There may be contaminants in water that may be harmful to your health. We would normally use different types of filters to ensure that drinking water is pure and clean and safe for consumption. Calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and other components are also present in water and lead to scaling and staining of plumbing fixtures. You may have even noticed scale buildup and clogging of steam iron caused due to use of such water. What you need for the purpose is a filter to clean water and make it safer for use with steam iron.
Water contamination is not only troublesome to your health but also leads to several other problems. If you consider contamination in the form of iron, iron is safe for your health but harmful for the plumbing system and different appliances that you use. You may have noticed scaling on bathtubs, clogging of showers, etc, which is caused mostly due to calcium present in water. Iron in water also causes reddish brown stains. When you use a steam iron you need to keep on adding water. Over a period you may notice that steam holes on iron soleplate may be clogged due to particulates from water. This may lead to increased power usage or simply cause ineffectiveness of the steam iron.
Some manufacturers have now come up with filters for water bottles for filling steam iron. These bottles have to be hung about 1 meter above the pressing surface. A hose is provided which has to be attached to the bottle. Generally there is a bottle valve which would be opened whenever you want to fill hose with water. Below the valve is a filter which cleans water before it goes to steam iron. The filter in hose effectively removes contaminants from water. This helps ensure that there is no scaling or clogging of steam holes due to calcium and other particles in water. You may also add demineralizer to water. It helps improve the life of steam iron by preventing calcium build-up. You simply need to buy a demineralizer package and empty it into the bottle. Fill it with tap water and start using the steam iron as per instructions.
You can easily get replacement filters for steam irons. For e.g. if you have a Morphy Richards steam iron you can get pack of these filters at a very low cost from websites like espares, amazon.com and so on. These filters very efficiently help reduce lime scale build up. You would have to find filter that matches the particular model. The benefits of using such filters is the prolonged life of steam irons as well as riddance from stains and damage of clothes caused due to tiny debris, limestone and other hard water particles. It is advisable to replace filters after specified time period so that you get good quality of water for your steam iron water bottle.
It is necessary to have filters for water bottles used for filling water into steam iron as it ensures performance of the iron. Depending upon the steam iron model you use, you may find appropriate filters so that there is minimum damage caused to your steam iron as well as your clothing.