Rowenta DG8421F0 Steam Iron
IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS (Safety recommendations)
- Please read these instructions carefully before first use. This product has been designed for domestic use only. Any com-mercial use, inappropriate use or failure to comply with the instructions, the manufacturer accepts no responsibility and the guarantee will not apply.
- Never unplug the appliance by pulling the power cord. Al-ways unplug your appliance:
- before filling the water tank or rinsing the boiler,
- before cleaning the appliance,
- after each use,
- The appliance must be used and placed on a flat, stable, heat-resistant surface. When you place the iron on the iron rest, make sure that the surface on which you place it is stable.
- This appliance is not intended to be used by persons (inclu-ding children) with reduced or impaired physical, sensory or mental capacities or persons lacking appropriate knowledge or experience, unless a person responsible for their safety provides either supervision or appropriate instructions concer-ning use of the appliance prior to its use.
- Children should be supervised to ensure they do not play with the appliance.
- This appliance may be used by children aged 8 or over and persons lacking appropriate knowledge or experience or per-sons with reduced or impaired physical, sensory or mental capacities provided that they have been thoroughly instruc-ted regarding use of the appliance, are supervised, and un-derstand the risks involved. Children must not be allowed to play with the appliance.
- Cleaning and maintenance must not be carried out by children unless they are aged 8 or over and are supervised. Keep the appliance and power cord out of the reach of children under 8 years of age.
- The surfaces of your appliance can reach very high tempe-ratures when functioning, which may cause burns. Do not touch the hot surfaces of the appliance (accessible metal parts and plastic parts adjacent to the metallic parts).
- Never leave the appliance unattended :
- when it is connected to the mains,
- until it has cooled down (around 1 hour).
- Before rinsing the boiler/rinsing the anti-scale valve (depen-ding on the model), wait until the appliance is completely cold and has been unplugged for at least 2 hours before unscre-wing the boiler rinse cap/ the scale collector cover.
- Be careful: if the boiler cap or the boiler rince cap (depending on the model), is dropped or severely knocked, have it repla-ced by an Approved Service Centre, as it may be damaged.
- When rinsing the boiler, never fill it directly from the tap
- The boiler cap musn’t be opened during use.
- The appliance must not be used if it has been dropped, if it has any visible damage, if it leaks, or if it functions abnormally in any way. Do not attempt to dismantle your appliance: have it examined at an Approved Service Centre to avoid any danger.
- Check the electrical power and steam cords for signs of wear or damage prior to use. If the electrical power cord or the steam cord is damaged, it must be replaced at an Approved Service Centre to avoid any danger.
- For your safety, this appliance conforms to all applicable regulations (Low Voltage Directive, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Environment, etc).
- Your steam generator iron is an electrical appliance: it must be used under normal conditions of use. It is designed for domestic use only.
- It is equipped with 2 safety systems:
- a pressure release valve designed to avoid excessive pressure. In the event of malfunction, the valve releases excess steam.
- a thermal fuse to avoid overheating.
- Always plug your steam generator iron:
- into a mains circuit with voltage between 220 V and 240 V,
- into an earthed electrical socket. Connecting to the wrong voltage may cause irreparable damage to the appliance and will in-validate your guarantee. If you are using a mains extension lead, ensure that it is correctly rated (16A) with an earth, and is fully extended
- Completely unwind the power cord before plugging into an earthed socket.
- The sole plate of your iron and the iron rest on the base unit can reach extremely high tempe-ratures, and can cause burns: do not touch them. Never touch the electrical power cords with the sole plate of the iron.
- Always use a vented/mesh ironing board and be careful of hot steam when to the edges of the board.
- Your appliance emits steam, which can cause burns. Always handle the iron with care, espe-cially when ironing vertically. Never direct the steam towards people or animals.
- Never immerse your steam generator iron in water or any other liquid. Never place it under a running tap.
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Environment protection first! Your appliance contains valuable materials which can be recovered or recycled. ‹ Leave it at a local civic waste disposal centre.
PLEASE REFER TO THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR APPLIANCE.
- Iron handle
- Steam control button
- Temperature control dial for iron soleplate
- Iron rest
- Fixed 1 litre water tank
- Boiler rinse cap or scale collector cover (depending on model)
- Power cord
- Electric cord storage (Velcro)
- Iron temperature control light
- Iron positioning system
- Steam cord
- Steam cord storage clip
- Scale collector (depending on the model)
- Control panel
- “Restart” button
- “Boiler rinse” light
- “Calc-Away System”indicator”
- “Steam ready” light
- ”Water tank empty” light
- ON/OFF switch
What water to use?
