How to Clean a Shark Iron

Written by kallie johnson
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In order to keep an iron clean and properly working, it needs routine cleaning. Routine cleaning removes dirt and dust from the iron, both of which can transfer to clothing if not properly removed. Most Shark irons also have a self-cleaning feature. The feature removes build-up and impurities from the steam holes on an iron. The impurities, found in water, can clog up the steam holes if not properly removed, preventing the steam feature from properly working.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton cloth

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    Routine Cleaning

  1. 1

    Unplug the iron and allow it to cool until the soleplate is cool enough to touch.

  2. 2

    Dampen a cotton cloth under cool, running water.

  3. 3

    Wipe down the soleplate to remove any residue left behind by starch. For best results, perform this step while the soleplate is warm.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the outside of the iron with the dampened cloth to remove dirt, dust and residue.

    Self Cleaning

  1. 1

    Lift open the water filing inlet cover, located above the water tank. Fill the Shark iron's water tank up to the maximum fill line, using tap water. Close the inlet cover.

  2. 2

    Plug the iron into an electrical socket, turn it on and allow it to heat up, while it's sitting on it's heel.

  3. 3

    Hold the iron over the sink in a horizontal position. Turn the variable steam control dial to the "Self-Clean" position. Boiling water and steam will fall from the soleplate holes, washing away impurities built up in the iron.

  4. 4

    Shake the iron in a back and forth motion to dispel as much water as possible. Unplug the iron when no more water is being removed.

  5. 5

    Open the water filing inlet cover. Tilt the iron upside down, so all of the water drains from the water tank.

  6. 6

    Allow the iron to completely cool prior to storing.

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