Bosch TDS3761GB steam ironing station

Sensixx DS37
Operating instructions
General safety instructions
1 Description
2 Preparations
3 Setting the temperature
4 Ironing with steam
5 “PulseSteam” function
6 Ironing without steam
7 Vertical steam
8 “Intelligent steam” function
9 Energy saving “eco” button
10 Auto shut-off
11 Fabric protection soleplate cover
12 Calc’n’Clean
13 Automatic clean warning
14 Rinsing the iron steam chamber
15 Cleaning & Maintenance
16 Storing the appliance
17 Tips to help you save energy
18 Advice on disposal
19 Guarantee conditions
20 Trouble shooting
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These instructions for use contain
valuable information about the unique
features of this system and some hints
to make ironing easier for you. We hope
that you enjoy ironing with this steam
Carefully read through the operating
instructions for the appliance and
safeguard them for future reference.
Open out the first page of the booklet,
this will help you to understand how
the appliance works. This appliance
complies with international safety
This appliance has been designed
exclusively for domestic use and must
not be used for industrial purposes.
This appliance must be used only for
the purposes for which it was designed,
i.e. as an iron. Any other use will be
considered improper and consequently
dangerous. The manufacturer will not
be held responsible for any damage
arising from misuse or improper use.
General safety instructions
•The iron must not be left unattended while it is connected
to the supply mains.
•Remove the plug from the socket before filling the
appliance with water or before pouring out the remaining
water after use.
•The appliance must be used and placed on a stable
•When placed on its stand, make sure that the surface on
which the stand is placed is stable.
•The iron should not be used if it has been dropped, if
there are visible signs of damage or if it is leaking water. It
must be checked by an authorized Technical Service
Centre before it can be used again.
•With the aim of avoiding dangerous situations, any work
or repair that the appliance may need, e.g. replacing a
faulty mains cable, must only be carried out by qualified
personnel from an Authorised Technical Service Centre.
•This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years
and above and 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
understand the hazards involved. Children shall not play
with the appliance. Cleaning and user maintenance shall
not be made by children without supervision.
•Keep the iron and its cord out of reach of children less
than 8 years of age when it is energized or cooling down.
CAUTION. Hot surface.
Surface is liable to get hot during use.
• This appliance is to be connected
and used in accordance with
the information stated on its
characteristics plate.
• This appliance must be connected to
an earthed socket. If it is absolutely
necessary to use an extension cable,
make sure that it is suitable for 16A
and has a socket with an earth
• If the safety fuse fitted in the
appliance blows, the appliance will
be rendered inoperative. To restore
normal operation the appliance will
have to be taken to an authorised
Technical Service Centre.
• In order to avoid that, under
unfavourable mains conditions,
phenomena like transient voltage
drops or lighting fluctuations can
happen, it is recommended that the
iron is connected to a power supply
system with a maximum impedance
of 0.27Ω. If necessary, the user can
ask the public power supply company
for the system impedance at the
interface point.
• The appliance must never be placed
directly under the tap to fill the water
• Unplug the appliance from the mains
supply after each use, or if a fault is
• The electrical plug must not be
removed from the socket by pulling
the cable.
• Never immerse the iron in water or
any other fluid.
• Do not leave the appliance exposed
to weather conditions (rain, sun, frost,
▪▪ This appliance reaches high
temperatures and produces steam
during use, this could cause scalds or
burns if not used properly.
▪▪ The steam hose, base station, metal
plate at the bottom of the removable
iron pad (2) and in particular the iron
can get hot when used. This is normal.
▪▪ Never aim the steam at people or
▪▪ Do not allow the power cable to come
into contact with the soleplate when
it is hot.
▪▪ Be aware that the system can keep
on steaming for a short additional
time after releasing the steam trigger.
This is a normal function.
1.Water tank
2.Removable iron pad
3.Energy saving “eco” button (green)*
4.“Steam ready” /
“Auto shut-off*” pilot light
5.Variable steam control*
6.“Refill water tank” /
“Clean warning*” pilot light
7.Illuminated main power button (0/I)
8.Housing with internal steam
9.Mains cable with storage facility
10.Steam hose
11.Iron fixation system “SecureLock”
12.Temperature control knob
13.Steam release button
14.Steam shot button “Ultimate”*
15.Iron pilot light
17.Fabric-protection soleplate cover*
* Model dependent
1.Remove any label or protective
covering from the soleplate.
