To prevent plaque from forming on the soleplate, you should clean the iron regularly. Also, you should take care of the water tank. Even though modern irons have filters, so you don’t have to use distilled water all the time, limescale can still accumulate. Therefore, before you buy the iron, you should carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for use.


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To prevent the formation of limescale, it’s best to empty the water out of the iron, after every use. Before every use, fill it with water, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

How To Clean The Limescale From Your Steam Iron

The first thing you should do is turn off the iron and make sure it’s cold. Make a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar and one cup of water. Then, fill ¾ of the water tank of the iron with this liquid and shake it gently, for several minutes.

Next, turn on the iron and press the button that releases steam. Run on the hand rug on the ironing board for a minute or two. Then, turn it off and empty the remaining liquid out of the water tank into the sink. Repeat the procedure for several times, filling the tank with vinegar solution and pouring it out, to give it a good rinse.

This cleaning method will remove the limescale from the water tank and from the steam holes of the iron.

To clean the soleplate of the iron, you can use a little bit of toothpaste. Take a toothbrush, add a little bit of toothpaste and start polishing the soleplate, especially the areas affected with limescale. Next, take a cotton cloth soaked in water and wipe the soleplate, to remove the toothpaste. Remember, turn off the iron before doing this, as you can seriously hurt yourself and damage the home appliance.

Reference:
Cleaning Inside of Your Steam Iron