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Dirty Iron

Question Posted Saturday June 10 2006, 8:00 am

My iron has black stuff on the bottom and it keeps rubbing off on white clothes but it won't be wiped off. Any tips for getting it off and any idea why it's there in the first place?!

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tripskyf answered Monday May 21 2007, 11:05 am:
"Get some relaxer (the kind black girls use) from cvs, walmart, etc. follow the directions for mixing the relaxer. heat up the iron, when hot take a cloth or papertowel, or scouring pad and wipe globs of of the relaxer on it. the brown stuff will just peel away and fall off its amazing. it sounds crazy but i learned this in cosmetology school it works like a charm and it also works on curling irons and flat irons. give it a shot you won't regret it!" - I got this from another site ...

I dropped a hot iron on the carpet and it burnt bad - and then the black stuff at the bottom got worse over a few months until I couldn't iron a thing without the iron sticking to the clothes and leaving brown marks everywhere...I tried everything short of sand paper ... then invested in a tub of relaxer, put it on when the iron was hot - And it wiped off!!!

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grannysays answered Sunday October 8 2006, 9:00 pm:

Happens for a number of thing to do is to use a peice of very fine sand paper to rub it off, run the warm ( not hot ) warm iron over a few peices of wax paper and you should be good to go..

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Roxy07 answered Tuesday June 27 2006, 5:59 am:
Try putting vinegar on a cloth and rubbing it off.

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XxSunshinexX answered Saturday June 10 2006, 3:20 pm:
Alright, so I have the same problem. I found out that if you use Spray Starch or whatever the iron spay is, its getting burned by the iron and leaving that gross black stuff that we DONT WANT!! so, this is the iron remedy; Go to A hair supply place && get the Flat Iron cleaner.

Follow the directions on that, but for your Iron. Tell me how it works!

I hope I helped
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hershikissescanhelp answered Saturday June 10 2006, 3:05 pm:
you can alwayz use the thing that you use for washing dishes. it's orange and very curly(not smooth). that WILL work. because i use it every time my iron is burned up. it's there because when your in the process of ironing or juz finished you burned your clothes. not like fire burn just too much water when trying to make look all NEATLY pressed.

hope i helped


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kristen22 answered Saturday June 10 2006, 11:21 am:
If you can, determine what is stuck.

If it is waxy, then heat your iron as hot as possible and iron newspaper until it is gone.

If it is an oil based sticky residue, use a soft rag and wipe with ammonia. Then rinse well with water.

If it is hard water deposits, use vinegar or something like CLR (Calcium and Lime Remover). Again make sure you rinse completly.

If (as is most likely) it is starch residue, then elbow grease and a good cleaner such as Simple Green, Top Job etc. will remove it.

After you have cleaned the sole of the iron, you should iron several pieces of waxed paper to coat the bottom and help it slide over clothing rather than dragging.

CAUTION: When cleaning your iron do not immerse it in water, use a rag and wipe it down.

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Elcee answered Saturday June 10 2006, 10:12 am:
It's possible that when you ironed a dark material on too high a setting, it could stick to the bottom of the iron. The best way I have found to clean the iron is to wait until it is cooling down after use and wiping over very carefully with some wire wool. Don't press too hard, just enough to clean off the dirt. Hope that helps.

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babiigirl answered Saturday June 10 2006, 9:46 am:
IM not sure how it got there but when you iron something put a thin piece of fabric between the iron and the piece of clothing so the black stuff will go onto the thin piece of fabric.

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