2.Place the appliance horizontally on a
solid, stable surface. You may remove
the iron pad from the appliance and
place the iron on it on another solid,
stable, horizontal surface.
3.Fill the water tank, making sure not to
pass the “max” level mark.
4.Unwind the mains cable (9) fully and
plug it into an earthed socket.
5.Set the main power button (7) to the
on position (illuminated in red).
6.The “Steam ready” indicator lamp
(4) will light up after several minutes,
indicating that the appliance is ready
to use.
The steam generator will take more
time to reach “Steam ready” state
only upon the initial heating up,
or after performing the de-scaling
operation (Calc’n’Clean).
When water is already present in the
steam generator during regular use,
heat up time to reach the operating
temperature will be faster.
7.This appliance has a built-in water
level sensor. The “refill water tank”
indicator (6) will light when the water
tank is empty.
▪▪ Normal tap water can be used. To
prolong the optimum steam function,
mix tap water with distilled water
1:1. If the tap water in your district is
very hard, mix tap water with distilled
water 1:2.
▪▪ You can inquire about the water
hardness with your local water
▪▪ The water tank can be filled at any
time while using the appliance.
▪▪ To avoid damage and/or
contamination of the water tank
and the boiler, do not put perfume,
vinegar, starch, descaling agents,
additives or any other type of
chemical product into the water tank.
Any damage caused by the use of
the aforementioned products, will
make the guarantee void.
▪▪ Do not use condensation water
from tumble dryers, air conditioning
systems or similar. This appliance
has been designed to use normal tap
▪▪ Do not use condensation water from
tumble dryers, air conditioners or
similar appliances. This appliance
has been designed to use normal tap
▪▪ The iron is not designed to rest on
its heal. Please always position it
horizontally on the iron pad (2).
▪▪ The iron pad can be placed into the
specially designed recess on the
appliance or somewhere suitable
alongside the ironing area.
Never rest the iron on the
appliance without the iron pad!
▪▪ During its first use the iron may
produce certain vapours and odours,
along with white particles on the
soleplate, this is normal and it will
stop after a few minutes.
▪▪ While the steam release button is
pressed, the water tank may produce
a pumping sound, this is normal,
indicating that water is being pumped
to the steam tank.
Setting the
1.Check the ironing instruction label on
the garment to determine the correct
ironing temperature.
2.Turn the temperature selector (12) to
the required setting:
Silk – Wool
Cotton – Linen
3.Press the steam release
(13-14*) to release steam.
3.The indicator lamp (15) will remain lit
while the iron is heating and go out
as soon as the iron has reached the
selected temperature.
▪▪ Sort your garments out based on
their cleaning symbol labels, always
starting with clothes that have to be
ironed at the lowest temperatures.
▪▪ If you are not sure what the garment
is made of then begin ironing at a
low temperature and decide on the
correct temperature by ironing a small
section not usually seen when worn.
Ironing with steam
The steam control is used to adjust
the amount of steam produced when
1.Turn the temperature selector (12) to
the required setting.
2.Set the amount of steam to suit your
needs, using the variable steam
control (5*).
For normal use, please choose
one of the following recommended
Steam setting
When ironing on a lower temperature
setting “•”.
▪▪ If the appliance has variable steam
control (5*), set the variable steam
control to its lowest position .
▪▪ If the appliance does not have
variable steam control, press the
steam release button only for a few
seconds at a time when ironing at
lower temperatures.
In both cases, if you find that water
is dripping out of the soleplate, set
the temperature selector (12) to a
higher position (take care that the
garment can be ironed on this heat
temperature setting).
▪▪ At the beginning of each use, it is
possible that drops of water will be
dispensed alongside steam.
Therefore, it is advisable to try the
iron on the ironing board or a piece of
cloth to start with.
