Philips GC2140 Series - Iron Manual

Philips GC2140 Series - Iron Manual


Philips GC2140 Series - Iron Manual

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Read this important information carefully before you use the appliance and save it for future reference.
This appliance has been designed for domestic use only. Any commercial use, inappropriate use or failure to comply with the instructions, the manufacturer accepts no responsibility and the guarantee will not apply.

  • Never immerse the appliance in water.

  • Check if the voltage indicated on the appliance corresponds to the local mains voltage before you connect the appliance.
  • Do not use the appliance if the plug, the mains cord or the appliance itself shows visible damage, or if the appliance functions abnormally in any way, or if the appliance has been dropped or leaks.
  • Do not immerse the iron or (for cordless iron) base in water.
  • If the mains cord is damaged, you must have it replaced by Philips, or a service centre, authorised by Philips or similarly qualified persons in order to avoid a hazard.
  • Never leave the appliance unattended when it is connected to the mains.
  • Always unplug the appliance from the socket outlet before you fill the water reservoir. For cordless, the iron must be removed from the base before you fill the water reservoir.
  • Cordless iron must only be used with the base provided.
  • This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and by persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and if they understand the hazards involved.
  • Do not allow children to play with the appliance.
  • Older children aged 8 or over are only allowed to clean the appliance and perform the Calc-Clean procedure under supervision.
  • Keep the iron and its mains cord out of the reach of children less than 8 years of age when the appliance is switched on or cooling down.
  • Always place the base (for cordless iron) and use the iron on a stable, level and horizontal surface.
  • The appliance must be used and placed on a flat, stable, heat-resistant surface. When you place the iron on its heel or its stand, make sure that the surface on which you place it is stable.
  • Do not let the mains cord come into contact with the hot soleplate of the iron.
  • (For cordless iron) Do not do ironing with the base attached to the iron. Otherwise, the supply cord will easily get damaged. The steam iron is designed for cordless ironing only.

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Hot surface

  • Surfaces are liable to get hot during use (for irons with 'hot' symbol marked on the appliance).

  • Only connect the appliance to an earthed wall socket.
  • Check the mains cord regularly for possible damage.
  • Fully unwind the mains cord before you plug it in the wall socket.
  • burn hazard The soleplate of the iron can become extremely hot and may cause burns if touched.
  • Descale the iron regularly according to the instructions in chapter 'Cleaning and maintenance' in the user manual.
  • When you have finished ironing when you clean the appliance, when you fill or empty the water tank and also when you leave the iron even for a short while: set the steam control to the 'dry ironing' position, put the iron on its heel and remove the mains plug from the wall socket.
  • Do not put perfume, vinegar, starch, descaling agents, ironing aids or other chemicals in the water tank.

Electromagnetic fields (EMF)

  • This Philips appliance complies with all applicable standards and regulations regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields.


  • Do not throw away the product with the normal household waste at the end of its life, but hand it in at an official collection point for recycling. By doing this, you help to preserve the environment.

Product overview

Product overview

  1. Spray nozzle
  2. Water tank lid
  3. Steam slider with Calc-Clean function
    Calc clean function
    Steam off
    ECO steam
    Maximum steam
    Turbo steam
  4. Steam boost button
  5. Spray button
  6. Temperature dial
  7. 'Iron ready' light
  8. Mains cord with plug
  9. Cord winding area
  10. Soleplate

Exclusive technology from Philips

OptimalTEMP technology
The OptimalTEMP technology enables you to iron all types of ironable fabrics, in any order, without adjusting the iron temperature and without sorting your garments.
It is safe to just rest the hot soleplate directly on the ironing board without putting back to the iron platform. This will help reduce the stress on your wrist.
This appliance has been approved by The Woolmark Company Pty Ltd for the ironing of wool-only products, provided that the garments are ironed according to the instructions on the garment label and those issued by the manufacturer of this appliance. R0000. In the United Kingdom, Eire, Hong Kong and India, the Woolmark trademark is a certification trademark.

Using the appliance

Filling the water tank

This appliance has been designed to be used with tap water. However, if you live in an area with hard water, fast scale build-up may occur.
Therefore, it is recommended to use distilled or demineralized water to prolong the lifetime of the appliance.

Do not use perfumed water, water from the tumble dryer, vinegar, starch, descaling agents, ironing aids, chemically descaled water or other chemicals, as they may cause water spitting, brown staining or damage to your appliance.

  1. Make sure the appliance is unplugged and set the steam slider to position (Fig. 2).
  2. Fill the water tank up to the MAX indication (Fig. 3).
  3. Close the cap of the filling opening ('click') (Fig. 4).

Ironable fabrics

Do not iron non-ironable fabrics. Prints on the garment are not ironable either.

  • Fabrics with these symbols (Fig. 5) are ironable, for example linen, cotton, polyester, silk, wool, viscose and rayon.
  • Fabrics with this symbol (Fig. 6) are not ironable. These fabrics include synthetic fabrics such as Spandex or elastane, Spandexmixed fabrics and polyolefins (e.g. polypropylene). Prints on garments are not ironable eit.her.


Note: The iron may give off some smoke when you use it for the first time. This stops after a short while.

  1. Put the iron on its heel and plug it in. The 'iron ready' light starts to flash to indicate that the iron is heating up. This takes about 2 minutes (Fig. 7).
  2. When the 'iron ready' light turns steady, the iron is ready (Fig. 8).
  3. Select the steam setting to be used (Fig. 9).

