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My iron has never been such a mess. I am always so careful to use pressing cloths and Teflon sheets for applique and other fusible products to keep all that nasty glue and gunk off my iron. Well, I was making a memory quilt last week and I didn’t use a pressing sheet to apply the fusible interfacing.
The results of not using a pressing sheet look like this.
Not good to say the least. Never again will I skip using the pressing sheet.
Now to get it clean. To begin I had to go out and purchase some iron cleaner which I did at my LQS, Thimbles & Things in Orillia, Ontario.
There were 2 cleaners to choose from and I chose Iron-Off Hot Iron Cleaner from Dritz as Sue assured me that this cleaner would get my iron clean.
The other cleaner was a new product and was 3 times the price of the Dritz cleaner. From the picture it looked like it used a white foam like the Mr Clean magic eraser to clean the iron. I bought a Mr Clean magic eraser as well – it didn’t do a thing to clean the iron. I have used it with great success on many other things at the cottage but no success with the iron.
I was really hoping not to have to use the smelly stuff. I headed outside to my front porch and plugged in the iron after gathering my tools. The tube of iron-off, old towels and some Q-tips.
The instructions which by the way are found on the back of the packaging recommend squeezing the cleaner onto the towel.
Then running the iron over the cleaner in a circular motion. This worked slightly but not a huge effect. Along with not smelling so nice it also smokes – definitely do this operation in a well ventilated area – preferably outdoors.
If the first time didn’t get it clean the instructions say to use a second application. It definitely was not clean. For the second application I squirted the cleaner right onto the iron as Sue recommended when I bought the product.
Putting the cleaner directly on the iron surface worked much better but I still had to do many more applications and scrape with a Pampered Chef Teflon scraper from my kitchen. Yes, I had done a really good number on my iron.
I think I used almost the full tube of iron-off and half a box of Q-tips but it worked – thank goodness as I didn’t want to buy a new iron. Good as new – well not quite but almost.
After putting a couple containers of water through on steam to make sure I cleaned out all the cleaner the iron is ready to go.
I actually didn’t think my iron would ever be clean again so I am impressed that this product did the job. So if you ever need to clean your iron the Dritz Iron-Off Hot Surface Cleaner works like a charm.