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Swiffer WetJet Isn't Working

The main reason your probably purchased your WetJet was the spray feature. So when it stops working it is very frustrating. This is a page about when Swiffer WetJet isn't working.


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By 7 found this helpful
June 12, 2015

After trying all of the other suggestions to get my Swiffer Wet Jet working again, i.e.: change batteries, make sure batteries are in properly with the door closed all the way, clean spray openings, clean off battery acid if batteries were corroded, etc., I watched a YouTube video. It said to take acetone based nail polish remover to the battery connectors inside the casing and let dry completely. Re-install the batteries. This worked for me! I can't believe it was just that after trying everything else! So hopefully this helps you.


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By 3 found this helpful
April 13, 2015

I noticed some people find that Swiffer WetJet won't spray. There are a few reasons this might be but one of them is to check the batteries. It's difficult to read labeling but the batteries go in different ways on both sides (left and right). One way they are positive up, the other they are negative up.

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By 1 found this helpful
January 8, 2009

I have a Swiffer Wet Jet and love it. I have been using vinegar and water in the bottle. It just stopped one day, so I bought another one, and the same thing happened. Has anyone had the same problem? Do you think it is the vinegar and water?


Sue from New York


January 14, 20090 found this helpful

I sure hope someone posts an answer, because I just bought one and plan on doing this too. I'd like to head any problems off before they happen.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
January 15, 20090 found this helpful

My wetjet did this too after about six months of regular use. I did two things. First I cleaned the end where the cleaner squirts out (it was slightly clogged) and then I changed the batteries. Worked like a charm after that. Hope this helps.

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By April (Guest Post)
January 19, 20090 found this helpful

I had one stop working on me too. I went and bought another one. It wouldn't work either. Had my "My Blonde Moment". Check the batteries! Now they BOTH work Great!

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February 9, 20131 found this helpful

Thank you thriftyfun! I have mastered the art of unclogging swiffer wet jets. First, rise off the jets with hot water and stick a pin up into each jet. I used a quilting pin because they are thin and about 1.5 inches long and have a nice round head so it's easy to pull it in and out.


Then I replaced all four AA batteries. The swiffer wet jet requires fresh batteries. (Still cheaper than paying someone else to mop my floor.) Now both of my wet jets work like new. I had bought the second one before accepting that this problem required some research.

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April 30, 20131 found this helpful

The idea of changing the batteries is essential. Your WetJet may sound like the batteries are good yet not work. Changing the batteries magically brings it back to life!

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October 8, 20140 found this helpful

I think I may have figured out the solution. Yes, make sure your batteries aren't dead, but you might try pushing the liquid dispenser while moving the mop back and forth. I find that when I want a ton of liquid in one area I'll stop to squeeze squeeze squeeze, and that's when it stops working, but if I am continuously moving the mop then the liquid will dispense.


Hope this helps and hopefully it's the solution.

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March 5, 20150 found this helpful

I was so very frustrated by this, then I found out what was wrong. I tried new batteries. Still nothing. The thing is new so I was pretty sure it wasn't clogged jets, but I cleaned them anyway. I took the batteries out and out them back in.

Then I discovered the miracle cure. Take a look at that little door on the newer models behind which you place the batteries. After you put in the new batteries, make sure you slide the door all the way down. You will hear a click. If the door is only being held closed by the bottle, it will not work.

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March 3, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you! Only one 'sprayer' was working - I tried this and both are working!

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By 1 found this helpful
April 24, 2016

I have changed the batteries and took them out and re-inserted them, cleaned the spray valves and poked with a pin, all of this and it still doesn't work. When I push the button there is no sound or spray. Does anyone have any other suggestions?


P.S. I have pushed that button 50 times


July 2, 20163 found this helpful

Open the battery compartment (on mine it just lifts right out). Check the metal leads at the top (where the batteries make contact). Make sure the metal is shiny with no corrosion. If there is corrosion (it was a bluish-green on mine), take some sandpaper and sand off all of the corrosion (this took me 5-10 minutes - an easy task). Then reinstall the batteries and it should work like new. Anyway, mine did!

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August 8, 20161 found this helpful

In addition to checking that the battery leads don't have corrosion, also make sure the prongs (mine has prongs, but other models may differ) are far out enough to make contact with the batteries. My stopped working, and no luck with new batteries. However, when I used a screwdriver to gently pull the prongs out some, it made better contact with the fresh batteries. Works great now!

