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Thread: Steam Iron Problem

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    I just found a really good deal on a Rowenta Iron at a garage sale. The lady had it marked $2 but didn't know if it would drip water or not but she said I could have it for $1 so I purchased it. Now, I really, really like this iron mainly because it doesn't have the automatic shutoff but I used water in it today and occasionally it would drip water onto the fabric. Why is it doing that? Do I not have the steam set right for the fabric setting. I had the steam setting in the middle and the fabric setting for cotton. Anyone know why irons drip water or in some cases they just spew the water out.

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    I was given a Rowenta for Xmas a few years ago and after about 6mos it dripped. Not only that when it's left standing the water drains out of the bottom! I've heard a few stories about faulty Rowentas.

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    I don't put water in mine. I use a spray bottle for water. Works fine that way.

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    Does it have a self cleaning button? Could be a mineral buildup from the water.

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    Most irons are incontinent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Most irons are incontinent.
    Good one!

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    i haven't put water in an iron in years...they all start leaking, spitting and spewing after awhile and i got tired of having to replace them. now i keep a spray bottle on the end of the ironing board and my iron is WONDERFUL! and i got mine for $12 at wally world 4 years ago :) my $139 iron lasted about 4 months

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    I had one that leaked all the time. Tossed it and bought a different one. That may be why the cost was $1.00.

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    All steam irons eventually drip. I finally quit using steam. I either spritz my fabric with Best Press or water in a spray bottle.

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    You got that right! :x

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    Rowentas are finicky, I've had more than one and sometimes they start leaking. The directions say to not use distilled water and if you do the leaking starts--Why, I don't know. Anyway, I have a leaky one now that I use only as a dry iron and a new one-got it at a great price-that has been good so far. If this one leaks I'm going back to the cheaper ones. So my suggestion is don't use your iron as a steam iron and by happy you got it for only $1.

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    Here is what I would try. Fill the water tank 1/3-1/2 way full with water, then fill it the rest of the way with WHITE VINIGAR. Set the iron to cotton for 15 minutes, then steam an old towel or something for a few minutes. Then if there is any water left drain it out. let the iron cool off and fill the tank with clean water. repeat heating the iron to cotton for 15 minutes, steaming for a few minutes, drain the water, this time you don't have to let the iron cool before using it again.

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    I bought one of the more expensive Rowenta Irons and have sent it back to the manufacturer twice for repair. They finally sent me a new one and it seems fine for now. I have only had it for a month, so we will see. I always use steam, but after reading this forum, maybe I will use the water spritzer instead of the steam setting.
    Thanks for the recommendation....

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