As if the chore of ironing wasn’t bad enough, an iron which leaves brown streaky marks over your clean clothing is guaranteed to get you hot under the collar. The last thing you want when pressing a crisp white shirt is dirty water stains over it. Why does this happen?

The Knowhow

An iron leaving marks could be rust inside your steam chamber or dirt on the ironing surface.

  • Scrub the ironing surface with a wet cloth covered with a mild abrasive such as baking soda or table salt
  • Wipe the ironing surface with a clean, damp cloth to remove the residue
  • Fill the iron with equal parts white vinegar and distilled water
  • Place an oven rack over your sink and position the iron on top with the steam vents facing down
  • Plug in the iron and turn it to the steam setting and run until the steam stops
  • Fill the iron with plain distilled water and repeat
  • Iron over some old towels or cloth to make sure the iron is clear

To prevent spots in the future, empty any leftover water after ironing while the iron is still hot. That way, the heat will dry out the steam chamber and prevent any metal particles in the water from rusting.

Let’s hope this does the trick and your ironing will be streak and stress-free.

Updated On:

Oct 12, 2011

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