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Products to Use with Steam Irons

by Richard Dixon Social Media Coordinator

Besides the ironing board, there are a few other accessories that can come in handy for use with the steam iron. Although many people get along without them, they can enhance the performance of the iron and provide the best care for the long life of the appliance.

Ironing Board Pad

Just about every ironing board comes with a standard pad and it is usually of acceptable quality, at least for the first few uses. It is best to replace the pad with one of better quality to get the best results from a steam iron for home use. Silicone coated pads are scorch resistant and they keep little moisture. These pads are not very expensive and there is a large variety on the market.

Filling Water

It is best to use distilled or purified water in a steam iron. Tap water has fluoride and other minerals and chemicals that can not only stain clothes but build up in the iron. Deposits will collect in the inner chambers of the iron and on the steam outlet openings.

Hot Iron Cleaner

There are several brands of hot iron cleaner available and we can find them at most discount stores and online. It is used to clean off the remains of burnt on fabric or other materials stuck to the iron plate. It can be used while the iron is still hot so time won’t be lost waiting for it to cool down before continuing ironing.

Steam Iron Cleaning

Deposits can build up on the iron plate even if distilled water is used. It is a good idea to periodically clean the iron. There are iron cleaning kits available for under $10 that usually include cream and specially made cloths.

It is even simpler to buy a steam iron cleaning solution, which is usually less than $5 and available online and at discount stores. The reason for using a cleaner specifically made for steam irons is that it will rinse away more thoroughly and work well on hard water deposits.

Pressing Pads

An old sheet or pillowcase may have been good enough for our grandmothers, but that was before steam irons. Pressing pads can protect the iron from scratches because of zippers and metal buttons. They eliminate shine marks and prevent scorching on the clothes. It is best to purchase the type that is see-through for best results.

Pressing pads are machine washable and cost between $5 and $10. They are usually sold in packs of two.

Ironing Blanket

When an ironing board is not accessible, the ironing blanket can be used on a table to convert it to an ironing board. They are heat resistant and usually have a non-slip surface on the back to keep it in place while ironing. Priced under $10, they are easiest to find online.

Spray Starch

We are all familiar with the heavy spray starch in the can, but that is not the only option anymore. Spray starch is available in non-aerosol pumps, and most manufacturers use an improved formula that does not leave stains on the clothing. These new starches work as well if not better than the old ones and are even eco-friendly.

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