Can I put my Funky Iron away right after ironing?
No, leave the iron to cool down before putting it away and follow the 3 tips: empty out the water remaining in the tank, set the thermostat to the minimum and stand it upright.
What type of ironing board should I use?
Choose a board that is height-adjustable to adjust it to your body. It should be steady and robust so that you can place your Funky Iron on it. Ironing boards with a flat rest at the end or a metal rest where you can rest your iron horizontally are best for your Funky Iron. Beware of cheap ironing boards which do not have rests which protect your iron when your iron makes contact with the metal. This leads to scratching and is a common problem in the marketplace affecting all brands of irons. We recommend that you place your Silicone Pad provided with your Funky Iron on your ironing board and always have it on this pad in between ironing. That way, your new Funky Iron will not come into any contact with metal surfaces.
What is the right temperature for my clothes?
It is essential to select the right ironing temperature. Your Funky Iron has a built-in thermostat controlling the temperature very precisely over the entire surface of the soleplate. The thermostat dial contains international markers with dots corresponding to three ironing temperatures.
Make sure that you use the right temperature for your clothes:
1 DOT for SYNTHETICS AND SILK.
2 DOTS for WOOL.
3 DOTS for COTTON.
MAX for LINEN.
When and on what settings is steam available via the steam trigger?
Steam is only available when the temperature dial is set to 3 DOTS or MAX. Steam is available on these two settings once the iron has reached the required temperature. If the temperature dial is set to less than 3 DOTS, no steam will be available.
How do I prevent water drips on my fabrics?
Use the steam trigger underneath the handle only when the iron is hot enough (the light must be GREEN and not RED). The new Funky Iron has been programmed to only allow steam on 3 DOTS (COTTON) and MAX (LINEN). This is to avoid drips which typically occur when irons are set at a lower temperature.
What is the vertical steam function used for? How do I use it?
This function allows you to iron fabrics in situ or on a hanger. To do this, set the iron temperature button to the MAX position. Leave the item on a hanger and gently pull the fabric with one hand. Press the steam trigger underneath the handle intermittently and move the iron from top to bottom. As the steam produced is very hot, it softens the fibres and removes creases. Warning: Never use the vertical steam function on an item being worn by anyone.
Can I use my Funky Iron for Dry Ironing?
Yes and you do not need to fill the tank with water. Simply set the temperature to suit the type of material (either 1 DOT, 2 DOTS, 3 DOTS or MAX) and don't use the steam trigger underneath the handle.
At the end of your ironing session, once your iron has cooled down, you should wipe over the soleplate and around the steam holes with a soft cloth to remove any burned fibres that may have started collecting around the steam holes.
What should I do if my iron has not been used for a long time?
If it has not been used for a long time (for example several weeks), this may be an opportune moment to perform the self-clean function (see Self-Clean instructions below). Alternatively, fill your iron with water and hold your iron over the sink for a few minutes with the steam button underneath the handle pressed down to remove any residue that could stain your laundry.
Can I fill the iron with water when it is plugged in?
No, you must always unplug the iron before filling it.
How can I avoid scratching the soleplate of my iron?
To avoid damaging the soleplate, follow this advice:
Always stand your Funky Iron upright.
Avoid ironing over abrasive items (buttons, zip fastenings etc).
Never clean your iron's soleplate with abrasive or metallic pads. Use a soft cloth instead.
How can I avoid shiny marks on fabric?
Shiny marks can appear on some fabrics, especially on dark coloured fabrics. We would advise ironing dark clothes inside out and using the correct temperature. If ironing mixed-fibre fabrics, set the temperature for the most fragile fibre.
Which water should I use?
Your Funky Iron has been designed to work with tap water. If your water is very hard, mix 50% tap water with 50% distilled water (available in stores). If you're in any doubt about how hard your water is, give your water company a call and ask them.
Do not use rainwater or water containing additives (starch, perfume, aromatic substances, softeners, etc.) or water obtained through condensation (e.g. dryer, refrigerators, air conditioners or rainwater). These contain organic waste as well as minerals that condense under the influence of heat and cause sputtering, brown stains or the premature wear of your appliance.
Self-Clean. What do I do to self-clean the iron?
The self-clean function removes scale and impurities. We recommend you use the self-clean function once every two weeks. If the water in your area is very hard, the self-clean function should be used more frequently. To use the self-clean function,
follow these steps:
- Ensure your iron is switched off and unplugged from the mains supply socket.
- Fill your iron with water.
- Stand your iron vertically, plug in and switch on at the mains supply.
- Set the temperature control to the MAX setting. Allow your iron to heat up until
the Heat Indicator Light turns GREEN.
- Unplug your iron and hold it over a sink with the soleplate facing downwards.
- Press and hold the button marked CLEAN. Hot water and steam will be ejected from the holes in the soleplate along with any impurities.
- Press and hold down the CLEAN button again until nothing happens.
- Stand your iron vertically, plug it into the mains supply socket and switch on. When the Heat Indicator Light turns from RED to GREEN, iron an old piece of cloth (tea towel or towel) to allow any remaining water and impurities to escape.
- After use, switch off and unplug your iron from the mains supply and allow it
to fully cool. Empty out any remaining water. Wipe down the soleplate with a soft cloth.
What are the safety rules for iron use?
You must take precautions so that using your iron is risk-free. The golden rule is never leave a hot iron unattended. This is not only to avoid overheating of the iron or the surface on which it is placed but also to ensure that no-one gets burned. The Funky Iron has an AUTO-OFF function which triggers when stationary for 30 seconds horizontally or 8 minutes vertically. Never leave a hot iron within reach of children or pets who risk knocking it over and injuring themselves. Like any electrical appliance, never put your iron in water.
Do not use an iron that has fallen down or has a damaged power cord. If you have the slightest doubt concerning the condition of your iron, contact the Customer Care team. Always unplug your iron before leaving it, cleaning it or filling it with water. Regularly check the water level to ensure that there is always enough.
I want to remove the water from the tank but there is still a little left.
It is not designed for the water to be removed completely. It is okay to use or store the iron even with a small amount of water remaining. When storing your iron, please remove as much water as possible and store in an upright position.