Don’t let a limescale-clogged reservoir or tacky soleplate make ironing even more of a chore than it is already.
Remove limescale by filling the reservoir with a solution of clear vinegar and water. Leave for an hour or two, then empty and rinse out with clean water. Check the manufacturer’s instructions carefully first however, as this could damage some self-cleaning irons.
Clean the soleplate by wiping and polishing with a soft cloth (when the iron is cool, natch). Remove burnt-on sticky marks by rubbing them with a damp cloth when the iron is warm. More stubborn marks should be taken in hand with white toothpaste or bicarbonate of soda.
Always check manufacturer’s instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.