What is this gunk on my iron?

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  1. Seth--L

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    These are pictures of the bottom of my basic black & decker steam iron (steamxpress 620). What is this crap, how do I get rid of it easily, and what can I do to prevent it?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Glenn Overholt

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    The same crap that comes out of the faucet and goes down your throat.

    I think the solution is to use bottled water/water filter, but you should be able to use an SOS type pad to clean it up.

    Glenn
     
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    ...and stop ironing feces
     
  4. Peter Kline

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    Hard water deposits. The stuff is also inside the iron, needs to be flushed out. Buy a Pur filter instead of bottled water and use the water from that.
     
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    Could also be some of the starch that you use!

    Brent
     
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    A non-stick Iron would help. Some of that is particles of your clothing
     
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    Looks like frog eggs, some are forming into tadpoles, tho several are a little bent [​IMG]
     
  8. Peter Kline

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    Also, spend a little more for a better iron. Best brands are Panasonic, Rowenta and T-Fal. Black & Decker and other "domestic" brands are throw aways. They last a year or two at the most and then you need a new one.
     
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    If it is hard water deposits (looks like it might be), a product called CLR might remove them, inside and out. I've used it to remove lime deposits from my showerhead many times. Also great for cleaning your coffee maker.

    I think I'd use distilled water from now on.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled forum. [​IMG]
     
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    Um, what's an "iron"? [​IMG]
     
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    Can you recommend a model or two?
     
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    Try using Fantastic to get the gunk off.

    And as someone mentioned use distilled water in the iron. You can pick up a gallon at the supermarket, it's cheap and it'll last for months.
     
  14. Peter Kline

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    Most of the better irons really don't require distilled water. It's much cheaper in the long run to get a faucet purifier then buying distilled water. Any of the Rowenta, Panasonic or T-FAL irons in the $60 to $100 range are excellent. Go to websites to see prices from Amazon, etc. Some have Teflon bottoms but believe it or not a stainless steel one irons better. Teflon tends to make the iron too slippery. That CLR is excellent for cleaning and I believe you can also use vinegar to flush out the iron's innards from time to time.
     
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    I'd be willing to bet that there is some silica in there somewhere.
     

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