|My Rowenta iron has been unusable for 2 or 3 years due to melting something on it (fusible interfacing, stitch witchery, or something like that). Recently I left my trusty little Black and Decker at my mom's house out of state so I was forced into cleaning the Rowenta's soleplate.
Fortunately, I had a Rowenta Soleplate Cleaning Kit on hand which I had purchased at a local Joann's when it was going out of business. Unfortunately, I never used it until now.
This soleplate cleaning kit included directions, a tube of hot iron cleaner, a terry cloth (100% cotton) and a polishing cloth as shown in the photo.
The method of cleaning the iron is to heat up the iron on the cotton setting, squeeze 2 inches of the cleaning product onto the terry cloth, and then in a circular motion move the iron over the cleaning agent. Then you rub the iron onto the polishing cloth.
You can repeat this process if necessary. I did repeat it and the soleplate was remarkably clean. I was quite impressed with the product. It's the first time I have ever cleaned an iron.
The cleaning agent, in case you are interested, contains glycerin, polyethylene glycol, and paraffin wax. I recommend this product because of its ease of use and because of how well it cleaned.
I should emphasize that this product is only to be used on a hot iron. Maybe there are ways to clean a cold iron; however, in my case, the soleplate had something melted onto it; I did not want to damage it by scrubbing with something abrasive.
If you need to clean an iron due to a mishap such as mine, I cannot recommend this product enough.
The only negative I see is that the polishing cloth has a finished edge with some thread that the instructions warn might melt if it touches the iron. Why the polishing cloth would be finished with something like that is a little odd. I was able to clean the iron without ironing over the thread, but surely there was another way to finish the edge of the polishing cloth, or even to leave it unfinished. Anyway, this drawback is minimal and would not keep me from buying the product even had I known.
You might be able to buy the tube of cleaning agent without buying the whole kit, but I do not know. As I have stated, this is the first time I have ever cleaned an iron so my experience is obviously limited.