How to Clean an Iron
We could hardly imagine what our clothing would look like if the iron wasn’t invented. Probably we would all ware one of those crumpled shirts made to be wrinkled and a pair of jeans. And could you imagine what would be the official dress code? I couldn’t even assume but fortunately and I don’t have to, since we have that marvellous tool called iron. With its help we can easily turn the crumpled garments into pressed and perfect outfits. But do we know how to take proper care of it?
Like all gadgets, iron also requires some care in order to work at its best. In most cases that includes cleaning from time to time and proper storage. How to clean an iron, that can be the tricky part. These simple tips can help you turn your scaly stained iron into a useful tool.
Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions
You can get a good idea of how to care for your iron by reading the manufacturer’s instructions that come with the iron. That way you will know if your iron descales itself, or requires distilled water. A few minutes spend in reading the user manual can reflect on a long and useful life of your iron.
Clean Inside of the Iron
If your iron uses replaceable filter to automatically descales water, make sure to replace that filter on a regular basis. In case your iron is not supplied with such a filter, you may need to descaled it manually. Mix one part vinegar and one part of water into the water chamber of the iron and steam the solution out. Repeat a second time with clear water. This simple solution will make wonders with your iron.
Clean Non-Coated Sole Plates
Use baking soda to clean the sole plate of non-coated irons. Wipe the plate with a dampen cloth and a little baking soda. You can also use a metal polish cleaner as an alternative. As a last resort, use extra fine steel wool to clean stubborn spots on the plate.
Clean Non-Stick Sole Plates
Use a soft cloth, warm water, and mild detergent to clean non-stick sole plates. Do not use an abrasive cleaner since it will wear away the coating on your iron.
Before cleaning your iron make sure it is completely cool an unplugged. You don’t want to get hurt while wiping the sole plate, do you?