It is not unusual that the minerals from water accumulate in your steam iron over time and create problems. Depending on the type of water you use, the problem will become crucial. These mineral deposits will clog the vents and damage them. Besides, the dirt, grime, rust and dust particles can also cause damage to the fabrics while using the iron. But, you have nothing to worry. The following cleaning methods will help you to unclog your steam iron.

General Cleaning

  • Dip a clean cloth in water and squeeze the excess water.
  • Heat the sole plate slightly and wipe the surface using the damp cloth. For harder stains, use small amount of a mild liquid detergent and clean using a nylon brush.
  • Using a thin sharp pin, remove the mineral deposits from the spray nozzle. Keep the iron upside down and remove any mineral deposits or gunk from the vents, using a toothpick.


  • Mix equal quantities of white vinegar and distilled water and fill one third of the water reservoir of the steam iron.
  • Turn on the iron and keep it at full heat steam setting for 5-10 minutes and let all the vinegar evaporate.
  • Fill the reservoir with distilled water and allow to steam so that the complete mineral deposit and vinegar are removed. Repeat the process few more times
  • Wipe the bottom portion of the iron and vents using a dry rag.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing equal amount of water and white vinegar, dampen a rag with this solution and wipe the sole plate. Using a cotton swab dipped in this solution, clean the vents clogged with starch deposits.

Baking Soda

  • If the stain is too hard, use baking soda. Prepare a paste using two teaspoons of baking soda and little water.
  • Applying this paste on a soft rag, rub on the sole plate, and wipe off with a damp cloth.
  • White vinegar can also be used instead of water.


  • Sprinkle some salt on a cotton towel.
  • Run the steam iron over it with high setting, but steam turned off.
  • The dirt on the sole plate shall be stuck to the salt and the plate will become clean.

Additional Tips

  • Always use distilled water in steam iron, while using it or while cleaning. Distilled water is free from minerals and will not result in any further clogging.
  • If a replaceable filter is used to descale water, replace the filter as per the instructions of the manufacturer.
  • Mineral deposits and grime from the sole plate can also be removed by using a little white toothpaste applied on damp cloth and wiping the sole plate.
  • Always unplug the steam iron and ensure electric safety, before the cleaning process.
  • After using the steam iron, remove the remaining water from the water reservoir of your steam iron, because the water is still hot and there is a chance for clogging.
  • Do not use a metal scrubbing pad or abrasive cleaners to clean the sole plate, because they will cause damage to the sole plate.

The solutions given above are simple and the results are amazing. Regular cleaning and proper care will help your steam iron last for many more years.