5 04 2011
Clean A Scorched Iron
The burned fabric smell that accompanies a scorched iron often can be very, very, wretched. Not to mention, the stuck-on stain resulting from a fabric burn can ruin clothes in future uses.
How to Clean a Scorched Iron:You are more than likely going to notice you have burned your iron. The first sign is that you have an imprint in the fabric you are ironing, which most likely is ruined by now.
Before you do anything, please make sure you unplug the iron. Then, try to remove the scorched fabric in one piece and be careful not to burn yourself. You can then use a pair of tweezers or other gripping device to remove any remaining debris that may still be stuck on after the initial attempt to remove the fabric.
It is best to complete the fabric removal process after the iron has been cooled completely.This will prevent less injury to you. The only exception is if you are trying to remove a fabric that might not be removed very easily if the iron is completely cooled, so you might attempt while at least still warm.
In any case, all the material should be detached from the iron plate. There should be no remains left or the iron will not work properly the next time and it might as mentioned earlier damage other clothing and fabric.Several different options of solutions and techniques are applied when cleaning an iron plate. Your choice and method might depend on the availability of product around the house:
Salt-You can start by placing several heaping tablespoons of table salt on a soft cloth. Then place a cotton cloth on your ironing board and turn your iron on the cotton clean setting. After the iron heats up you can place the salt on it and rub back and forth with the iron until the burn marks disappear.
Dish soap-This is a substance that is especially ideal for use on irons where the scorch marks have covered the iron vents. All you need is a few drops of detergent mixed in water, and swish it around a bit so it bubbles up.
Then, dip cotton swabs in the soap solution and us that soaped-up swab to rub the debris off the iron vents. Then, dry the iron plate with a clean cloth.
Laundry detergent-For removal of scorches a non-stick iron sole plate this might be the best home cleaning substance to use. Just mix a small drop or two of this cleaning agent into a small bowl and mix it with some water.
Use a clean cloth to dip into the solution and then wipe the bottom of your iron. Then, rinse and/or dry completely clean with plain water and a rag or just a dry rag.
Hydrogen peroxide-First, soak a cloth in hydrogen peroxide. Place this soaked cloth on an ironing board and run a warm iron over the top of it. Do this until the stain is lifted from the bottom iron plate.
Metal polish-This is a less-common solution. However, it can only be used if the iron manufacturer instructions say it is recommended. If you choose this method please choose a metal polish that is made for use on iron sole plates and follow package instructions carefully.
Prevention is Key:You can prevent iron burns if you are very careful. Never use this device on a fabric on any hotter of a temperature than recommended for a fabric and never leave it on unattended. Furthermore, you can periodically test and clean your iron on an old but clean fabric just in case.