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BROWN MATTER COMING FROM IRON

After using the iron (always steam), the iron begins to spew brown matter on the clothing. Frankly, I loved the iron until that began. I tried many things and nothing works. Also, It requires me to rewash the clothing. The other problem is that the plate gets sticky and I use steel wool to clean it.
I have used many irons in the past since I'm 63, and this has never happened with the old irons. PLEASE HELP! I'M FRUSTRATED!

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Iron need to be self cleaned

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