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Thread: How do 'you' clean the bottom of your iron?

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    I have sticky webbing all over it...

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    I use commercial iron cleaner that Rowenta makes--but I think Dritz makes it too. It has always worked for me.

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    I do too...the webbing can be a bear to remove :D:D:D
    for general build up I occasionally use a dryer sheet.

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    It is cheaper in the long run to purchase an applique sheet if you do very much fusing:D:D:D

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    Thanks Marcia

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    Thanks Amma, I didn't know there was such a beast...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    It is cheaper in the long run to purchase an applique sheet if you do very much fusing:D:D:D
    Parchment paper or the release paper from the fusible itself works just as well as an appliqué sheet or teflon mat. To clean the iron, you can use an old toothbrush and vinegar or a Mr Clean Magic Eraser. Neither will scratch a teflon sole plate. There are lots and lots of other remedies that work with various degrees of success as well.

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    Wow, Mr Clean Magic Eraser? Thanks

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    I bought some iron cleaning sheets made to remove fusibles. Works great. It's a BoNash product. Goo Gone works with some scrubbing. Also Super Glue remover will work but it's expensive to use a lot and hard to find. I keep it for stuck fingers, which happens about twice a year around here.

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    Thankyou all for your suggestions!

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    I run my iron over used dryer sheets as my first try. They must be used!!!

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    Here is a link to video from the Sharon Schamber Network..

    http://www.beginningquilter.com/vide...ron/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shirley41
    Thanks Amma, I didn't know there was such a beast...
    Yes, they come in different colors, but I like the whiteish ones because you can see through them. I have two, one for on the ironing board, one for on top of the fabric :D
    Ghostrider is right too, I keep forgetting about those :roll:

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    I use Pig Snot chrome cleaner. I get it from my motorcycle aftermarket shop.. it's a company that makes a full line of cleaning products for motorcycles. it takes a very small amount and will take almost anything off of chrome without damaging it. I first got it to take black plastic and "shoe sole" material off of my hot tail pipes.. it is awesome stuff!! You can also find it on line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I use commercial iron cleaner that Rowenta makes--but I think Dritz makes it too. It has always worked for me.
    same for me. i use the dritz one

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    I place a New dryer sheet on top of a scrap of fabric. With the iron hot, press over the dryer sheet and then onto the scrap of fabric. Whatever is in the dryer sheet turns very slick when the hot iron passes over it, and it tends to remove the stuff stuck onto the iron as it passes from the dryer sheet onto the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I do too...the webbing can be a bear to remove :D:D:D
    for general build up I occasionally use a dryer sheet.
    this is what I use also...

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    I will have to try that dryer sheet trick :)

    I have always used nail polish remover, then water to clean that fusible stuff up, works just fine.

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    I use and iron cleaner I get at Bed Bath and Beyond. It is in a tube and is great. Cleans off everything.

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    I know this doesn't help with an iron that already has sticky stuff on the bottom, but......My last two irons have had "Silverstone" sole plates and fusables do not stick to it. I just run the hot iron over some waste fabric and it is clean. I found this out by accident and from now on that is what I will look for first in an iron.

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    I use a cleaner that walmart has for irons. It's a little tube that goes on a rag and then you run a hot iron over it. I does a good job of getting the sole plate clean for me.

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    My Rowenta iron is so bad .........."How BAD is it??"

    The whole plate was completely black from ironing felt and covered with Heat and Bond and all kinds of crafty ironing
    that I just took out 000 steel wool and ironed over it.(with the iron ON) Then I scrubbed until everything came off. Iused it today and it's fine. Really felt that I had nothing to lose. If I didn't have another iron for regular ironing maybe I wouldn't have done it. But it's fine.

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    Of all the cleaners I've tried, Dritz "Iron Off" works the best for me. I tried the Magic Eraser, not the heavy duty one, and found it lacking. While it did do a great job inside the cavern before the soleplate (that narrow area that buttons will slide through when you're doing a shirt), it just didn't clean the bottom of my iron nearly as well the "Iron Off". In fact, I finished cleaning my iron with the "Iron Off" after the Magic Eraser wouldn't get it all.

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    I like everyones great tips. Thanks. I do alot of applique with webbing so I bought an old iron at a yard sale just to use for that. I use a brown paper bag and put salt on it and rub the iron around on it and it seems to work too.

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    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser worked for mine, too. Even if you don't think your iron is "bad", give it a cleaning, the sides of mine had a lot of accumulation, I wondered why I had a dark streak on fabric occasionally -- Got a lot of oxidation or accumulation off and NO dark streaks since!!!!

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