How to Clean a Black & Decker Digital Iron


Black & Decker's digital irons include a digital display rather than a rotary knob or switch. This enables you to easily see the iron's temperature settings, know when it is ready, and tell at a glance whether it's off or on. The digital irons also include Black & Decker's proprietary Auto Clean System, a steam cycle that cleans the iron from the inside out. You can also clean the outside of the iron. The manufacturer recommends you clean your digital iron once a month for optimum performance.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Mild household detergent
  • Old cloth

Cleaning the Outside

  • Verify that the iron is unplugged and completely cool.

  • Dampen a soft cloth with water. Wipe down the iron plate and all external surfaces.

  • Add a mild household detergent to the cloth. Wipe down the plate and surfaces of the iron.

  • Plug the iron in, turn it to the steam setting, stand it up right, and wait for it to heat.

  • Iron over an old cloth on the steam setting to clean out any detergent residue from the steam vents.

Cleaning the Inside

  • With the iron unplugged, add water to the water tank, but only until it is barely visible, well below the "MAX" line.

  • Plug in the iron. Set the temperature to setting "6," and stand the iron upright to heat. When the iron beeps and displays a "6," turn it off and unplug it.

  • Hold the iron over a sink or drain, with the iron plate facing down.

  • Push and hold the "AUTO CLEAN" button down. After a few seconds, hot steam and water will escape from the vents on the plate. Hold the button until all the water is out. Gently shake the iron a few centimeters to each side to empty the last drops of water.

  • Release the "AUTO CLEAN" button. Stand the iron upright. Plug it in. Set the temperature setting to "4." Let the iron sit and heat for 2 minutes to dry out any remaining moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your iron once a month to keep it working well and the steam vents clear of buildup.
  • Be careful when cleaning the iron, as all escaping water and steam will be very hot.
  • Do not use a scouring pad, heavy-duty cleanser, vinegar or abrasive cleaner on the iron as you might scratch or discolor it.

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