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Model SC925H (A)

120V., 60 Hz, 13 A., 1550 W


94 Main Mill Street, Door 16

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Tel.: 1 (800) 275-9251


SC925H (A)


Your Steam Cleaner is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase when utilized for normal household use by the original purchaser only. The included Warranty Registration Card must be filled out and returned within 10 days of purchase. This is essential for your Warranty to be effective should any problem arise with this product.

Should any defect covered by the terms of the limited warranty be discovered within one year, FANTOM will repair or replace any defective part provided the unit is returned by the original purchaser, freight prepaid, to:

FANTOM, 94 Main Mill Street, Door, 16, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901

Proof of purchase date and $23.95 for handling and return packing/shipping charges must be included.*

The liability of under this warranty is limited solely to the cost of the replacement parts or the complete unit at our option. LABOUR CHARGES ARE NOT INCLUDED.

This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts and does not apply to any unit that has been tampered with or used for commercial purposes. This Limited Warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse, negligent handling, or damage due to faulty packaging or mishandling in transit (by any common carrier).

This warranty is extended to the original purchaser of the unit and excludes all other legal and/or conventional warranties. The responsibility of FANTOM, if any, is limited to the specific obligations expressly assumed by it under the terms of the limited warranty. In no event is FANTOM liable for incidental or consequential damages of any nature whatsoever. Some States/Provinces do not permit the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights which vary from state to state or province to province.

*Important: Carefully pack item to avoid damage in shipping. Be sure to attach tag to item before packing with your name, complete address and phone number with note giving purchase information, model number and what you believe is the problem with item. We recommend you insure the package (as damage in shipping is not covered by your warranty). Mark the outside of your package “ATTENTION CUSTOMER SERVICE”. We are constantly striving to improve our products, therefore the specifications contained herein are subject to change without notice.


Please complete and return within ten (10) days of purchase. The registration will enable us to contact you in the event a product defect is discovered. By returning this card you acknowledge to have read and understood the instructions for use, and warnings set forth in the accompanying


RETURN TO: FANTOM, 94 Main Mill Street, Door 16, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901

PURCHASER: ……………………………………..…………………………………………………

ADDRESS: ………………………………………...……………………………………………….

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When using your Steam Cleaner, basic safety precautions should always be observed, including the following:

1.Read all instructions before using your Steam Cleaner.

2.Use the system only for its intended use.

3.To protect against a risk of electric shock, do not immerse any part of the system in water or other liquids.

4.This unit should always be turned “OFF” before plugging into or unplugging from electrical outlet. Never yank cord to disconnect from outlet; instead, grasp plug and pull to disconnect.

5.Do not allow cord to touch hot surfaces. Let the system cool completely before putting away or before opening the water tank (removing the safety cap) . Wrap power cord loosely around your system when storing.

6.Always disconnect system from electrical outlet when filling or emptying water tank and when not in use. Always turn the safety cap slowly when opening the water tank. This will allow any remaining steam to escape gradually.

7.Do not operate the system with a damaged cord or plug, or if the appliance or any other part of the system has been dropped or damaged. To avoid the risk of electric shock, do not disassemble or attempt to repair the Canister Steam Cleaner.

Return the system to FANTOM (see warranty) for examination and repair. Incorrect re-assembly or repair can cause a risk of electrical shock or injury to persons when the steam cleaner is used.

8.Close supervision is necessary for any appliance being used by or near children. Do not leave the system unattended while connected.

9.Burns can occur from touching hot parts, hot water or steam. Do not turn upside down as there may be hot water in the unit. Never direct steam at any person. The

steam is very hot and can cause burns.

10.Do not operate in the presence of explosive and/or flammable fumes.

11.This appliance is intended only for household use. Follow all user instructions in this manual.

12.Never use any chemicals or substance other than tap water in the machine. Use of chemicals may damage the machine. Use of chemicals will automatically void your warranty.

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury:

Do not leave the Steam Cleaner plugged in when unattended. Unplug the electrical cord when not in use and before servicing or refilling water tank.