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August 23, 20160 found this helpful

My bottom screw was stripped and in a little crooked so it is impossible for me to change batteries. Darn!

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December 11, 20161 found this helpful

I followed your instructions. Cleaned the contacts, put in new batteries. It's working great. Saved money. Thank you.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I've done everything suggested so far what next can I do get my wet jet to work!!?

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By 0 found this helpful
April 18, 2018

I followed all of the directions and the bottle came with the WetJet kit. I got it to click in, but it immediately pops back out. Is there any way to fix this?


April 18, 20180 found this helpful
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You probably got a bad one. Return it, but also tell Swiffer. 1-866-411-1753

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May 19, 20131 found this helpful

Where are the batteries located? I just purchased the Swiffer. I never realized that the handle was already extended. I secured solution, pressed the trigger, and nothing happened. Is there anything else aside from lack of batteries? What size battery and how many?


By Rose


January 25, 20141 found this helpful

The new Swiffer Wetjet batteries are in a different place from the old Swiffer Wetjet. It takes 4 AA batteries. The battery compartment is behind the bottle. Take the bottle out and you'll see a place that says OPEN. place your thumb on this place and slide down. The compartment will open. I replaced my batteries today and it still didn't work for a minute and then all of a sudden when I kept pressing the spray button, it started spraying. Then I checked the old batteries and they were fine. So I guess for some reason sometimes for it to work, you have to take the batteries out and put them back in. And then you have to press the spray button about 20 times. Strange...

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

Four AA batteries.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 5, 2017

I just unboxed and put it together, it won't spray the solution. I changed the batteries and tried it before putting the solution back in and the motor seems to work, however when I put the solution in it doesn't clip and will fall out if I try to make the sweeping motion. I can't seem to get the solution to click into place. I of course can't find the receipt to return it. Any ideas?

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By 0 found this helpful
July 4, 2019

I have had my Swiffer Wet Jet for 2 months and it is not working. I cleaned the nozzles with a toothbrush and used a toothpick inserted into the nozzles, ran vinegar through it to clean the system, changed the batteries and cleaned the contacts on the batteries. I have done all of the suggestions and it still doesn't work, it is totally dead. Any suggestions?

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By 0 found this helpful
May 9, 2019

I just received my Swifter Wet Jet through Amazon. It was brand new in the box. I put it together & it's not working. We tried everything, but nothing worked. Now I am wondering if the handle all the way down has to be put in a certain way for it to work? I hate to return it if maybe I can get it to work. Any ideas?

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December 2, 20140 found this helpful

I have put a new bottle of solution in the mop, but nothing will spray out. Suggestions?

By Jane


December 3, 20140 found this helpful

You can go to ehow website or youtube for tutorials on troubleshooting swiffer wetjets.

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September 21, 20160 found this helpful

spray comes out of only 1 hole in the pad

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April 17, 20150 found this helpful

My machine is new, it is the first time I'm using it and it is only squirting out of one side. I guess it is clogged.

By Debbie

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March 7, 20150 found this helpful

What happens when a sprayer on a Swifter WetJet does not spray and how do you fix it?

By Jok F.


December 27, 20160 found this helpful

My wet jet won't spray! I've replaced batteries, cleaned sprayer holes & don't know what else to do!

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September 1, 20140 found this helpful

I have a Swiffer Wet Jet CE. The batteries are fine, but when the switch on the handle is pressed the motor does not run to release the spray. Do you have a solution for this? Thank you.

By Richard from Stanardsville, VA


February 14, 20170 found this helpful

I have a Swiffer Wet Jet CE. The batteries are fine, but when the switch on the handle is pressed the motor does not run to release the spray. Do you have a solution for this?

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May 26, 20140 found this helpful

I haven't used it in awhile, so I got a new bottle of solution, new pad, new batteries and, nothing. I can hear the motor running, but nothing comes out. Am I doing something wrong? I know it's been awhile since I've used it, but it can't be that complicated is it?

By ls

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

The Swiffer WetJet spray can be prone to clogging. If you can get the clog clerked out, your Swiffer WetJet will be working as good as new. This is a page about fixing a Swiffer WetJet that is not spraying.

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