GI490 Series Shark® Professional Electronic Iron - FAQs

This article contains the FAQs for the GI490 Series. 

Shark Electronic Iron - The soleplate of the iron is dirty. How do I clean it?

Applicable on GI490 -- Mix a solution of warm water and mild dish soap. Heat up the iron slightly just so that it is warm to the touch. Using a sponge or nylon wool, soak in water/soap solution and scrub away at the residue until all stains have been removed.

Shark Electronic Iron - I have tried to clean the soleplate of the iron with warm water and soap with no success. Are there any other suggestions?

Applicable on GI490 -- Lubricate a Q-Tip or cotton ball lightly with a small amount of vegetable oil and rub away at the stains gently. Clean soleplate with warm water and soap solution with a sponge. Dry thoroughly with a dry cloth or paper towel. For more stubborn stains, a hot surface cleaner is available at any local hardware store or consult with a local fabric store for similar products.

Shark Electronic Iron - How do I know when the iron is ready to use?

Applicable on GI490 -- Place the iron in its heel on a stable protected surface and allow the iron to heat for approximately two (2) minutes or until the temperature settings on the right side of the LED display panel have stopped flashing.

Shark Electronic Iron - Can the iron be used without water or for “DRY” ironing?

Applicable on GI490 -- Yes. Set the Temperature Control Dial to desired temperature setting and place the unit on its heel on a stable protected surface. When the iron has reached the desired temperature, the pilot light will go off.

Shark Electronic Iron - Can vinegar be poured into the water reservoir to clean the interior of the iron?

Applicable on GI490 -- Do not attempt to clean the water reservoir with any cleaning product or solution other than clean tap water or distilled or demineralized water.

Shark Electronic Iron - Can I leave the water in the iron until its next use?

Applicable on GI490 -- It is very important that you empty the water after each use to reduce the likelihood of mineral deposits from forming. Once the unit has cooled down, empty the water before storing.

Shark Electronic Iron - My unit is not producing steam, what am I doing wrong?

Applicable on GI490 -- Add water to your tank if your water level is low or empty. Make sure that the temperature setting is correctly set. Make sure the unit has reached the selected temperature by confirming that the pilot light has gone “off”.