If you’ve accidentally burned something onto your iron’s soleplate, don’t worry! There are several ways to clean a burnt iron soleplate and restore it to its former glory. Here are some easy steps to follow:
Unplug the iron and let it cool down completely. Never attempt to clean a hot iron as it can cause serious injury.
- Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a bowl. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and wring out any excess liquid.
Rub the cloth gently over the burnt areas of the soleplate. Apply some pressure to the cloth to ensure that it gets into the grooves and cleans them thoroughly.
- For stubborn burnt-on stains, sprinkle some salt onto the damp cloth and use it to scrub the soleplate. The salt will help to loosen the burnt-on residue.
- For very stubborn burnt-on stains, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the soleplate. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the burnt areas. Rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.
- For any remaining residue, make a paste of equal parts of water and cream of tartar. Apply the paste to the soleplate and rub it in gently with a soft cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a clean, damp cloth.
After cleaning, wipe the soleplate with a dry cloth and make sure that it is completely dry before using the iron again.
- Candle method. As strange as it may sound, this method is one of the most effective. Heat the iron soleplate, but do not let it get hot. Unplug the iron, then pass a white candle horizontally over the plate: the wax will start to melt.
Next, run the iron while it is still hot over an old towel or microfiber cloth, as if you were ironing. Finally, once the plate has cooled, wipe the surface with half a lemon and then with a dry cloth.
By following these steps, you should be able to clean a burnt iron soleplate and restore it to its original condition. Remember to take care of your iron to avoid future burns by following the manufacturer’s instructions for use and cleaning.