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Brown dirt coming out of steam iron

Brown dirt is coming through the steam holes of the iron.. I havent had this steam generator for very long and I dont know how to clean the iron.. The dirt is making my clothes all dirty with brown spots.. How would I correct this? I dont want to have buy another as I believe that after a short time this shouldnt happen..

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Sue McNeil

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You're seeing hard water deposits and maybe a little rust. Use some CLR and pour in the iron and let it sit with it off. Shake it a bit and let it clean it all out, then rinse with clean water. (Vinegar will work too)

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