is off. Attach the T-handle steam nozzle to the steam hose. Twist clockwise to securely lock onto hose. Tighten by hand until handle no longer turns. Insert angled end of hose into steamer housing and twist clockwise to securely lock hose onto housing. (Be sure both connections at ends of hose are correct and tight before operating appliance.) Extend the telescopic rod and hang the T-handle steam nozzle from the metal rod.

Hose may be stiff upon removal from box. Hose will relax after initial use. T-handle will sit properly on pole support once hose is relaxed.


This unit comes with a rotating hanger. To use the hanger, simply place on top of pole firmly. It is now in place to rotate 360°. Hang your garment and steam away wrinkles. Turn as you wish.


This fabric steamer is equipped with a pant clip system for holding pants taut for faster and more effective steaming. The bottom clips can be adjusted by loosening the knob (on the telescopic pole) and moving the pole up and down, depending upon the length of pants.

Clip pants as shown and steam.

Note: Some pants may be too long to use the bottom clips. If that is the case, just simply use the top clips and let pants hang freely.

  1. Make sure the ON/OFF switch is in the OFF position.
  2. Make sure all hose connections are secure and tight.
  3. Make sure the telescopic rod is fully extended and the hose is not twisted or kinked.
  4. Plug the steamer cord into a normal electrical outlet.
  5. Turn the ON/OFF switch to the ON position.
  6. The switch will light to indicate when power is on.
  7. If the low water lamp is illuminated, follow reset instructions.
  8. Steam will be produced from the nozzle in about one minute.

CAUTION: Hose will be hot when in use. Avoid prolonged contact.

  1. Turn the ON/OFF switch to the OFF position and unplug from the power source.
  2. Wait at least 30 minutes for the steamer to cool completely.
  3. Unplug power cord and gently wrap around built-in cord wrap.
  4. Remove the steamer hose.
  5. Remove the water container from unit, unscrew valve and empty unused contents. Allow to air dry.
  6. Remove excess water from the reservoir by lifting the unit and pouring.
  7. Coil the hose.
  8. Collapse telescopic hanger rod.
  9. Replace water container.
  10. Store the unit.

Should the water tank run out of water, the unit will automatically turn off and the low water indicator lamp will cycle on and off.

To reset indicator:

  1. Switch off the unit.
  2. Remove the water tank and refill as described in the operating instructions.
  3. Replace the filled water tank into unit.
  4. Switch ON and when low water indicator lamp is off and steam is emitted from T-handle steam nozzle, the unit is ready to use.

Note: If the low water indicator lamp becomes illuminated but the water tank is not empty, follow the instructions for decalcification.


During operation, the steamer hose may gurgle. This is a normal result of condensation collecting inside the hose. Simply lift the T-handle upward until the hose is extended to its full height. The gurgling will disappear when the excess moisture inside the hose has had a chance to drain back into the base.


If the appliance begins to produce steam more slowly than usual or stops producing steam and then starts again, or if the low water indicator lamp illuminates even with the water container full, you may need to decalcify your steamer.

Decalcification refers to removing the calcium deposits which form over time on the metal parts of the steamer. For best performance from the Conair® Deluxe Fabric Steamer, decalcify the unit from time to time. The frequency depends upon the hardness of your tap water and how often you use the steamer.

To decalcify, use a solution of 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water in the water container. Replace the water container into the unit. Plug the unit into an electrical outlet. Turn to the ON position and run until half the amount has steamed (1 liter). Turn the unit to the OFF position, unplug from electrical outlet, and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Remove water container.

Remove excess water from the reservoir by lifting the unit, inverting, and pouring the unit over a sink, allowing water to drain from the internal reservoir. Repeat the above procedure as many times as necessary until a normal steam rate returns, usually 2 to 3 times. With each repeated cycle, use a fresh solution of vinegar and water. Run one cycle of fresh, cold water through the unit at the completion of decalcification before using the unit again to steam garments.


Grasp the T-handle steam nozzle with the steam jets facing away from you. Begin at the bottom of the fabric to allow the steam to rise inside and outside, removing wrinkles. Slowly move the nozzle from the bottom to the top of the fabric. Remove the nozzle from the garment and smooth the fabric with your free hand. Some fabrics are best steamed on the underside of the material. This will allow the fibers of the fabric to relax, eliminating wrinkles.

Note: Test fabric for colorfastness in an inconspicuous spot. Drape linens, towels, handkerchiefs and napkins over a rod or place onto a towel rack. Heavier fabrics may require repeated steaming. Repeat as necessary. With practice, you will gain speed and efficiency. You will soon learn which fabrics require multiple steam applications. Do not directly touch velvet or silk with the steam head.

Always steam with hose in an upright position so that any condensation is free to flow back into the steamer. If you steam in a low position, condensation will collect inside the hose. This will cause gurgling and some water droplets to form near the steam jets on the T-handle. To avoid this, frequently lift the steam handle upward until the hose is extended to its full height.

To steam drapes, wash and dry drapes as directed, according to fabric type. Re-hang drapes and steam when they are in place.

  • PROBLEM - Steamer fails to heat
  • CAUSE - Steamer not plugged in
  • SOLUTION - Plug into electrical outlet
  • PROBLEM - Auto shutoff engaged
  • CAUSE - Water container is empty
  • SOLUTION - Fill container and reset low water button
  • PROBLEM - No steam
  • CAUSE - Water level is low
  • SOLUTION - Turn ON/OFF switch OFF and refill water container
  • PROBLEM - Water drips from nozzle
  • CAUSE - Condensation in hose
  • SOLUTION - Hold the hose vertically and allow water to drain back into unit
  • PROBLEM - Nozzle gurgles
  • CAUSE - Condensation in hose
  • SOLUTION - Hold the hose vertically and allow water to drain back into unit
  • PROBLEM - Poor steam performance
  • CAUSE - Sediment in container
  • SOLUTION - Decalcify reservoir and water container

Note: Amounts of chemicals in water will vary in different areas. To ensure continued operation of the steamer, never store without cleaning and removing excess water from the reservoir and water container.

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