Why Is My Swiffer Wetjet Not Spraying?

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Swiffers are useful home tools that make it easy to clean your floors without making a mess or taking a long time to dry. The Swiffer WetJet is an all-in-one mopping device that lets you spray the cleaning solution on the floor as you move the mop around. But if you haven’t used it for a while, you might be asking yourself, Why Is My Swiffer Wetjet Not Spraying?

It keeps you from soaking big mop heads and putting a lot of dirty water on your floor for no reason. But sometimes, the Swiffer wetjet won’t spray, making the whole thing useless.

Most problems with Swiffer mops can be fixed at home, though. Keep reading to learn how. 

If you can hear the motor moving but the Swiffer WetJet isn’t spraying, the nozzle is clogged. With a few simple things, this is easy to fix.

But if the Swiffer isn’t spraying and you can’t hear the motor, the pump motor may be stuck or rusty and need to be lubricated. You don’t have to buy a new Swiffer WetJet, though. All you need to do is learn the following tips and tricks. 

How to Fix a Swiffer Wet Jet That Won’t Spray

When a Swiffer doesn’t spray, a few things could be wrong. You may have already tried some of these steps to fix your Swiffer, but here are some more:

Step 1: Check The Inserted Swiffer Wetjet Bottle

First, take the solution bottle out and put it back in. You should hear the bottle click into place when you put it in place.

The bottle has to be in the right place for the Swiffer to work. If it’s not, the liquid won’t spray out. 

Step 2. Check and Replace the Batteries – Where Are The Batteries In A Swiffer Wet Jet?

The motor of the Swiffer runs on 4 AA batteries, and without them, it won’t spray. So, if you haven’t changed the batteries in a while, do it now.

If the Swiffer starts to spray again, that’s good news. It’s a quick, cheap, and simple fix.

But if you changed the batteries and still don’t hear the motor moving, the pump motor may be clogged, rusty, and in need of lubrication. Move on to step 3 in this case. 

If you have changed the batteries and can hear the motor going, but no liquid is coming out, move on to step 2.

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Step 3. Clean the Nozzle to Unclogg it.

If you put in new batteries and can hear the motor moving, but nothing comes out of the Swiffer, the spray nozzles may be clogged. 

Doing the following is the best and easiest way to do this without taking apart the Swiffer:

  1. Take the Swiffer outside and lean it against something to stand it up straight.
  2. Spray water at the holes with a strong hose. Unclogging the head will be easier with a hose that has good water flow.
  3. Make sure to point the steam toward the spray nozzle’s mouth. This should take between 30 and 60 seconds.
  4. If you don’t have a hose, you could open the Swiffer’s opening with a pin or toothpick instead. Carefully poke a hole in each spray tip and scrape out any dirt. 
  5. Fill the Swiffer with water and try the mop; it should spray again, hopefully. 

You may want to pick up more Swiffer WetJet pads.

Step 4. Lubricate the Pump Motor.

If the pump motor is quiet when you press the spray button, even with new batteries, the motor is probably clogged. You’ll have to take apart the mop, which is a bit more complicated to fix, but if you follow the steps, you can do it.

How To Disassemble Swiffer Wet Jet and Grease it:

  1. Take the bottle of cleaning fluid out of the machine.

  2. Take out the two screws on either side of the circle where the bottle usually sits.

  3. Unscrew the larger screw that holds the mop head to the handle on the outside.

  4. The top should be cut in half.

  5. Turn the motor by hand through the small window with a flat-head screwdriver.

  6. Put dry oil inside the motor of the pump and all over the rusted ends of the terminals.

  7. If you press the spray button, the motor should probably work and make a whirring sound as it should. If so, put the mop back together.

How To Assemble A Swiffer Wet Jet

  1. Join the two pieces of plastic and hold them together with a big screw.
  2. Screw one screw on each side of the place where the bottle sits.
  3. Put the bottle of cleaning solution in place.

Step 5. Check the Battery Compartment

If you’ve tried all the other steps and still have a good mop that doesn’t spray, the problem may be with the battery section. Check to see if the battery connectors are rusty or have dirt on them.

Or, the old batteries might be leaking. Use nail paint remover with acetone to clean up any battery leakage, then wipe the area clean.

How Do You Unclog A Swiffer Wetjet?

The Swiffer needs to be cleaned often. Cleaning the mop will make it work better and stop the tip from getting clogged. 


  • Bottle 
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Small brush
  • Toothpick.
  • Hose


  1. Take the bottle of cleaner out of the machine and set it down on a flat surface.
  2. Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 3/4 cup of warm water in a jug. 
  3. Use an old toothbrush dipped in the solution to clean the mop’s tip.
  4. Then, put a little bit of a toothpick in the opening to break up any clogging.
  5. Place the mop over a drain or go outside to do this step. Pour the rest of the cleaning solution where you would normally put the bottle of cleaner.
  6. Press the spray button until the cleaning solution goes through the tube. 
  7. Repeat step 6 until you think all the dirt is gone. 
  8. Pour out the rest of the cleaning liquid and put the bottle back in. 

Why Did My Swiffer Wetjet Stopped Spraying?

If your Swiffer Wetjet stopped spraying, it may be because the batteries are worn out and need to be changed. This is especially likely if your Wetjet has been sitting in a closet for a while or if the power of your spray slowly went down before it stopped.

How Do You Get A Swiffer Wetjet To Spray?

To get a Swiffer Wetjet to spray, hold the handle button for a few seconds until the jets start to spray. You may need to gently squeeze the bottle of solution as you press the spray button.

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Do Swiffer Wet Jets Have Batteries?

Yes, Swiffer Wet Jets have 4 AA batteries. To remove the battery panel, click the notch inside the space where the cleaning kit is kept. Open the lid and put the batteries inside. Put in cleaner.

Swiffer Wetjet Not Working With New Batteries?

If you have changed the batteries and still don’t hear the motor moving, the pump motor may be clogged, rusty, and in need of lubrication. Click here to see the steps involved in lubricating the motor.

Do Swiffers Have Batteries?

Yes, Swiffers have 4 AA batteries. To take off the battery panel, click the notch inside the space where the cleaning kit is kept. Open the lid and put the batteries inside. Put in cleaner.

Swiffer Wet Jet Manual

You can find a lot of information in the Swiffer Wet Jet Manual.

Swiffer Warranty

The Swiffer warranty, which is a money-back promise is just one way that Swiffer tries to give their customers high-quality cleaning products. Swiffer’s products are made to make cleaning easier and faster, and the money-back promise makes sure that customers can try out these products without any risk.

Final Thoughts

Swiffers are great for cleaning around the house. Because they are so easy to use, they get everyone to help with the jobs.

Some kids even like to use the Swiffer. What a real treat! But the mop isn’t very useful if the Swiffer no longer squirts out the cleaning liquid.

Most issues that make the Swiffer stop spraying can be found and fixed for free at home. Using our troubleshooting tips, you should be able to fix most problems with your Swiffer and get it back to working order.


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