Once you've bought a flat iron, whether you've made a big investment on a high-end styler or you've chosen a functional and economical option, one of your main concerns should be to know how to get the most out of your styler and help it last for many years. If you clean and maintain your iron properly, it should last at least 5-7 years and continue to give you stylish results every time.
Follow these guidelines for proper maintenance of the iron to keep your styler in perfect working order for years to come!
Keep a towel nearby and wipe the iron plates while you work on your hair. The products in your hair and the thermal protector you use tend to accumulate on the plates and burn. If you wipe frequently while styling, you can prevent this from happening. You also prevent the products from burning on your hair.
You should never use a cleaner on flat iron plates, especially an abrasive cleaner that may scratch the surfaces of the plate. Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to gently wipe the plates. It is also a good idea to wipe the handles periodically while styling.
If your plates are burnt or appear stained with residue, you will probably notice that you have to put the plates on your hair more times to straighten them. You may also notice a burning or unpleasant smell in your hair while you are styling. There is not much you can do to clean them once the plates are burned, so make sure you take the time to wipe them as you go.
For safety reasons and to prevent the possibility of fire, allow the styler to cool completely before storing. Store your flat iron in the storage bag in which it has entered or in another storage bag. Do not wrap the cord around the styler, as this may cause tension on the cord to meet the iron. This can cause fraying or breakage of the cord and you could have a short circuit or other power problems. You should also never hang the flat iron by the cord for the same reason. Simply tie the cord next to the iron to store it.
If this point has not been sufficiently emphasized by the remarks on cleaning the iron, be sure to clean the handles and plates well before storing it.
You may notice that the handles relax in case of prolonged use. Usually, you can remove the plate that covers the hinges and tighten them with a small screwdriver or wrench. Always unplug the iron and allow it to cool before attempting any type of repair.