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Re: treatment of new iron
Before first use, remove any labels or stickers, on the body or soleplate of the iron. On first use only, iron over an old cotton cloth using steps 1 thru 5 below on setting 5 or above (and the SURGE button for models with that function) to remove any protective surface treatments.
1. Using a clean cup, pour water into one of the two openings in the Water Fill Hole until the level reaches the MAX mark on the Water Window (A). Refill as needed.
2. Ordinary tap water can be used for ironing. Do not use water processed through a home softening system. In extremely hard water areas, consider using distilled or demineralized water, however, use tap water the first time you use the iron and once a month thereafter to maintain steam performance.
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Most steam irons can be cleaned deposits by emptying the water and replacing with white vinegar. Let it heat up and use the iron as normal - but on cloth rags instead of clothing. The vinegar breaks down and dissolves the mineral deposits inside that are responsible for sputtering and stains. You can reduce or even eliminate these deposits from forming by using distilled water instead of tap water in the iron - otherwise - run vinegar thru it when it starts acting up. The vinegar "trick" works great on coffee makers, too.
Like most consumer whitegoods nowadays, the cover is 'protected' by 'tamper-proof' or security bits screws that take may forms: you can get the a set of screw driver security bits at most hardware or electronic shops. The power cord to your iron has one or more electrical lead that has just about broken off due to fatigue failure: it is a dangerous situation because of potential arcing so I would get it fixed it as soon as possible by a 'qualified' person: that said, there are only three wires to your iron and once you get the back cover off, you can easily find out where ths break is by just pulling hard on each wires. The break would normally be fairly close so you have the option of shortening the lead (which must otherwise also be in good condition ) to where the longest break is and rewiring the leads back in exactly the same screw terminals on the iron. Please remeber that you are dealing with a potentially dangerous main voltage appliance and extreme care is required.
No need to open iron! You just unplug the iron. Hold the iron upright. Using a clean cup, pour water into the "open" WATER FILL HOLES just above or in front of the Temp. Select Dial. Watch the water window on the left. When water level reaches MAX, you are filled. Plug in and use. Refill as needed. Ref. - Page 8 in the instruction pamphlet.
Unplug the iron! Allow iron to COOL completely!!! Wipe soleplate with damp soft cloth or damp soft sponge. NEVER use abrasives, cleansers, scouring pads that will scratch iron and cause discolorations. The iron has an Auto Clean Steam Valve feature that will prevent most mineral and lint build up everytime you turn the Temp. Select Dial to "0" after use. (Ref. - page 11 of the instruction pamphlet). If you have a really bad hard-water build up problem, use a commercial Steam Iron Cleaner and follow the instructions exactly! Repeat every 3-6 months and you should be fine. Good luck!