Your iron box is probably one of those laundry equipment that you cannot do without given the important role it plays in the entire process. The steam generator iron is a special type of iron box that is equipped with a steam generating instrument which makes the removal of creases a walk in the park. Using a steam generator iron can be so much fun but this fun can be cut short if the iron accumulates excess dirt. Well, dirt aside, there is something else that could greatly affect the effectiveness of the steam generator iron. That is the mineral deposits that accumulate in the inside of an iron that has not been cleaned for a long time.
How mineral deposits accumulate?
Mineral deposits are found in hard water. So, if you use hard water in the steam iron, the chances are that it is going to leave behind harmful deposits that will eventually clog the steam vents on the surface of the soleplate. One of the ways you can prevent this from happening is by ensuring that you only use softened water in the steam generator iron. However, this can be quite a challenge because it is not possible to know the hardness of water at a glance. As such, mineral deposits are just inevitable but the good thing is there is something you can do about it once it happens.
Cleaning the inside of a steam generator iron
Cleaning the inside of the steam iron is the sure way of getting rid of mineral deposits and hence preventing their accumulation and eventual clogging of the vents. It is worth noting that some steam generator irons are equipped with self-cleaning capabilities. These ones do not need a lot of attention from you as long as you precondition the self-cleaning from time to time.
Steam generator irons without the self-cleaning capabilities can be taken care of by using vinegar. Vinegar is a widely recommended cleanser that is capable of getting rid of various chemical deposits. Here’s what you need to do in order to clean the steam generator iron using vinegar:
First, ensure the iron is unplugged and all the water in the reservoir is emptied. Now pour white vinegar into the water reservoir till it’s a third full. Plug in the iron and set the heat to medium and allow it to steam for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. This is enough time for all the steam to evaporate from the water reservoir. Once all the vinegar has evaporated from the water reservoir, unplug the iron and then refill it with water. Turn the iron back on and set to medium and as he water evaporates, the vinegar and remaining mineral deposits will be rinsed off.
If the steam vents are clogged as well, you can clean them with a cotton bud that has been dipped in a solution of water and vinegar. Sometimes your steam generator could have an accumulation of some residue that leaves behind stains whenever you are ironing your clothes. Removing these residues will require a special mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Prepare a paste of baking soda or salt with vinegar and use it to scrub the soleplate in circular motions using a white piece of cloth. When doing this, avoid the use of abrasive cleaners because they will have a bad effect on the coating of the soleplate.
Vinegar does a great job of cleaning both the inside and the outside of a steam generator iron. Make it a regular habit to clean your iron and you will be glad you did. However, not all steam generator irons can be cleaned using vinegar. As such, consult with the manufacturer to find out if it is safe to use vinegar.