If you have ever scorched your iron, you know that is an unpleasant experience. But, luckily, there is a way which can easily clean the scorched irons.
How to clean a scorched iron
The first thing when burning the bottom of the iron is unplugging it. If it is difficult for you to remove it in one piece, after the iron has cooled completely, you can use wooden chopstick or a pair of tweezers in order to lift the melted material from the plate.
The appliance will not work well if the burned fabric from the iron is not completely removed. After removing the whole material, clean your iron with one of the following methods.
If the marks on your scorched iron are extremely bad, instead of using salt, you can use vinegar. Heat it up and dip a cloth into the vinegar.
Wipe the scorched sole plate with the cloth until you eliminate the marks. At the end, wipe the bottom of the iron with a damp cloth.
If you can’t eliminate the marks with vinegar, you can mix hot white vinegar with a few tablespoons of baking soda or table salt. Stir it in order to dissolve the baking soda or salt. Soak a cloth in it, and wipe the sole plate of the iron until you eliminate the stains.
Then, wipe the bottom of the iron with a damp towel.
Place a few tablespoons of salt on a cloth and put the cloth on the ironing board. Turn on the iron and when the iron is heated, place it on the salt. Rub forth and back until you eliminate the scorch marks. Then, turn off the iron, and let it cool. Use a damp cloth to wipe the sole plate.
If you have an iron with a nonstick sole plate then you can clean the marks with laundry detergent. In a small bowl with warm water, add a few drops of detergent. Soak a cloth into it and rub the sole plate of the iron. At the end, wipe the bottom with a towel.
In some cases scorch marks can cover iron vents. You can clean this, with a combination of water and dish soap. Soak a cloth in it and rub on the sole plate of the iron and in the vents. When the marks are eliminated, dry the iron with a clean cloth.
Soak a cloth into hydrogen peroxide and put it on the ironing board. Iron over it until you eliminate the stains.
If you have an iron without coated iron plate then you can apply several drops of metal polish solution. Rub the scorched marks until they are gone and wipe it with a clean cloth.
It is very important to read the iron’s owner manual because some of these techniques maybe are not recommended for your iron and maybe the manufacturer has tips which will help you to remove the scorch marks.
Prevention is a key
In order not to experience scorched iron you need to keep the iron in a perfect shape, meaning that you need to clean it regularly to prevent the building up of materials and clogging vents.
Also, make sure never to turn it on and leave it unattended because you will not realize how hot the iron is when pressing linens, clothes or any other materials, and that will definitely scorch the sole plate of your iron.
It is very important not to use some scrub brushes or abrasive cleaners in the process of cleaning a scorched iron, because they will damage it more!