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Steam doesnt work

Recently the steam quit working on my iron, actually once in a great while it will steam but only for a few seconds then quits again. Is there any suggestions to fixing it?

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  • panapana Nov 20, 2007

    Thank You sooooo much that was very helpful and I will work on that. I appreciate it.



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A mineral buildup from your water may be blocking the holes in the soleplate of your iron. Before you do anything, read the instruction booklet for your appliance or call the manufacturer. The old remedy of using vinegar to unclog an iron is no longer recommended for many models. Some manufacturers suggest alternating tap and distilled water in the steam compartment to avoid a mineral buildup; others recommend using a specialized cleaning product (available at fabric and grocery stores) to clean the soleplate.

Posted on Nov 17, 2007

  • Steven Perun
    Steven Perun Nov 17, 2007

    Here are some tips I uncovered doing a web search:

    1. If the substance stuck on the
      bottom of the iron is waxy, you should turn the iron onto its highest
      setting and run it across newspaper until the residue disappears.

    2. If
      the substance is oily, then just wet a rag with ammonia. Next, just
      rinse the iron off with some water and the gunk should be gone.

    3. Vinegar
      works as a cleaning agent for many irons. Pour some on a clean cloth,
      and wipe the surface of an iron throughly. If that doesn't work,
      combine vinegar with baking soda. With a soft cloth, scrub the surface
      of the iron.

    4. You
      can get rid of any build-up in the vents of the iron by taking a cotton
      swab or a pipe cleaner and gently sweeping the residue out of the area.
      If you attempt to use something of a harsher nature, like a tool or a
      knife, you could scratch the base of the iron, causing future problems.

    5. To
      clean the reservoir of your iron, pour a solution that is one part
      vinegar to one part water in. Turn the iron on. Allow it to steam for
      about four minutes. Drain the iron for an hour, and be sure to repeat
      the process with clean water before you iron any clothing items.



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