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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR IRON

Like various other home appliances, your clothes iron, particularly steam iron, also needs to be cleaned, though not too often.

10 May 2014 Saturday 07:24
Like various other home appliances, your clothes iron, particularly steam iron, also needs to be cleaned, though not too often.

It becomes all the more necessary in case you disregard the manufacturer’s instructions for using distilled water rather than the usual tap water.

As a result, there can be an accumulation of mineral deposits or lime scale on the sole plate as well as the inside of your steam iron.

Besides, it can collect dirt, grime, stains, and portions of burnt fabric that can, in turn, stick on to the clothes when you iron them and even leave behind stains.

In addition, rust and dust particles stuck on the sole plate can cause wrinkles on the fabrics while using the iron. Accumulated dirt and residue shall also decrease the iron’s performance over a period of time.

Dryer Sheets: Turn the setting of the iron on low and rub a few dryer sheets over the bottom of your iron until you remove the accumulated dirt and grime.

Finally, iron on a clean rag to remove any traces of residue from the dryer sheets.

White Vinegar: Clean the inside of a steam iron by pouring white vinegar, or equal parts of vinegar and water in the water reservoir until it is one-third full. Turn it on (medium-high heat setting) and let it steam for about 5-10 minutes so that all the vinegar evaporates.

Next, fill the chamber with plain water and turn on the iron again to help remove the remaining mineral deposits and traces of vinegar. Finally, wipe the bottom of the iron and the steam vents with a paper towel or a clean rag. It shall also help you get rid of rust collected in the steam vents.

You may not need to follow this procedure if your steam iron uses a replaceable filter to descale water automatically. In such cases, make sure you replace the filter as recommended in the user manual.

You can also create a homemade cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and water, dip a rag in it, and wipe the sole plate with it. In addition, clean the steam vents clogged with starch buildup with the help of a cotton swab dipped in this solution.

Baking Soda: When dealing with stubborn stains and rust at the iron’s plate, rub a paste of two teaspoons of baking soda and a little water on the affected area.

For best results, apply the paste on a soft cloth, rub it on the plate, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Instead of water, you may mix baking soda with white vinegar as well.

Toothpaste: Scrub off the gunk from the iron’s sole plate with a little white toothpaste (not gel).

Finally, wipe it off with a damp cloth to remove the buildup of grime and mineral deposits.

Salt: To clean dirt off the iron’s plate, put some salt on a paper towel or a cotton towel and run the iron over it while it is on the highest setting with steam turned off. The dirt shall stick to the salt, thereby leaving your iron sparkling clean.

In case there is molten plastic stuck on the sole plate, sprinkle some salt on a piece of aluminum foil and iron it. This shall help loosen the plastic from the bottom.

If it is something waxy that you need to get rid of, then turn the iron to the highest setting and run it over a newspaper. To remove oily substances, soak a small amount of ammonia on a clean rag and wipe the plate with it, followed by a wipe down with a damp cloth.


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