Using Water for a Steam Generator Iron
When using an iron, a lot of people don’t really pay attention to details.
They just go about using the iron in the normal way without thinking of the impact on the iron itself.
This definitely applies to the use of water when it comes to filling and using a steam generator iron.
To tell you the truth, there are certain things that you need to do if you want to ensure appropriate maintenance of this appliance.
Doing all the appropriate things will enable your iron to last much longer than it would usually. When it comes to this aspect, the type of water used to fill the compartment is extremely important.
Sadly, this is something that most of us have no knowledge about. We’re often confused as to which type of water to use and to be honest, majority of us just fill the compartment with normal tap water.
The reality is that the type of water used has a massive impact on the life and the performance of the iron and if you satisfy this factor then you’ll notice this yourself.
Generally, most steam generator irons and standard steam irons can be filled with normal tap water.
But you need to remember that some regions of the UK can have varied strength of hard water, which may be inappropriate.
You may not know this but hard water can contain a lot of calcium alongside other minerals. This can lead to the formation of limescale, which can actually negatively impact the efficiency and performance of the iron in the long run.
This is why some people find that their iron isn’t smoothening out the creases properly following a year or so after purchase. This means that it’s essential that you use the right type of water when using a steam generator iron.
Generally, normal tap water is fine to be used but again, if you know that your region received a lot of hard water then it is best to avoid this in order to prolong the life of your appliance.
In recent years, a lot of manufacturers have been doing research when it comes to the suitability of water.
Most of them still recommend using distilled water if you wish to prolong the life of the iron.
This is pure water that has been demineralised and I would say that if you receive strong hard water then this would be the best bet.
In general though, it is definitely a good idea to mix distilled or demineralised water with tap water in a 50:50 ratio in order to obtain a perfectly balanced mixture.
This will ensure that you get the best possible results and for as long as possible.
Using distilled water will also ensure that your clothes will remain clean when compared to if you were using hard water. This is something that can be a massive problem for those that live in regions with hard water.
So, if you didn’t know this already, it would definitely be a good idea to find out what kind of water you receive at home.
And if it’s hard water then it would definitely be a good idea to take the necessary steps to ensure that your steam generator iron isn’t filled with this alone.