Tip : for better ironing results, iron the
last strokes without steam to dry the
(Model dependent)
This appliance has a special function
for tackling difficult creases.
The “PulseSteam” function helps soften
stubborn garments like jeans or linen
When the steam release button is
activated, the steam generator will
release three powerful shots of steam
so that the steam reaches even deeper
into the fabrics.
1.Set the temperature selector (12) on
2.Briefly press the steam shot button
(14*) on the top of the handle.
or (model dependent)
Press the steam release button (13)
on the bottom of the handle two times
in quick succession (double-click).
▪▪ It is possible to stop the shots of
steam by quickly pressing the steam
button again.
▪▪ Some water drops may appear when
you use the “PulseSteam” function for
the first time.
The water drops will disappear after
you have used the function for some
Ironing without
Begin ironing but without pressing the
steam release button.
Vertical steam
This can be used to remove creases
from hanging clothes, curtains etc.
▪▪ Never direct the steam jet at
garments that are being worn.
▪▪ Never aim the steam at people or
1.Set the temperature to the “•••” setting.
2.Hold the iron in an upright position
15 cm away from the garment being
3.You can steam iron curtains and
hanging garments (jackets, suits,
coats...) by placing the iron in a
vertical position and pressing the
steam release button (13-14*).
“Intelligent steam”
(Model dependent)
This system has intelligent steam
control, which, after releasing the steam
release button (13-14*), provides a small
amount of additional steam.
The additional steam can always be
stopped by briefly pressing the steam
release button once again.
Energy saving
“eco” button
(Model dependent)
If the “Energy saving” button (3*) is
switched on, you can save up to 25%
of the energy and 40% of the water
consumption (*), and still achieve
good results when ironing most of your
It is advisable to use the normal energy
setting only for thick and very wrinkled
(*) In comparison to the maximum
Note: If you work with the “Energy
saving” function, the variable
steam regulation and temperature
regulation can still be used as
Auto shut-off
(Model dependent)
If during ironing, the steam release
button (13-14*) on the iron handle
is not pressed for a certain length of
time (8 minutes), the steam station will
automatically switch off.
The “auto shut-off” pilot lamp (4) will
flash when auto shut-off has been
To switch the steam station back on,
press the steam release button again.
Fabric protection
soleplate cover
(Model dependent)
The fabric-protection soleplate cover
(17*) is used for steam-ironing delicate
garments at maximum temperature
without damaging them. Use of the
soleplate cover also does away with the
need for a cloth to prevent shine on dark
It is advisable to first iron a small
section on the inside of the garment to
see if it is suitable.
To attach the soleplate cover to the iron,
place the tip of the iron into the end of
the soleplate cover and pull the elastic
strap over the lower rear of the iron until
it fits tightly. To release the soleplate
cover, pull the elastic strap and remove
the iron.
The fabric-protection soleplate cover may
be purchased from our customer service
or from our website.
Accessory code
Name of accessory
(online shop)
Cleaning the Boiler
To extend the life of your steam
generator and to avoid any build up of
scale, it is essential that you rinse out
the boiler after several hours of use
(approximately after 50 hours). If the
water is hard, increase the frequency.
Do not use descaling agents for rinsing
out the boiler, as they could damage it.
1.Check carefully that the appliance is
cold and unplugged for more than 2
hours, and that the water tank (1) is
2.Place your appliance on the edge of
your kitchen sink.
3.Remove the plastic cover located
on the bottom of the appliance by
turning it to the
4.Unscrew the boiler drainage plug
using a coin.
5.Holding your steam generator in
upside down position, and using a
jug, fill the boiler (in the base unit)
with 1/4 litre of water.
6.Shake the base unit for a few
moments and then empty it
completely over a sink or bucket. To
obtain the best result, we recommend
that this operation is done twice.
Important: before re-closing, make
sure no water remains in the boiler.
7.Replace and tighten up the boiler
drainage plug with a coin.
8.Insert and close the plastic cover by
turning it to the position.
Automatic clean
(Model dependent)
Pilot light (6) will flash indicating that
boiler must be rinsed.
