You can find the product name on the side of your steam iron
It is very easy to find the name if your steam iron. Just look at the right or left side of your steam iron. The name of your product is written there such as Azur Elite, Azur Advanced etc...
Why descale a steam iron?
Over time, steam irons can build up scale. The harder the water in your area, the faster scale impurities develop and solidify, if not cleaned away. Regular descaling prevents problems such as white/brown stains on your clothes, brown water and leaking. Cleaning your iron regularly keeps steam output at its highest and extends the lifetime of your steam irons.
How to clean your steam iron
Self Clean function
All Philips steam irons
Fill the water tank and turn on. (If your iron has adjustable settings, choose MAX TEMP and NO STEAM.)
When the light goes out, unplug and hold the iron over the sink so the soleplate is horizontal.
Activate CALC CLEAN using the button or selector. (Varies per model. Press and hold, if necessary.)
Shake the iron gently back and forth until empty. Water, steam and scale will come out of the steam vents.
Heat the iron and glide over a cloth to clean the soleplate. Repeat process, if necessary.
IronCare removes limescale from tap water to keep your iron performing at its best, extending its life by up to 4 X*. Keeping your iron free from scale has never been easier with this innovative filter, designed for all ironing appliances.
*Tested on Philips GC5000 series with 16.8°dH water, referring to limescale effect only.
Frequently Asked Questions about Philips Steam Irons
Should I use demineralized or ironing water to prevent limestone in my steam iron?
We recommend using tap or demineralized water for all Philips steam irons. Demineralized water is the best option to prevent limestone build up in your iron.
Please never use ironing or perfumed water in your Philips steam iron. By using these, your iron gets contaminated and might get damaged or fail.
How often should I descale my iron for best steaming results over time?
We recommend descaling your iron every 1-2 months. By cleaning your iron regularly, all calc particles will be removed and the lifetime of your appliance will be longer.
Do I need to descale my steam iron even though I always use demineralized water?
When you are always using demineralized water, there will be no limestone built up in your iron. However, in some irons the descaling light will blink based on the time that the appliance is been used. In this case, please complete the descaling routine in order to use the iron again.
Do I need to descale my steam iron even though I’m always emptying my Quick Calc Release?
Yes, we recommend descaling your Philips iron every 1-2 months. The Quick Calc release collects many loose calc particles, but not all. By descaling your iron regularly, all calc particles will be removed and your appliance will have a longer lifetime.
I’m not sure what iron model I have and which descaling routine should I use
When you are not sure what descaling routine you should use, you can always find the correct instructions in the user manual.
If you do not have the user manual anymore, please try to find your iron model number on your iron (it should look like GCXXXX ). Knowing this number, you can find all the product information on the Philips website. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact PhilipsConsumer Care
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