How to descale
Philips steam iron

Over time, your steam iron 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 out of your steam iron in the form of white/brown stains and that the steam output is compromised. Be sure to descale as part of your ironing routine to maximize the performance of your steam iron.

Self Clean

Self Clean

Descaling Philips steam irons using the Calc Clean function

How to descale your Philips steam iron


Descale your iron every 1-2 months or when the DE-CALC light flashes (Calc Clean Alert is available on selected models).


Click on the video to watch how easy it is!

1. Set your iron's steam control to "No Steam" and MAX temperature.
(If your model has a dial.)

2. Fill the water tank to MAX, turn on the iron and unplug the unit when the light goes out. Hold the iron over the sink and activate CALC CLEAN (This varies by model. See images for different types)

3. Shake your iron to and fro. Boiling water, steam and scale will come out from the steam vents.

4. When the water tank is empty, plug in and clean the soleplate moving your iron across a piece of cloth.