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How to Clean an Iron

If your iron started soiling your clothes while ironing then it’s time to clean your iron. Keeping your iron clean and in top working condition is all about cleaning it regularly. You will protect it against mildew and dirt and prevent build up of melted residue and fibers. It’s not only about cleaning the dirt collecting on the plastic exterior but also the mildew that can grow inside the water reservoir.

Cleaning the Plate

Heat up your iron on ironing board, setting it to the highest cotton setting but without steam. While the iron is heating up, lay a brown paper bag flat on top the ironing board and cover it with a layer of salt. You can use other types of paper but it must be without print otherwise the ink may transfer to the plate. Use larger salt granules such as kosher, rock or sea salt as these work best.

Run the metal plate of the iron in a circular motion over the salt. This will dislodge any melted-on fibers. Do this for a minute or two and then leave the iron to cool down completely. If you need to repeat it don’t forget to change the salt and paper.

Washing out the Water Reservoir

If you use tap water or don’t empty the water reservoir you will most likely have clogged the steam vents. Mix up a homemade cleaner paste by combining two tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water. Spread the paste onto the metal plate or soleplate using a spatula and let it seep into the steam vents.

Dip a cotton swab in distilled water and swab out the individual steam vents. Wipe down the plate with a damp cloth.

Refill the water reservoir with distilled water then plug in the iron and let it heat up, setting it to the highest heat setting with the steam on. Press the iron on a cloth to flush out any deposits. Then unplug and let it cool down.

Empty out the liquid and try to remember emptying it after each use.

Cleaning the plastic exterior is easily done with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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