sensixx B20L
Operating instructions
Getting started
Setting the temperature
Ironing with steam
“PulseSteam” function
“Ultimate steam” function
“Intelligent steam” function
Ironing without steam
Vertical steam
Energy saving “eco” setting
Auto shut-off
Additional accessories
Automatic clean warning
Rinsing the iron steam chamber
Cleaning & Maintenance
Storing the appliance
Advice on disposal
Tips to help you save energy
Guarantee conditions
Trouble shooting
Thank you for buying the B20L professional
steam station, the new professional
steam-ironing system from Bosch. These
instructions contain valuable information
about the unique features of this iron and
some hints to make ironing easier for you.
Please visit for
more product information or to register
your product, just follow the link to the
Online guarantee registration.
This powerful system produces continuous
steam for an ideal ironing performance. It
has a large water tank that can be refilled at
any time without switching off the system.
We hope that you enjoy ironing with this
steam station.
Please read these instructions for use
carefully before using the appliance and
save them for future reference.
This appliance complies with international
safety standards.
This appliance has been designed
exclusively for domestic use and must
not be used for industrial purposes.
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 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 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 0.27Ω .
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 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.)
1.Water tank
2.Removable iron pad
3.Steam hose storage fixing
4.Carrying handles
5.Mains cable storage compartment
6.Mains cable
7.Steam hose
8.“Energy Saving” button *
9.“Steam ready” / “Auto shut-off” pilot light
10.Variable steam control *
11.“Refill water tank” / “Clean warning”
pilot light
12.Illuminated main power button /
switch (0/I)
13.Housing with internal steam generator
14.Temperature control knob
15.Steam release button “Pulse steam”
16.Steam release button
17.“on / off” pilot light*
18.Iron pilot light
* Model dependent
Important :
▪▪This appliance reaches high temperatures
and produces steam during use, this
could cause scalds or burns in case of
improper use.
▪▪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.
Getting started
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 (2) from the appliance and
place the iron on it on another solid,
stable, horizontal surface.
3. Fill the water tank (1), making sure not to
pass the level mark.
4. Unwind the mains cable (6) fully and
plug it into an earthed socket.
5. Set the main power button / switch (12)
to the on position “I” (button or pilot light
17* illuminated in red).
6. The “Steam ready” indicator lamp (9) will
light up after several minutes, indicating
that the appliance is ready to use.
When using the steam generator for the
first time, or when using it straight after
Calc’n’Clean, the steam generator will
take slightly longer to heat up.
7. This appliance has a built-in water level
sensor. The “refill water tank” indicator
(11) will light when the water tank is
or (model dependent) :
If the “steam ready” lamp (9) lights and
steam is not released when pressing the
16*), trigger (15
refill the water-tank.
• 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 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 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
• 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.
* model dependent
Setting the
1. Check the ironing instruction label on the
garment to determine the correct ironing
2. Turn the temperature selector (14) to the
required setting:
Ironing with steam
1. Turn the temperature selector (14) to the
required setting.
2. Set the amount of steam to suit your needs,
using the variable steam control (10*).
Silk – Wool
Cotton – Linen
3. The indicator lamp (18) will remain lit
while the iron is heating and go out
as soon as the iron has reached the
selected temperature.
For normal use, please choose one of the
following recommended settings:
3. Press the steam release button (15 or
16*) to release steam.
• 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.
• 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.
* model dependent
Steam setting
When ironing on a lower temperature
setting “•”.
• If the appliance has variable steam
control (10*), 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 (14) 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 garment.
(model dependent)
This appliance has a special function for
tackling difficult creases.
When the steam release button is activated,
the steam generator will give three powerful
shots of steam so that the steam reaches
even deeper into the fabrics.
1. Set the temperature selector (14) on “•••”
2. Press the steam release button (15)
on the bottom of the handle two times
shortly (double-click).
or (model dependent)
Shortly press the steam release button
(16*) on the top of the handle.
