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Thread: Iron: pour out water after each use?

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    I have a Rowenta that my wife gave me several years ago. I think she wanted a new one. I guess it works fine. I like it. I've only used one of hers. This one leaks once in a while, not always. My wife says you're supposed to pour the water out after each use. I usually forget. I'd like to know the opinion on that from all of you here. Thanks. Gary

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    I always drain the water out after each use & I only used distilled water. My Rowenta is over 13 yrs. old & works just fine.

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    I leave the water in mine. I didn't read that in Rowenta.

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    I leave the water in mine and we have really hard, rusty water

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    I have three irons one is a rowneta I never empty mine but once a week I have to refillit so I guess the water doesnt stay in it to long but I use alot of steam

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    i've never used water in mine.

    i prefer to use starch or if i need water i use a mister bottle to mist the fabric.

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    i never put water in my iron- i keep a spray bottle on the end of the ironing board to give my fabrics a spritz when needed- i hate sputtering-leaking irons-spitting on my fabrics.

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    I never empty my Rowenta, but one time I should have. I put it in my large plastic bag with the quilting supplies I waas taking to class, and everything got wet!

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    I try to remember to empty mine after every use.

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    my iron is a cheap one from meijer. I've had it about 4 years (?) I don't empty my water, but don't always fill it up. Like a PP, I usually keep a spray bottle handy and spritz my fabric. I have had a time or two to do the self clean function on my iron from not emptying the water. Essentially, I turn the iron on really hot for 2 minutes, then shut if off, turn the steam selection to the self-clean icon and hold it face down over a sink.

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    I was taught you always removed the water after use. Now it's not a problem, as I seldom use steam ... mostly a hot, dry iron! perhaps with a spritz of water, if needed.

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    I have NEVER heard of emptying the iron after each use and I would never do it. The mechanism is hard enough to get the water IN without spilling.

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    I've read it and I dont do it. It may set in there over night and thats about it. Mine gets used daily so theres no reason to dump it. However if I'm going to be gone for a few days I do empty. But I also unplug everything in my sewing room.

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    All the quilters I know that have Rowentas, claim they are notorious for leaking....guess that's why I don't have one. That and the high price tag! :shock:

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    hmmm have had one for years and never do that. it says to use tap water mostly. the water is hard here so i hardly use tap water.

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    Every iron I have ever had said to not leave water sit in it when not in use. The one time I forgot (I wasn't quilting, so not using often), when I did use it, it spit rusty water on my clothes. It was a mess.

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    I have a rowenta and I never empty it. I use it daily and the water never has a chance to sit. I use half spring water and half distilled. Not sure why...I was wondering why the other day when I was mixing the two gallon jugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    i've never used water in mine.

    i prefer to use starch or if i need water i use a mister bottle to mist the fabric.
    Me, too! I got sick of leaky irons. I've never put water in my current one.

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    I never empty mine and I keep water in it all the time, use it on steam all the time. Use my well water, use it for quilting, pressing clothes, etc. everything. Never leaks!

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    Ditto what Tanya said... but then, I've never had a spendy iron either...if it heats up and does the job, I see no reason to spend more than I have to!

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    nope I have left it in for 6 years, still works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheri_J
    I have a rowenta and I never empty it. I use it daily and the water never has a chance to sit. I use half spring water and half distilled. Not sure why...I was wondering why the other day when I was mixing the two gallon jugs.
    If you use all distilled it leaks like crazy, ask me how I know

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    We have iron in our well water so I use the iron dry. I spray bottled water when & where I need it.

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    I am on my 3rd Rowenta and they all leaked no matter whether I emptied it or not.

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    I have been using my Rowenta for over ten years. I have never emptied it, use tap water and I have extremely hard water----never a problem!!!

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