How to clean the iron?

(14 Posts)
SlinkyPebbles Sat 06-Oct-12 22:30:05

Any good tips for getting the black 'stuff' off?

NoodieRoodie Sat 06-Oct-12 22:33:12

Astonish and a scourer

SlinkyPebbles Sun 07-Oct-12 09:19:52

Is that a specific iron product?

NoodieRoodie Mon 08-Oct-12 19:21:54

Nope it's a wonder all purpose cleaner and cheap as chips.

My mother uses it and she's very particular about products. I always use it on my all singing, dancing steam iron with no ill effects

TheProvincialLady Mon 08-Oct-12 19:30:44

I bought some special iron cleaning pads once and they were a total waste of money. Did nothing. A mild abrasive is the answer, and astonish is a good one.

TheProvincialLady Mon 08-Oct-12 19:33:22

here are the pads I wasted £3.99 on.

dikkertjedap Mon 08-Oct-12 20:41:13

You need an iron cleaning stick - you can buy them in old fashioned hardware shops or Amazon.

My one is from HG, but there are lots of brands. It is a stick which seems to contain a mix of soap and wax. You put iron on low setting rub stick over it and then wipe with old cloth. Iron is clean and smooth in an instant.

dikkertjedap Mon 08-Oct-12 20:43:40

I would never use abrasives on my Iron as it has a special non stick layer, which could damage easily. The sticks range in price from approx £4 to £8 and last a long time, well worth it to make sure your iron lasts a good many years.

I have my iron for about 10 years now, I do lots and lots of ironing and I really think everybody who regularly irons should have one of these sticks as it makes ironing much easier as it keeps the iron smooth.

CuriousMama Mon 08-Oct-12 20:44:16

you can use soap on a hot iron too and scrape it off.

dikkertjedap Mon 08-Oct-12 20:46:17

this you don't have to scrape off as it is a mix of soap and wax, really, once you have tried it you don't want anything else (maybe I should see if I can become a sales rep for these companies (there are several brands, all seem pretty much the same) ...)

fossil97 Mon 08-Oct-12 20:48:27

Barkeepers friend does a reasonable job (until I can find a new iron stick as dikkertjedap said)

yestennis Sun 14-Oct-12 16:43:57

I agree with dikkertjedap , those iron sticks are just the best. The only thing is , I wouldn't say they last a long time. You just need to put the iron on a warm setting , run the stick over the iron and wipe the excess off with a paper towel. Good stuff.

yestennis Sun 14-Oct-12 16:44:49

I agree with dikkertjedap , those iron sticks are just the best. The only thing is , I wouldn't say they last a long time. You just need to put the iron on a warm setting , run the stick over the iron and wipe the excess off with a paper towel. Good stuff.

Fizzylemonade Sun 14-Oct-12 20:08:33

I use hot iron cleaner, you can get it from Lakeland but I believe you can get it elsewhere too, see this

It is amazing, I have it stashed by the ironing board so I can get to it easily. I have used it for years.

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