How to Clean a Steam Iron Surface

I have been battling with ironing issues lately.

I recently bought a Kenwood Steam Iron.

When any appliance is new, we are very cautious on how to use it. We read the instruction thoroughly, at least I do 🙂

For 6 months Kenwood steam iron worked perfect. I regularly checked the water level in it and always added mineral water.

But just sometime back while I was ironing my sons school shirt, I felt my steam iron wasn’t running smoothly on the fabric and it felt a bit gluey. I checked on the irons surface and there was sticky dirt on its non stick plate.

I tried wiping it off with a piece of cloth but the muck was just glued on its surface, and the biggest disaster struck when I was ironing my white kameez and gosh the iron pressed dirty brown spots on it which were hard to remove.

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It was then that I searched on Google, How to clean a steam iron surface.

There were some 20 guaranteed methods and I tried the easiest one first and that’s by applying toothpaste on the steam irons surface and leaving it for a while and then rubbing it off with a rough cloth.

It didn’t work!

Then I searched on YouTube;  how to clean a steam iron surface.

And this time a very interesting way crossed my eyes it was clean steam iron surface with Panadol.


But the video showed that Panadol removed the sticky muck from the surface like detergent washes dishes.

How to Clean a Steam Iron Surface with Panadol

  • Turn on the heat of the steam iron to its highest level.
  • Hold a tablet of Panadol with tweezers and rub it on the steam irons surface, the muck will bubble up and then you simply wipe it off with a cloth.
  • Be very careful while you do this procedure as you might burn your fingers.

This process cleaned my steam iron plate smooth and shiny, however I am very disappointed with Kenwood steam iron as this is not something that should happen even when customers are taking good care of a product.

Now I bought Braun Steam Iron which is working smoothly and pressing my clothes each time as if new.

No hassle even if at times water dries up in the water chamber, the iron works absolutely fine.

But always take care of one thing and that is to adjust the the heat settings when ironing different fabrics.

And I recommend always always cover your chiffon or satin dresses with a lawn dupatta first and then iron otherwise there are always minor chances of these materials getting burnt no matter how fine your iron is.

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Author: Kiran Kanwal

I am a freelance writer, I enjoy researching and writing about my city. There are so many new ventures opening up in the city, which I believe need to be reviewed honestly for the sake of spreading awareness and information among the citizens. Since there is so much happening in the city, I like to write about the "Good Stuff." Besides writing my other pleasures are healthy cooking and traveling.

2 thoughts on “How to Clean a Steam Iron Surface”

  1. Its much risky. The best way is to clean with sea fog. Easily avaiable from birds shop keeper. The procedure is same ON the iron on high and gently rub on it. Take the big size piece which you can grip easily in hand. Also called samandri jhaag.

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