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There appears to be a yellowy brown discharge that appears on my shirts when I iron. It doesn't happen all the time. How do I fix this?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
Your iron is building up calcium deposits inside the reservoir and occasionally they flake off and into the steam system along with any minor releases of steam and it is showing up on your garments. There are commercial products in the market place for cleaning your iron.

This is one product:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Steam+Iron+cleaners&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&rls=com.microsoft:en-ph&tbm=shop&prmd=ivns&tbs=brand:whink&ei=5_CWTevuNI-qcZe1masH&ved=0CJEBEMEJKAAwDg

This is another one:
Siege Chemical 776L Steam Iron and Showerhead Cleaner
http://www.siegechemical.com/00_cart_console.php?prod_id=522
It can be purchased from this page:
http://www.siegechemical.com/00_cartpage.php?cat=S-M

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

Posted on Apr 02, 2011

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