How to Restore a Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate

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How to Restore a Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate
Cleaning your iron's soleplate can make it seem brand new again. (iron bottom image by Jim Mills from

Use of a steam iron can result in build-up from starches and fabric softeners on the soleplate. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your iron is a crucial part of keeping it functioning properly. This also helps avoid staining your clothes while ironing them. If you find that your iron's soleplate is heavily stained, all is not lost. Cleaning a steam iron is a simple task.

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Things you need

  • Steam iron
  • Mild cleanser
  • Water
  • Sponge or soft clean cloth
  • White vinegar

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  1. 1

    Unplug the iron and allow it to cool completely.

  2. 2

    Mix a mild cleanser, such as laundry or dish soap, with water.

  3. 3

    Clean the soleplate with the soap solution, using a sponge or clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Wipe the soleplate with white vinegar to remove stubborn build-up that could not be removed with soap.

Tips and warnings

  • You can buy Faultless iron cleaner at a grocery store if you would rather not use dish or laundry soap. Follow the instructions on the package.
  • Do not use abrasive sponges or cleansers. These can damage the soleplate.

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