Teflon is really a unique material. With its properties as the most slippery and durable coating, he found a use in a variety of devices for industrial and domestic purposes. Irons with a covering from teflon already became widespread. This material is ideal for ironing, because it does not engage even the most delicate fabric, does not wear off and does not deteriorate much longer than another metals and ceramics. However, sooner or later, the question arises as to how to clean a teflon iron.
The reasons for dirt on Teflon can be several:
- You used poor quality water, for example, from a tap. Formed limescale, more accurately scum, during the use of steam generating options. According to the instruction it is recommended to use purified water – this will protect the iron from limescale.
- Teflon stains may appear because of the very long contact of the superheated soles with some synthetic fabrics.
- Hit on the heated surface of various resinous and sticky substances, which under the influence of temperatures even more tightly adhered to the substrate with teflon. This can happen if you are ironing a dirty or poorly washed thing.
Important! Do not use harsh or abrasive detergents or hard metal brushes for cleaning. Scratches and microcracks on the Teflon surface will quickly destroy all its useful properties.
Special cleaning pencil for irons
- a pencil for cleaning irons;
- a cotton rag or paper napkin.
In any hardware store you can buy a special cleaning pencil for Teflon. Producers claim unique features of their own creation, but all these pencils are prepared according to the same principle.
The pencil is designed for chemical cleaning. Use the product according to the instructions attached to it. In most cases, the procedure is simple:
- The iron heats up to the maximum and is put upright or with a slight inclination down.
- Turn off the appliance and, while still hot, grind it with a pencil.
- As a result of the interaction of various chemicals, the pencil melts, gas is released and dissolves all the dirt on the Teflon coating.
- Wait until the iron cools down, and wipe cleanly with a damp soft rag.
Combating scale with vinegar or citric acid
- vinegar or citric acid;
- a thick cloth flap larger than an iron.
One of the most common problems is limescale, which appears in small holes through which steam enters. It inevitably arises when using untreated tap water, its upholding does not affect the result. It is impossible to get rid of the limescale by mechanical means, so it remains only to dissolve the sturdy scale and gently wash it out.
Helps to cope with the limescale helps citric acid, only the procedure is completely different:
- Prepare the solution from the purified water of 200 ml and one teaspoon of citric acid.
- Fill the solution in the appropriate compartment for water of iron, approximately half.
- Heat the appliance to the maximum value and turn on the steaming mode.
- It is necessary to repeat the procedure several times, approximately: 10 seconds of steaming and 15 seconds of a break.
- At the end, while the Teflon iron is still hot, go through the cotton cloth (a flap that is not pitiful). When the appliance has cooled, it will only be necessary to wipe it clean with a damp cloth until it is perfectly shiny.
We clean with vinegar:
- Dilute vinegar approximately 1/3 with clean water.
- Dampen a towel or piece of cloth, preferably a cotton, in the cooked solution.
- Spread the rag on a flat surface, place the iron on top. You can pre-heat it and, necessarily turning off, put on top of a dampened towel and properly pinned.
- After ten minutes, turn the iron over the cloth and check the result. Scale should either dissolve and remain stained on the towel, or easily wear off.
- Clean the soleplate of the iron with a damp sponge or cloth until it is clean. If not all the dirt is gone, then repeat the procedure.
- To clean the holes, use earwax soaked in a solution of vinegar.
Nail polish remover or hydrogen peroxide
- hydrogen peroxide 3% or nail polish remover (without acetone);
- glass cleaner;
- cotton or paper napkin.
It is quite difficult to make sure that the burnt cloth is attached to Teflon, and yet this happens. In this case, there is an option than to clean the teflon iron. Suitable are two substances: hydrogen peroxide 3%, a nail polish remover.
All further procedures are best performed on the balcony or on the street and only with a cold iron.
- Wipe the soleplate of the iron with a napkin and glass cleaner.
- Soak a napkin in peroxide or nail polish remover, clean the burnt areas. Molten synthetic material dissolves quickly enough and is removed from the soleplate.
- Wipe the soleplate dry and wipe again with a glass cleaner.
A rather specific way, but also productive. It will take a spatula of Teflon, now many of them can be found.
The idea is that the iron heated up to maximum should be neatly scraped with a spatula, but only Teflon, not allowing it to heat up too much. As a result, pieces of molten fabric adhering to the iron will lag behind the iron, and settle on a cold spatula. After it is much easier to remove dirt from the end of the soleplate. You can say the prosaic option how to clean the iron with Teflon coating, but in the most difficult situations the most effective.