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Muldini
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Date: 4/13/13 4:23 PM

Argh! I hope someone can help!

I've just been fusing some interfacing to some fabric and accidentally got some of the glue on the hot iron plate. How am I going to get it off??

(My go-to plan is vinegar because that cleans everything)

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Date: 4/13/13 4:30 PM

Wait for the iron to be cold and try with washing up liquid on a sponge.

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Date: 4/13/13 4:35 PM

It happens, over and over if you're me. My go to method is to crank it up to its highest setting and scrape it against an old towel, but I'm not sure that works once it's cooled. People have had good results with iron cleaners, rubbing alcohol, and ironing on a dryer sheet. Try to always use a press cloth when fusing interfacing, it saves a lot of grief.

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Date: 4/13/13 6:33 PM

I've done that more times than I remember. Apart from the removal methods already mentioned, I recommend keeping a cheap iron just for interfacing, so it matters less if the sole plate gets scratched from repeatedly cleaning crud off it.

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Date: 4/13/13 6:56 PM

I wonder if a non-steam iron would be best for this sort of work. Easier to clean (maybe), and since a damp press cloth is what's recommended anyway,the steam holes only impress themselves into the cloth.

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Date: 4/13/13 9:44 PM

I've had good luck with Dritz Iron-Off. Squirt a little on to some scrap fabric and run the hot iron over it until clean.

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Date: 4/13/13 10:46 PM

I use EZ Off I keep a rag ready and clean it right as it happens. Wipe it on with a hot iron and wipe off with another dry cloth. Works great, I use steam a seam and I'm always getting the glue on my iron.

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Date: 4/14/13 0:00 AM

the Dritz iron off is the best stuff. I've tried some of the homemade recipies...generally involving some combo of vinegar and baking soda or salt...they are time consuming and are not as effective by any means. Additionally they can permanently scratch the iron plate--and that is horrible if one has a great iron!

I try to use my 50% off coupon from my local Jo ann's to stock up on it when I'm not needing anything else. It's fairly expensive -- namely because I have to use about 1/4 of the tube each time to really get the mess off my iron plate.

I like the suggestion I read about using a junky iron just for interfacing work. I always see lots of them for sale @ the local good will or other charity stores.

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Date: 4/14/13 6:48 AM

Thanks for the help everyone, I did use a pressing cloth but got glue on that and then accidentally put it back down wrong side up. Doh.

I'm going to see if there's some suitable cleaners at the shops this afternoon and will let you know how everything turns out!

(For what it's worth I've had rudimentary success with a spray upholstery cleaner...just the first thing I saw in the cupboard)

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Date: 4/14/13 7:51 AM

One method I've had success with in the past is ironing foil, shiny side up, with table salt on it. I can't remember who taught me that trick, but it works.

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