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Old 01-15-2016, 03:08 AM
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Even though I have a non-stick iron, it gets starch residue and gunky buildup all the time. I heard about using a Magic Eraser to clean it, and wow... it worked really well, but I don't know if the chemicals will pass from the iron to the fabric and cause problems. What iron-cleaning method works well for you?
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:05 AM
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I don't use starch, but I do use a lot of fusible web. I run my warm iron over a used dryer sheet to remove any glue from the soleplate and it works like a charm. It ought to work for starch (and other gunk) if it works for glue and without any damage to the teflon coating on your iron plus dryer sheets are fabric friendly to boot.
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if I have it on hand I use Faultless Hot Iron cleaner in a tube, if I'm out I gently use an SOS pad.
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Oh so glad to see this post. I have used spray starch and the bottom of my iron was really gunky. I used a dryer sheet and it worked liked a charm. Have also read somewhere that you can put salt on the ironing board and then running a warm iron over that. Haven't tried it so don't know.
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:44 AM
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I use the iron cleaner bought in the tube. Dritz or Faultless. Both work fine.
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i have a teflon sole plate and don't seem to get starch residue stuck to it. i once had fusible stuck and just ran it over a dryer sheet as previously suggested
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Way, way back in the old days didn't women iron on wax paper? I forget why they did.
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Old 01-15-2016, 05:04 AM
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I've heard a Magic Eraser works well, probably not on non stick since it is slightly abrasive.
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I iron over a fryer sheet. Works great every time.
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I've read somewhere that to prevent starch buildup that you can starch one side of your fabric, flip it over and iron on the opposite side. Has anyone tried this? I would put a piece of fabric down to cover my pressing board so that can be washed to prevent the board from getting gunked up.
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