How to Clean a Rowenta Iron Safely and Effectively

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When you start feeling a drag in your iron or start seeing brownish streaks on your clothes, that’s a sign that your Rowenta Iron needs cleaning.

When it comes to how to clean a Rowenta Iron, the first thing you need to identify is whether or not it comes with a self-cleaning feature.

Let's discuss how to go about cleaning either iron models.

How to Clean a Rowenta Iron With a Self-Clean Feature

Rowenta Irons have seen progress and advancement in the past couple of years.

One of the most helpful advancements in these irons is the self-clean feature.

While the steps to clean the Rowenta Iron may minutely vary with different models, they are almost the same. Still, it would help if you kept a few things in mind.

The most important one is that all Rowenta Irons with a built-in self-clean feature has a filtering anti-scale cartridge.

This cartridge helps prevent mineral buildup and keep hard water at bay.

For such irons with an anti-calc cartridge, you want to avoid using other descaling agents such as vinegar.

The Steps

To clean your iron, follow the following steps:

  1. Fill your iron with the maximum water level, and then heat the iron to the highest temperature settings.
  2. After it heats up, unplug it, and then turn on the self-clean feature.
  3. Hold your iron horizontally over the sink and let the steam buildup.
  4. You will see water dripping as it rinses your steam holes and reservoir from dirt and scale. Let it drip completely.
  5. After a minute, plug in your iron and turn it to the steam position.
  6. Wait for the remaining water to evaporate out.
  7. Unplug your iron and let it cool.
  8. Lastly, wipe your iron's soleplate with a damp cloth or sponge.

Your iron is ready for use, clean as new!

Frequency of Cleaning

Ideally, you should clean your self-cleaning Rowenta Iron every two weeks.

That said, it may vary depending on iron usage.

This maintenance allows you to prolong the life of your iron and prevent any unexpected cloth damage.

Additional Cleaning Tips

To ensure the self-cleaning feature of your Rowenta Iron does its jobs well, you can consider doing the following:

Clean the Anti-Scale Valve

By cleaning the reservoir and the steam holes, you’ve gotten significant cleaning done out of the way.

However, these irons with a self-clean feature have a built-in anti-scale or anti-calc cartridge, as mentioned earlier.

As time passes, this cartridge holds enough scale and minerals that also call for a clean-up.

All you need to do are the following:

  1. Take it out while the iron is entirely cooled off and emptied of water.
  2. Dip the cartridge into a glass of lemon juice or white vinegar for 40 minutes.
  3. Next, wash and dry it.

Your valve is now ready to perform its job better than ever!

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Clean the Soleplate

Sometimes Rowenta Irons come with a small cleaning kit that contains a terry-cloth towel and a cleansing cream.

The purpose of this kit is to restore the beautiful shine of your iron’s soleplate.

To clean the soleplate, you must:

  1. Put a two-inch worth of cream onto your terry-cloth towel.
  2. Empty your iron and turn it on. Iron the towel while moving your iron on the cream in circular form.
  3. Let it steam. Do this until you see your soleplate becoming clean.
  4. All the dirt from the soleplate will deposit on the cloth. You may repeat this on the backside of the towel to enhance cleanliness.

Your soleplate, along with the valve and reservoir, is now all restored in cleanliness!

How to Clean a Rowenta Iron Without a Self-Clean Feature

Even if your iron doesn’t have a self-clean feature, you will soon find how convenient it is to clean it up.

we have a few cleaning hacks that you can consider.

With the Help of Baking Soda

Baking soda is versatile and mildly abrasive. It deals well with scales and minerals.

Here’s how to work with baking soda:

  • Start with a cool and unplugged iron.
  • Make a consistent and think paste using half a cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water.
  • Apply it on the soleplate of your iron.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Wipe it off with a damp cloth or towel.

If this doesn’t work for you, you can try out white vinegar.

Using Vinegar

What makes vinegar useful for your Rowenta Irons is its high acidic content, which dissolves the scale.

You can use the vinegar to clean your soleplate as well as your water reservoir.

Cleaning the Soleplate

What you need is a cloth dipped in white vinegar, and then follow these steps:

  1. Rub the c\vinegar-dipped cloth on the soleplate surface. Make sure the iron is unplugged and cool.
  2. You may hard-scrub it to get rid of the oily greases since vinegar is not abrasive.
  3. Once done, wipe it off with another water-soaked cloth.
  4. Let the plate dry completely before your next use.

Cleaning the Reservoir

As stated earlier, vinegar breaks down scale buildups, so we can use it to clean your Rowenta Iron's reservoir.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Mix a cup of water and ½ a cup of white vinegar. The purpose of water is to reduce the acidity of the vinegar, which alone can prove too acidic.
  2. Unplug your iron and make sure the reservoir is empty.
  3. Pour the vinegar mixture into the reservoir.
  4. Next, turn the streamer on and iron it on a spare cloth. All the scale will be pushed out, leaving colored streaks on the cloth.
  5. Once done, drain the remaining or extra vinegar mixture.
  6. Place water in the reservoir and iron on a spare cloth to clean the reservoir

Your iron is good to go!

Cleaning a Rowenta Iron Isn't a Tough Job

Whichever type of Rowenta Iron you have, cleaning can always be easy and fun.

You won't need any special tools and solutions.

Just also make sure that you familiarize yourself with the parts of your iron, and you read the owner's manual before attempting to clean it.

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