Dear Constant Reader,
It’s Friday again! How does this keep happening? Here’s your tip!
Clean your iron.
The sole plate can get caked with starch and other residues and the steam vents might be clogged with mineral deposits. A dirty iron can transfer schmutz to your beautiful fabric or garments.
First clean the tank by filling it and then turning the iron on. Hit the steam until all the water is gone. Ironing an old towel helps catch any deposits that are flushed out. Turn the iron off, let it cool, and empty any remaining water. If there’s any crud in the steam vents, use a cotton swab to get it out.
Then clean the sole plate. I recommend checking the manufacturer’s directions here. You might need to use a commercial iron cleaner — just follow the directions. Otherwise, dampen a soft cloth with distilled white vinegar and wipe off the sole plate. Rub with a clean cloth. More persistent stains can be removed by gently rubbing with a paste of baking soda and water. Wipe off with a damp cloth and then rub with a clean one. The important thing is never to use anything that might scratch the sole plate.
I’ve always been told that you should clean your iron once a month. Like that’s going to happen…