Tap water :
Rowenta irons are designed to be used with REGULAR UNTREATED TAP WATER. If your water is very hard, Rowenta recommends mixing half tap water with half distilled water which reduces the hardness.
Softened water :
There are many types of household water softeners and the water from some of them may be perfectly acceptable for use in the steam generator. However, some types of softeners, particularly those that use chemicals such as salt, can cause the appliance to leak or spit during use, this is notably the case with filtering jugs. Therefore we would not recommend using this type of water.
If you experience this type of problem, we recommend that you try using untreated tap water or store-bought distilled water which can be mixed 50%distilled with 50% untreated tap water. Once you have changed water it will take several uses to correct the problem. Rowenta recommends trying the steam function for the first time on an old towel or cloth that can be discarded to avoid potentially damaging your clothes.
Heat concentrates the elements in water during evaporation. The types of water listed below may contain organic waste, mineral or chemical elements that can cause spitting, brown staining or premature wear of the appliance: water from clothes dryers, scented or softened water, water from refrigerators, batteries, air conditioners, rain water, boiled, filtered or bottled water. These types of water should not be used in your ROWENTA iron.
2 • Preparing your steam
Place the steam generator on a flat, stable, horizontal and heat-resistant surface.
Check that your appliance is unplugged. Take the water jug and fill it with a maximum of a litre of water and pour the water into the water tank without exceeding the Max level – fig.1.
Unwind the electrical power cord completely and remove the steam cord from its housing – fig.2. Ironing Boards:
Due to the powerful steam output, a mesh type ironing board must be used to allow any excess steam to escape and to avoid steam venting sideways.
Switching on your steam generator
Plug your steam generator into a mains socket with an earth pin – fig.3. For best results you should use a mesh type/vented ironing board. Press on the on / off switch – fig.4bis, it begins flashing. The green light (located on the control panel) flashes and the boiler heats up – fig.4. When starting, and regularly while it is being used, your steam generator’s electric pump injects water into the boiler. It makes a noise but this is quite normal. The steam generator and the iron are ready to iron when the steam ready indicator light is on, without flashing, and the iron temperature control light is off.The first time the appliance is used, there may be some fumes and smell but this is not harmful. They will not affect use and will disappear quickly.
Operating the control panel
- Flashing green light – fig.4 : the water is heating up in the boiler.
- Green indicator light not flashing -fig.6 : steam is ready for use.
- Red indicator light flashing – fig.9 : the water tank is empty.
- Orange “Calc-Away System” – fig.11 or “Boiler rinse” – fig.17 light (depending on model) flashes: you must rinse your collector.
- Using your steam generator Place the iron’s temperature control -fig.5 to the type of fabric to be ironed -see table below. The iron temperature control light turns on.
|TYPE OF FABRIC||SETTING
(Polyester, Acetate, Acrylic, Polyamide)
|WOOL / SILK||• •|
|COTTON / LINEN||• • •|
Important: whenever you start using your iron and whenever you reduce the temperature during use, the iron is fully ready for use when its thermostat light goes out and when the green light located on the control panel stops flashing and remains on.
During use, when you increase the temperature of the iron, you can start ironing immediately. While ironing, the light on top of the iron and the steam ready light turn on and off, as the temperature adjusts without interrupting ironing. To obtain steam, press on the steam control button beneath the iron handle and keep it pressed – fig.7. The steam will stop when you release the button.
Always spray starch on the reverse side of the fabric to be ironed.
Recommendations: To prime the steam circuit, either before using the iron for the first time, or if you have not used the steam function for a few minutes, press the steam control button several times in a row – fig.7, holding the iron away from your clothes. This will enable any cold water to be removed from the steam circuit.
Iron temperature control setting: Start with fabrics to be ironed at a low temperature and finish with those which need higher temperatures. Mixed fibre fabrics: set the ironing temperature to the setting for the most delicate fabric. If you want to use steam on delicate fabrics (•), press the steam control button (under the handle of the iron) intermittently to avoid possible water droplets appearing with the steam. Do not place the iron on a metal support. When taking a break from ironing, always place the iron on the iron rest plate of the unit. • If you put your thermostat in the “min” position, the iron does not become hot. light is on – fig.6 and the iron temperature control light goes out.
Storing the steam generator
Press the illuminated on/off switch O/I and unplug the generator. Place the iron on the iron rest on the steam generator. Fold the steam cord in two and place it in its housing – fig.25.
Wind up the power cord and attach it with the velcro – fig.26.
Leave the steam generator to cool for at least one hour before putting it away if it is to be stored in a cupboard or confined space. You can then store your steam generator safely.
MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING ________________
Cleaning the generator
Do not use any cleaning or descaling products for cleaning the soleplate or the base-unit. Never hold the iron or the base unit under the tap. The Iron soleplate: clean the soleplate of your iron when it is cool with a damp cloth or a non-abrasive sponge.
The base unit: Clean the plastic parts of the appliance occasionally with a soft cloth.
Easy descaling of your
steam generator: Do not use any descaling substances (vinegar, industrial descaling products, etc.) when rinsing the scale collector , they could damage it. Before emptying your steam generator, it must always be left to cool for 2 hours to avoid any risks of scalding.
Models fitted with the “Calc Away-System” scale collector
To extend the life of your steam generator and avoid scale on your ironing, your steam generator is equipped with a built-in scale collector. This collector, located in the tank, automatically removes the scale that forms inside.
An orange “Calc-Away System” light located – fig.11 on the control panel starts flashing to tell you that the scale collector needs rinsing.
IMPORTANT! This operation must not be carried out unless the steam generator has been unplugged for at least two hours and has cooled down completely. To carry out this operation, the steam generator must be close to a sink as water may come out of the tank when it is opened. Place the steam generator on the edge of your sink, with the iron placed to one side, standing on its heel.
Unscrew anti-clockwise a quarter of a turn the boiler rinse cap – fig.18. Using a coin, gently unscrew the boiler rinse cap – fig.19. Holding the steam generator in a tilted position, and using a jug, fill the boiler with ¼ litre of untreated tap water -fig.20. Shake the base unit for a few moments -fig.21 and then empty it completely into your sink – fig.22. To obtain the best results, we recommend that this operation is done twice. Screw back and tighten up the boiler rinse cap with a coin – fig.23. Put the boiler rinse cap cover back in place – fig.24. hold down the “restart” button for a few seconds to turn off the orange light – fig.10.
IS THERE A PROBLEM ?
|The generator does not come on and the thermostat light is not illuminated.||The appliance is not switched on.||Check that your appliance is correctly plugged in and press the illuminated on/off switch (on the front of the base-unit).|
|Water runs out of the holes in the soleplate.||Water has condensed in the pipes because you are using steam for the first time or you have not used it for some time.||Press on the steam control button away from your ironing board until the iron produces steam.|
|You use steam too frequently when your iron is not hot enough.||Wait for the thermostat light to go out before activating the steam button.|
|Adjust the frequency of use of the steam trigger to match the position of the thermostat (see § 5).|
|Water streaks appear on the linen.||Your ironing board is saturated with water because it is not suitable for use with a steam generator.||Check that your ironing board is suitable.|
|White streaks come through the holes in the soleplate.||Your boiler has a build-up of scale because it has not been rinsed out regularly.||Depending on model:
– Rinse the boiler when the “”Boiler rinse” light flashes.
– Rinse the collector when the “Calc-Away System” light flashes.
If your water is very hard, increase the frequency.
|Brown streaks come through the holes in the soleplate and stain the linen.||You are using chemical descaling agents or additives in the water for ironing.||Never add this type of product in the water tank or in the boiler (see § “for what water may be used”).
Contact an Approved Service Centre.
|Your linen is not rinsed sufficiently or you have ironed a new garment before washing it.||Ensure linen is rinsed thoroughly to remove any soap deposits or chemicals on new garments which may be sucked up by the iron.|
|The soleplate is dirty or brown and may stain the linen.||You are ironing at too high a temperature.||See our recommendations regarding temperature control setting.|
|You are using starch.||Always spray starch on the reverse side of the fabric
to be ironed.
|There is no steam or there is little steam.||The water tank is empty (red light on).||Fill the water tank and press the “Restart” button on the control panel.|
|The soleplate temperature is set to the maximum.||The generator is working but steam is very hot and dry therefore is less visible. As a consequence, it is less visible.|
|Steam comes out from around the collector cover/boiler rinse cap (depending on model).||The cap/cover (depending on the model) is not tight enough.||Tighten the stopper/collector.|
|The seal of the cap/cover (depending on model) is damaged.||Contact an Approved Service Centre.|
|The generator is faulty.||Stop using the generator and contact an ApprovedService Centre.|
|The red “water tank empty” light is on.||The water tank is empty.||Press the “Restart” button on the control panel until the indicator goes out.|
|Steam or water escapes under the appliance.||The generator is faulty.||Stop using the generator and contact an Approved Service Centre.|
|The orange “Calc-Away System” or “Boiler rinse” (depending on the model) light is on.||You did not press the “Restart” button.||Press the “Restart” button on the control panel until the indicator goes out.|