Easy Iron Cleaning 101 – The Pressing News

It’s called a soleplate.  That’s right.  It’s the part that gets dirty over time from using spray starch or other pressing products.

And sometimes…

You press over what you think is fabric…but the material gives you a surprise all its own.

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Remember these former cushions?  They were brand new in October when I found the glider for a steal/deal at Kohl’s.  And then…

Newly Painted Baker's Rack

And then…Sir Winston got hold of them and chewed the corners.  Glowing white exposed  corners wasn’t the look I was going for.

When I re-covered my cushions recently in Sunflower Yellow for a Farmhouse Porch, these cushions got a new covering, as well.

New Glider Cushions

When I pulled apart the cushion covers to use as a pattern for the new yellow ones, there were some wrinkles that needed to be ironed out.

What I discovered was that the fabric was actually made of a man-made product – some sort of plastic – one that melts.  Yikes!

Ruined Iron

I decided to use Goo Gone™, since that’s my favorite solution for many types of stains.  One squirt on a paper towel and a little light rubbing on the iron, and you see the results…red melted gunk gone from the iron and onto the paper towel.

Cleaning Iron

Warning:  Be sure to spray onto the paper towel rather than directly onto the soleplate surface.

I wanted to get the oily Goo Gone™ from the iron, so I did a little Google search.  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser™ to the rescue!  (Thank you, Amazon*.)

Plug in your iron to get it hot.

Meanwhile, dip the pad into water and gently squeeze about 3/4 of the water out.

How to Clean Your Iron

Take the soaked pad to your ironing board and place it (blue side down) over an old towel that’s folded in half and half again.

How to Clean Your Iron

Run the hot iron surface across the Mr. Clean pad three or four strokes.

How to Clean Your Iron


How to Clean Your Iron

All clean.  🙂

Hey, if you’re really an iron geek, check out this page for more facts of how an iron is made.

Do you have trouble keeping your iron clean?  How have you been keeping it clean?


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I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.



  1. Ellen says

    What a trick to clean an iron!! I never would have guessed “magic eraser”!!! Thanks.

    • says

      It is truly amazing what you can learn on the internet! Or, as we jokingly call it, the “interwebs”. 😉

  2. Roxanne says

    The person who invented Magic Eraser was a genius! I am one of those weird people who LIKES to iron, so I will be trying your tips for sure. Thank you!!

    • says

      Haha! Roxanne, I’m glad to know you’re into ironing. Come on over any time! We’ll have a nice long chat while I watch you iron. 🙂 (HH will be so happy.)

  3. Ellen says

    I want to thank you for your many tutorials. So, thank you for my bed
    skirt, seven corded pillows and almost
    Finished two pairs of 96″ curtains !
    Of course, you enrich my life even more with words of Faith and Love.
    Thank you!

    • says

      Awe, thank you, Ellen. That is the nicest thing you could ever say to me. Seven pillows! And, here’s a high five for the two pairs of panels! If you feel so inclined, please share a picture of them on the “Be A Panel Queen” Facebook group page. I’d love to see what you’ve been working on. 🙂

    • says

      I almost ruined a set of panels I was making for a friend…with very limited fabric, I might add. I don’t remember how I removed it from my iron, but it didn’t stick as badly as this one did. It was truly a gummy mess. I’m glad we both now know what to do! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Gail Brown says

    Enjoying your blog so much. Always look forward to seeing “what you’ve been up to”!! And, I’ve learned a lot too. Keep up the good work.