Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 21 of 21

Thread: Cleaning your Iron

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Martensdale, Iowa
    Posts
    231
    Blog Entries
    1

    Cleaning your Iron

    I would like to know how some of you Ladies clean your Iron ? Mine gets the fusible webbing on it and its not easy to remove from my Iron. I Have tried a few ideas off the web but none of them get it really clean.

  2. #2
    Super Member nanna-up-north's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,998
    The one I've heard is to use a fabric softener sheet and rub it on your hot iron. I think I'd have to use a few or I'd get burned but maybe use a potholder or wad of batting. I've used this method for general iron cleaning but I don't use fusible webbing much so don't know how it will work for that. Good luck.

  3. #3
    Super Member nabobw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pinellas Park Fl
    Posts
    4,969
    Blog Entries
    6
    you can buy a few different products that work good on cleaning your iron. Look at a fabric store.

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    4,623
    I've used commercial iron cleaners with great success. Iron Off maybe, sorry don't remember brand. Essentially, get dry iron very hot, spread cleaning goo on a rag and run hot iron over it repeatedly till stuff comes off. Can't say I've ever had fusible stuff stuck on but have had some kinda crud in the past that this stuff worked well. Good luck.

  5. #5
    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Holland, PA
    Posts
    4,321
    I use a thin old kitchen towel over the applique when I press anything that I used fusible web on, so I've never had to clean my iron. I have read about the dryer sheets.

  6. #6
    Super Member drivingsusan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S Oregon
    Posts
    1,021
    On another thread like this just a few weeks ago someone mentioned using a Magic Eraser--Mr Clean---. I had the same problem with little bits of fusible on my iron (even with using a teflon applique mat!). Just happened to have a brand new Magic Eraser.....and it worked!!! VERY well!!!
    I also have some 'paste' for cleaning an iron (very hot iron, put paste on old towel and run iron back and forth til clean) but the Eraser is soooo much easier and less 'involved'!!!!
    Joy of getting older: If I do something stupid,
    I won't remember long enough to stay embarrassed

  7. #7
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    6,641
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have used the eraser and hope it was the same as people's mentioned. It did go down very quickly .i then heard about fabric softener sheets and tried them iron was clean but watch fingers or they end up cooked.
    Finished is better than a UFO

  8. #8
    Super Member snipforfun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    1,971
    Blog Entries
    8
    Here is the link for cleaning with the magic eraser. The eraser can be used several times.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qeY9nydiILM


    Quote Originally Posted by drivingsusan View Post
    On another thread like this just a few weeks ago someone mentioned using a Magic E



    raser--Mr Clean---. I had the same problem with little bits of fusible on my iron (even with using a teflon applique mat!). Just happened to have a brand new Magic Eraser.....and it worked!!! VERY well!!!
    I also have some 'paste' for cleaning an iron (very hot iron, put paste on old towel and run iron back and forth til clean) but the Eraser is soooo much easier and less 'involved'!!!!

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Magnolia, TX
    Posts
    67
    Grandmahoney - you can get a "pressing sheet" (JoAnn's carries them - made by Fons&Porter). Once your iron is clean, you can use it to keep the adhesive stuff off your iron.

  10. #10
    DJ
    DJ is offline
    Super Member DJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    2,466
    Yep, Magic Eraser for me!

  11. #11
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    256
    Long time ago I read about salt to clean iron. Dump a spoonful of salt on a paper grocery bag. Rub HOT iron over the salt until the goo comes off. Then I turn off the clean iron and while it is still hot/warm rub it over a piece of waxed paper. Ancient remedies, but they work.
    Last edited by peacebypiece; 07-14-2013 at 06:50 AM. Reason: spelling

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bushkill, Pa
    Posts
    535
    dryer sheet. Takes it right off. Put your iron on a little bit more than luke warm. Iron across the dryer sheet, and the goop will come right off.

  13. #13
    Super Member MartiMorga's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Springville, Tennessee
    Posts
    1,119
    Hadn't seen the magic eraser before, but definitely will pick some of those up!
    God Bless Quilters and Sewers
    Marti

  14. #14
    Super Member MartiMorga's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Springville, Tennessee
    Posts
    1,119
    Quote Originally Posted by peacebypiece View Post
    Long time ago I read about salt to clean iron. Dump a spoonful of salt on a paper grocery bag. Rub HOT iron over the salt until the goo comes off. Then I turn off the clean iron and while it is still hot/warm rub it over a piece of waxed paper. Ancient remedies, but they work.
    This is how my mom used to clean her iron. I tried it for some sticky glue and it didn't work for me.
    God Bless Quilters and Sewers
    Marti

  15. #15
    Super Member jcrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
    Posts
    2,733
    Blog Entries
    5
    I use 'IRON CLEAN' by Bo-Nash. Their website is: www.bonash.com. Hope this helps. It's wonderful!!
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

  16. #16
    Super Member Luv Quilts and Cats's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,708
    I have used Goo B Gone to take off the sticky stuff. It works with a little elbow grease and I was impressed that it left no sticky residue at all. My iron was warm when I did this, but I think it would work on a cool iron. After everything was off, I cleaned the iron plate with warm water and a paper towel. And I ironed on some scrap fabric just in case. Nothing showed up on the fabric after the ironing. Oh, I did try the old salt on a paperbag trick. Didn't work. Just glued salt to the sticky stuff on the iron! LOL! But the Goo B Gone took that off too!
    Luv Quilts and Cats
    Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty. - Florence Nightingale

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Cottage Grove, MN
    Posts
    930
    I read your question just in time. I got some sticky interfacing on my iron yesterday and used a fabric softener sheet and it worked great!

    I get so many great ideas from this board. Thanks to everyone for asking questions and to those that post answers.

    Connie

  18. #18
    Super Member quiltinghere's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Longarm Quilter NW Indiana
    Posts
    3,489
    Blog Entries
    1
    If I get starch buildup, I just iron an old wet towel until it's shiny. Quick and easy.

    Anything tougher, I use the commercial iron cleaners (don't know exact name). The toothpaste stuff you place on an old towel and iron.

    Use a pressing sheet when ironing anything that MAY melt if touched by an iron.

    Nan
    https://napquilting.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/NAPQuilting/

    My GOAL is to ALWAYS ENJOY EVERY STEP of the quilting process....

  19. #19
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    I use the Hot Iron cleaner you buy at Jo'Ann's . It in a tube found on the notions wall. I used the salt , the dryer sheets and nothing seemed to work till I used the Hot Iron cleaner.

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    1,337
    LOVE Magic Eraser! Made cleaning my gunky iron a piece of cake.

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,197
    I use the used fabric softener sheets. I wait until the iron isn't hot, just warm, so the fusible is still sticky. I fold the fabric softener sheet around a piece of batting to protect my fingers and scrub the sole plate, then I lay a clean used sheet on my ironing board and run the iron back and forth over it. It has worked every time for me.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.