I have the same problem when a certain individual (who shall go unnamed, for
my own safety) in my house cranks up the iron to its highest setting and
then irons synthetic fabrics. Within 2-3 uses, the iron's all brown and
won't glide across clothing. Rowenta, the iron manufacturer, makes a
cleaning kit that works like a charm. The functional part of the kit is a
tube of cream. You put an inch or two of it on a clean, white all-cotton
towel, turn the iron to "high", and iron over the cream. The towel ends up
brown and the iron ends up clean. It sometimes takes more than one
application if the iron is REALLY messed up. Afterward, you aim the iron
over a clean part of the towel and press the stream button so it blows any
cleaner residue out of the holes. Finish with a Q-tip.
I got it at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Linens & Things might carry it, too, or
check www.rowenta.com for a dealer in your area.
Hey, that worked thank you. A little different. Linens and Things and Target
did not have. Bed, Bath & Beyond did not have the Rowenta kit but did have a
product. It came in a small tube, not near enough for any thickness on the
towel. It took a little extra effort to clean it up, but there was not
enough stuff left to need the holes cleaned with Q-tips. Finished ironing
the shirt I should have left alone and worn it unironned like I usually do.
Let that be a lesson to me!
Glad it worked. If you see the Rowenta kit someplace, buy it. Based on 3
uses so far, I'm guessing I'll get 10-15 more out of it. I only needed to
squeeze out about twice as much as you'd put on a toothbrush. Apparently,
when the iron hits it, the stuff liquifies, and as long as you keep the iron
moving, the entire soleplate gets treated.
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