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Sensixx DS38
en Operating instructions
General safety instructions
1. Preparations
2. Programme selection
3. Special programs
3.1 “i-Temp Advanced” programme
3.2 “AntiShine” programme
3.3 “Calc’nClean” programme
4. “PulseSteam” function
5. “Intelligent steam” function
6. Ironing without steam
7. Vertical steam
8. Energy saving “eco” button
9. Auto shut-off
10. Fabric protection soleplate cover
11. Calc'nClean Perfect
11.1 Cleaning the Boiler
11.2. R
insing the iron steam chamber
12.Cleaning & Maintenance
13. Storing the appliance
Tips to help you save energy
Trouble shooting
Guarantee conditions
EN • Operating instructions
Thank you for buying the Sensixx DS38
steam station, the new steam-ironing
system from Bosch.
Carefully read through the operating
instructions for the appliance and safeguard
them for future reference.
You can download this manual from the
local homepages of Bosch.
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 surface.
❐❐ 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
❐❐ 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 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.
• 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 connection.
• 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 0.37 Ω.
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 tank.
• 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, etc.)
• This appliance reaches high temperatures
and produces steam during use, this
could cause scalds or burns if not used
• 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.
Advice on disposal
Our goods come in optimised packaging.
This basically consists in using noncontaminating 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
* Model dependent
1.Water tank
2.Removable iron pad
3.Iron lock system “SecureLock”
4.“Calc” automatic clean warning indicator
5.“Water tank empty” indicator light
6.Energy saving “eco” button and indicator
light (green)
7.Ironing programme indicator lights
8.“Calc’nClean” decalcification programme
and indicator light
9.Programme selector and illuminated ring.
10.“on-off” power button.
11.Steam hose
12.“Calc’nClean Perfect” scale collector
13.Mains cable with storage facility
14.Steam release button
15.Steam shot button “PulseSteam”*
16.Iron pilot light
18.Fabric-protection soleplate cover*
3.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.
4.Fill the water tank, making sure not to
pass the “max” level mark.
5.Unwind the mains cable (13) fully and
plug it into an earthed socket.
6.Set the power button (10) to the on
7.The appliance will shift automatically to
the “i-Temp Advanced” programme (see
section 3.1). The corresponding indicator
light (7) will flash, and after a few minutes,
will remain lit continuously. Two beeps will
be heard indicating that the appliance is
ready to use.
1. Preparations
1.Release the iron from its lock system (3)
by pulling the lever located at the heel of
the iron backwards.
2.Remove any label or protective covering
from the soleplate.
* Model dependent
The steam generator will take more time
to reach this state only upon the initial
heating up, or after performing the descaling operation (Calc’nClean).
When water is already present in the
steam generator during regular use,
heat up time to reach the operating
temperature will be faster.
8.This appliance has a built-in water level
sensor. The “Water tank empty” indicator
light (5) will light and three beeps will
be heard when the water tank has to be
Attention! If the water tank is empty
when one of the ironing programs
is selected, the indicator light (7)
corresponding to such programme will
flash until the water tank is filled.
is normal and it will stop after a few
• 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
2. Programme selection
• 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 area is very hard, mix tap
water with distilled water 1:2.
• You can inquire about the water hardness
with your local water supplier.
• 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.
• The iron is not designed to rest on
its heel. 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
Your steam station has a programme
selector (9) for choosing the different ironing
Each programme automatically sets an
appropriate combination of temperature and
steam which is suitable for the kind of
garment selected.
By turning the programme selector you can
choose the kind of garment and fabric to be
ironed. The corresponding indicator light (7)
will flash until the temperature and steam
level suitable for the programme selected
are reached.
From this moment on, the indicator light will
remain lit continuously and two beeps will
be heard indicating that the appliance is
ready to use.
If the garment to be ironed does not
correspond to any of the programs supplied,
check the temperature instructions shown
on the care label of the garment.
* Model dependent
• Sort your garments out based on their
cleaning symbol labels, always starting
with clothes that have to be ironed at the
lowest temperatures.
• For mixed fabrics, select the temperature
corresponding to the most delicate fabric.
• 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
• 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.
• For better ironing results, iron the last
strokes without steam to dry the garment.
3. Special programs
3.1 “i-Temp Advanced”
The “i-Temp Advanced” programme does
not apply to fabrics that cannot be ironed.
Please check the garment care label for
details or try ironing on a part of the cloth
not visible normally.
