Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how using the Heirloom non-stick Teflon™ Applique Mat makes fusible applique with multiple small shapes so much easier. I do lots of fusible applique and unfortunately, I’ve managed to get quite a bit of adhesive (and other substances) on the soleplate of my Oliso PRO™ TG1600 Smart Iron. So, it seems like a good idea to show you the absolute easiest way to clean your iron today!
So, I obviously haven’t cleaned my iron in a while, but that’s only because I wasn’t sure how to do it. Enter the UNIQUE Home Iron Sole-Plate Cleaner found at your local quilt store.
Step 1 – Remove the cap
The first thing to do is to remove the cap on the UNIQUE Home Iron Sole-Plate Cleaner. There’s a plastic ring on the bottom that you pull off and then the cap will slide off to expose the hard, wax-like substance underneath.
Step 2 – Heat up the iron and rub the cleaner on the soleplate
The UNIQUE Home Iron Sole-Plate Cleaner package says to set your iron to 60°C – this is probably the lowest setting on your iron. Place the iron in an upright position on a cloth and then cover the sole-plate with a thin layer of cleaner. The wax-like substance melts as it touches the hot soleplate.
Cover the entire area with the milky-white cleaner.
Step 3 – Rub the sole-plate
Now use an old towel or some other textured cloth to rub the sole-plate to remove all traces of dirt. Keep rubbing until all the cleaner has been removed. Since my iron was so heavily soiled, I reapplied the cleaner and rubbed it clean a few times.
Step 4 – Blast some steam
If you’re cleaning a steam iron, increase the temperature to the cotton setting and give a couple blasts of steam to free the holes of any cleaner residue.
And here’s my clean iron! As you can see, not all the stains were removed but I’m very pleased with how the iron turned out. The stains on my iron have been there for a while now and I wasn’t expecting all of them to be go away, so I’m happy with how much of the adhesive and dirt was removed!
I’m so happy with how my iron turned out after using the UNIQUE Home Iron Sole-Plate Cleaner! And now that I know how easy it is to clean an iron I’ll do it more often to prevent any more permanent damage to the sole-plate.
Tomorrow I’ll wrap up ironing week by making a super easy iron board caddy to help store all of the great iron accessories that I talked about. Join me!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series
Go back to part 3: 9 steps to quick and easy fusible applique, the right way
Go to part 5: 9 easy steps to sew a handy ironing board caddy!