Remark : It is possible to stop the shots of
steam by pressing the steam button shortly
“Ultimate steam” function
(model dependent)
The “Ultimate steam” function helps to
decrease more stubborn materials found in
garments like Jeans or linen tablecloth. When
activating the steam button (16*) the steam
generator produces an extra amount of steam.
The function should be used during intervals
of a few seconds, to be the most effective.
1. Set the temperature selector (14) on “•••”
2. Press the steam button (16*).
• The steam hose (7) may get hot if you
are ironing for long periods.
• Note: Some water drops may appear
when you use the “Pulse steam” or the
“Ultimate steam” function for the first time.
The water drops will disappear after you
have used the function for some time.
“Intelligent steam” function
(model dependent)
This system has intelligent steam control,
which, after releasing the steam release
button (15), provides a small amount of
additional steam.
The additional steam can always be
stopped by briefly pressing the steam
release button once again.
Ironing without steam
1. Select an appropriate temperature for
the type of material being ironed.
2. Begin ironing but without pressing the
steam release button (15 or 16*) .
Vertical steam
Never direct the steam jet at garments
that are being worn.
Never aim the steam at people or animals.
1. Set the temperature control to the “•••” or
“max” position.
2. 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.
* model dependent
(model dependent)
Energy saving
“eco” setting
(model dependent)
If the “Energy saving” button (8*) is
switched on, the energy consumption of the
appliance will be reduced, by means of an
automatic reduction of electricity and water
consumption. A good ironing result will still
be obtained for most of the garments.
Use the normal energy setting for thick and
highly wrinkled fabrics.
Note: If you work with the “Energy
saving” function, the variable steam
regulation and temperature regulation
can still be used as recommended.
Fabric protection soleplate cover
The fabric-protection soleplate cover 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 the customer service or
specialist shops:
Accessory code Name of accessory
(Specialist outlets)
Auto shut-off
* model dependent
(model dependent)
If during ironing, the steam release button
(15-16*) 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 (9) will flash
when auto shut-off has been activated.
To switch the steam station back on, press
the steam release button again.
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
Do not use descaling agents for rinsing out
the boiler, as they could damage it.
1. Check that the appliance is cold and
unplugged for more than 2 hours, and
that the water tank (1) is empty.
2. Place your appliance on the edge of
your kitchen sink, so that any residual
water in the water tank is directed into
the sink.
3. Remove the plastic cover located on the
bottom of the appliance by turning it to
the position.
4. Unscrew the boiler drainage plug using
a coin.
5. Holding your steam generator in an
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
Important: before 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 (11) will flash indicating that
boiler must be rinsed. To do this, follow the
procedure described in the section above.
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)
* model dependent
* model dependent
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 soleplate.
1. Ensure that the iron is cooled down.
2. Set the temperature selector (14) 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 / switch (12) to the
on position “I”.
5. Wait until the “steam ready” indicator
lamp (9) lights up.
6. If the steam station has steam regulator
(10*), 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 (15)
and gently shake the iron. Boiling water
and steam will come out, carrying scale
and deposits that might be there. This
could take approximately 5 minutes.
9. Set the temperature selector (14) of
the iron to the “max” position, without
pressing the steam release button
(15). The water in the steam chamber
will start evaporating. Wait until all the
water inside the steam chamber has
evaporated and steam is no longer
coming out from the soleplate.
10.To clean the soleplate (19), immediately
rub off any residue by running the hot
iron over dry cotton cloth.
Rinsing the iron
steam chamber
Cleaning &
lways 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
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 cloth.
4. If the cloth is synthetic, it may melt due
to the high temperature on the soleplate
(19). 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 (19) smooth, you
should avoid hard contact with metal
objects. Never use a scouring pad, or
chemicals to clean the soleplate.
Storing the appliance
1. Always allow the appliance to cool down
before storing it.
2. Set the main power to the “0” position
and disconnect the mains cable.
