How to Clean a Steam Iron
If you want your electrical appliances to run properly for a longer period of time, you must take good care of them. It’s simply common sense.
If you maintain your appliances properly and regularly, they are bound to serve you longer.
Maintaining electrical appliances means cleaning, washing or wiping away whatever residue builds up on the appliance.
This rule applies to each and every piece of electrical equipment you own and your steam iron is not an exception to this rule. It’s certainly not a cheap appliance and if you’ve bought one of the best ones, chances are that you’ve paid a good amount of money on it.
If you look closely, you’ll see that there are small amounts of mineral deposits on the steam holes on the soleplate of your iron.
They are there because water turns into steam and comes out of these steam holes; whilst doing that, some of the minerals that are present in water get deposited there.
You won’t be noticing them after two or three ironing sessions, but over time, the amount will increase and the steam holes will get smaller.
You’re probably wondering how you’re going to clean them, right?
Well, we are here to help you out with this task. You will need some basic things to clean your steam iron and these are easily available at home. So let’s get started!
You will need a clean cloth, a flat surface to work on, normal tap water and distilled water, baking soda, spatula, cotton swab, a damp cloth and of course, the iron.
Now, moving into the main part, first make a fine paste with the tap water and baking soda. You should do it with a 1:2 ratio.
This means that if you add 1 spoon of water, add 2 spoons of baking soda. If you need more paste, do it in a cup but just keep the ratio correct.
Now, your next move would be to apply the paste you just made on to the soleplate of the iron, with the help of a spatula.
Whilst doing that, make sure you cover all of the plate equally. Give special attention to the steam holes, as this is where the mineral deposits are located.
Leave the paste for a few minutes and then wipe the plate clean with a damp cloth.
You will notice that your iron is already shining brighter, but wait because we are not done yet.
Take a cotton swab, dip it in distilled water and insert it in the steam holes. Give it a good rub by rotating the swab with your fingers.
Now fill one third of the water tank with distilled water and turn on the steam to the highest setting.
A quick tip here – if you think you need to carry out a thorough clean, use white vinegar with distilled water using a 1:4 ratio.
Now steam-iron a clean cloth for a few minutes. This will help any deposits inside to come out and the white vinegar you mixed with the water would ease the process.
It is advisable to steam-iron the cloth for a prolonged period of time so that any mineral residue end up coming out through the steam holes.
If you still have water left in the tank, pour it out and wipe your iron again with a clean cloth. Your steam iron is now clean and works like new!
Make sure that you use this method on a regular basis because this will ensure that your iron is maintained properly and functions as normal for a very long time.