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Among the most used home appliances is your flat iron. There are many different types of this home appliance, but the most common ones are steam irons. The steam effectively straightens out wrinkles on your clothes. Although these do not really cost a lot of money, you still want to make sure that you care for your flat iron properly to make them last a long time. Using a particular flat iron actually grows on you. You get used to a particular model or brand and know exactly how to handle it to get the wrinkles out faster and with less effort. It is understandable, therefore, for you to want your flat iron to last longer.
If you are using a regular flat iron, all you have to do is to wipe it down after every use. You have to wait for the iron’s surface to cool before doing this, of course. For coated iron surfaces, you have to make sure that you use a soft cloth to wipe any dirt or accumulated oil and hair products off the iron plate. If you need a cleaning liquid that is more powerful than water, you can use vinegar to take off stubborn dirt from the flat iron’s plate.
Steam flat irons are more complicated to clean. It would be highly advisable to read your product’s user manual to check for any special care instructions. The manual would most likely contain several reminders and things to avoid when cleaning your flat iron. Among the most common no-no’s include using cleaning solutions in the water reservoir, pulling too hard on the power cord, and storing the iron in a non-upright position. You also have to pay attention to the type of water that you put in the water reservoir. There are some that cause mineral deposits that could clog the steam vents or holes on the iron plate.
Whatever kind of flat iron you have, you have to pay close attention to the manufacturer’s specific instructions on how to use and care for your flat iron to keep it functioning properly. In case of defects or malfunctions, you have to stop using your flat iron immediately and take it to a service center. Do not risk doing your own repairs as you might aggravate the problem or cause a more serious problem like an electrical short circuit or a busted power supply in your home.