How to Clean An Iron Plate

Cleaning Iron Plates - The Guide

When’s the last time you’ve cleaned your iron plate? Most people probably haven’t considered this, but when you think about what debris could be getting burnt on your clothes, you’ll see why you need to keep the faceplate in “perfect” condition.

Fortunately, cleaning iron faceplates aren’t too difficult. Learn how to clean an iron faceplate to make sure that your appliances are working as they should so that your clothes aren’t matted and are wrinkle-free.

When Should I Clean My Iron?

The frequency on how you’ll clean your iron plate will depend on how often you use it. For instance, if you press your school uniforms on a daily basis, you’ll have to clean the iron more than someone who regularly uses the services of a dry cleaner.

So when is it the right time to clean your iron plate? Here’s a good rule of thumb: Wash the faceplate when it no longer smoothly glides through your garments. This means that a lot of gunk is stored and is causing the iron to drag.

Tips for Iron Cleaning

  • Use distilled water inside the steam compartment to stop mineral deposits.
  • After each use, let the iron cool off completely and clean the soleplate with a microfiber cloth to remove any starch residue or rogue fibers.
  • Empty out the water reservoir after each use.

As you can see, cleaning out an iron soleplate will take time and effort, but this can make a huge difference in how your appliance performs.

How to Clean Your Iron With Water and Baking Soda

Baking soda is known for its ability to deodorize your home. It acts as a natural scouting agent that helps ease grime from the soleplate of the iron.

You will need:

  • Distilled water
  • Cotton swabs
  • A small bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Microfiber Cloths

Now that you have everything, here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Start by making the paste by combining one part distilled water with two parts baking soda (Don’t use tap water because it can leave mineral deposits behind).
  2. Make sure that the iron is unplugged and is cool.
  3. Spread the paste through the iron’s soleplate.
  4. Use a wet microfiber cloth to remove the paste.
  5. Place a cotton swab into distilled water.
  6. Let the iron dry out completely before using it again.

How to Clean Your Iron Soleplate With Vinegar

Aside from home appliances with inner workings and stone, vinegar can be used to clean virtually anything. That goes for your iron’s soleplate as well!

You’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Spray bottles
  • Microwave safe bowls
  • ½ cup of distilled wine vinegar

Steps to follow:

  1. Place the vinegar into the bowl. Heat it in the microwave for at least a minute.
  2. Carefully place the vinegar in the spray bottle.
  3. Spray the microfiber cloth with the vinegar until it’s damp, not saturated.
  4. Wipe the soleplate of the iron with its cloth
  5. Repeat once the soleplate is clear of grime.


While cleaning an iron plate requires some effort, its essential in maintaining the device’s lifespan. By taking the time to clean the soleplate at least once a week, you can improve its performance, prevent it from burning, and making your clothes wrinkle-free.

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