Do not allow unit to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used by or near children, pets or plants.

Use only as described in this manual. Use only manufacturer’s recommended accessories.

When using the steam cleaner, please note that the force and the heat of the steam may damage certain surfaces or textiles. Always test on a small, concealed area of the material that you are steam cleaning. i.e. painted wood or leather can be bleached with hot steam; glossy plastic can be dulled, fabrics such as acrylic, velvet and linen can react sensitively to the temperature of the steam.

Do not hold the steam jet concentrated for too long on a single spot.

Do not pull cord, use cord as a handle, close a door on cord, or pull cord around sharp edges or corners. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not use extension cords or outlets with inadequate current carrying capacity.

Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.

Do not handle plug or steam cleaner with wet hands or operate without shoes.

Do not put any objects into openings. Do not use with any opening blocked.

Store your appliance indoors in a cool, dry area.

Keep your work area well lit.

When in use, never turn the appliance over or on its side. Never direct steam towards people, animals or plants.

Do not immerse the steam cleaner into water or other liquids. Always unplug the power cord from the electrical socket when filling the steam cleaner.

Do NOT add cleaning solutions, scented perfumes, oils or any other chemicals to the water used in this appliance as this may damage the unit or make it unsafe for use. Use regular tap water or distilled/purified water if the tap water in your area is very hard.


For Household Use Only


Rev. 12/05


1.To avoid circuit overload, do not operate another appliance on the same socket (circuit) as the steam cleaner.

2.If an extension cord is absolutely necessary, an extension cord rated a minimum of 15 ampere, 14 gage grounded cord should be used. Cords rated for less amperage may overheat. Care should be taken to arrange cord so that it cannot be pulled or tripped over.

3.Do not leave unattended when the system is connected to a power supply/electrical outlet.

WARNING: This appliance is equipped with a grounded, type 3-wire cord (3-prong plug). This plug will only fit into an

electrical outlet made for a 3-prong plug. This is a safety feature. If the plug should fail to fit the outlet, contact an electrician to replace the outlet. Do not attempt to defeat the safety purpose of the grounding pin, part of the 3-prong plug.

CAUTION: Always drain condensed water from hose before use or if unit has been left idle for a period of time. To drain hose, direct nozzle into an appropriate container or sink and depress hand grip steam switch. Once hose has been drained, normal use may be resumed. Never direct nozzle towards people, animals or plants.

WARNING: Your Steam Cleaner is designed to clean hard surfaces and upholstery that will withstand high heat. Do not use on soft plastics and cold glass. On surfaces that have been treated with wax or some no wax floors, the sheen may be removed by the heat and steam action. Do not use on unsealed wood. This could cause the wood grain to rise. It is therefore recommended to test an isolated area of the surface to be cleaned before proceeding.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT add cleaning solutions, scented perfumes, oils or any other chemicals to the water used in this appliance.

Use regular water or distilled/purified water if the tap water in your area is very hard.

WARNING: Danger of Scalding. Please use caution when using the steam cleaner. The steam emitted from this opening is very hot.




Refrigerator - Use the concentrator to blow away dirt in the ice machine and on door seals. The vapor will not dry out or crack the seals as chemicals often do. Can openers and other kitchen equipment can be easily cleaned with the bristle brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Mold stains around door gaskets can be removed with the bristle brush.

To clean microwaves or other small appliances use the nylon bristle brush for small areas.

Note: When cleaning small electrical appliances always unplug them from outlet before cleaning. Do not direct steam into any openings of the appliances.

To clean counter tops, use the nylon bristle brush. For heavily soiled areas, apply soap and scrub briefly with the bristle brush without applying steam. Wipe the soap away. Turn on the steam and scrub a bit more. Finally, go back over the surface with a dry terry cloth towel to dry if necessary.


The steam cleaner has many uses that have not been mentioned. This was meant only to give you a general idea of what can be achieved with the unit. However, the ways in which to use the attachments and brushes are in most cases universal. It is most helpful to always have a terry cloth towel or paper towel ready to use for removal of moisture and residue. 100% white cotton towels work best.

