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T-fal Ultraglide Iron Cleaning Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

The T-fal Ultraglide iron is used to remove wrinkles from clothing with a combination of a hot soleplate and steam. The steam in the iron is produced from tap water poured in the iron's water tank. As the water is used for steam, it leaves behind impurities and minerals. These should be removed by cleaning the iron and anti-scale valve monthly. If not cleaned, the minerals can build up and prevent steam from forming.

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  1. Move the steam control lever to "0." Unplug the T-fal Ultraglide iron. Allow it to cool to room temperature before cleaning it.

  2. Place the iron in a horizontal, upside-down position. Open the water tank inlet valve so all the water is released from the storage tank. Do not open the inlet valve until the iron is completely upside down, or water could flow all over the iron.

  3. Press the self-clean ejection button, located toward the top of the iron, while simultaneously lifting the black anti-scale valve for removal from the iron.

  4. Fill a cup or bowl with white vinegar. Submerge the valve, and allow it to soak for four hours.

  5. Rinse the valve under cool water to remove all vinegar residue. Push the valve back into the iron until it locks in place.

  6. Move the steam control lever to "0." Unplug the T-fal Ultraglide iron. Allow it to cool to room temperature before cleaning it.

  7. Place the iron in a horizontal, upright position. Open the water tank inlet valve, and fill the water storage tank to the fill line with tap water.

  8. Set the iron's temperature dial to "Max." Plug the iron into an electrical socket. Allow the iron to heat up to the Max setting. The iron is completely heated once the indicator light goes out. Unplug the iron.

  9. Carefully hold the iron over the sink. Be careful not to touch the soleplate, because it is very hot and can burn you. Press the self-clean ejection button, and lift the anti-scale valve from the iron. Shake the iron over the sink so the water in the iron runs out over the soleplate. This helps remove impurities. Put the anti-scale valve back into the iron.

  10. Plug the iron back into an electrical socket. Heat the iron back up for two minutes to dry the sole plate. Unplug the iron. When the soleplate is only slightly warm, use a soft cloth to wipe it down to remove residue and build-up.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloth

About the Author

Kallie Johnson

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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