All irons benefit from a regular clean. If you want to extend the life of your iron, a consistent cleaning schedule will guarantee your iron works to its best, no matter how long you have owned it for.
The process of cleaning your iron needs not to be long-winded, and there are several options available to get the job done in next to no time. So let’s proceed with the tips on how to clean iron and how to know it needs cleaning in the first place.
You may not have given any consideration to cleaning your iron just yet, but perhaps you have started to notice one or two of the following signs when ironing your clothes:
If you are experiencing any of these problems when using your iron, now may be the best time to stop using it and give it a well-earned clean, both in and out. Before taking a travel iron with you on a vacation or a business trip, check if its clean enough so you won’t have to spend extra time on maintenance.
The soleplate of your iron is very straightforward to clean, and you can choose several ways of doing this successfully:
Never be tempted to use any abrasive cleaners, either materials or chemicals, as they will inevitably damage the coating of the soleplate of your iron. Also, check the cord before every ironing on the subject of damaged parts, of course, if you own a cordless iron, you would need to check and clean the base.
If you have a steam iron, you will also need to clean the inside of this. This will also involve cleaning out the steam vents of such an iron, as this is where clogging can occur.
Again, there are a couple of ways to clean the inside of iron including:
Research shows that irons should ideally be thoroughly cleaned around every month. However, it is better to use your judgment here with regards to what type of iron user you are.
If you use your iron regularly, say daily or a few times a week, it is a good idea to clean your iron every month to every six weeks.
However, if you only use your iron sporadically, then it is perhaps more practical to clean it around the three-month mark instead.
[wpsm_box type=”green” float=”none” text_align=”left”]Regardless of the amount of time you use your iron, if you have a steam iron and fill the iron with water at every use, you will need to ensure you keep the insides of the iron cleaned regularly, just to prevent a buildup of dirty and scummy deposits left by the water residue.[/wpsm_box]
For this reason, it is highly recommended to use distilled water each time you fill up the water reservoir, rather than that of water straight from the tap. A water distiller will work in preserving the life of your iron, whether you are using an advanced more expensive model like Rowenta iron, or simpler Shark irons.
Cleaning your iron doesn’t need to be a time-consuming chore, neither does it need a tremendous number of accessories to do so. However, by allocating a few minutes regularly to this task, you ensure better ironing results, alongside making your iron as good as new every time!