You can clean the brushes with your steam cleaner. When cleaning the bristle brushes, use a pair of pliers to hold and blow dirt as above or place in the basket of your dishwasher.

Note: Wipe with a towel immediately before the cleaned area dries. When cleaning the oven, use the bristle brush to clean around the elements and drip trays. Use the bristle brush for cracks, crevices, and hard to reach areas.


If you need to order supplies such as steam pocket towels, please call the customer service number at 1 (800) 275-9251.






Fiberglass or Stainless Steel Surfaces

Use the bristle brush. Slowly move the brush over the surface to be cleaned. The vapor will emulsify the dirt and grease on the surface. Follow behind with a terry cloth towel over the brush to remove excess moisture and residue. Tip: An old idea for polishing stainless steel is to wipe it down with seltzer soda water after it is cleaned.

Bathroom Areas

To clean the bathtub or shower area, use the bristle brush for grout, shower door tracks, hard to get areas and heavily soiled areas. The dual edge window/tile squeegee will be the most efficient way to clean the rest of the area. Allow plenty of time for the heat to penetrate the surface. This is especially helpful in the shower area if there is tile or grout. Wipe with towel.

Removal of soap scum on tile, grout, and shower doors is also easier with the steam cleaner.

To clean sanitary fixtures, use the concentrator with or without bristle brush. Use a terry cloth towel or paper towel to wipe up excess moisture and residue. To clean the sink and faucets, use bristle brush then finish by wiping with a towel.

Soap Scum

Soap scum dissolves almost immediately under a combination of heat and moisture. Rinse the surface with a small amount of water afterwards or go back over it once more with a clean terry cloth towel.

Note: Soap scum sometimes will develop a hard surface from waterborne minerals. If this is the case, use the bristle brush to break up this surface - or spray or wipe first with lemon, vinegar or seltzer soda water to soften the minerals. Moving too slowly can dry out the soap scum and cause it to granulate on the surface. The surface will have a gritty feel. If this happens, apply vapor to the surface with the bristle brush again and re-clean.

Garden Furniture

Use any of the brushes depending on the surface area. Work quickly when cleaning resin outdoor furniture. Finish by wiping with a towel.


Use the nylon bristle brush to clean blinds. Move the brush over the surface, allowing enough time for the vapor to penetrate. Work quickly on PVC blinds. Test for color fastness on fabric blinds before using. Finish by wiping with a towel.

Artificial Plants

Use the concentrator without a brush attached to blow off the dust and dirt.


A vapor cleaning system is excellent for removing wrinkles from fabrics. Simply “vaporize” the surface from a distance (12”-18”). The dry vapor removes wrinkles without leaving the fabric wet like ordinary fabric steamers do. Stretch the fabric to smooth out the wrinkles.

Nicotine and Tar

Nicotine and tar dissolves at high temperatures and becomes a light yellow oil that has the consistency of sewing machine oil. When the nicotine/tar film is touched by steam pocket, it immediately dissolves and flows into the steam pocket towel. You can remove it from flat surfaces as fast as you can move the steam pocket over the surface.

Removing Wax, Tar, Etc.

Many stains are only stuck on the surface of materials and can be easily and quickly removed by “blowing” excess material away from the surface from the side. This is accomplished by using the concentrator. Hold the terry cloth towel to the side to catch the loose residue as it is blown by the concentrator.

Note: Always vacuum any loose residue off the surface before you apply vapor to it.




Safety Filler Cap


Window Squeegee


On/Off Button




Pressure Gauge


Tire Brush


Heating Light (Red)


Nylon Bristle Brush (x2)


Steam Ready Light (Green)


Funnel (x2)


Steam On/Off Switch


Steam Pocket Adapter


Variable Steam Control


Steam Pocket Frame


Flexible Hose


Steam Pocket Towel


Extension Tube (x2)


Casters (x4) (not shown)

Technical Specifications


120V., 60Hz.


