Do you test the hotel iron before using it?
The only packed dress shirt of a consultant at a meeting today was ruined when he found (the hard way) that his hotel iron had coffee or a dark liquid inside it instead of water. It's a really nice hotel too, and hard to imagine who in the world does that (bitter housekeeping employee? drunk guest? someone who was trying anything to heat up coffee?)
I once ruined a favorite linen jacket that had water drip onto it from a hot iron; and others have certainly had "sticky things" on the bottom of the iron not noticed, then ironed permanently into travel clothes.
Do you routinely check the bottom of a hotel iron and/or test it on a towel first? Does the coffee stored in the iron make me know for sure I will from now on? Yes.
[End of the story: yes, the hotel did offer to buy him breakfast and launder his shirt. Not that either really helps at 8:00 for an 8:45 business meeting.]