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    I some how had something get on my brand new iron and leave a nice little red stain. I've tried using the tin foil in a ball method to clean it but it doesn't seem to want to come off. Any other suggestions?

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    Martha Stewart has a video.

    I can't stand that woman so I didn't watch it to see if it works......LOL

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    Did you try just ironing it off? I got some black nasty stuff on mine when I moved and I couldn't get it off by washing it. So I just turned it on and started ironing on some cheap material. I had it on a hot setting. It seemed to just melt the junk and it came off really nicely on my scrap material. Might not be the best way to clean it but it worked. Good Luck!

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    There is a commercial iron cleaner you can get at JoAnns. I've used it when I get the fusible interfacing glue on my iron. It works.

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    This appears to be dye from a red tumbler block I was starching and ironing. As if that wasn't bad enough, the stain is now right on the white tumbler block that I ironed after but before I noticed the dye on the iron. Just not my day I guess.

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    Have you tried the dryer sheet method? This takes a lot of gunk off my iron.

    Take a few paper towels and place a unused dryer sheet at one end. With a HOT iron run over the dryer sheet and glide directly onto the paper towels. This method usually takes whatever is on the iron with it as you then glide over the paper towels.

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    have you tried using a brown paper sack and salt? to use open sack and pour bout 1 cup salt on and plug in iron when it gets hot iron the salt , might work . it work on a black spot i had on mine , good luck .

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    I just wipe mine with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. So far it has removed the
    most stubborn stains. Make sure you wipe your iron on a clean rag before
    using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    Have you tried the dryer sheet method? This takes a lot of gunk off my iron.

    Take a few paper towels and place a unused dryer sheet at one end. With a HOT iron run over the dryer sheet and glide directly onto the paper towels. This method usually takes whatever is on the iron with it as you then glide over the paper towels.
    Thanks for the info, I didn't hear this before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta
    I some how had something get on my brand new iron and leave a nice little red stain. I've tried using the tin foil in a ball method to clean it but it doesn't seem to want to come off. Any other suggestions?
    I tried toothpaste suggested in an online site, yuck. Then I had to get the toothpaste off which I did with a soft, wet cloth and most of the stain went with it.

    I forgot about the salt and paperbag hint and the dryer sheet hint, both of which I've tried in the past with fusible web that became stuck to the bottom.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Just FYI, forget the toothpaste method

    :-(

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    Let the iron totally cool and use a mr clean magic eraser. Those things are miracle workers. It once got indelible black sharpie marker off a light wood desktop (thanks to my then-2-year-old).

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    You might try a color grabber to take the dye out of the white. You'll have to wait until you get your quilt is done then wash it with the Color Grabber. They're available at Hancocks and probably other places too. I always use them when I'm washing new fabric and have never had any staining problems.

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    If that doesn't work, try hair spray. Hair spray will remove ink and marker marks. I would spray it on a cloth rather than the iron. Rubbing alcohol might work also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadpoles_62
    have you tried using a brown paper sack and salt? to use open sack and pour bout 1 cup salt on and plug in iron when it gets hot iron the salt , might work . it work on a black spot i had on mine , good luck .
    I have used this several times to get adhesive off my new iron. Works great. Can't hurt to try it, it may be just what you need. Inexpensive too.

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    That is awful! Can you use steel wool or sos pad?

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    ? Would finger nail polish remove it????

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    I have always used an SOS pad to clean my iron. Works like a charm. Best of Luck!

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    I like Iron-Off that you buy. So far it has gotten everything off that I managed to get on my iron. It's simple to use. Just squirt some on an old towel or cloth and iron over it. Whamo, it's clean. :-)

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    Mr. Clean eraser is the best method of cleaning your iron. That is all I use. Of course after the iron is cooled off.

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    Hi - not sure if this does work as I've not tried it, but read somewhere recently that using white vinegar on a cold iron will remove gunge. You might have to rub it quite a bit. Good luck and hope it all comes off. Agree with using the colour remover to get the red out of your white fabric.

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    Whatever my DGS used my iron on it is not coming off and I used the eraser, SOS pad, liquid detergent and the real no-no scrapping and I knew that was wrong. I haven't tried the paper bag and salt or the old dryer sheet, thanks for those kind reminders.

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    Soft-Scrub cleaner has worked for me. Don't use on hot iron. Be sure to wipe iron clean before heating. After iron get hot iron over paper towels or scrap of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta
    I some how had something get on my brand new iron and leave a nice little red stain. I've tried using the tin foil in a ball method to clean it but it doesn't seem to want to come off. Any other suggestions?
    Rub your hot iron, with a wadded up ball of wax paper, or use Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner. 2 tubes per pkg. You can find it at Wal-Mart.

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    I keep a Mr. Clean Eraser by my ironing mat along with a squirt bottle filled with water. When I get something on my iron or a starch buildup, I lightly spray the sponge and run the hot iron over it. Cleans like a charm.

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    Have every tryed wax paper. Try ironing on wax paper then take an old towel and Iron back and fouth and it should come off on the towel...

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