Monday, July 11, 2016

Irons with a drinking problem

I've read several bloggers lamenting the loss of their irons. I don't put water in my iron, as I prefer to use a squirt bottle.  But it still is good to know how to respect our irons so they give us the best years of their lives.

After reading the directions for cleaning my iron, this was the information they suggested -

Rowenta irons are designed to be used with regular tap water (up to 12 grains of hardness). If your water is harder than this, Rowenta recommends mixing half tap water with half distilled water. Never use 100% pure distilled water since this can cause the iron to spit and leak.

There are many types of household water softeners. Many of them are perfectly acceptable for use in an iron. HOWEVER, some types of softeners, particularly those that use chemicals such as salt, can cause the iron to leak or spit during use. If you experience this type of problem, we recommend that you try using inexpensive bottled spring water. NEVER USE 100% PURE DISTILLED WATER. Once you have changed water it will take several uses to correct the problem.

I know some gals have been experiencing major problems with leaky irons. These are suggestions from the Rowenta cleaning kit, but they may be applicable to other brands as well.
I hope this information is helpful.


Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow, that's good information to have, as we have a water softener (that uses salt, if I'm not mistaken).

allthingzsewn said...

Thanks for this information, as I have been having this problem with an older iron and had quit using it. But haven't gotten rid of it yet.

claudia said...

Stuff I never knew! Perhaps I should read the paperwork that comes with my irons! Thank you!!!

margaret said...

I am not a lover of steam irons have 3 old non steam that I use on my quilting projects but use the steam one on washed clothing, it does tend to spit sometimes but I am in a soft water area so that is not the cause, mind you it is pretty old maybe needs replacing. Will try using s spray bottle and not put water in and see what happens

Susan P said...

Wow, this is very helpful. I like to use steam in my iron and have always bought distilled water. I have an Elisio iron and from the first it spit and I was disappointed because I was loving the ease of using it without having to pick it up, but was unhappy with the spitting. I've added a gallon of Spring Water to my grocery list!

Susan said...

Great info and I only use Spring water in mine. I spend too much money on my Reliable to treat it badly:-D