Wednesday, September 24, 2008

H-e-e-e-l-p!

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.

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29 comments:

Yvette said...

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

Suzan said...

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.

Jackie said...

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.

Kathy said...

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.

belinda said...

2 words............Oh my!!!!

Just Jenn said...

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.

materialjunkie said...

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.

Adrienne said...

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~

wyndesnow said...

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.

Louise said...

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.

Anonymous said...

I've always used the hot iron on the brown paper bag with salt trick. Works for me.

Amy

Stacey said...

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!

The Halyburtons said...

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.

nicolette said...

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!

Susan said...

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.

Michelle said...

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...

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I'm going to ditto the suggestion of Faultless Iron Cleaner...love that stuff...works great!

RobinE said...

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!

Katie Jean said...

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!

Fran said...

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

Katie said...

Yep. Those hot iron cleaners work really well. I have the Dritz one. :-)

Joyful Abode said...

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.

jacquie said...

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.

The Calico Cat said...

I'd try ot Dritz - it has worked fo rme...

Although I did not iron fleece - now I know not too!

Stephanie said...

I'm so glad I read this. I've now learned how to clean the gluey stuff from fusible fleece from my iron.

Anonymous said...

Try some Bon Ami just like you'd use on your Stainless cookware. It's amazing stuff & green to boot.

Giabella Designs said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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.

Thomas said...

The best thing to clean your iron is that Mr. Clean magic sponge thingy!