There's nothing as frustrating as ironing a crisp white shirt only to realise that a stain on the appliance has ended up ruining your whole outfit.
Cleaning your iron does not have to be complicated. A couple of tips, both for preventing buildup and getting rid of them should leave you with a clean, sparkling iron every single day.
A buildup on your iron happens when the synthetic or natural fibres melt onto the soleplate of the appliance as a result of the heat.
To prevent the situation from occurring in the first place, ensure you iron low-temperature fabric (nylon, silk, etc) first before going to the cotton and linen. If starch is used, make sure it soaks well before you begin ironing.
Now, if the damage has already been done, there are a few things that can help clean the iron surface.
Baking soda, an effective but gentle abrasive can get rid of minor stains on the iron. Simply take a damp cloth and sprinkle some baking soda on there.
Rub the surface with it. Continue rubbing until you have loosened the grime. Afterwards, use a different damp cloth to wipe off the soleplate. Be sure to pay attention to the holes too.
If the buildup has become really tough to handle, you may want to enlist the help of an iron-cleaning product. They are readily available at most stores. All you have to do is apply them to your iron to get your appliance clean.
For this, you will need to create your own DIY iron cleaning solution. All you need are baking soda, toothpaste and vinegar. Mix the three ingredients together into a paste. Apply the paste to the iron then use an abrasive sponge to scrub off the stain.
Take a look at the video below to see how it's done and the results you can expect.
Now you are equipped with some tips for having a clean iron. At the end of the day, prevention really is better than cure. So, take some precaution while ironing so you won't have to deal with a major buildup later.