I did a quick search before I sent this question to the board but did not find any results, so forgive me if I am the one-millionth person to have asked this. =0)
I have been having a couple issues with my steam iron lately that really make me mad.
a.) When steam pressing my iron suddenly spurts and deposits orange colored liquid onto my fabric, staining it. I figure I have two solutions to this. A.) Go buy a new iron (I have had this one for about 3 years now), or B.) Try to purge the stuff out, which is what I have tried so far. I used a solution of 1 part white vinegar to two parts water and put it in the reservoir. I used the self-clean function until the solution was gone, and then did it a few more times with plain water. Besides stinking up the house with the smell of vinegar..it purged out allot of soft debris that looks pale orangey pink almost like foundation makeup colored. I am not sure if it all came out, but it did diminish. So..what is all this about, and what can I do about it. Is it time for a new iron? I read in the booklet that it told me NOT to use distilled water that it was designed for use with reg tap water..well we have semi hard water here and it obviously was a bad idea..I didn’t run into this problem UNTIL I began filling it with regular tap water..up until that point I had been filling it with bottled water. Kicking myself now.
b.) When placing a wet item on my ironing board and pressing it to dry it out a bit, it stains it. The ironing board cover is very stained at this point (one of those natural colored covers I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond) it is about 1+ years old. I cannot EVER press a wet item on the board now for fear that it will be stained with the orangey stains. What is this all about?
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!
The Pre-Raphaelite Woman