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Probably not sand but crystalized minerals from tap water. Heat up the iron then unplug it and add white vinegar. Shake it up and pour it out of the fill hole. Repeat if necessary. Then rinse it out with distilled or filtered water. Before using on clothes, fill with water and steam iron an old towel to get the vinegar smell out. Use only filtered or distilled water to prevent this happening again.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009


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Yes, there is a "Solution" you could use in the reservoir to remove the crud. First of all, STOP using tap water. What you have is mineral deposits inside your iron from using tap water. Use ONLY steam distilled water. I usually find this at my grocery store.
To clean out your iron, use white vinegar in your iron instead of water. This is to CLEAN the iron ONLY! Do NOT use to press cloths! And make sure the steam and/or water flow very clear (free from "sand", dirty water/steam or any other contaminates BEFORE using iron to press your cloths. You may need to flush the iron with water (remember, steam distilled ONLY) more than once to get all of the vinegar out.
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