Monday, 3 November 2014

A question about gunk

Something awful has happened to my beautiful purple friend – the studio iron. It is not fusible web; maybe residue from working with lots of non-cotton fabric. I don't know; it has been bulding up for quite a while now and looks awful.

I believe gunk would be the proper term?

Before bringing the iron to class, I spent the better part of an hour using this stuff

on a rag, running the hot iron over and over and over and over the rag, applying pressure and more stuff several times like the instruction on the wrapping says.

These are the after pictures.

Now to the question about gunk – how do you clean your iron?

Any advice would be highly appreciated; I would love to iron my lights without fear. If the stuff should eventually come off, you can bet it will be on light fabric..

9 comments:

  1. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-an-iron-apartment-therapy-tutorials-211820

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  2. I usually have pretty good luck with a similar paste type cleaner, but I think I've used salt, sprinkled on a towel and then ironing over it with the iron hot.

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  3. I've always had good luck with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Cold iron, damp magic eraser and it usually takes everything off. They clean just about anything.

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  4. Uansett hva det kalles, er det dumt å oppdage det forsent. Håper alt er borte og at ingen hvite skjorter ble ødelagt! Ha en fin syhøst; snart er det jul :-)

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  5. I use that stuff, but squeeze it on a folded piece of t-shirt cotton and basically rub it on the iron, getting in all those grooves. Simply ironing over and over is not enough pressure on those tough spots. You really need to "scrub" those stubborn spots!

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  6. in addition to the magic eraser, you can also make a stiff paste of baking soda and water and rub it over the cold iron. works like a dream for me! Scrub hard!! XX!

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  7. I also use salt and it usually cleans it well. Good luck. Nothing worse than an ugly streak of gunk on a nice clean white piece of fabric!

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  8. try a new dryer sheet(BOUNCE SHEET) on a hot iron-I use a folded square of batting as a protector and rub it off-may have to use more than one sheet

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  9. Need to catch up reading all your blog posts Nina Lise!

    I always use tooth paste to clean my iron!

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