Look after your iron

Does your iron spit out occasional brown splashes of water (why’s it always on a white shirt?), even though you empty it after every session?

What’s happening is that the iron acts like a vacuum, sucking up fibres and impurities from your clothes as you work and, over time, they build up and discolour the tank water, hence the brown splashes.

Get into the habit of using the self-clean function, say every second time (most irons over £25 have this feature). Also avoid using scented or softened water – ordinary tap is the best as you need an element of hardness to get a good jet of steam.

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