How to Descale A Steam Generator Iron?

How To Descale A Steam Generator IronWhen you live in an area where the water available for use in the steam generator iron is hard water, there are more chances of getting your steam generator to accumulate limescale. You may find brown or white deposits on the laundry while you iron. This happens when you frequently use water that has high mineral content in your steam generator iron. The water when steamed leaves deposits of calcium and limestone that clog the steam generator iron’s tank.

To avoid scaling

Use the right type of water in the steam generator iron. Using de-ionized or distilled water lowers the calcium content in the water and reduces limescale build up that results to scaling the tank. Using water that has been artificially softened with water softeners can interfere with the anti-calc system on the steam generator iron. If you live in an area where the available water is soft, you can use that for it is suitable for the steam generator iron.

A steam generator iron needs to be cleaned regularly (after being in use for atleast ten times). This ensures that any limescale built up can be flushed out and scale debris removed from the tank.

Descaling the steam generator iron.

Descaling is the process where the built up limestone in the steam generator iron is successfully removed. The following are steps to guide you in descaling the steam generator iron using home remedy.

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So if in two hours you want to know how much energy is consumed, let’s say your oil radiator is rated at 2kwh, you will multiply the hours and the power output that’s measured in watts to get the units consumed in that period of time. Like 2KW by 2 hours = 4 units.

Here are the steps

First step:
Pour out the contents of the steam generator iron into a large pot or sink

Second step:
Get a bottle of white vinegar and pour the contents in the steam generator iron tank. Vinegar cleans and unclogs limescale deposits.  Alternatively you can use commercial descaling solution from the market. Pour a small amount of the descaling agent on a piece of moist cloth, gently wipe the soleplate. The rust usually comes off immediately.

Third step:
Switch the iron on and let it heat up for about two minutes before you switch it off.

Fourth step:
Have a piece of cloth which will be used to drain the solution from the steam iron generator. Press the steam button while ironing the cloth until the water reservoir is empty.

Fifth step:
Take distilled or de-ionized water and pour it in to the water reservoir of your steam generator iron. The use of distilled water at this stage will keep it from clogging in future. Repeat the fourth step until the tank drains completely. Alternatively, after filling it with the distilled water, you can heat it a little then drain it all out on the sink.

Sixth step:
Use the right water meant for the steam generator iron and set it up for use.


When you follow these easy steps, you can be sure of descaling your steam generator iron successfully. It is really not a hard task when you have the right steps to guide you. So if you have a steam generator iron that needs descaling, this article has got you covered. However, if you feel you just need a new iron we also have you covered here

About the Author Catherine Wheeler

Hey, I'm Cath :) Iv'e got two beautiful young girls who mean the world to me. I used to be a head chef over at my local restaurant but I gave that up to look after my girls. I decided to put my culinary experience to use here by bringing that wealth of kitchen related knowledge and sharing it with you guys.