1550 Watts


13 A.

Steam Generator:

Stainless Steel

Maximum Water Capacity: 100 U.S Fl. Oz.

* Illustrations may differ from actual product. 3


1.Multipurpose Steam Cleaner:

Bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, pet areas and appliances.

Automotive, patio and windows.

2.Stainless Steel Boiler:

Non-corroding, stainless steel boiler. Welded construction.

3.Variable Steam:

Allows you to adapt the steam flow to the job.

4.Heavy-duty crush-resistant hose.

5.Versatile, quick-change accessories



Wood, Vinyl and Marble Floors

Use the Steam Pocket ™. Move the steam pocket across the floor as if you are mopping. When one side of the towel is soiled, turn the steam pocket frame and use the other side. One of the great advantages of using our Steam Pocket™ is that your floor will dry faster than if you used a mop or other floor cleaning device. It is normal that some moisture may be left behind depending on how quickly you move the Steam Pocket™ across the floor and the relative heat and humidity of the room. Be sure to move quickly and steadily over wood, linoleum and vinyl flooring to avoid damaging the surface and removing wax.

To Clean Waxed Floors: Use the steam pocket with quick strokes. This will cause the dirt to be removed but not the wax.

Vinyl Floors: Do not allow heat to build up in any kind of vinyl, since it can soften it enough to affect its texture. Work fast on vinyl.

Tile Floors: Use the concentrator with the bristle brush attached to an extension. Have the steam pocket ready as well. Clean the grout between the tiles with the bristle brush. Remove the bristle brush and attach the steam pocket, move the steam pocket across the floor to clean the tile and remove excess moisture and residue.

Spot Cleaning (Carpets)

Use the concentrator with or without the bristle brush. Move slowly over the soiled area, allowing the steam to penetrate. Agitate with bristle brush or clean towel. Dab the spot with the towel (do not rub). Repeat as necessary to remove stain. Vacuum only after the carpet has completely dried.

Always test color fastness of carpet in an inconspicuous area before cleaning.

If your steam cleaner fails to remove stubborn stains a commercially available carpet shampoo may be required.

CAUTION: Always determine the color-fastness of any fabric-

especially with reds or blues - by taking a clean, moist, warm towel and gently rubbing a small area as far down on the back or other out of the way place on the furniture as possible. If color comes off on the towel, you may need to have the piece dry cleaned.

Window, Glass Surfaces and Mirrors

Use the dual edge glass and tile squeegee. Work with the vapor jet on using the top to bottom movements. Use the squeegee with the vapor off to clear the water from the glass. To do this without leaving streaks, use lateral movements from the top to the bottom of the surface.

CAUTION: When cleaning windows, always avoid any sudden

changes in temperature to prevent glass breakage or cracks.

Do NOT add cleaning solutions, scented perfumes, oils or any other chemicals to the water used in this appliance as this may damage the unit or make it unsafe for use.


Fig. 1


Care and Maintenance

If you consistently use demineralized or distilled water, cleaning the tank is unnecessary.

Rinsing Out the Steam Cleaner

Normally, a periodic rinse of your steam cleaner will free it from deposits. This is recommended every 10-15 tankfulls, to free up any scale deposits from the tank. Fill the boiler with 20 oz. of water and shake the cleaner vigorously. Tilt the cleaner upside down to empty the boiler of water and any scale deposits.

Descaling Your Steam Cleaner

If the tap water in you area contains a high level of calcium deposits and you have been using tap water to do your steam cleaning, you should descale your unit after 10-15 tankfulls.

To Descale the Steam Cleaner

Step 1: Unplug the steam cleaner from the power source before you descale the boiler. Allow to cool.

Step 2: Fill the boiler with 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water and leave overnight or for a period of approximately 8 hours. Do not screw the safety/filler cap onto the steam cleaner while you are descaling the boiler.

Do not use the steam cleaner while descaling solution is inside the boiler.

