Descaling

Descale your iron to
prevent leaking, brown
water and other faults

How to descale Philips irons

Over time, your steam iron or generator will start to build up calc or scale – this happens in all electrical appliances that use water. The harder the water in your area, the faster scale impurities will develop and solidify if not cleaned away. Without regular descaling you will find that scale is pushed through your soleplate in the form of white/brown stains and that the steam output of your iron is compromised.
Be sure to descale as part of your ironing routine to maximise your iron’s performance.
Click your iron to find out to descale

PureSteam Cartridge
PerfectCare Pure
 
 
Easy De-Calc
PerfectCare Elite(Silence)
Perfectcare Expert
PerfectCare Aqua (Pro Steam)
PerfectCare Silence
 
Smart Calc Clean
PerfectCare Viva
SpeedCare
FastCare
 
 
Calc Clean
EasyCare
InstantCare
CompactCare
Built-in Calc Container
 
Built-in Calc Container
Quick Calc Release
Steam irons with Quick Calc Release
Self-Clean
 
Steam iron

 

Your appliance has been designed to be used with tap water or demineralized water.

 

Please do not use: perfumed water, vinegar, starch, descaling agents, ironing aids, or other chemicals as they may cause leaking, brown staining, or damage to your appliance.

How to keep my iron clean from scale?

 

You can keep your iron clean from scale by using demineralised water from Philips IronCare water descale filter.

IronCare instantly removes impurities from the water to prevent scale from building-up inside the iron. It is suitable for steam irons, steam generators and garment steamers from Philips and any other iron brand.

Descaling your Philips Steam Iron

Descaling using the Calc-Clean Function
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How to descale your
Philips steam iron

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1. Set iron’s steam control to ‘No Steam’ and MAX temperature (if your model has a dial)
2. Fill water tank to MAX, turn on iron and unplug the unit when the light goes out.
3. Hold iron over the sink and activate CALC CLEAN – this varies by model (see images for different types).
4. Shake your iron to and fro. Boiling water, steam and scale will come out from the steam vents
5. When water tank is empty, plug in and clean the soleplate moving your iron across a piece of cloth.
Repeat process if necessary

Descaling using the Built-in Calc Container

 

Our specially designed built-in calc container collects calc particles during ironing. The Self Clean process flushes the calc out of the iron to maintain consistent ironing performance day after day.

Unplug the iron when the temperature light goes out. 
Hold the iron over the sink. Keep pushing the calc clean button and gently shake the iron forth and back until all water in the water tank has been used up. Scales are then flushed out, steam and boiling water also come out of the soleplate. Repeat if the water that comes out of the iron still contains scale particles. 
Plug in the iron and let the iron heat up to dry the soleplate. Unplug the iron when the temperature indicator light goes out. Move the iron gently over a piece of cloth to remove any water stains on the soleplate.

Descaling using the Quick Calc Release

(GC45** range: Azur Performance Plus)
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Quick Calc Release is an easy step that can be built into your existing ironing routine. For optimal steam output you should still perform the Calc Clean Function once a month.
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Make sure your iron has cooled down 

before using Quick Calc Release. 

 

1. Place your iron flat down and push up the Quick Calc Release lock at the back of your iron
2. Take out the Quick Calc Release tray, pour away impurities into the sink. Wash and dry the tray.
3. Wipe away any scale or residue in the opening of the Quick Calc Release with a damp cloth.
4. Insert the tray back into the iron and lock in place.

Descaling Philips Steam Generators with Calc Clean function

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How to descale Philips Steam Generators
with Calc Clean function

Important: Never remove the Calc-Clean rinsing cap when the steam generator is hot.

 

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Make sure your iron

has cooled down before performing

 

1. Remove detachable water tank, hold steam generator with both hands and shake well.
2. Turn the generator on its side with the Calc-clean rinsing cap facing upwards - remove the cap
3. Empty the steam generator into the sink
4. Fill the unit with fresh water, shake again and empty (repeat twice more to get best results)
5. Screw the Calc-Clean rinsing cap tightly back onto the steam generator

Descaling Philips Steam Generators with Smart Calc Clean function

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How to descale Philips Steam Generators
with Smart Calc Clean function

All SpeedCare model include a Smart Calc-Clean container.
Wait 5 minutes before emptying the contents from the
container as it becomes hot during the Calc-Clean process.

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1. To remind you to clean, your iron will beep and the Calc-Clean light will flash.
2. Fill water tank halfway, switch on and turn dial to CALC CLEAN
3. Place your iron onto the Smart Calc-Clean container (on a level surface)
4. Press and hold the Calc Clean button for 2 seconds until you hear short beeps
5. The cleaning process takes approx.. 2 minutes, your iron will stop beeping when complete

Descaling Philips Steam Generators with PureSteam Cartridge

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How to descale Philips Steam Generators
with PureSteam Cartridge

All PerfectCare Pures come with 2 PureSteam
Anti-Scale Cartridges

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1. When your anti-calc cartridge needs replacing the light will flash and your iron will beep
2. You can continue steam ironing for 15-30 minutes without changing the cartridge, however the steam output will diminish.
3. If you do not want to replace the Anti-Calc cartridge you can use demineralised water or filtered water from the Philips IronCare.

Descaling Philips Steam Generators with Easy De-calc function

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How to descale Philips Steam Generators
with Easy De-calc function

One minute Easy De-Calc for fast and simple maintenance

as easy as emptying your water tank!
Make sure your steam generator has cooled down before descaling.

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1. When the de-calc light flashes it is time to descale
2. Hold a cup under the Easy De-Calc knob and turn the
knob anti-clockwise
3. Remove the knob – water/scale will flow into the cup
4. When no more water come out, tighten the knob back in
place (turn clockwise).
Perform easy de-calc as part of your ironing routine for
continuous steam power!

How to deep clean your
Steam Generator Iron

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Perform the deep clean once a month to prolong your steam generator's lifetime!

Please make sure to pour out water from the boiler, easy de-calc opening and the water tank before starting the process.

 

1. Tilt the base, remove the easy de-calc knob and pour in 500 ml of water.

2. Tighten the knob back in place and once you set your steam generator base on an even, steady surface fill in the water tank to the Min level of water.

3. Switch on your steam generator and wait 5 minutes.

4. Place your iron on an old piece of cloth then press and hold the steam trigger. While pressing the steam trigger, slowly move the iron back and forth across the cloth. Continue until no more water comes out or until steam comes out.

5. Switch off the steam generator and let it cool down for 2 hours.

6. Remove the easy de-calc knob and let the water flow into a cup. Reinsert the easy de-calc knob and tighten it.