Two words:Fleece.Hot iron.OK, that's three words but...Oh, you need a more detailed photo?Do tell me you've done this and found a way to clean it up.Please.
cleaning bottom of iron,
I use a product called "Kleen King". It is a stainless steel cleaner you can find near the Ajax.http://www.faultless.com/kleenking.asp
If you are near a Joann's they sell an iron cleaning sheet in the notions aisle. (I am pretty sure they also sell them with the ironing supplies at Wal-Mart.) Someone told me about using a dryer sheet but I had no luck with that.
I've also heard about the dryer sheet thing as well. Otherwise, maybe it's time for a new iron?! Sorry, I guess I am no help.
There's some paste that you can buy from Bed Bath & Beyond or other stores like that (Faultless Iron Cleaner, I think). You rub it on a towel and then iron the towel. Took the fusible interfacing I accidentally got on my soleplate right off.
2 words............Oh my!!!!
I wouldn't use Kleen King (which is *awesome* for pots and pans) because it's abrasive and will mar the surface of your iron plate. I'd try Dritz Iron Off Hot Iron Cleaner. It did a great job de-gunking my iron plate.
When my s/s bottom gets dirty on my iron I use Mark Lipinski's tip. Put iron on hot setting..put some table salt on a brown paper bag and iron over the salt. Cleans my iron up great. Hope this helps.
I was going to suggest the old-fashioned way to clean your iron! The salt on a brown paper bag with a warm iron. Works great every time for me. My grandmother used to do salt on a piece of waxed paper. She claimed it 'polished' her iron, too. ~Adrienne~
Oh dear. I can be of no help. We threw my iron out after the littlest one decided to plug it in and sit it on the micro suede couch. Nice big burn on the couch, all of the fabric was on the iron. Still waiting on the fabric to come in so I can repair the couch.
I've used the Rowenta soleplate cleaner kit. It has a little tube of the paste-type cleaner and two pieces of chamois-type fabric to iron over with the cleaner on the soleplate. Worked wonders for me when I ironed something with plastic in the fabric.
I've always used the hot iron on the brown paper bag with salt trick. Works for me.Amy
Oohhh...I hate when that happens! When I was in the Military we had the gunk build up on the iron all the time. Good luck!
I have also used the Rowenta Cleaner and it works like a charm. I couldn't believe how my iron was as good as new again.
Put the iron on on the lowest temperature and then put it off. Take a sand sponche and tooth paste and clean the bottom with the tooth paste. Wipe it of with water. Iron on some cloth till the bottom is clean. Be careful, don’t burn your fingers!I’ve been there numerous times!
I've used a little Bon Ami on a non-abrasive sponge and it worked like a charm. I thought if it was good for my stainless pots then I'd give it a go.
Soaking in vinegar is what I do - I have a tendency to get the fusible fleece glue on my iron. Of course, it is rather old too...
I'm going to ditto the suggestion of Faultless Iron Cleaner...love that stuff...works great!
I've been using a product called Iron Clean from Bo-Nash. It has worked really well for me as a quick fix (I always seem to be getting fusible gunk all over my iron). I keep meaning to try the Rowenta cleaning kit for a more deep clean. And after reading some of the comments above, I'm feeling pretty motivated to do it now!
ugh, i've done that more times than I'd like to admit. I used iron cleaner from joann's. It's a cream that you wipe on and then iron off. It worked really, really well. Good luck!
Well you've gotten some pretty good advice there girl. I've also done that, been there and my policy was always to try the homemade tricks first before going out to purchase all kinds of stuff. So I would try the salt and brown paper first and if it works, wonderful! If it doesn't then get to the nearest store and take your pick of the above solutions. And my mother always ran her iron on waxed paper. Back then, the bread came in waxed wrappers and she always saved these for just this task.Good luck, show us the "after" photo and let us all know what you ended up using. We all want to know I'm sure.~~Fran
Yep. Those hot iron cleaners work really well. I have the Dritz one. :-)
Whenever I do bad things to my iron, my husband always gets a towel wet and turns the iron up on the highest setting, then SCRUBS the iron on the towel (like he's ironing the towel really hard)... and he always gets it sparkling shiny again.I can't do it though... not enough arm power, I guess.
i don't want to say i'm glad this happened to you, but i am glad you posted about it. i learned bunches from the comments. lots of great ideas here. hope you'll let us know what works for you.
I'd try ot Dritz - it has worked fo rme...Although I did not iron fleece - now I know not too!
I'm so glad I read this. I've now learned how to clean the gluey stuff from fusible fleece from my iron.
Try some Bon Ami just like you'd use on your Stainless cookware. It's amazing stuff & green to boot.
I have used Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser. Worked but will try the brown paper bag next time. There are chemicals on the eraser that I am not sure will mess up my iron. Maybe I am due for a new one too!
I used a Mr Clean Magic Eraser on my Rowenta last night and it worked. I didn't have as much of the adhesive on it as your but I think it would work. Try it on a little section first.
The best thing to clean your iron is that Mr. Clean magic sponge thingy!