3.2 “AntiShine” programme
This steam station has an “AntiShine”
programme. If this programme is selected
and the steam release button (14 or 15*) is
regularly pressed, the risk of shiny marks
on the garment due to the ironing is
3.3 “Calc’nClean” programme
See section 11.
This steam station has an “i-Temp
Advanced” programme. If this programme is
selected, an appropriate combination of
temperature and steam is set, which is
suitable for all fabrics that can be ironed.
The “i-Temp Advanced” programme
prevents clothes from being damaged due
to an unsuitable temperature being
* Model dependent
4. “PulseSteam” function
6. Ironing without steam
Begin ironing but without pressing the
steam release button.
7. Vertical steam
This appliance has a special function for
tackling difficult creases.
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.
Briefly press the steam shot button (15*) on
the top of the handle.
• 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
The water drops will disappear after you
have used the function for some time.
5. “Intelligent steam” function
This system has intelligent steam control,
which, after releasing the steam release
button (14 or 15*), provides a small amount
of additional steam.
The additional steam can always be
stopped by briefly pressing the steam
release button once again.
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.Select “Jeans / • • •” programme to get
the optimal steam amount.
2.Hold the iron in an upright position 15 cm
away from the garment being steamed.
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 (14 or
15 cm
15 cm
* Model dependent
8. E
nergy saving “eco”
Push the energy saving button
If the energy saving setting is selected, you
can save up to 30% of the energy and 40%
of the water consumption (*), and still
achieve good results when ironing most of
your garments.
It is advisable to use the normal energy
setting only for thick and very wrinkled
(*) In comparison to the maximum setting.
9. Auto shut-off
If during ironing, the steam release button
(14 or 15*) on the iron handle is not pressed
for a certain length of time (8 minutes), the
steam station will automatically switch off.
The illuminated ring around the programme
selector (9) will flash when auto shut-off has
been activated. Three beeps will be heard
at the same time.
To switch the steam station back on, press
the steam release button again.
* Model dependent
10. Fabric protection
soleplate cover
The fabric-protection soleplate cover (18*)
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 materials.
It is advisable to first iron a small section on
the inside of the garment to see if it is
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)
11. Calc'nClean Perfect
Automatic clean warning
The “Calc” automatic clean warning indicator
light (4) will flash indicating that boiler and
iron steam chamber must be rinsed.
Leave the appliance unplugged for more
than two hours, check carefully that the
appliance is cold and that the water tank (1)
is empty.
Please proceed as follows:
3To wash the scale collector, you may:
a)Place the scale collector under the
water tap and wash it up until calc
residues are removed. Squeeze it as
indicated in the picture.
b)Immerse the scale collector in tap
water (250 ml) mixed with a measure
(25 ml) of descaling fluid.
25 ml
11.1 Cleaning the Boiler
Do not use descaling agents for rinsing out
the boiler, as they could damage it.
1Fix the iron to the stand by inserting the
tip of the iron into the front slot and
moving the lock system (3) against the
heel of the iron. Place your appliance on
the edge of your kitchen sink.
250 ml
The descaling fluid can be obtained
from our Aftersales Service or Specialist
Accessory code
~ 2 h.
Name of accessory
(Specialist outlets)
4Holding your steam generator in upside
down position, and using a jug, fill the
boiler (in the base unit) with 1/4 litre of
2Unscrew the scale collector (12) and
take it out.
0,25 L.
* Model dependent
5Shake 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
performed twice.
Important: before re-closing, make sure
no water remains in the boiler.
11.2. Rinsing the iron steam
1Fill the tank with tap water.
2Plug in the mains cable and set the
power button (10) to the “I” position.
6Replace and tighten up the scale collector.
3By turning the programme selector (9),
choose “Calc’nClean” decalcification
programme. The indicator light (7) will
start flashing.
* Model dependent
4Wait until the indicator light (8) stops
flashing and remains lit continuously.
Two beeps will be heard at the same
Keep on shaking the iron gently for five
minutes while the steam release button
is pressed, so that water and steam
clean the chamber completely.
7Without pressing the steam release
button (14), turn the programme selector
(9) and choose “Linen / max”
programme. The water in the steam
chamber will start evaporating.
5Hold the iron over the sink or a container
to collect the water.
8Wait until all the water inside the
chamber has been evaporated. Then,
you can set the power button (10) to the
“O” position.
6Press the steam release button (14) and
gently shake the iron. Boiling water and
steam will be released, carrying scale
and/or deposits that might be inside.
After approximately one minute, the
“Calc” automatic clean warning indicator
light (4) will go off.
* Model dependent
9To clean the soleplate, immediately rub
off any residue by running the hot iron
over a wet cotton cloth.
