2 Aug 2013

Electric Iron: Best Ways To Clean and maintain

Like any other home appliances, electric irons need proper care and maintenance. Proper and timely care not only saves you from buying a new iron but also helps to elongate the lifespan of your electronic gadget. It is a popular equipment that most of the household have and use. It uses heat and pressure to make the clothes free of wrinkles.

Working mechanism of an electric iron

electric iron
The mechanism by which it works is simple to understand. First, when you plug the iron into an electric outlet, the electric current goes through the coil and heats the wires inside the iron. This heat reaches the base of the iron plate through the process of conduction. When you press the iron over the clothes, the clothes get wrinkle free.

How to take care of electric iron

Since, electric irons are better and well designed than steam irons, they are more popular. Let us check out how to take proper care of an electric iron:
  • Make sure to check the electric cord and connector are in good condition. If the cord has a cut, breakage or damage end then it may invite danger. Make sure to change the worn cord with a new one.
  • If you plan to buy an iron then choose an iron with a non-stick surface or sole plate. This is important because some type of clothes may stick while you iron with an ordinary one.
  • If something sticks to the iron, then wipe it with vinegar. Nowadays, different types of solutions are available in the departmental stores to clean electric equipment.
  • You need to use different amount of steams for nylon, cotton and silk clothes. Set the steam according to the type of cloth before you plug your iron into the electric outlet.
  • For cleaning the iron apply vinegar solution and then plug it in. Once it is warm use a soft towel to wipe out the dirt.
  • If all the dirt does not get removed then repeat the above process. Apply the vinegar solution and heat before you wipe out the dirt.
  • Heat the iron till the odor of vinegar or solution vanishes.
  • It is not good to use normal tap water on clothes when you iron. If you want to sprinkle water on the clothes then use mineral water or rainwater.
  • Once done, make sure to wipe it with a dry cloth. Do not leave any water on surface of the iron.
  • Keep your iron in upright or vertical position.
  • If an iron does not have the thermostat controller then make sure to switch it on and off according to your need. Follow caution and have the patience while using this type of iron or else clothes may get damage.
  • It is not advisable to iron on the bed or on the floor. Use an iron table when you iron your clothes.
  • Make sure not to wet your hands when your iron. This may result in an electric shock.
  • If your iron goes dead due to a short-circuit you can do it yourself. First unplug the iron from the electric socket then let it cool. Open the outer cover to check any loose wire inside. Reconnect it and it would work. Moreover, if any of the wires inside burn out replace it with a new wire.

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