How Important It Is To Descale Your Iron Regularly

Your appliances make your life easier and your iron is hardly an exception. Just as your iron allows you to get your clothes to their best, you need to take care of your iron.

Is your iron dragging instead of gliding or leaving residue over your freshly washed clothes? Wonder how to maintain your iron scaleless? In this article, we will take a look at why it is important and how you can do that.

Your iron will be more efficient

Depending on how hard of water you use for your iron, scale can build up and impair your iron’s ability to properly heat up, steam and iron your wears. Descaling your iron will make it use less electricity to heat up and also reach the set temperature faster and maintain it with ease. This will significantly reduce the strain on the components of your iron.

Prolong the lifespan of your iron

If your iron has an excess of scale built up it can damage its components, which will significantly reduce its efficiency and could even render it unusable. Scale build-ups will increase the need for repairs of your iron, possibly leading to the need for a new one, too.

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No more spots on your clothes

When there is a scale build-up in your iron, it can negatively impact any ironed clothes, by spotting them in yellowish or similar hues. This means that your clothes would have to go through another round of washing, drying and eventually on the ironing table again.

How to descale your iron?

In just a few easy steps, your iron will be clean of any limescale and ready for perfect ironing results. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Remove any leftover water, from the last ironing session.
  2. Fill half a cup of distilled water and white vinegar into your iron. You could also use a cleaner which is safe for your iron.
  3. Let your iron heat up and then steam away the cleaning solution you used.
  4. Clean the steam holes with a toothpick or something similar. You should consider adding a bit of the cleaner/cleaning solution to the tip of the tool you clean with.
  5. Wipe away the soleplate.
  6. Let your iron dry off.

Now you should be able to use your iron to clean your next washed batch of clothes with ease and zero spots.

Use distilled water to prevent scaling

While this is not going to descale your iron, it will prevent scale from building up in the first place. When water is hard it’s due to the many types of minerals that it contains – the very same result in the limescale buildups on appliances that use water. Distilled water does not contain any minerals, which completely removes the need to worry about scale build-ups. This is why you should always strive to iron with distilled water when possible.

In the meantime, if you have your hands full and your home or business needs some maintenance to go back to being shiny, make sure you consider a professional cleaning service, to save yourself time, headaches and even money!