Step 3: After the period of soaking, turn the steam cleaner upside down to empty solution from the boiler. Due to the fact that a small amount of solution will be left in the boiler, it is necessary to rinse the boiler out with clean water 2 or 3 times. Your steam cleaner is now ready for use.

Note: When storing your unit, always drain any residual water in the boiler and do not tighten the safety filler cap onto the unit. Always leave the safety filler cap loose on the unit when not in use.


Use tap water for all your cleaning needs.

However, if you live in an area with hard water, use de-mineralized / distilled water when steaming light colored fabrics to eliminate the possibility of hard water stains.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT add cleaning solutions, scented perfumes, oils or any other chemicals to the water used in this appliance. Use tap water or distilled/purified water if the tap water in your area is very hard.

Efficient Work

For vertical surfaces, wipe with a towel from the top down, in this way the dirty water will not soil surfaces already cleaned.

Avoid changing brushes back and forth while cleaning.

Start with the smallest brush to clean tight spots and corners first.

Use a towel to wipe dirt as soon as possible, otherwise it will dry and re-adhere to the surface.




On/Off Switch: The unit is “On” when the switch is in the “Pushed down” position. The light on the On/Off switch will illuminate when the unit is on. The unit is “Off” when the switch is in its “Up” position.

Heating Light (red): This light will illuminate when the unit is heating up the water.

Steam Ready Light (green): When this light is “On”, it indicates that the steam is

ready to use.

Pressure Gauge: This helps you to monitor the steam pressure in the unit as you are working.

CAUTION: Read the instructions for “Filling the Water Tank” before opening the Safety Cap.

CAUTION: Always unplug before



IMPORTANT: Do NOT add cleaning solutions, scented perfumes, oils or any other chemicals to the boiler in this appliance. Use tap water or distilled/purified water if the tap water in your area is very hard.

Assembly of Casters

The casters for your new steam cleaner are packed and shipped unassembled. To assemble the casters to the base of the steam cleaner, simply insert the caster stems onto one of the four (4) posts on the base and push downward with the palm of your hand. Repeat for the next three (3) casters.

Filling or Refilling Your Steam Cleaner With Water

IMPORTANT: Always insure that the unit is “UNPLUGGED” from the wall receptacle prior to initial filling or re-filling the water tank and has been allowed to cool for 15 minutes. Never attempt to fill this unit under a water tap, always use the filling funnel provided.

Step 1: Before refilling the steam cleaner, make sure that the unit is NOT plugged in and has been allowed to cool for fifteen (15) minutes.

Step 2: Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet and press the steam switch on the

hand grip to the “ON” position to vent any residual steam that is in the boiler. (Fig 1)

Step 3: Remove the power cord from the electrical outlet and turn the steam switch on the hand grip to the “OFF” position. (Fig. 1)

Step 4: Place the unit on a flat, stable surface. Slowly turn the safety

filler cap counter clockwise until it is removed.

Step 5: Place the funnel in the tank opening as illustrated in Fig. 2. For optimum

steam, it is recommended that no more than 84 US fluid ounces of water be added to a dry unit.

Do Not Overfill.

Step 6: Replace the Safety Filler Cap.

WARNING: Allow unit to cool for

15 minutes before refilling. Fig. 2

When refilling the steam

cleaner while the boiler is still hot, there is a risk that water will squirt back during filling and cause scalding. Extreme care should be taken when refilling the unit. Use caution when opening the Safety/Filler Cap as cap may become hot during use and escaping steam can cause scalding.

Step 7: Connect desired attachments onto the flexible steam hose.

Step 8: Plug the unit into a standard (120 volt, grounded) wall receptacle. Allow approximately 15 minutes for vapor to reach its working temperature and pressure. The green ready light will illuminate when the unit is ready for use. Always point nozzle outlet in a safe direction.

NOTE: When the steam cleaner has run out of water, steam output will cease.



Using the Variable Steam Feature

Your steam cleaner has a variable steam feature that allows you to adjust the steam flow to the job that you are doing. For example, set the variable steam at lower settings when using the window squeegee and at higher settings when cleaning grout seams. The variable steam control is located on the handgrip. (Fig. 3) To increase the steam flow, turn the knob counter clockwise and to decrease, turn it clockwise.

