How to Correct a Steam Iron That Sputters

If your iron sputters when it should be steaming, it's often because minerals from your water have hardened and clogged the steam jets and spray nozzle.

Here's an easy cure.

Unplug the iron and let it cool.

Scrape any visible mineral deposits from the jets on the bottom of the iron, using a toothpick or the tip of a small ice pick.

Clean the spray nozzle with a fine needle.

Fill the iron with equal parts white vinegar and distilled water. Place an oven rack over your sink and position the iron on top, with the steam vents facing down. Plug in the iron and turn it to the steam setting. Run it until the steam stops.

Fill the iron with plain distilled water and repeat the process.

Things You Will Need

  • Fine Needle
  • White Vinegar
  • Distilled Water
  • Oven Rack
  • Toothpick Or Small Ice Pick


  • To prevent mineral buildup in your iron, always use distilled water.