Cleaning an iron is a simple task to complete. The method for cleaning the iron may vary slightly depending on whether the iron's sole plate is Teflon. There are two areas of an iron that need to be cleaned. The sole plate and the reservoir. The idea of cleaning your own iron may seem daunting but it is much cheaper and environmentally friendly to clean it yourself than it is to throw it into a landfill and buy a new one.
Clean the Sole Plate
Unplug your iron and allow it to cool before your attempt to clean it. Dump any water out of the reservoir.
Use the mesh pad to clean the plate with soap and water. If you only have a cloth available, then add salt to wipe down the surface of the sole plate. Heavy starch can be cleaned with a white vinegar and salt solution. Heat the vinegar until the salt is dissolved, and then use it to clean the surface.
Use toothpaste to handle difficult stains.
Clean the Reservoir
- Nylon mesh pad or cloth
- White vinegar
Never use a wire brush or pad on a Teflon surface, as it will damage it.
Clean the reservoir in a well-ventilated space. This will prevent the vinegar fumes from affecting you.
Add white vinegar to the reservoir, filling it one-quarter of the way full.
Activate the steam setting and apply the iron to a clean white cloth until the reservoir is empty.
Look to see if the reservoir is free of mineral deposit. Repeat the process until the mineral deposits are gone. Once completed, follow the same process with clean water in the reservoir several times.
Things You'll Need
- Never use a wire brush or pad on a Teflon surface, as it will damage it.
- Clean the reservoir in a well-ventilated space. This will prevent the vinegar fumes from affecting you.
About the Author
Kirsten O'Hara started freelance writing in 2010. She wrote for her university newspaper "Lion's Roar" and won several collegiate writing contests. O'Hara earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and a minor in English from Southeastern Louisiana University.
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