Note: To use turbo steam, keep the steam slider pressed to the turbo steam position continuously.


Spray function

  • Press the spray button to moisten the article to be ironed. This helps to remove stubborn creases (Fig. 10).

Steam boost function

  • Press and release the steam boost button for a powerful boost of steam to remove stubborn creases (Fig. 11).

Vertical steam

  • You can use the steam boost function when you hold the iron in vertical position for removing creases form hanging clothes, curtains etc (Fig. 12).

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Hot steam comes out of the iron. Do not remove wrinkles from a garment while you are wearing it or somebody else is wearing it. To prevent burns, do not direct the steam at people (Fig. 13).

Auto shut-off

The auto shut-off function automatically switches off the appliance if it has not been used for 2 minutes resting on its soleplate or on its backplate. The 'iron ready' light breathes to indicate the appliance is at auto-off status.
To let the appliance heat up again, pick up the appliance or move it slightly. The 'iron ready' light turns to flashing and the appliance starts to heat up.

Cleaning and maintenance

For more information on how to performance clean and maintenance on the iron, refer to the videos in this link:

Cleaning the soleplate

  1. Unplug the appliance and let it cool down.
  2. Pour any remaining water out of the water tank.
  3. Wipe flakes and any other deposit off the soleplate with a damp cloth and a non-abrasive (liquid) cleaning agent.

Note: To keep the soleplate smooth, avoid hard contact with metal objects. Never use a scouring pad, vinegar or other chemicals to clean the soleplate.

Calc-Clean function

To prolong the lifetime of your appliance and to maintain good steaming performance, use the Calc-Clean function once every 1 month. If the water in your area is very hard (i.e. when flakes come out of the soleplate during ironing), use the Calc-Clean function more frequently.

  1. Make sure the appliance is unplugged and the steam control is set to (Fig. 14).
  2. Fill the water tank to the MAX indication (Fig. 15).

Do not pour vinegar or other descaling agents into the water tank.

  1. Plug in the iron (Fig. 16).
  2. Unplug the iron when the 'iron ready' light turns steady on (Fig. 17).
  3. Hold the iron over the sink. Push the steam slider to the Calc-Clean position and hold it (Fig. 18).
  4. Gently shake the iron until all water in the water tank has been used up.

While scale is flushed out, steam and boiling water also come out of the soleplate.

  1. Set the steam control back to .

Note: Repeat steps Calc-Clean process if the water that comes out of the iron still contains scale particles.

After the Calc-Clean process

  1. Plug in the iron. Let the iron heat up to let the soleplate dry.
  2. Unplug the iron when the 'iron ready' light turns steady on.
  3. Move the iron gently over a piece of cloth to remove any water stains on the soleplate.
  4. Let the iron cool down before you store it.


  1. Unplug the iron and set the steam control to (Fig. 19).
  2. Wind the mains cord round the cord storage facility and store the iron on its heel (Fig. 20).

Guarantee and support

If you need information or support, please visit or read the separate worldwide guarantee leaflet.


This chapter summarises the most common problems you could encounter with the appliance. If you are unable to solve the problem with the information below, visit for a list of frequently asked questions or contact the Consumer Care Centre in your country.

Problem Possible cause Solution

The iron cannot remove wrinkles from the garment

There is no steam during ironing. Fill the water tank and set the steam slider to a position with steam on.

The iron does not produce any steam

There is not enough water in the tank. Fill the water tank.
The steam slider is set to "steam off". Fill the water tank and set the steam slider to a position with steam on.
The iron is not hot enough yet to product steam. Wait until the 'iron ready' light has stopped flashing and lights up steadily.

Water droplets drips onto the garment during ironing

You have used the steam boost function too often within a short period. Continue ironing in horizontal position and wait a while before you use the steam boost function again.
You have not closed the water tank lid properly. Press the lid until you hear a 'click'.
You have put a chemical into the water tank. Rinse the water tank and do not put any perfume or chemicals into the water tank.

The iron does not produce a steam boost

You have used the steam boost function too often within a short period. Continue ironing in horizontal position and wait a while before you use the steam boost function again.
The iron is not hot enough for ironing yet. Wait until the 'iron ready' light has stopped flashing and lights up steadily.
Dirty water and impurities come out of the soleplate during ironing. Hard water with impurities or chemicals has formed flakes inside the soleplate. Perform Calc-Clean function. See chapter "Cleaning and maintenance".
Water drips from the soleplate after the iron has been unplugged. The steam slider is set to "steam on icon" Set the steam slider to "dry icon".
You have put the iron in horizontal position with water still left in the water tank Empty the water tank after use, or store the iron in vertical position.
The iron leaves a shine or an imprint on the garment. The surface to be ironed was uneven, for instance because you ironed over a seam or a fold in the garment. The iron is safe to use on all ironable garments. The shine or imprint is not permanent and disappears when you wash the garment. Avoid ironing over seams or folds. You can also place a cotton cloth over the area to be ironed to avoid imprints.
When I push the steam control to the turbo steam position, the steam control jumps back. You did not keep the steam control in the turbo steam position. If you want to use turbo steam, you have to keep the steam control in the turbo steam position continuously. For other steam settings, this is not necessary.

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