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    Senior Member Lizzytish's Avatar
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    Hi
    I have a new oliso iron and in the manual it reads to empty the water from the iron when done.
    I have never done this before when I was emptying it DH asked what I was doing. Told him it says to do this.
    Do you empty the water from your iron after each quilting session?
    Does anyone out there know why you should do this?

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    Uh Oh guess I should read my manual I have the same iron I never did this with my old irons but I have hard water so maybe a good idea.

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    Hi,
    I was always taught to use distilled water in my iron. This is especially true if you have hard water.

    I don't empty my iron if I'm working on a sewing project. When I used to use my iron for pressing clothes I would empty the iron between uses.

    Lately I have to honest that I haven't been careful about either practice. I've been using a B&D with regular tap water. I'll probably more careful with my next iron to use only distilled water.

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    I have always emptied the water from my iron & I use distilled water. I just empty it back into the gallon jug. My Rowenta iron is 15 yrs. old & no problems.

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    I do not empty mine never have but I do use distilled water.

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    I believe my B & D DIgitial advantage says to empty, plus to use tap water, not distilled. So far so good. It doesn't leak and it is about 6 years old. And the expensive Rowenta lives in the closet because it sputters and leaks and I don't like it.

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    I have the same kind of iron as stitchnripper and haven't had any problems with mine and I've had mine about 6 yrs. also.

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    I've never poured out the water from my iron, I too use distiled water, generally I use everything I put in...

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    My Rowenta says to use tap water and doesn't say anything about emptying it. It's still going strong after 5 years. But a funny thing - it makes the loudest, strangest noise when I push down on it. Doesn't sputter or leak, just groans. Anybody else have this problem?

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    I bought a new iron and refuse to put water in it. I've never had an iron that didn't start sputtering and leaking so I decided not to give this one anything to sputter and leak. If I want steam, I use a mist bottle.

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    I use distilled but once in awhile I splash in a little tap water just because one of my manuals said to go back and forth if you have hard water. We have VERY hard water. Also, I read not to use water from a water softener. Think it's because of the salt in it.

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    I use half tap and half distilled in my irons. I've had my Rowenta for about 6 years without a problem. I have heard if you have a water softner you shouldn't use that water in your iron.

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    I am lazy and do not empty my iron. But I am supposed to empty it.

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    I have recently found out why. Although I have ALWAYS used distilled water and do clean it, I never emptied it every day because I use it every day of my life and thought it was a pain. Then- it just stopped steaming...I super cleaned it- soaked with iron cleaner, and with vinegar as recommended. I shook it and rinsed it and you would have thought I was mining! The huge blobs of build-up was unbelievable!I had to take pieces out with tweezers. I kept rinsing it with water, but it was black and so much sediment, I had a new Oliso in the cupboard I took out and will now empty it every night.

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    Now this makes sense the sediment in the water settles and stays in the iron. Okay I'm sold.
    Thanks petpainter

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    I have a Bosch iron- I've never emptied it, except by using it. I use half tap, half distilled.

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    I've always been very loyal to my irons and emptied the water while the iron was hot, pushed the steam tab to high and let it steam out. Altho I was so faithful, they lost their ability to steam, shot out hunks of lime, etc. Then I bought a $6 from Walmart, never emptied the water and it steams, gets hotter than my good iron. I will never buy an expensive iron again. If my Walmart keeps up the good work, I may never have to buy an iron again.
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    Oliso iron, I think I don't have my iron set right, it doesn't seem to be a hot has other irons that I have had.

    Is there a special setting to make it hotter.

    I love the iron other than that, but I too, don't empty the water out of it. I use it almost every day while I am working on quilting pieces.

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    I have never emptied the water out of my iron(s). To be perfectly honest, I don't know how!

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    Quote Originally Posted by petpainter
    I have recently found out why. Although I have ALWAYS used distilled water and do clean it, I never emptied it every day because I use it every day of my life and thought it was a pain. Then- it just stopped steaming...I super cleaned it- soaked with iron cleaner, and with vinegar as recommended. I shook it and rinsed it and you would have thought I was mining! The huge blobs of build-up was unbelievable!I had to take pieces out with tweezers. I kept rinsing it with water, but it was black and so much sediment, I had a new Oliso in the cupboard I took out and will now empty it every night.
    Why would there be sediment in distilled water? Is it possible that the build-up was coming from something else, maybe some part of the iron that had deteriorated? (Just guessing, and hoping that my failure to empty out the water won't ruin my iron.)

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    I use my iron every couple days and never have emptied out the leftover water.

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    My iron actually says to empty each night, but the difference is that it says do NOT use distilled water - to use SPRING water. It is the only iron I have not had sputtering, leaking and spitting problems with. I have used this iron for about 5 years and am happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveQuilter
    My Rowenta says to use tap water and doesn't say anything about emptying it. It's still going strong after 5 years. But a funny thing - it makes the loudest, strangest noise when I push down on it. Doesn't sputter or leak, just groans. Anybody else have this problem?
    Funny you should ask. I have a Rowenta and it talks loudly to me too. Can't figure what makes it do that. I too notice that it does it louder when I press down on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltNGanny
    My iron actually says to empty each night, but the difference is that it says do NOT use distilled water - to use SPRING water. It is the only iron I have not had sputtering, leaking and spitting problems with. I have used this iron for about 5 years and am happy with it.
    I have heard of iron makers recommending spring water, but it seems like a very strange idea to me. Spring water has minerals, and the amount and type of minerals vary from one batch to the next. Why would this be preferable to distilled water, which has no minerals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by petpainter
    I have recently found out why. Although I have ALWAYS used distilled water and do clean it, I never emptied it every day because I use it every day of my life and thought it was a pain. Then- it just stopped steaming...I super cleaned it- soaked with iron cleaner, and with vinegar as recommended. I shook it and rinsed it and you would have thought I was mining! The huge blobs of build-up was unbelievable!I had to take pieces out with tweezers. I kept rinsing it with water, but it was black and so much sediment, I had a new Oliso in the cupboard I took out and will now empty it every night.
    Why would there be sediment in distilled water? Is it possible that the build-up was coming from something else, maybe some part of the iron that had
    deteriorated? (Just guessing, and hoping that my failure to empty out the water won't ruin my iron.)
    My iron also says to use tap water. We have well water so for me it would make sense.

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