How to Clean a Non-Stick Iron
As a busy mom, I know how important it is to keep my home clean and tidy. One of the most important items in my home is my iron. I use it to keep my clothes looking neat and wrinkle-free. But over time, my iron can get dirty and covered in residue. That’s why it’s important to know how to clean a non-stick iron.
Steps to Clean a Non-Stick Iron
Cleaning a non-stick iron is a relatively simple process. Here are the steps I take to keep my iron looking and working like new:
Step 1: Unplug the Iron
The first step is to unplug the iron from the wall. This is an important safety precaution to take before cleaning any electrical appliance.
Step 2: Wipe Down the Iron
Once the iron is unplugged, I use a damp cloth to wipe down the surface of the iron. This helps to remove any dirt or residue that may have built up on the surface.
Step 3: Clean the Soleplate
The soleplate is the flat metal plate on the bottom of the iron. This is the part that comes into contact with the fabric when ironing. To clean the soleplate, I use a damp cloth and a mild detergent. I gently scrub the soleplate to remove any residue or dirt.
Step 4: Rinse the Soleplate
Once I’ve finished scrubbing the soleplate, I rinse it off with a damp cloth. This helps to remove any soap residue that may have been left behind.
Step 5: Dry the Iron
After rinsing the soleplate, I use a dry cloth to dry the iron. This helps to prevent any water spots from forming on the surface of the iron.
Step 6: Clean the Steam Vents
Most non-stick irons have steam vents on the side of the iron. These vents can become clogged with lint and other debris. To clean the vents, I use a cotton swab and a mild detergent. I gently scrub the vents to remove any residue or dirt.
Step 7: Reassemble the Iron
Once I’ve finished cleaning the iron, I reassemble it. This includes replacing the water tank, plugging the iron back into the wall, and turning it on.
Tips for Cleaning a Non-Stick Iron
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when cleaning a non-stick iron:
Use a Mild Detergent
It’s important to use a mild detergent when cleaning a non-stick iron. Harsh chemicals can damage the non-stick coating on the soleplate.
Avoid Abrasive Scrubbers
It’s also important to avoid using abrasive scrubbers when cleaning a non-stick iron. Abrasive scrubbers can scratch the non-stick coating and cause it to wear away over time.
Clean the Iron Regularly
Finally, it’s important to clean the iron regularly. This helps to prevent dirt and residue from building up on the soleplate.
How often should I clean my non-stick iron?
It’s a good idea to clean your non-stick iron at least once a month. This helps to keep the soleplate free of dirt and residue.
Can I use vinegar to clean my non-stick iron?
Yes, you can use vinegar to clean your non-stick iron. However, it’s important to dilute the vinegar with water before using it.
Can I use a scouring pad to clean my non-stick iron?
No, it’s not a good idea to use a scouring pad to clean your non-stick iron. Abrasive scrubbers can scratch the non-stick coating and cause it to wear away over time.