To reset the “Calc’n’Clean” counter,
switch the steam station off twice,
keeping it off for at least 30 seconds
each time.
(on → 30s off → on → 30s off → on)
Rinsing the iron
steam chamber
Caution! Risk of burns!
This procedure helps to remove scale
particles out of the steam chamber.
This cleaning procedure may be
performed occasionally (approximately
once a year), when after a long period
of use with very hard water, scale
particles start to come out of the
1.Ensure that the iron is cooled down.
2.Set the temperature selector (12) of
the iron to the “min” position.
3.Fill the tank with tap water.
4.Plug in the mains cable and set the
main power button (7) to the “I”
position (illuminated in red).
5.Wait until the “steam ready” indicator
lamp (4) lights up.
6.If the steam station has steam control
(5*), set it to the maximum position
7.Hold the iron over the sink or a
container to collect the water.
8.Press the steam release button (13)
and gently shake the iron. Boiling
water and steam will come out,
carrying scale and or deposits that
might be there. This could take
approximately 5 minutes.
9.Set the temperature selector (12) of
the iron to the “max” position, without
pressing the steam release button
(13-14*). The water in the steam
chamber will start evaporating. Wait
until all the water inside the chamber
has been evaporated.
10.To clean the soleplate, immediately
rub off any residue by running the
hot iron over dry cotton cloth.
Cleaning &
Attention! Risk of burns!
Always unplug the appliance from
the mains supply before carrying
out any cleaning or maintenance
operation on it.
1.After ironing, pull out the plug and
allow the appliance to cool down
before cleaning.
2.Wipe the housing, handle and iron
body with a damp cotton cloth.
3.If the soleplate is soiled with dirt or
scale, clean it with a damp cotton
4. If the cloth is synthetic, it may melt
due to the high temperature on the
soleplate (16). Switch off the steam
and rub off any residue immediately
with a thickly folded, dry cotton cloth.
5.Never use abrasive products or
solvents. To keep the soleplate
(16) smooth, you should avoid hard
contact with metal objects. Never use
a scouring pad, or chemicals to clean
the soleplate.
Storing the
1.Set the main power button to the “0”
position (the red light will go off) and
disconnect the mains cable.
2.Always allow the appliance to cool
down before storing it.
3.Place the iron on the iron pad (2),
standing on the soleplate, and fix it
by inserting the tip of the iron into the
front slot and moving the lock lever
(11) against the heel of the iron.
4.Empty the water tank, store the mains
cable on the cord storage facility and
the steam hose in the storage fixing.
Do not wrap the cords too tight.
5.Hold the iron´s handle when moving
the appliance, as shown in figure 7.
Tips to help you
save energy
Steam production consumes the most
energy. To help minimise the energy
used, follow the advice below:
▪▪ Start by ironing the fabrics that require
the lowest ironing temperature.
▪▪ Check the recommended ironing
temperature on the label on the
▪▪ Regulate the steam according to the
selected ironing temperature, following
the instructions in this manual.
▪▪ Try to Iron the fabrics while they are
still damp and reduce the steam
setting. Steam will be generated from
the fabrics rather than the iron. If you
tumble dry your fabrics before ironing
them, set the tumble drier on the ‘iron
dry’ programme.
▪▪ If the fabrics are damp enough, turn
off the steam regulator completely.
Advice on
Our goods come in optimised
packaging. This basically consists in
using non-contaminating materials
which should be handed over to
the local waste disposal service as
secondary raw materials. Your local
town council can give you information
about how to dispose of obsolete
This appliance is labelled
in accordance with
European Directive
2012/19/EU concerning
used electrical and
electronic appliances
(waste electrical and electronic
equipment - WEEE).
The guideline determines the
framework for the return and
recycling of used appliances as
applicable throughout the EU.
Guarantee conditions
The terms of the guarantee for this
appliance are in accordance with that
stated by our representative for the
country in which it is sold.
The details of these conditions can be
obtained from the retailer from whom
the appliance was purchased. The
purchase receipt must be presented
when making any claims against the
terms of this guarantee.
Trouble shooting
Possible causes
Pilot light (6)
•Boiler must be rinsed.
