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.
You press over what you think is fabric…but the material gives you a surprise all its own.
Remember these former cushions? They were brand new in October when I found the glider for a steal/deal at Kohl’s. And then…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Run the hot iron surface across the Mr. Clean pad three or four strokes.
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.