Steam iron is very practical when it comes to dismantling clothes and makes the activity of ironing faster and more efficient. So much so that many people have opted for this model at the time of purchase. The detail is that to guarantee a good functioning of the device it is necessary to also worry about its cleaning, that must be made with certain frequency.
Depending on the use, it is natural for some fabric yarns and other particles to accumulate in the iron and even enter the water compartment that produces the steam. It is therefore important to clean the steam iron.
Find out how to clean adherent and non-stick models and see tips to ensure the appliance lasts longer:
Why clean it?
Although not in contact with dirt, every object will accumulate dust or other particles. In the case of steam iron, fabric wires, water impurities and limescale are examples of what can accumulate in the appliance.
Cleaning makes the life of the iron increase by keeping the plate and steam outlet free of dirt and accumulated particles. Also prevent clothes from sticking to the iron while it is being passed or you end up leaving unwanted stains on the fabric, resulting from the accumulation of dirt on the plate, steam and contact with a white piece, for example.
How to Clean Iron Step by Step
To clean steam iron you should:
Automatic cleaning function
Some models of steam iron have the function of automatic cleaning. Check out the manual and see if that is your case.
If yes, follow the following step by step:
Fill the tank with water and turn on the iron at the maximum temperature. Also select the option without steam if the unit has.
Wait until the light goes out, indicating that the iron has reached the desired temperature. Unplug and unplug. Go to the sink and hold the appliance horizontally. Press the button to eliminate water and steam inside. Be careful not to let hot water splash into your hand and arms.
Shake the iron back and forth until all the water comes out of the reservoir. Plug the appliance back in and warm it up. Then wipe the base with a cloth. Note that any dirt should be on the cloth.
If necessary, you can repeat the automatic cleaning process again.
Steam irons without automatic cleaning function
If your steam iron does not have the option of automatic cleaning, there are other alternatives to clean the inside and outside of the appliance:
1. Cleaning the inside of the iron
To clean the inside of the steam iron you will need:
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup white vinegar
Mix water and vinegar and pour into the iron water reservoir. Plug it into the outlet and select the highest temperature. If there is no temperature option place the iron in the "cotton" position.
When the iron reaches the maximum temperature (usually turns off the light), spread a towel over the ironing board and iron. Do not forget to press the steam button so that the water and vinegar mixture is eliminated.
It is not necessary to use the entire solution inside the reservoir. The important thing is that you press the steam button every twenty seconds for a minute and a half. After this time, switch the appliance off and unplug it. Discard any remaining water with vinegar that is still inside the iron.
Fill the reservoir again, now only with water. Repeat the process to remove any remaining vinegar that has remained inside the appliance. You can go through the same towel again.
After one and a half minutes discard the water and you will have finished cleaning the inside of your steam iron.
2. Cleaning the plate and the steam lines
After cleaning the inside of the iron, it is time to service the outside. Take into account whether the model is adherent (iron plate) or non-stick.
Before starting the process, remember to take the appliance out of the outlet and allow it to cool down, especially if you chose to remove dirt from the inside of the iron first.
If the iron is nonstick use only:
- Soft cloth or sponge;
Lightly soak the cloth or sponge in a solution of water with two tablespoons of vinegar. Then pass it (without rubbing or squeezing) onto the iron plate. To finish, use the swabs to clean the spray lines.
If the iron is sticky you can use:
- Sodium bicarbonate;
- White vinegar;
- Wet cloth;
Prepare a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, until you get a paste. With the help of the sponge, rub this paste into the base of the iron and let it act for a few minutes.
Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary to remove any dirt that is stuck in this region. To finish, wipe with a damp cloth to remove the paste and use a toothbrush to clean the steam ducts. If you find it more practical, bet on swabs for that region and remember to moisten them before.
Extra tip: Even on the adhering irons, avoid using any abrasive material for cleaning, such as sponging steel or stronger chemicals. The vinegar can at most be replaced by neutral detergent (in non-stick models) or soap.
Care and maintenance
Some care is essential to ensure the increased useful life of your steam iron. You should then:
1. Maintain a cleaning frequency
Steam iron needs to be cleaned, but you do not have to do it every day, even if you use it a lot.
Ideally, cleaning should be done on average every one to two months. For non-stick models, opt for two months, especially when cleaning the outside.
2. Bet on distilled or purified water
Tap water has some minerals and other impurities that can build up inside the iron or steam ducts. To avoid this problem, use distilled or purified water. Scented water is also not recommended for steam iron.
3. Check the power cord for each use
Each time you use the steam iron, check the power cord. If you notice any signs of damage, have it serviced or replace with a new one. This prevents the appliance from consuming more electricity and causing an accident during use, especially because you are handling water.
4. Save properly
After use allow the iron to cool, empty the water container and store it properly. The right position is the vertical position, to prevent the device from coming into contact with dirt from the environment. If you still have the box in which it came, you can store it there.
Take care also when folding the power cord, so as not to damage it.
5. In case of falls check that the iron is working normally
If you drop your steam iron on the floor, always make sure nothing has broken or loosened. Mainly the thermostat. In the event of any visible change - or if the iron does not heat up when it is switched on - take it to the nearest service center and never try to repair it yourself.