Fig. 3

Using Your Steam Cleaner with Steam Pocket

1.Connect one of the extension tubes to the hand grip on the flexible steam hose. To attach the extension tubes one onto the other or onto the hand grip, press the locking button ensuring that it fits into the hole. (Fig. 4, Fig. 5) To disconnect, repeat the operation by pressing the locking button and pulling the two sections apart.

WARNING: Always insure the unit is “UNPLUGGED” from the

wall receptacle prior to attaching or removing accessories.

2.To attach the steam pocket towel to the steam pocket frame, slide the steam pocket towel over the steam pocket frame. (Fig. 6)

Fig. 6

3.Bring the towel all the way to the top of the steam pocket frame. (Fig. 7)

Fig. 7

4.Bring the velcro strips that are on the back side of the steam pocket towel over the steam pocket frame and attach to the inside of the front side of the steam pocket towel. (Fig. 8)

Fig. 4

Fig. 5


NOTE: Fit the steam pocket frame with the angle adapter onto the extension tube.

Fig. 8

5.Insert the electrical power cord into the wall outlet. Heating time is approximately 15 minutes with cold water. Filling the steam generator with hot water will shorten the heat up time.

NOTE: Do not use the soap injector with the steam pocket attachment.



Care & Maintenance of the Steam Pocket Towel

Due to the unique cleaning ability of this cloth, proper care of your microfiber towel is required to ensure long life and continued cleaning ability.

The first thing you should do when you get a new microfiber towel is to

wash and dry it. During the manufacturing process the fabric has a tendency to become flat as it picks up contaminants from the air and machinery. There will also be a number of loose threads that, while they cause no harm, can be annoying the first time you use the towel.

To clean the towel, simply wash it in your washing machine using the warm water setting.

Always wash your towels separately from other fabrics. They have a tendency to pick up lint and other particles from other fabrics and the next time you use your towel, this lint will transfer to the surface being cleaned.

ONLY USE LIQUID DETERGENTS, never use dry detergents as many times the granules do not fully dissolve and become trapped in the towel. This can scratch the surface that you are cleaning.

NEVER USE BLEACH OR FABRIC SOFTENERS! Bleach will damage the microfiber fabric and fabric softeners deposit a coating on the microfiber fabric what will not allow the cloth to clean efficiently.

Air dry the towel. Do not put in a clothes dryer as high heat will cause the towel to shrink and the microfibers to break down.

If you wash your towel on a regular basis and don’t let them get too dirty, they will last much longer. As with any fabric, dirt particles, grease and other contaminants can cause the fibers to break down, therefore regular cleaning will help preserve your microfiber towels.

As you use the microfiber towel, you will notice that sometimes a thread will loosen or pull out. This is normal and you should

NEVER PULL AT THE LOOSE THREAD! Pulling the thread can cause the weave to come undone. Instead, simply trim the thread with a pair of sharp scissors.

Attaching the Accessories to the Handgrip

Dual Edge Window Squeegee

This attachment is very useful for cleaning large windows, plastic material, ceramic, tiled or marble surfaces.

To use: Connect the squeegee to the hand grip or use with extension tube for hard to reach surfaces.

Apply steam abundantly, rub with the soft spongy edge, then remove excess water and dirt with the glass wiping edge.

IMPORTANT: When cleaning windows, always avoid any sudden changes in temperature to prevent glass breakage or cracks.


Attach the concentrator to the handgrip or to the extension tubes. Then attach the bristle brushes to the concentrator.

Nylon Bristle Brush (x2)

These are best for cleaning grout inbetween the tiles, ceramic and marble. To use: Attach the nylon

bristle brush on to the end of the concentrator, which then may be used directly

on the hand grip or with extension tubes.

Tire Brush

Use the tire brush to clean Tires and wheel rims.

To use: Attach the tire brush on directly onto the handgrip.