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Posted on: 3/27/11 5:22 AM
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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.

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renren said... (4/7/11 0:38 AM) Reply
Thank you, Carly Sue. I am familiar with ceramabryte--my husband used it to make old plumbing fixtures look brand new. I had not thought of using it on my iron, but you are probably right. I will check into it and see if it appears to be safe for irons, but I would think if it is safe for glass cooktops it will also be safe for irons. I shall investigate!
Carly Sue said... (4/5/11 9:04 PM) Reply
I too, have a Rowenta iron. I love it. The hot iron cleaners do work great. I do use a cleaner to be used on a cold iron though. It is Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner, purchased where they sell ranges. At about $7 a bottle, it will last me for years and is much less expensive in the long run, than those little tubes to be used on a hot iron. The bottle doesn't say it is for irons, but don't be afraid to use it.
renren said... (4/1/11 9:53 AM) Reply
Interesting . . . I did not notice that many fumes (really, I mean I smelled something, but no worse than something first burning in the oven) and I'm wondering if it's what we had stuck on our irons OR how much. Anyway, that was my experience, but it's good to let others know this and possibly it would be better to clean the iron outside? I do think I will clean my iron more frequently based on SandiMacD's advice. Thanks for your input, everyone.
solosmocker said... (3/31/11 12:53 PM) Reply
I found the fumes from this product very harsh. It smoked as I removed my gunk and I had to open the windows. It does the trick though.
Margaret said... (3/29/11 1:44 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip! That's odd about the edge finish on the polishing cloth. Maybe the part with the thread would be better trimmed off? That is, if it wouldn't end up fraying uncontrollably. I have a Dritz tube of iron cleaner that came without any cloths... I don't know how it compares to the Rowenta kit other than that, but it seemed to work well on starch and/or interfacing crud.
solosmocker said... (3/28/11 7:46 PM) Reply

SandiMacD said... (3/28/11 5:39 PM) Reply
I also have a Rowenta and uses the kit you described. It worked very well but like you it is stranges that the threads on the cloth were meltable! Plus when I opened the tube the neck actually broke so I could never screw it back on. I sealed it in a baggie. Recently I found another brand of tub at JoAnns and it also worked well. I rub it into an old Terry towel so I don't think you really need to buy a kit. Just a tube. I always clean the sole plate before starting a project or ironing on white. It makes a difference. This is a nice review.
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