12.Cleaning & Maintenance
3.If the soleplate is soiled with dirt or scale,
clean it with a damp cotton cloth.
4. If the cloth is synthetic, it may melt due
to the high temperature on the soleplate.
Switch off the steam and rub off any
residue immediately with a thickly folded,
dry cotton cloth.
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
5.Never use abrasive products or solvents.
To keep the soleplate smooth, you should
avoid hard contact with metal objects.
Never use a scouring pad, or chemicals
to clean the soleplate.
2.Wipe the housing, handle and iron body
with a damp cotton cloth.
* Model dependent
13. Storing the appliance
1.Set the power button to the “O” position
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 system (3)
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
Tips to help you save
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 garment.
• 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.
* Model dependent
Trouble shooting
Possible causes
The “Calc” indicator
light (4) flashes.
1.Boiler and iron must be
1.Rinse the boiler and the iron
according to the cleaning instructions
in this manual.
The ironing
programme indicator
light (7) flashes
1.The water tank (1) is empty.
1.Fill the water tank.
The steam generator
does not come on.
1.There is a connection
1.Check the mains cable (13), the plug
and the socket.
2.Set the power button (10) to the “I”
2.The power button is not
switched on.
The iron does not heat
1.The power button is not
switched on.
2.The temperature is set to a
low position.
1.Set the power button (10) to the “I”
2.Set the temperature to the desired
The iron begins to
smoke when switched
1.During first use: certain
components on the appliance
have been lightly greased at
the factory and may produce a
little smoke when initially
2.During subsequent use: the
soleplate may be soiled.
1.This is completely normal and will
stop after a short while.
Water flows through
the holes on the
1.The water is condensing inside
the pipes because steam is
being used for the first time or
has not been used for a long
1.Point the iron away from the ironing
area and press the steam release
button until steam is produced.
Dirt comes out through
the soleplate.
1.There is a build up of scale or
minerals in the boiler and iron.
2.Chemical products or
additives have been used.
1.Carry out a cleaning cycle (see
“Calc’nClean Perfect“ section).
2.Never add products to the water.
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 area is very
hard, mix tap water with distilled
water 1:2.
Clean the soleplate with a damp
The iron does not
produce any steam.
1.The boiler is not switched on
or the water tank is empty.
2.The water tank is not fitted
onto the housing correctly.
1.Set the power button (10) to the “I”
position, and/or fill the water tank.
2.Fit the water tank back onto the
hou­sing correctly.
The ironed garment
turns dark and/or
sticks to the soleplate.
1.The selected temperature is
too high and has damaged the
1.Select a suitable temperature for the
material being ironed and clean the
soleplate with a damp cloth.
* Model dependent
2.Clean the soleplate according to the
cleaning instructions in this manual.
Possible causes
The soleplate turns
1.This is a regular consequence
of continued use over a long
period of time.
1.Clean the soleplate with a damp
The appliance makes
a pumping sound.
1.Water is being pumped into
the steam tank.
2.The water tank is not fitted
onto the housing correctly.
3.The sound will not stop.
1.This is normal.
Loss of pressure
during ironing.
1.Steam release button has
been activated for too long a
period of time, that is, it has
been pressed too frequently.
1.Use the steam release button at
intervals. This improves the ironing
result as the textiles will be steamed,
dried and ironed properly.
Water spots appear on
the garment during
1.May be caused by steam
condensed on the ironing
1.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
“PulseSteam” function.
1.Water spots are caused by
steam condensation in the
hose when cooling down after
1.Water drops stop coming out of the
soleplate after using the
“PulseSteam” function for some
The hose gets hot
during use.
1.This is normal. It is caused by
the steam passing through the
hose during steam ironing.
1.Place the hose on the opposite side
so that you cannot touch the hose
during ironing.
Water leakage from
the boiler.
1.Scale collector (12) located at
the bottom of the appliance is
Tighten up the scale collector.
The iron does not stop
steaming after placing
it on the pad (2).
1.“PulseSteam” function has
been activated.
1.Just press the trigger once again
and the iron will stop steaming at
2.Fit the water tank back onto the
hou­sing correctly.
3.If the sound will not stop, do not use
the steam generator and contact an
authorised technical service centre.
If the above does not solve the problem, get in touch with our customer service.
* Model dependent
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
Customer Service
Great Britain
Bosch Customer Service
Grand Union House
Old Wolverton Road Milton Keynes
MK12 5PT
001 Sensixx DS38 EN 07/14
UK +44 (0)344 892 8979
IRL +353 (0)1450 2655
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