Clean the soleplate of an iron by applying a baking soda and water paste to areas with mineral deposits, wiping away the paste and deposits in a few minutes, cleaning the steam vents with a cotton swab, filling the reservoir with a water and vinegar solution, and turning it to steam. After steaming the vents, empty the reservoir, and place the iron in a safe place to cool and dry.
A clean iron makes ironing less of a chore by gliding across clothing effortlessly. However, with use, the sole plate becomes sticky due to melted fabric, fabric softeners or dust. Mineral deposits form if you use tapwater for the steam setting. Removing these substances takes some of the work out of an often dreaded chore.
If the soleplate is sticky, try turning the heat up to high and the steam off to melt the substance. Iron over a stack of paper towels or old newspaper to absorb the melted substances. If it remains sticky after a few passes, pour a small amount of salt on top of the paper, and iron again.
An oily soleplate leaves grease marks on the clothing. Remove grease when the iron is completely cool and unplugged. Wipe the soleplate with a rag dipped in vinegar, and rinse with a damp cloth. For stronger degreasing of the soleplate, wipe it with a rag dipped in ammonia.