Originally Posted by bakechef
You're supposed to clean an iron?
Mine is 10 years old and I've never cleaned it. Hasn't spit out any nasty stuff yet, so maybe I'm safe!
I don't know, maybe the new ones have continuous clean? I would have to go look what brand mine is, I don't remember. Of course, I bought that iron a long time ago - 1974 or '75. Self-cleaning was a fancy feature back then.
Have a look at your iron and see if it has a super hot setting for cleaning. It isn't just that it might spit out something nasty - unless you have very soft water, it is likely filling up with mineral deposits that will clog up the vents. That's why most steam irons back then required distilled water - no minerals.