3. Place the iron on the iron pad (2),
standing on the soleplate (19).
4. Store the mains cable in the storage
compartment (5) and the steam hose in
the storage fixing (3). Do not wrap the
cords too tight.
5. Use the carrying handles (4) on the
sides when moving the appliance.
* model dependent
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 2002/96/EG
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
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.
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.
▪▪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 (10*) completely.
* model dependent
Trouble shooting
Possible causes
The steam
•There is a connection
generator does not
come on.
•The main power button /
switch (12) is not switched
•Check the mains cable, the plug
and the socket.
•Set the main power button / switch
to the on position “I”.
The iron does not
heat up.
•The main power button /
switch (12) is not switched
•The temperature selector
(14) is set to the “min”
•Set the main power button / switch
to the on position “I”.
•Set the temperature selector to the
desired position.
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 later use: the
soleplate may be soiled.
•This is completely normal and will
stop after a short while.
•Clean the soleplate according to
the cleaning instructions in this
Water flows
through the holes
on the soleplate
•The steam function is being
used before it has reached
•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 by
adjusting the variable steam
control (10*).
•Point the iron away from the
ironing area and press the steam
release button (15 or 16*) until
steam is produced.
•Clean the boiler as described in
section “Calc’n’Clean”.
Dirt comes out
through the
soleplate (19).
•There is a build-up of scale
or minerals in the boiler.
•Use tap water mixed 50% with
dis­tilled or demineralised water. If
the tap water in your district is very
hard, mix tap water with distilled
water 1:2.
•Clean the sole plate with a damp
•Never add products to the boiler
•Chemical products or
additives have been used.
The iron does
not produce any
•The boiler is not switched
on or the water tank (1) is
•The steam regulator (10*) is
set to the minimum position.
•Set the main power button / switch
(12) to the on position “I”, and/or
fill the water tank.
•Increase the steam flow by turning
the steam control.
* model dependent
Possible causes
The ironed gar­
•The selected temperature is
ment turns dark
too high and has damaged
and/or sticks to the
the garment.
•Select a suitable temperature
for the material being ironed and
clean the soleplate (19) with a
damp cloth.
The soleplate (19)
turns brown.
•This is a regular
consequence of usage.
•Clean the soleplate regularly with
a damp cloth.
The appliance
makes a pumping
•Water is being pumped into
the steam tank (1).
•The sound will not stop.
•This is normal.
•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 (15)
•Use the steam release button
activated for a long period of
with intervals. This improves the
ironing result as the textiles will be
steamed and dried properly giving
a smoother result.
Waterspots appear •May be caused by steam
on the garment
condensed on the ironing
during ironing.
•Wipe the textile cover of the
ironing board, and iron the spots
without steam to dry them.
Water spots appear •Water spots are caused by
on the garment
steam condensation in the
during use of the
hose when cooling down
“Ultimate steam”
after use.
•Water drops stop coming out
of the soleplate after using the
“Ultimate steam”* function for
some time.
The hose (7) gets
hot during use.
•Ensure that the steam generator is
positioned to the side of the hand
you are using to iron, to reduce
contact with the hose as much as
•This is normal. It is caused
by the steam passing
through the hose during
steam ironing.
Water leakage from •Drainage plug located at the
the boiler.
bottom of the appliance is
•Tighten up boiler drainage plug
with a coin.
•“Pulse steam” function may
The iron does not
stop steaming after have been activated by the
double click.
placing it on the
•The steaming will not stop.
pad (2).
•Just press the trigger (16*) once
again and the iron will stop
steaming at once.
•Contact an authorized technical
service centre.
If the above does not solve the problem, get in touch with an authorized technical service.
You can download this manual from the local homepages of Bosch.
* model dependent
Great Britain
Bosch Customer Service
Grand Union House
Old Wolverton Road
Milton Keynes
MK12 5PT
UK +44 (0)844 892 8923
IRL +353 (0)1450 2655
002 TDS20..GB/06/12
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