How to Clean an Iron

Molly Maid does not offer this service; however, here are some do-it-yourself ideas if you would like to tackle this job.

How much easier is it when the iron is clean and glides effortlessly across your shirts, slacks, and dresses?

When the soleplates of irons get sticky or oily from dust, fabric softeners or the melting of synthetic fibers onto the soleplate, it’s time to clean your iron. And fast.

But how to clean an iron?

Start with the owner’s manual! If it’s not in your files, it’s usually a quick job to look it up online. What special instructions are there for your particular issue?

Beyond that, here are some common, green, family-friendly methods from Molly Maid for bringing sticky, dirty irons back to life:

  • For sticky substances adhered to your iron’s soleplate and mucking up your ironing job, turn your iron up to the highest setting and turn steam off completely. Now run the hot dry iron across newspaper or paper toweling until it's clean. Still sticky? Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt on the newspaper, paper towel or dry cotton towel and repeat.
  • For oily substances on the soleplate, make sure the iron is unplugged and completely cool. Wipe the soleplate with a clean rag dipped in vinegar. Then rinse with a soft rag dipped in water. Did it work? If not, try again with a rag dipped in ammonia. Dry with soft cloth or paper toweling. Done!
  • Losing steam? Mineral deposit build-up in the vents and on the face of the iron can take the steam out of your ironing. To clear, start with making a 2-1 mixture of baking soda and water, which will create a paste. Apply to the iron’s soleplate and wipe off with a wet cloth. Then dip Q-tips in distilled water and insert the ends into the steam vents. Empty old reservoir water and add some distilled water and run on full steam. Your vents should be clean, and so should the soleplate.

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