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Breville irons buying guide: Cord length

Clean your iron on a regular basis.

Not only will this prolong the life of your iron, maintaining your iron will help to extend the life of your clothing.

Do not use harsh abrasives, chemical cleaners or solvents to clean the exterior of your iron because they are likely to damage the surface.

Cleaning the soleplate

After each use, ensure the iron is switched off and unplugged from the mains supply socket.

Allow the iron to cool fully before wiping the soleplate with a soft, damp cloth. If polyester has burnt to the soleplate, iron a damp cotton cloth while still hot. If necessary, allow the unit to cool fully and wipe the soleplate with a soft cloth and a small amount of methylated spirits. Remove the methylated spirit with a damp cloth. Ensure soleplate is dried thoroughly.

Cleaning the steam holes

To remove build-up from the steam holes which may affect steam performance, use a cotton wool tip moistened in methylated spirits. Wipe over with a damp cloth.

To clean the exterior of your iron, wipe over with a damp soft cloth and wipe dry. Ensure the soleplate is then dried thoroughly.

Cleaning the water tank

The water tank is the interior section of the iron into which you pour the water to create steam as you iron. And it is this important part of the iron that can show signs of debris and mineral deposits. If you look closely at the soleplate, you can see these deposits as small, white rings around the steam holes. They have an appearance that looks a lot like salt.

Irons with a Self Clean feature

Most Breville steams include a Self Clean feature for cleaning the water tank. This function flushes out impurities from the water via the holes in the soleplate.

• Use the self-clean function once every two weeks. If the water in your area is very hard, the self clean function should be used more frequently.
• Ensure the iron is switched off and unplugged from the mains supply socket.
• Set the steam control to the no steam position if applicable.
• Using the measuring cup, fill the iron with water to the Max fill level.
• Stand the iron on its heel rest, plug in and switch on at the mains supply.
• Select the Linen fabric setting using the temperature increase button.
• When your iron beeps once and the temperature indicator icon stops flashing your iron is ready to use.
• Unplug the iron and hold it over a sink with the sole-plate facing downwards.
• Press the Self Clean button. Hot water and steam will be ejected from the holes in the soleplate, along with any impurities.
• Release the Self Clean button after one minute or when the water tank is empty.
• Stand the iron on its heel rest, plug into the supply and switch on. When the temperature indicator icon stops flashing, iron an old piece of cloth to allow any remaining water to escape.
• After use, switch off and unplug the iron at the mains supply and allow to cool fully. Empty any remaining water.

Irons without a Self Clean feature

If your steam iron doesn’t have a Self Clean feature, you can use the following top tip to effectively clean the water tank.

• Fill up the water tank one quarter of the way with white vinegar. Put the iron on the steam setting and place the iron on a clean, dry cloth. The deposits will begin to appear on the cloth as the steaming process begins.
• Continue pressing the iron on the cloth, until no further residue is visible.
• Rinse out the reservoir with distilled or purified water to eliminate the vinegar smell.

Putting your iron away

• Set the steam control to the no steam position if applicable.
• Turn the power off and remove the plug from the power outlet.
• When the soleplate has cooled, empty remaining water from the tank.


• Always store the iron on its heel rest, allowing to cool for 30 minutes after use.
• Do not store the iron with the soleplate facing down, or in the carton.
• Do not wrap the cord around the soleplate. The cord can be neatly wrapped around the heel of the iron.