•Rinse the boiler according to
the cleaning instructions in
this manual.
The steam
generator does
not come on.
•There is a connection
•The main power button is
not switched on.
•Check the mains cable (9),
the plug and the socket.
•Set the main power button
(7) to the “I” position
(illuminated in red).
The iron does not •The main power button is
heat up.
not switched on.
•Set the main power button
(7) to the “I” position
(illuminated in red).
•Set the temperature to the
desired position.
•The temperature is set to a
low position.
Possible causes
The iron begins
to smoke when
switched on.
•During first use: certain
components on the
appliance have been lightly
greased at the factory and
may produce a little smoke
when initially heated.
•During subsequent use: the
soleplate may be soiled.
•This is completely normal
and will stop after a short
Water flows
•The steam function is being
through the holes used before it has reached
on the soleplate.
the correct temperature.
•The water is condensing
inside the pipes because
steam is being used for the
first time or has not been
used for a long time.
• The steam generator
contains too much scale.
•Reduce the steam flow when
ironing at low temperatures.
Dirt comes out
through the
•Use tap water mixed
50% with distilled or
demineralised water. To
prolong the optimum steam
function, mix tap water with
distilled water 1:1. If the tap
water in your district is very
hard, mix tap water with
distilled water 1:2.
•Clean the soleplate with a
damp cloth.
•Never add products to the
•There is a build up of scale
or minerals in the steam
•Chemical products or
additives have been used.
The iron does
not produce any
•Clean the soleplate
according to the cleaning
instructions in this manual.
•Point the iron away from the
ironing area and press the
steam release button until
steam is produced.
• Clean the boiler as
described in section
•The boiler is not switched on •Set the main power button
or the water tank is empty.
(7) to the “I” position
(illuminated in red), and/or
•The water tank is not fitted
fill the water tank.
onto the housing correctly.
•Fit the water tank back onto
the hou­sing correctly (you
•The steam regulation is set
will hear a click).
to the minimum position.
•Increase the steam flow.
The ironed
•The selected temperature is
garment turns
too high and has damaged
dark and/or sticks the garment.
to the soleplate.
•Select a suitable
temperature for the material
being ironed and clean the
soleplate with a damp cloth.
The soleplate
turns brown.
•Clean the soleplate with a
damp cloth.
•This is a regular
consequence of continued
use over a long period of
Possible causes
The appliance
•Water is being pumped into
makes a pumping the steam tank.
•The water tank is not fitted
onto the housing correctly.
•The sound will not stop.
•This is normal.
•Fit the water tank back onto
the hou­sing correctly (you
will hear a click).
•If the sound will not stop, do
not use the steam generator
and contact an authorised
technical service centre.
Loss of pressure
during ironing.
•Steam release button has
•Use the steam release
been activated for too long a button at intervals. This
period of time, that is, it has
improves the ironing result
been pressed too frequently. as the textiles will be
steamed, dried and ironed
Water spots
appear on the
garment during
•May be caused by steam
condensed on the ironing
•Wipe the textile cover of the
ironing board, and iron any
water drops to dry them.
Water spots
appear on the
garment during
use of the
•Water spots are caused by
steam condensation in the
hose when cooling down
after use.
•Water drops stop coming out
of the soleplate after using
the “PulseSteam” function
for some time.
The hose gets
hot during use.
•This is normal. It is caused
by the steam passing
through the hose during
steam ironing.
•Place the hose on the
opposite side so that you
cannot touch the hose
during ironing.
Water leakage
from the boiler.
•Drainage plug located at the •Tighten up the boiler
bottom of the appliance is
drainage plug with a coin.
The iron does not •“PulseSteam” function has
stop steaming
been activated by double
after placing it on click.
the pad (2).
•Just press the trigger once
again and the iron will stop
steaming at once.
If the above does not solve the problem, get in touch with our customer service.
You can download this manual from the local homepages of Bosch.
Customer Service
Great Britain
Bosch Customer Service
Grand Union House
Old Wolverton Road
Milton Keynes
MK12 5PT
UK +44 (0)844 892 8979
IRL +353 (0)1450 2655
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