How can I clean the iron from scum and dirt?
Each self-respecting hostess has an iron, you can not do without it. And no matter how expensive, good, new and high-quality such a device was, pollution is unavoidable( even in the most tidy there are such embarrassments).And how to clean the iron?
Why does the iron get dirty?
All irons tend to get dirty. Why does this happen? Well, first of all, most modern instruments are equipped with a steaming function, which means that water should be poured into the case. And if this water, for example, is too rigid, then on the surface will inevitably form scum.
Secondly, some irons rust( especially old ones), this can not be avoided either. Thirdly, the rules of ironing do not all comply. And if, for example, synthetic fabrics are ironed at high temperatures, then their particles can stick to the iron and contaminate it. In general, no one is immune from this, so knowledge about the methods of cleaning will not prevent anyone.
What is your iron?
Before you take on any particular method of cleaning, decide on what kind of iron you have, since some soles of the sole simply can not withstand any of the proposed manipulations.
For example, a ceramic and Teflon iron( or Teflon-coated) should never be cleaned with abrasive particles or hard jaws. You risk scratching the surface and spoiling it. But some metal devices( made of aluminum) can not withstand the action of concentrated acids, such substances and compounds are capable of disabling the device.
In general, the instructions attached to the iron, can be given advice on the care for it, in particular, cleaning. Conscientious producers usually indicate such information.
How do I clean?
How do I clean the iron from scaling, rust or dirt? There are many different ways.
If you do not trust grandmother's recipes and prefer modern methods, you can use special preparations for cleaning. Their main advantage lies in the fact that they are divided into groups depending on the materials from which the irons are made.
So for ceramic soles only means are meant, for Teflon ones - quite different. The price of such drugs is often not very high, but some of the very perspective of paying is already repulsive.
Usually, cleaning products are manufactured in a convenient form of a pencil. The instructions for use tell you how to use this pencil. More often, the iron needs to be heated first, after which it is smeared and the device warms up a little more. Then all the dirt can be easily removed with a cloth, they easily and effortlessly depart.
Recipes of experienced housewives
Sometimes folk remedies are more effective, so do not neglect them. We offer several time-tested recipes:
- To prepare a cleanser, you will need: 1 tablespoon of citric acid, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, a wide and rather deep dish( the minimum depth should be at least 2-3 centimeters, and the width should exceed the width of the iron),water and cloth. So, to begin with, prepare a cleaning compound. To do this, mix the soda and citric acid, pour it all over with boiling water, and then add the vinegar. Now put the iron in the dishes. And then start pouring the remedy. It should not cover the sole strongly, 2-4 millimeters will be enough. In this form, leave the device for 30-50 minutes( the exact time depends on the degree of contamination).Then wipe off the dirt with a cloth.
- You can use ordinary salt( but only fine grinding, large can leave scratches on the surface).Pour it evenly on the paper, warm up the iron and lead the soles of the soles. It will get very hot and, therefore, will heat up the dirt. In addition, salt has properties to attract and absorb, so after such manipulations it is easy to remove all dirt with a normal cloth. It is also possible to wrap a pinch of salt in the cheesecloth and after heating the iron to rub this gauze surface of the sole. But remember that such methods are not suitable for irons made of ceramics and with Teflon coating( there will be damage).
- You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean the iron from the residue. Simply heat the device, moisten the cotton pad in peroxide and treat the entire surface of the sole. Wait for a while, then repeat the manipulations. Then you can put on the ironing board a cotton unnecessary rag and iron it. All contamination will remain on it.
- Vinegar will help to get rid of varnish. But it is best to use a weak solution( 9-10%), otherwise you can burn your skin and get dizzy from the fumes. You will need to heat the iron, then treat it with vinegar and remove all the dirt with a cloth.
- The same properties as peroxide or vinegar, has lemon juice. They, too, can perfectly remove dirt. Wipe with a cloth soaked in juice, a dirty surface, wait a bit for the acid to penetrate deep into the mud and begin to act. Then you can simply wipe the iron with an unnecessary cloth.
- If you have been careless about leaving the iron on a bag or on some synthetic fabric, and this has caused some of the material to remain on the surface, then you can use a liquid to remove the varnish. Lightly heat the device, and then proceed as you would with a nail polish remover. If the product is of high quality, then everything should turn out.
- If the sole is not only contaminated, but also damaged and scratched, it will help you to fix all this with normal paraffin. Take a paraffin candle( white, not colored), grate it on a shallow grater. Mix the resulting shavings with the salt. Pour it all on a piece of paper, top cover with gauze( optional).Now start gauze with pressure ironed iron. After such manipulations, the surface becomes not only clean, but even.
- You can also try using your existing means of scale or rust. But be careful, first try them out!
Useful advices for
Some useful tips:
- If you use liquid agents for cleaning, then after heating, it is best to disconnect the iron from the mains to avoid shorting.
- Any tool is best tested first on a small area of the sole to ensure that the compound does not damage the integrity and does not damage the device.
- Do not use synthetic cloth to remove stale dirt. The best option is cotton.
And to protect the sole of the iron from dirt, some simple preventive measures should be observed:
- After each ironing, wipe the sole with a damp cloth. While the contamination is fresh and not eaten, it is easier to remove them.
- Woolen and delicate fabrics iron through gauze.
- Observe the temperature mode( usually it is indicated on the label of the thing).
- It is best to pour filtered or distilled water into the water tank. This will avoid the formation of scale.
Let your iron shine with cleanliness!