Whether you’ve just received your first Clearly Filtered pitcher or you are opening a replacement filter, these steps will show you how to prep it like a pro. Let’s jump right in.
So, you’re getting ready to use a fresh filter. What a great feeling! Here are some steps that will prime it for its first use and make sure it operates at peak performance throughout its long 100 gallon lifespan.
Step One: Soak the filter
Remove the antiseptic sticker
The first step is soaking the filter. It contains dry filtration material that has been compacted inside. The soaking step helps to loosen that dense material and prepare it to absorb contaminants. First, remove the antiseptic sticker covering the top of your filter.
Soak the filter
Then, fill a bowl or your pitcher with water and place the filter in the water. It may float, so placing something on top of the filter will help to keep it submerged. If you are soaking it in your pitcher, inserting the reservoir will keep the filter down. Let the filter soak for 10-15 minutes.
Step Two: Flush your filter
Attach the flushing disk
The second step is to flush the filter. This step loosens the filtration material further which in turn allows water to pass through the filter more smoothly. First, attach the flushing disk.
Flush the filter
Then, hold the white flushing adapter up to your faucet firmly. Turn your water on and gradually increase the water pressure to about medium-high over the course of about one minute. It is entirely normal and expected for some water to spill over the sides when flushing the filter.
If your faucet isn’t quite the right size for the flushing adapter or if just don’t want to flush the filter, there is an alternate option. Simply skip the flushing step altogether and continue the soaking step for 4-5 hours. That will allow water to fully saturate the filter and prepare it for filtering.
Step Three: Installing your filter
Remove the flushing disk
The third step is to install the filter into your pitcher. First, remove the flushing disk from the top of the filter.
Screw the filter onto the reservoir
Then, remove the lid to your pitcher and pull the upper reservoir up and out of the pitcher. Screw the top of the filter onto the bottom of the reservoir. Be sure to leave the gasket on the filter as it will prevent tap water from leaking over the sides of the filter.
Slide the reservoir back into the pitcher
Next, slide the reservoir and the attached filter back into your pitcher.
Filling the reservoir
Then fill the reservoir with water. After a few moments you will see water begin to trickle out of the bottom of the filter. It will take an average of 15 – 20 minutes for a full upper reservoir of water to empty into your pitcher.
Step Four: Enjoy your clean and safe water!
Last, but not least, watch fresh clean water flow from your new filter and into your pitcher.