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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500417
06/24/03

Iron - Care and Cleaning



Empty iron while hot so heat will dry out cavity. Always dry and cool before putting away.

To remove melted plastic and fabrics, heat at low setting just until material softens, and scrape off with a smooth piece of wood, a wooden spatula or half a clothespin. If some remains, make a paste with baking soda and water and rub or try silver polish. Wipe off with damp cloth. For a non-stick soleplate, rub gently with nylon mesh pad and suds. Acetone or nail polish remover may remove melted polyester.

If steam iron clogs from minerals in water, follow use-guide directions for cleaning, or use a commercial iron cleaner. A fine needle in the nozzle hole may open it again. Sometimes "steaming" will remove lint clogging the iron; fill with at least 1/4 cup water, set it to "steam", and hold in the air or set flat on wire rack over heat and moisture resistant surface like counter protective mat. Let steam until empty. Using only distilled water in steam irons helps avoid mineral buildup.

References

This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus with references from the North Dakota Extension bulletin Surface vs Stain Care of Kitchens and the American Home Appliance Manufacturers.

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