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Posted on: 11/5/05 4:48 PM
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This tip comes in handy if you (oops!) put your hot iron down on the wrong side of fusible interfacing. It is also good to do just in general every once in awhile.

You can buy a kit called the Rowenta Soleplate Cleaning Kit (I got mine at JoAnn's, I think.) It is good for any brand of iron; it does not have to be a Rowenta.

Basically, you get a tube of goop and several different types of cloths. You squeeze the goop on a cotton terry cloth, and just iron over it with a hot dry iron. You will be amazed at the quantities of crud that come off of your iron. It can change the soleplate from almost black to silver.

Afterwards, the iron will glide more easily, and you will be rid of that pesky interfacing that was stuck on it.

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CarlaDian said... (11/14/05 7:11 PM) Reply
I'm beginning to be convinced that the cheapo detergent I have always bought is the culprit for the buildup of gunk (brownish) that is on my soleplate. does anyone have information about that?
Judy Williment said... (11/8/05 5:58 PM) Reply
You hav no idea how much I wished I'd seen this BEFORE I spent a whole hour getting the c**p off the soleplate of my iron the other day.........
SewVeryTall said... (11/8/05 4:19 AM) Reply
p.s. Glenda, don't feel bad, I tried searching in tips for "iron" and "iron cleaning" and those tips wouldn't show up for me either...weird, they should!

p.p.s. the dryer sheet works for melted plastic too [like pressing too close to templates...ask me how I know! hehe].

SewVeryTall said... (11/7/05 3:14 AM) Reply
I posted one of the dryer sheet tips back in March 2004 and someone else repeated it a few months ago. One thing though, you really don't want to scrunch up the dryer sheet and rub over the hot iron...you want to lay down the sheet on your ironing board and run your hot iron over the sheet like you're ironing it. That way you can't burn your fingers.
G_l_e_n_d_a said... (11/6/05 9:38 AM) Reply
Tnanks! Maybe you could add that as its own tip -- I did a search on 'iron' and couldn't find anything so I don't think it is there and the comments probably aren't included in search results.
mezzobean said... (11/6/05 7:27 AM) Reply
The kits work fine, but as I learned from a couple folks here at PR, used dryer fabric softener sheets work just as well and are 'free' - scrunch one or two up and rub over a hot iron and it's good as new!
 
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