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Brown water drips

I just bought a Shark lightweight professional, and it periodically spews brown water out the bottom while I am ironing. There doesn't seem to be a particular time when it does this, e.g., when the water levels gets lows or after I first fill the water tank.

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  • mkkbezzat Aug 11, 2008

    While I am ironing, the shark iron trew brown water!! I need this to be solve it does stain all my white shirts.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    Steam is not enough to iron out wrinkles on cotton and linen garments also brown water leaks out for no apparent reason

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Hi,
This may be down to contaminants in your water supply, or any "ironing water" you may be using.

There will be a build up inside the hotplate where the water is vapourised.

To clear this, refer to your manual or simply put on high steam setting, rest on it's heel, and wait for the indicator light to go out, then unplug, and hold horizontal over the sink. Press any steam boost buttons you have untill the iron is cold - and you just get water flowing out.

The best and cheapest water to use I've found - is the condensate from condensing tumble dryers. Which most people just tip away! It is condensed steam - so contains no minerals to fur up irons. If you don't have one - ask a neighbour for a few gallons.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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