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How do I clean the soleplate?

There are stains underneath your steam generator or iron. As a result, ironing has become less smooth, and your iron doesn't get as hot as it used to. In this article, I'll tell you how to clean these stains. This'll let you get back to some smooth ironing, while keeping your iron or steam generator in peak condition for much longer.

How do stains form on the iron soleplate?

When you iron synthetic fabrics and prints at a temperature that's too high, these fabrics can melt, or small pieces of fabric might get stuck to your iron. Over time, these pieces of fabric might turn into a stain if you iron a high temperatures too often. Calcareous water, hard water, and starch can also lead to stains on the soleplate of your iron. In order to enjoy your iron for as long as possible and prevent stains from forming on your favorite t-shirt, it's import to regularly clean the iron soleplate.

What do you need?

You don't have to use any chemicals for cleaning. On the contrary, these cleaning agents can damage the iron soleplate. Just use the following:

  • Vinegar
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Microfiber cloth
  • A container that'll fit the iron, like a dish pan
  • Optional: a sponge Duration 10 minutes of cleaning + 30 minutes of exposure time.


Step 1 Cover the bottom of the container or dish pan with the cleaning cleaning cloth. Drench the cloth in vinegar until it's moist.
Step 2 Place your (steam) iron on the cloth and leave it there for half an hour, in order to expose the stains to the vinegar.
Step 3 Clean the iron soleplate with a moist cloth in order te remove the stains and vinegar.


In case of persistant stain, use a soft, wet sponge in order to gently scrub the iron soleplate. Note: make sure not to use the rough side of the sponge, it'll damage the iron soleplate. Any scratches that might arise from can't be removed afterward. Did you go through all of the steps, but does your iron soleplate still show stains? Repeat step 1 through 3. If you want to descale your entire iron, or if you'd like more information on descaling systems? Check out our advice article.

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