Steam Iron Not Working

May 31, 2018

How do I repair a steam iron that stopped working (won't heat up at all) after cleaning it with salt?



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Did you put the salt in the machine or just clean the outside with salt?

If the salt actually went into the water chamber, be sure it is unplugged and cold and pour 1 cup of hot not boiling water with 1 tablespoons of white vinegar into the chamber and turn it on the lowest steam setting. That may melt the salt if it has dried and caked inside blocking the steam holes.

If the salt was used on the outside, take a toothpick and poke steam holes again make sure it is cold and unplugged. Try using plain tap water on a steam setting when done.

If this doesn't work, Google the customer service number for the brand and see what they say.

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September 8, 2017

Minerals in your water can clog the vents in your iron causing it to stop emitting steam. Vinegar can often be used to clean it and return your iron to good working order.


This is a page about what to do when a steam iron doesn't produce steam.

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August 30, 2018

When your steam iron stops heating you can try a bit of troubleshooting, but it may be time for a new one. This is a page about steam iron won't heat.

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June 23, 2017

Why is my steam iron not working after cleaning with salt?


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June 23, 20170 found this helpful

You might have corroded it with salt. Put in a diluted vinegar solution and let it steam for awhile.

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June 24, 20171 found this helpful

Probably some of the salt has not been properly removed from the steam holes. Salt dries very hard and it may take several cleanings of diluted vinegar and water run through your iron to remove it.


Here are a couple of links explaining how to do this and also some suggestions on different ways to clean your iron.

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April 14, 20181 found this helpful

How is it going to steam when it has stopped working?

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May 14, 20181 found this helpful

Why is my steam iron not working after cleaning it with salt.......its not even switching on

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

Hello, I just wanted to ask if you found the solution to this problem? The same thing happened to me today! Please help!

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October 23, 2009

Why is my mini steam iron not working, after reaching 20 pounds of pressure? How do I rectify this problem?

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

I would try pouring some plain white vinegar into the iron and heating it up....maybe not to the full 20 lbs pressure but at least til the vinegar is warm, turn off the iron and let it set at least a few hours or even overnight. {leave it to soak in the "down" position as if you were ironing} Let it sit inside a large bowl with a towel under it so the ironing surface doesn't get scratched.


Turn on the iron and once it heats up unplug and pour out the vinegar, {use distilled water only in your steamer and irons,} fill with distilled water, heat up and dump out once it warms up; add more distilled water and let it build to full pressure and see if it steams.

If this doesn't work, repeat the vinegar process and let it heat til the full pressure builds and then unplug and dump out again.

Keep the steamer near the sink or someplace it will not harm anything else in case the pressure & vinegar "pop" out the mineral deposits that have formed in the steam vents.

Continue to do this process until you don't get any hard mineral deposits in the water/vinegar you dump out. {you can dump it into a strainer lined with a coffee filter or paper towel to see if any deposits are coming loose} In the future, be positive to use only distilled water and you won't have a problem again for many years.

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