How To Clean an Iron

No matter how hard you try to deny it, even those of you who regularly clean your iron sometimes forget to do it – whether it is because you are in a hurry or you have simply forgotten to do it. Or maybe you think that it’s not so important but it actually is. Not doing so may eventually lead to the damage of your iron.

Every woman has seen at least one stain on her iron. Even modern irons with a self-cleaning mechanism sometimes get dark stains on the surface. These stains are most often mill-cake from the surface of the clothes being ironed. Hence, they are the result of ironing itself. The process of gathering these mill-cakes is a tedious one and they cannot happen after one or two ironings. The question that every woman asks herself now, is how to clean unpleasant stains on the iron surface. Of course, there are a lot of ways and abstergents for this type of cleaning that can be found commercially. But what follows are helpful tips on how to clean the iron with stuff which you can find right inside your home.

•For iron stains that have become dry and more difficult to remove, you should first heat the iron to its maximum temperature. After the iron is hot enough use it over a piece of paper. Repeat the procedure until the iron surface gets completely clean.
•If the stains on the iron surface are old – you can remove them with the help of ammonia dissolved in water. Apply it on the iron surface and rub with a clean cloth until the surface is completely clean. After you have removed the stains, wash the iron surface with a cloth, soaked in water.

•Removing the stains with the help of vinegar – the fact that vinegar can serve not only as a salad dressing but as a very effective cleaning means is not very popular. However, it is used for removing persistent stains on metal surfaces. You can use it in the very same way as the ammonia solution. If the vinegar is not enough to completely clean the stains, add some saleratus on a cotton cloth and gently rub the iron surface with it. Be careful not to push the cloth too hard on the surface as you might damage the iron.
•How to clean the iron container – first, mix equal amounts of water and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the container, turn on the steam function and leave it working for about three or four minutes. If there is some of the mixture remaining in the container, pour it into the sink and pour clean water instead. Leave it working on the steam function again for a couple of minutes to make sure the container is completely clean.
•Last but not least, before cleaning the iron in any way, you should carefully read the instruction manual that comes with it, as it gives the best advice on how to work with the iron and how to clean it.